June 09, 2012, 7:50 AM — Finding a stable surface at the right height for comfortable work is always a challenge. Uncaged Ergonomics' WorkEZ line of portable, adjustable laptop (and tablet and reading) stands provides a solid range of flexibility with a few tradeoffs. And if you've ever wanted to try a standing-desk setup without spending the money on a new desk, the company offers relatively inexpensive packages for modifying your current desk for standing use. These flexible packages also let you switch easily between standing and sitting without adjusting a tabletop.
I reviewed the $130 Executive Standing Desk combo, which consists of the $65 Executive stand (for your laptop), the $55 Professional stand (for your keyboard), and the $20 Mouse Pad (for your mouse or other input device). You can swap the Professional for the company's shorter $49 Light stand for a bundle savings of $5.
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The Executive and Professional stands each comprise a flat platform with a pair of three-segment, articulated legs that each lock--independently--at 15-degree intervals. (The Light model's legs each have two segments, so they can't extend as much.) The stands are designed to work in as many positions as you can extend and lock the legs while maintaining balance--which is quite a few. You can use either stand, or both stands together, to create a portable, ersatz standing desk on top of a regular desk or table (laptop only, laptop plus keyboard, or keyboard and lightweight display), or to provide a solid work base while sitting on a chair or couch. (The company's glossy brochure shows people reading and engaged in other activities, none of which look comfortable to this 40-something fellow, who also finds many of Apple's posed positions for iPad use to be ridiculous.)