SmartFit riser a useful item for home or office.
When I was given the opportunity to review the Kensington SmartFit Laptop Riser I wasn’t incredibly excited. Not because of the product, but because I didn’t really think I had any use for it. When it comes to technology and gadgetry, if your product isn’t useful, it doesn’t interest me. That being said, I decided to give it a shot and see if it would work for me. I’m glad I did.
I know that people using multiple monitors or using a laptop in place of a desktop use laptop stands to raise the screen to either a comfortable height or to have side by side displays with a secondary monitor. I don’t fall into either of these categories. I use my desktop as a desktop and my laptop as a laptop. For this very reason, the idea of a laptop riser made no sense to me. It occurred to me, though, that the SmartFit could be used beyond its intended purpose. We’ll come back to that.
In the office, the Kensington SmartFit riser does exactly as it promises. This is an adjustable laptop riser with a Qi wireless charging pad built in. The SmartFit riser features adjustable legs and color coded fitting chart to help the user get their system set up according to their size. This enables the user to have a custom fit riser at their workstation to promote a more comfortable and ergonomically correct posture. That in itself is incredibly useful. However, Kensington took it a step farther and built in a charging pad for any Qi compatible devices. In my mind, that is the perfect use of the space beneath the riser.
As if those two features weren’t enough. The SmartFit riser is also designed with “Zero Footprint Mounting”. This means that the Kensington universal docking station can be mounted underneath to free up some desk space. If your desk looks like mine you can appreciate that. There are also channels built into the underside of the riser to hold the cords going to your laptop to maintain a neat appearance and keep the cords out of the way. Speaking of cords, the power supply for the SmartFit comes with all the required international plugs so no matter where you’re using it you’ll have power.
My laptop is an old Acer Aspire. It has a 15.6-inch monitor and weighs in at 5.7 lbs. This is getting pretty close to the maximum dimensions the SmartFit riser is designed for. Even with my big old clunky machine it still feels solid. The tray holds my laptop at a good angle and no matter how much I try to jar or shake the riser, my computer won’t slip out. Since I don’t use my laptop at a desk I’m using the SmartFit riser on my nightstand. It works perfectly. I cast my laptop display to my 55″ TV and use the charging station to charge my phone while it plays music through my Bluetooth speakers. This frees up space on my nightstand. The point I’m trying to make is even if you have no intentions of using the SmartFit Riser as it was intended it is still a very handy item. Contrary to my original thoughts, I feel like this product is very useful in the home or the office.
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