Right before I started this site, I bought a Toshiba Satellite A-105 laptop on a whim. It was one of those times where I was standing in a store, and the right item with the right specs and the right price was staring at me from its shelf; I couldn’t exactly leave without it.
I’m not sure exactly how it happened, but in the last month this laptop has replaced my desktop computer – I now do just about everything on it. As with any notebook computer this Toshiba manages to put out a bit of heat, and using it while it’s sitting flat on a tabletop hasn’t exactly been ideal for my posture; so my pressing priorities have been to keep the laptop running cool and to make it a bit more ergonomic during daily use.
When Cara, the international Jetart representative, asked if I would be interested in reviewing their NC3300 Cool Stand, I took one look at it and said “yes.” It’s not that I don’t have several other laptop stands to choose from; it’s just that sometimes simplicity is best, and that’s what I hoped would be the case with this product.
The NC3300 is a laptop stand composed entirely of ABS plastic. It measures approximately 13″ wide x 11.5″ long x 1″ deep when collapsed, and it weighs 18 ounces. The stand is sized so that it can slip into a larger laptop bag for those that need its services while traveling.
The NC3300 is sized to fit 14″ to 17″ notebook computers, there is also a version available for those that are 12″ to 14″. An adjustable riser on the rear portion will raise the laptop’s rear from 1.25″ through graduating increments up to 2.50″. The added rear elevation tilts the keyboard forward and raises the screen to a more comfortable eye level.
An?inch high lip on the front of the stand keeps the computer from scooting; there are two small rubber pads on the lip that cushion the front edge of the laptop resting against the lip.
As an added convenience, there is a plastic disk on the bottom of the stand which allows it to rotate 360 degrees while holding the laptop.
I’ve been using the NC3300 for the past couple of weeks, and for the most part I have been very happy with its performance. There is no doubt that the air circulating under my laptop is keeping things cooler, and the better angle at which I can now sit and type has definitely been beneficial for my wrists and neck.
My only complaint is that since I don’t always rest my wrists solidly on the base of the laptop when keying, I sometimes notice a small amount of side to side wobbling in the stand. This is most likely due to play caused by the space between the lazy Susan on the bottom and the stand. However, the convenience of being able to quickly turn the entire setup towards Sarah, who sits to my left, has made up for any annoyance caused by the wobble.
Worth noting: the ledge will?block access to?front mounted SD slots on some laptops
Perhaps the biggest selling point for the NC3300, beyond the cooling and posture benefits, is its price – under $10 not counting shipping. I’ve reviewed laptop stands that cost much more than this, but that ultimately didn’t do much more. This is a very inexpensive solution for a common problem, and the fact that it is collapsible and portable makes the Cool Stand that much easier for me to recommend.
If you have been looking for an inexpensive laptop stand that raises the keyboard and screen – but which still allows use of the laptop keyboard, then the Jetart NC3300 Cool Stand may be exactly what you need.
The Jetart NC3300 Cool Stand? is available directly from the manufacturer. There is also an available for 12″ to 14″ notebook computers.
What I Like: Inexpensive, easy to operate, collapsible, packable, rotateable
What Needs Improvement: wobbles a little bit from side to side if at least one wrist is not resting on the laptop while typing, will?block access to front SD slots on laptops that have them