T. Forcht Dagi
MD, MPH, FACS, FCCM
423 Commonwealth Avenue
Newton Centre, MA 02459
900 RR 620 S.
Austin, Texas 78734
Thank you for allowing me to evaluate the Keynamics Laptop Stand.
The Keynamics laptop stand addresses two important ergonomic challenges in the use of laptop computers: the angle of the keyboard, and the position of the body for people who use an ordinary desk or table on which to type, rather than a dedicated computer table. By projecting the computer towards the user, a variety of chair positions can be chosen. The laptop stand allows the user to vary chair height and angle over the course of the day. In addition, by positioning the computer at a comfortable angle, the stand appears to improve the ergonomics of typing and lessen the feeling of fatigue.
The Keynamics stand also helps address some of the OSHA recommendations emphasizing the importance of varying position over the course of the workday.
T. Forcht Dagi, MD, MPH, FACS, FCCM
Health Advocates, LLC
319 Cedar Drive, Ste. 101
Mountain City, Texas 78610
Oct, 03, 2006I wanted to let you know how thrilled I am with my Aviator Laptop Stand. I travel 15-20 weeks per year and have found that the Aviator Laptop Stand has not only improved my productivity on the road, it has significantly decreased my fatigue.The design is sturdy, yet lightweight and is also ergonomically perfect. I would give my highest recommendation to this product and urge you to use my name and testimonial in any promotional materials.Thank you for developing this great product!!DCW
March 22, 2005
900 RR 620 S.
Austin, TX 78734
I want to officially offer my personal and professional endorsement of your product, Laptop Stand. I found it greatly eased the pressure on my wrists while typing and also increased my productivity by reducing errors due to fatigue. I think the Laptop Stand is the wave of the future and I imagine that you will capture a great deal of the market when the benefits of your product are disseminated to the general public.
Congratulations on the development of such an innovative and effective product.
David C. Wiley, Ph.D., FASHA
CEO, Health Advocates, LLC
Laptop Magazine Review:
"Stand and Deliver" September 2004
Weighing 10 pounds and constructed to very rugged specifications, the Keynamics Laptop Stand is designed to perch at the edge of your desk and support your laptop with the keyboard angled towards you. The inclined support section extends beyond the edge of the desk, making for very comfortable typing. A lip at the bottom of that section combines with a pair of sticky rubber strips and adjustable levelers to hold the laptop firmly in position.
Here's the best part: A pair of big, sturdy wheels on the back of the stand enable you to move the assemblage out of the way when you need the desk for other purposes. This feature works best when there isn't a tangle of cables at the rear of the laptop, but with a little forethought, even a fully connected system can be moved aside with ease. It's worth noting that the device comes with four pages of safety instructions, some of which bear careful reading. This is a heavy product, and you don't want it rolling off your desk and onto your lap.
August 17, 2004
... However, now there’s a fourth category, represented by the Keynamics Laptop Stand, which is different from anything else on the market. The Keynamics’ unique features are that it incorporates a couple of skateboard wheels, which make it easy to shift the computer out of your immediate workspace when you’re working at a desk or table, and its facility to orient the laptop’s keyboard at a more comfortable angle that if it was sitting flat on the work surface -- by cantilevering it over the edge of the desk or table anchored by a heavy weight in the stand unit.
What Our Customers are Saying
Vera G. - Austin, Texas:
I am a proud owner of the Keynamics Laptop Stand. I have used it for several months now, and believe me if I tell you it has has been the best computer related investment I have ever made! This product is very convenient for people like me who only have a laptop computer to use everyday.
It is a joy to work long hours using my laptop based on its Keynamics stand; the ergonomic design allows me to use my laptop for hours without getting tired or stressed from my back and neck.
I love Keynamics... Thank you Keynamics for creating a product that promotes my well being! Keep up the good work!
Roberta B. - Fort Myers Beach Florida:
I am retired and 6 months out of the year am an RV'er. Since living in a Motor Home part time with limited space I went to a Laptop computer - only to find it very uncomfortable for my neck and back after a short time of use. I purchased the Keynamics Laptop Stand 6 months ago and find new comfort using my laptop.
I have to believe people using laptops for extended time periods must have all kinds of repetitive stress problems associated with their use. This product does everything the advertising says it will.
-Excellent seller. Fast shipping. Product so good, I bought another one.
-This is the best laptop stand. What a relief. Great seller. Highly recommend.
-quality item and worth ever penny!!! Thanks
-Prompt delivery. Very helpful and informative.
-Great communication. A pleasure to do business with.
-Great stand, solid and well built, arrived on schedule as informed.
-Very nice stand, fast shipping and friendly.
-Clever idea for laptop users, this stand is GREAT!
-Fast Shipping, Good product.
-This Laptop Stand is a Wonderful Product. Such a Huge Difference. Thank You
-Very Prompt. Good and impressive.
Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration:
Advertising Source: Co-worker who uses one and loves it.
Editor: Catherine Roseberry
........Positioning the laptop stand so that it sat over the edge of my desk made it much easier to use the keyboard and was noticeably more comfortable than using the laptop on top of the desk alone. The display is at an ideal height for viewing. If your desk has a curved rather than straight front, this laptop stand will still work.
If you are looking for a sturdy laptop stand, the Keynamics™ Laptop Stand is a good laptop accessory to have.
by Skyshade, South Carolina
....As far as improvement in ergonomics goes, I think the laptop stand delivers what it promised. It was pretty much a "love at the first type". I reported that to Brian the first night I got the stand and I still enjoy typing with it now. I do feel that I am not fully realizing the potential of this stand because all I have at my home are these uncomfortable wooden chairs or cheap folding chairs that offer no elbow support or reclining at all. In a typical office environment where proper furniture such as a right chair exists, it will be even more comfortable and relaxing when you type because you can recline further.
Chris Lawson May 3rd 2005
About This Particular Macintosh
.......I’ll be honest—the first time I saw this stand, I thought it was a joke. As soon as I sat down in front of it, however, I knew I had found an incredible product.
Gene Kay, MS, CEA
Global Ergonomics Manager for a major worldwide corporation
Mr. Kay has been practicing ergonomics for 15 years. Prior to his present position, he held a number of ergonomic positions in the forest products industry, medical rehabilitation, and as an independent consultant. Mr. Kay has presented educational sessions to a variety of professional organizations and was recently a speaker at the National Ergonomics Conference and Exposition.
Thanks so much for the demo laptop stand. I've been using it in my home office and just love the positioning. I've been recommending this angled keypad set up for years, but your laptop stand with the cantilevered ability to hang over the edge of the desk is the best I've seen.
Raising the monitor straightens the neck, angling the keyboard straightens the wrist AND relaxes the shoulders and prevents "shrugging", and the cantilevered keyboard position reduces reaching out with the arms and thereby reduces shoulder strain further. The position also encourages a nice reclined posture which improves back support and reduces back strain.
Very nice product. I won't hesitate to recommend this for laptop users."
[5/15] Hands-On Review--The Aviator, An Airline Tray Table 'Book Stand
We travel a lot by air and frequently try to work with our notebook computer in economy/coach class. We write "try" because these days virtually every seat is taken on every flight and the seat pitch is so low there that there is precious little space to the next seat in front, especially if the person in that seat decides to recline it which is virtually always. Even if we can get our notebook open, which has been a challenge for us with a 17" PowerBook G4 and now a 15" MacBook Pro, there is the constant fear that a sudden recline of the seat back in front will catch our screen in the tray table notch and crush it.
Sound familiar? If so, Keynamics may have an inexpensive solution for you called the Aviator. We were introduced to the Aviator by a press release and instantly thought it could be the solution for us. So, we purchased an Aviator for this review.
Less than a week later our gray Aviator showed up. As you can see in the image above from Keynamics' Web site, the Aviator is nothing more than three pieces of plastic, two ends and a cross-piece, that weight about 9 oz. However, the plastic is thick and strong and the fit and finish is excellent. When assembled, the Aviator is very sturdy. The Keynamics Web page shows one wheel of a Toyota Land Cruiser being supported by the Aviator to illustrate its strength--more than is needed, of course.
There are two positions to use the Aviator, "on top" and "on notch." The "on notch" position is for use on an airline tray table. In this position, the Aviator has rubber strips on the support end's lower edges to keep it from sliding around. The top edges have the same rubber strips to keep one's notebook from sliding on the Aviator.
When disassembled, the pieces interlock with two small triangular tabs on the cross-piece so they stay together, laying flat in our MacBook Pro's bag.
So how did it work? Last week we used the Aviator with our 15" MacBook Pro in coach class both ways on a transcontinental flight. We found the working position provided by sitting our 15" MacBook Pro on the Aviator to be excellent. It cantilevered some 2-3" of our MacBook Pro's front edge over the tray table edge toward us. It also raised the rear edge and screen top some 3" higher. This gave us a very comfortable position to type and view the screen. It also raised the top edge of the MacBook Pro's screen well above the tray table notch in the seat in front of us, eliminating all fear of it being crushed by a sudden recline. On both flights, the person in front of us reclined their seat back for most of the flight but we still had room to work.
The image at right is from Keynamics' Web site--it shows how the Aviator is oriented but without the seat back in front being in a reclined position. Note that the top of the screen is above the dangerous tray table notch. The airline tray table can be pulled all the way toward one's body and the Aviator will still yield a comfortable typing position. We confirmed this with our 15" MacBook Pro.
We also found the Aviator to be a good portable desk stand. We used it in our hotel room and during our meetings.
In summary, the Aviator is a worthy 9oz addition to our MacBook Pro's bag. It enables us to work with our 15" MacBook Pro on a crowded flight in coach class. We guess that it might also work with the larger 17" PowerBook G4, although it would be close. Our use of the Aviator drew some stares, questions and trial use by other passengers seated around us. I suspect we "sold" several on each flight. It also works very well on a desk in a hotel or meeting room. The Aviator by Keynamics is $19.99 and comes in gray, black or white. [Bill Fox]
Read the entire review: http://mobileoffice.about.com/od/laptopaccessories/gr/aviatorstand.htm
For $19.95, the Aviator represents OUTSTANDING value considering most other laptop stands are far more expensive, typically around $50 to $150 dollars, are not compact or travel friendly and some of them do not allow you to use the laptop keyboard.
It does what it says it does -- raises the back end of the notebook so that the LCD is at eye level when you are reclined to give you a comfortable typing position when you're on a flight or at your desk.
For those concerned with replacing their cooling platforms with the Aviator, don't. The extra rear lift really opens the notebook for the additional cooling and for the internal fans to work. Currently, my 9750 is reporting 37 degrees Celsius at 1.00Ghz Laptop/Notebook power setting, not bad for a full desktop CPU in a notebook form.
The Aviator is very strong and the rubber feet on both sides of the side risers help with the grip and maintaining the solid contact. There is no problem with handling heavy laptops like my Sager 9750 and won't break a sweat with the smaller laptops.
As I am typing the end of this review, my wife said to me "I like that you use the Aviator, you are not hunching" and that says it all: "wifey" approved!
Additional Comments: there's nothing like having the 9750 on the Aviator, reclined back and working
and enjoying the screen while the other notebook users around me have their lil
14" inch and hunching over it badly to type.
It was great and I am sooo glad I had the opportunity, thanks to NBR and Keynamics to try this product !
Customer: Ted G - Florida
I've had it for a couple of months.
I read about it on one of the blogs I read and knew I had to have it. I've complained many times that it's too difficult to use my laptop on the plain, and the aviator solved my problem. What I didn't know when I bought it is that I could use it on my desk, on my coffee table at home, or on any flat surface. Also, because the Aviator keeps my laptop off the desk and allows air to flow around the entire computer, it stays nice and cool even after an entire day of use. I use it everyday. And because it folds up perfectly flat, I can just throw it in my briefcase and use it everywhere. I bought one for all my salesmen too.
Customer: George L. - Texas
This is the greatest invention for working on planes I have ever seen. It also works great on hotel desks. Try it and you will be a believer.
I've been using one of these for a few months now. I don't recall where I first saw it reviewed, but ordered one right off.I use a pretty big laptop (ThinkPad R52) and the stand is rock solid. I've also used it on an airplane a couple times, and it worked well on the tray. Leo
I've used this stand around the house for a few months now and love it. I've also taken it on trips and it takes almost no space in my travel bag. At home I mainly use it on my lap. I've got a Dell laptop that overheats and shuts off if I don't get good airflow under it. With the other laptop desks I've used, they didn't prevent the shutoff problem because usually a solid surface is under the laptop, allowing little ventilation. With this stand, however, I get great ventilation, and since using it, my Dell has not overheated and shut off once! Raleigh, NC
Thank you for commenting on how it worked on a plane. :) It's good to know that what they claim is true.
01-14-2008 Russ N. - " I just wanted to say thanks for the follow through – I’ve been using your invention at home as well as when I travel – it is a much more satisfying way to type on a laptop!"
Thanks again and best of luck!