A mobile laptop cart gives you the flexibility to work or play where you want to in your home or office. Maybe you’re thinking of taking advantage of the latest health information that says sitting at a desk all day is bad for your health. You can buy a mobile laptop cart that functions as a standup desk or is adjustable to be either a sitting desk or a standup desk depending on your needs.
How do you choose the best mobile laptop cart for your needs?
You may be tempted to buy the least expensive mobile laptop cart out there and you couldn’t be faulted for trying to save money. You should consider that the laptop cart you buy will need to hold your laptop securely and last for years.
A cheap pressed board model with questionable hardware is not the way to go. You don’t want a laptop desk that is wobbly and you’re constantly worried that it might fall over. Look for office furniture quality which is usually more durable than the quality of home models.
You may be thinking all you really need is enough space for your laptop and maybe a mouse, but think about when you’re working at a regular desk. For me it’s not uncommon for me to have some reference paperwork nearby, a reference book on my desk, and a few writing instruments.
If you get a computer cart that just holds a laptop, you run the risk of making it uncomfortable to work. If you will be uncomfortable working on a mobile laptop cart, you might as well stick with a traditional desk instead.
For example, I have enough space on my mobile desk to hold a keyboard, mouse, mousepad, books, papers, pens, and some accessories. It’s not just a mobile laptop cart, it’s my mobile workspace.
We’re not all the same height. We’re all different. Unless you buy a completely custom built mobile computer cart designed just for you, you’re going to have to buy a mass-produced model. If you buy one that’s not very adjustable, you run the risk that it won’t be comfortable to use.
The adjustable laptop cart you choose should at least be height adjustable to the height you need. It’s also nice if the angle of the laptop surface is adjustable to fit your desired wrist angle.
For many who have worked long hours at a desk, you may know the pain of carpal tunnel or other stress injuries. You should be comfortable without stressing your arms, back, or wrists. To do that you need to buy a mobile laptop cart with as much adjustability built-in as possible.
This is an article about mobile laptop carts which means they roll on casters. Casters come in a variety of sizes, materials, designs, and can be lockable or not. Larger casters roll easier over a variety of surfaces. Metal casters are more durable than plastic casters. Rubberized casters roll more easily over smooth surfaces without sliding.
Locking casters keep your mobile laptop cart in place while you’re using it and then unlock so you can move the cart where you need it. Most models of rolling computer cart come with at least two of their four casters lockable.
Try to avoid small, cheap casters that don’t roll easily over the surfaces in your home and will probably fail in the long run.
Stand or Sit
I think everyone would agree that sitting is not as good for your health as exercising. Whether it’s healthier to stand in one place at your desk for hours or to sit at your desk for hours is still being debated. Both styles are available and there are even some models that can function as both a standup or sitting laptop desk.
My recommendation is that you shouldn’t get so caught up in the thought of using a laptop cart that you create a negative working space. If you dread working because you’ve created an inefficient, mobile workplace, you’ve eliminated the possible benefits. Buy a highly adjustable, large, durable, quality mobile laptop cart that increases your productivity and is enjoyable to use.