Logitech Alto Express
Written by Michael Larabel in Peripherals on 20 March 2008. Page 2 of 2. Add A Comment

Usage:

We tried out the Logitech Alto Express with a Lenovo ThinkPad R52 and Lenovo ThinkPad T60. Both notebooks fit fine and were 15.4" widescreen models. The angle for this notebook stand isn't adjustable (unless you are to slide anything under the stand), but we found it at a comfortable angle and height for viewing the notebook's display.


With both ThinkPad notebooks, we had found the notebook lid when closing to hit the rubberized front of the notebook stand, which made it a bit of a nuisance when closing and opening the notebook as we would need to temporarily reposition the notebook to avoid this obstruction. With the design of the Alto Express being so simple, it's easy to maintain and clean of any accumulated dust. We had used this notebook stand for some time, found it easy to type on at this ~30 degree angle, and had no issues with the height of the notebook screen.

Conclusion:

While the Logitech Alto Express is drop-dead simple with no integrated docking station or notebook cooler, it served its purpose as being a notebook stand to elevate the notebook for viewing comfort. This Logitech stand can be found online for ~$20 USD, which is quite cheap, but can provide real value if you're hunched over your notebook all day. Its design also makes it simple to maintain and ensures adequate airflow around the notebook at all times. The only downfalls of this design are there's no adjustment support and it's not easily portable to bring with you wherever your laptop may go. The design flaw of the troubled laptop lid closing/opening was also a problem. In the end, however, this is a cheap and reliable notebook stand.

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