Link: Magma • Price: $40/€35/£38
Sometimes it’s nice to not be faced with the latest box of nextlevelness demanding several days of my time to write an epic review twinned with glossy photography. What we have here is Magma‘s Laptop Stand Riser – something that lifts stuff up a bit. It won’t require much time to test, or to write about either.
The Magma Laptop Stand Riser has the singular task of raising your chosen DJ gear above your work surface. This does differ from regular laptop stands in that this is about changing the height, but with the massively increased stability of 4 feet. Unlike most laptop stands, this is unlikely to fall backwards on its pivot joint. It’s a simple matter of physics.
The stand is an incredibly simple foldaway affair. Lightweight, and made from flat bar and sheet metal, each corner has a plastic cap for grip, and foam strips on top to stop damage to your laptop. It comes with a bag to keep it and other things in your DJ bag safe.
At its lowest adjustment (110mm), the stand is rock solid with a slight incline. 4 steps later and a further 4″ higher, it’s still pretty damned stable, even with a slightly steeper incline. The heavier and flatter the device plonked on top the better though, and this is especially true of laptops. Dropping assorted media players onto it worked well. But my 13″ MacBook Air did feel a little unsafe, partly because it’s light and doesn’t have the flattest of bases, but also because the supplied foam strips didn’t grip the base so well. So Magma supply an extra foam strip that you cut into squares and stick to the underside of your laptop to make things a tad more stable. But if it still slides forward (possible on the highest setting), there’s nothing to stop it falling off.
The Magma Laptop Stand Riser lifts things up, keeps things very stable and folds away to nothing. Lots of boxes ticked there. The lighter laptops might not be as stable as you’d like (Magma have products for that too), but most other things should be. Yes, you could just use a box, but this folds away to nothing. That’s a huge advantage for travelling DJs.
The Magma Laptop Stand Riser – it properly lives up to its name.