Name: Kensington TwoFold Notebook Stand and Sleeve
A while back we posted about Kensington's clever laptop sleeve and stand in one. As a fan of all things with a dual purpose, I wanted to check out just how this guy works and the folks at Kensington were kind enough to send me a review unit.
The TwoFold is a laptop carrying sleeve that transforms into an angled notebook stand when you reach your destination. By pulling a strap through a hole at one end, the top flap folds together to create a rigid platform to put your laptop on. Two corner straps let you secure the edges of your notebook so it doesn't slide off.
One of my favorite features is the angle the stand puts your laptop in. It's proven to be a key ingredient in turning my MacBook's screen into a second monitor when I have it connected to a, larger, main screen. The angle not only brings the smaller LCD into a more ergonomic viewing height, but it brings it closer without having to work with my entire notebook practically on top of my external keyboard.
In sleeve mode the TwoFold does it's job well enough. While it won't protect your portable PC from accidental falls or rough baggage handling, it will keep the exterior of your laptop safe from dings and scratches when in your carry on.
I'll be honest, I have a 13-inch MacBook and the TwoFold is designed with 14.1 to 15.4-inch notebooks in mind, so take this next criticism with a grain of salt. I wish I was more thoroughly able to secure my laptop within the sleeve. There is an elastic band within that you're supposed to slip your notebook behind, but the elastic band is a bit low to really keep your laptop from sliding around.
Pros: On its own, it's a great laptop stand. The fact that it can also be a decent traveling companion is the icing on the cake.
Cons: If you're really worried about wear and tear on your laptop due to your commute, you may want to opt for something that will secure more.
Apartment Therapy Media/Unplggd makes every effort to test and review products fairly and transparently. The views expressed in this review are the personal views of the reviewer and this particular product review was not sponsored or paid for in any way by the manufacturer or an agent working on their behalf. However, the manufacturer did give us the product for testing and review purposes.