Laptop Stands Hit the Infomercial Mainstream

Laptop Stands Hit the Infomercial Mainstream

Taryn Williford
May 20, 2009

Laptop stands have yet to hit the mainstream, non-techie world. Blame it on the fact that people like your neo-luddite mom don't even know they could use one to keep their shiny new laptop cool and raise the keyboard and screen to a more comfortable height. Plus, a quick Google search shows that only geek havens like Gizmodo, Lifehacker, CNet and—ahem—yours truly, Unplggd, are writing about them. But that might be changing, depending on the scope of this early-morning infomercial...

Up really early, this ad caught my eye and ear because, like every infomercial ever, they had to tell and show you how easy it was to use this uber-massufactured laptop stand by giving it to Granny.

The Porta Book, despite sounding like something you might take into a Port-o-Let to pass the time, is the first time we've seen the geek-staple laptop stand go mainstream. Usually limited to being seen raising machines on gaming geeks' and programmers' desks, now mom will have one next to the couch.

If you're so inclined, head over to Porta Book's ordering site to get the Porta Book stand and free gifts (a $40 value!) a keychain WiFi detector, a USB light and a USB fan all for only $14.95 (after mail-in rebate) plus $6.95 shipping and handling, plus an extra $9.95 shipping and handling for the free gifts.

Whew. We'd much rather hack one for ourselves. It's always greener on the geek side.

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