Do you remember those days when we used to use telephone directories to prop up our monitors at our desks? No? Am I showing my age? It was such a natural thing to do, back in the day. Find a pile of books or magazines (I used to do it with Digital Life magazines I contributed to) and there you had aΒ DIY ergonomic solution to not getting a strain on your neck while staring at a screen the whole day. Every time I end up getting a (hot stone) massage, I get told about the knots in my neck.

Enter the Griffin elevator laptop stand. It lifts your laptop to a more comfortable height without you hunching over your desk. It makes a huge difference for me, considering my laptop is quite compact and without realising, I just end up crouching over it.

The height is ideal, which helps with my posture in both neck and shoulders; my problematic areas. Seriously though, every winter I pull something in my neck/shoulder and have to get it sorted out. I’ve been using it for a couple of days now and what an improvement. I mean you can tell just by looking at the pic.

Speaking of the pic, yes, it’s the gold edition; which suits the new Macbook. That said, it’s not limited to a Macbook, but it should hold any Ultrabook too. I don’t know what the maximum capacity is, can’t find that info. I love the minimal, clean design.

The actual features? It conforms to health and safety standards; has skid-free pads on the base so it’s stable (which by the way was easy to assemble – and disassemble for traveling); has a slot for a keyboard at the base; and another important bit – 360 degree air circulation to keep your laptop cool. I’ve burnt my thighs a few times ha!

WIN

Anyway, I have some good news… I have one of these Griffin elevator laptop stands to giveaway to one of my South African readers, courtesy of the iStore, worth R899.Β Just leave a comment if you’d like to stand in line to win. The draw is completely random this time. Only one entry per person! Competition closes on 16 June at midnight.

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If you’d like to buy one, check out www.myistore.co.za. It’s available in gold, black, space grey and silver.

EDIT: Winner announcement – Shareshnee Naidoo’s entry has been selected by random.org (6 out of the 36), as hers was the 6th entry on the post! Congratulations Shareshnee!