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 a 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!


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. 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.


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

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

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  1. davegreenway 09/06/2016 at 11:05 Reply

    Always wanted one, it’s the best laptop stand around

  2. Jessica Franks ( 09/06/2016 at 11:06 Reply

    I just noticed how I’m sitting like I come from Notre Dame after I read this post. Clearly I could benefit from this 🙂

  3. Seshni 09/06/2016 at 11:07 Reply

    I hope this solves my knots issue!

  4. Nicole Broome 09/06/2016 at 11:18 Reply

    Love it!! What a great design, what a great site Nafisa!

  5. Traci-lee Forrester 09/06/2016 at 11:30 Reply

    Wow! Just what I need – I’m currently using reams of paper (courtesy of Nashua) as my “ergo stand”. How much do they retail for?

    • Nafisa Akabor 09/06/2016 at 11:33 Reply

      Ah, you’re still doing that. I did update the post to reflect where to buy it and cost – it’s R899!

  6. Shareshnee Naidoo 09/06/2016 at 11:46 Reply

    Very smart and will help with neck ache, pick me!!

    • Nafisa Akabor 17/06/2016 at 12:12 Reply

      Congratulations Shareshnee! Your entry has been selected by as the winner for the Griffin elevator laptop stand! Please mail me on with your contact details and physical delivery address 🙂

  7. li3zel 09/06/2016 at 12:54 Reply

    I’d love one 🙂 and my shoulders and neck will be ecstatic!

  8. Jodi Sky 09/06/2016 at 13:13 Reply

    This looks pretty awesome! I’d love one.

  9. Lynette Hundermark 09/06/2016 at 13:19 Reply

    For the crazy hours I work at my desk, this would be the perfect for me. My posture will be eternally grateful if I got this so pick me pls 🙂

  10. Ashika Singh 09/06/2016 at 13:55 Reply

    This awesome ❤️

  11. Razeena Tilly 09/06/2016 at 13:56 Reply

    Being an IT student, this would be perfect for me 🙂

  12. Iric 09/06/2016 at 14:05 Reply

    As someone who just popped some painkillers for my back, this post is serendipitous – creepy even. A posture change would be great. 🙂

  13. Nothando Moleketi 09/06/2016 at 14:08 Reply

    As a start up business owner I can’t count the hours I spend hunched over. Much needed!

  14. Yusuf Kaka 09/06/2016 at 14:41 Reply

    Love this!

  15. Chris Roper 09/06/2016 at 14:47 Reply

    An actual pink laptop. It’s like a glorious dream.

    • Nafisa Akabor 09/06/2016 at 14:53 Reply

      I love that you came here just to say that 😀 #noregrets

  16. Muhammad Fakier 09/06/2016 at 15:26 Reply

    I’d love one, who wouldn’t even use this while watching series in bed!

  17. Angie Mac 09/06/2016 at 15:27 Reply

    Pretty and practical – love it!

  18. Fathima Paruk 09/06/2016 at 15:32 Reply

    I would love one of those!

  19. Faatima Asmal 09/06/2016 at 15:35 Reply

    Love how minimal it looks! Being a software dev I spend many hours on my laptop and have been looking for ways to improve my posture. This definitely makes the list! Thanks for the review.
    Oh and I’ve come across many people in my department who have placed their laptops (and monitors!) on multiple books, so you aint that old 😉

  20. Nick Jackson 09/06/2016 at 15:36 Reply


  21. Jodi 09/06/2016 at 15:57 Reply

    Totally need this! Pimp my desk with such an awesome stand!

  22. Mark Patterson 09/06/2016 at 16:16 Reply

    Well that looks a neat and cool design especially if it can be taken apart and put into my briefcase

  23. Aaminah 09/06/2016 at 16:49 Reply

    Love the colour 😍😍

  24. Za 09/06/2016 at 21:26 Reply

    Would love to win this since I don’t have a desktop and only use a laptop!

  25. Anne 10/06/2016 at 21:39 Reply

    Wow this looks amazeballs! I have just returned to work this month after maternity leave and my back and shoulders and already killing me because I also just somehow end up slouched over my laptop. This would be a lifesaver for a tired working mommy xx

  26. Fatima Cassim 14/06/2016 at 10:53 Reply

    I want to take a stand against slouching! 🙂 #slouchingmustfall

  27. Lebohang Danster 14/06/2016 at 11:02 Reply

    That’s a pretty neat stand

  28. Farzana 14/06/2016 at 12:24 Reply

    Pretty nifty. Love the colour and design.

  29. LadyAnne 14/06/2016 at 14:41 Reply

    Very stylish,would be awesome to have one

  30. PeaceAndProsperity 14/06/2016 at 16:28 Reply

    Looks great and practical. Need it > want it!

  31. Muhammad Nana 14/06/2016 at 18:29 Reply

    No more hunchback days for me #winning

  32. Katie 15/06/2016 at 12:30 Reply

    Great review! Would absolutely love one of these stands.

  33. Kat 15/06/2016 at 12:37 Reply

    I have serious shoulder and neck issues from bad computer posture. This would be perfect!

  34. Kazz 15/06/2016 at 12:41 Reply

    Love it – just what I need as I am always at my desk. Holding thumbs!

  35. Tanika White 16/06/2016 at 15:16 Reply

    Looks awesome 🙂

  36. Seri 16/06/2016 at 18:58 Reply

    I really appreicate the giveaway you do 🙂 some people can’t afford and to give us something is so sweet of you 🙂

    Have a great day and lots of love 🙂

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