Being tall (6’2″), sedentary and over 40, I have succumbed to the inevitable back problems. Listening to Jono’s review of the LIFT Standing Desk on Bad Voltage reminded me that I’ve been meaning to try out working standing up, at least for part of the time. I haven’t gone for the LIFT, as I wasn’t able to find it on Amazon UK, but I have purchased the Bac Posture Stand, better known on Amazon as Portable Folding Notebook or Laptop Table – Desk – Tray – Stand – (Black). Hmm catchy.
It appears to be well made, although it does take a little setting up. There is no fan cooling, but there are holes for natural venting. One pleasant surprise was that it does include a mouse stand, which is not shown in the Amazon picture. There was a cheaper alternative, but the reviews led me to believe that this one might work out better. As I am not planning to buy both – I will never know.
It is early days and I don’t yet have a standing mat for home, which I understand from that podcast is absolutely essential, but so far I am pleased with my purchase.
I have also invested in a VARIDESK Pro Plus 48 – Height Adjustable Standing Desk for work, along with a VARIDESK – Standing Desk Floor Mat. I will review these in due course.
Following the demise of my Novatech n1410, I have now taken delivery of a shiny (actually “shiny” is one thing it isn’t!) new Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 3. This is not a review of the X1 Carbon – there are plenty of those available already, but merely my experience of the first few days of ownership.
So why did I choose the X1 Carbon?
- Quality of construction and life expectancy;
- Ubuntu hardware certification;
- Screen resolution 2560×1440 – perfect for remote support;
- Keyboard and Trackpad quality – two of my dissatisfactions with the Novatech;
- Weight: at 1.3kg – it is much lighter than the Novatech and much of the competition.
I received a surprising amount of interest in my Novatech n1410 review and my subsequent nine-months on review.
Over the past 32 months I have continued to be fairly happy with my Novatech n1410. It has generally been fast enough, reliable enough, light enough and with a decent battery life. The downsides over the long term proved to be the keyboard and trackpad which have never been enjoyable to use and the lack of audio volume. Overall though I would say that it has lived up to my expectations for a budget Ultrabook.
But then last night – disaster struck, I was closing my laptop after working and the case opened up at the right hand hinge. This is not a heavily-abused laptop – it has never been dropped, I don’t commute, the laptop is stored in a padded case and treated at all times with respect. So why would the case fail in this way?