K’NEX Laptop Stand (DIY)
Why would you ever need a Laptop Stand?
Have you ever owned an HP Pavilion zv6000 laptop?
I use one, and it’s been a great laptop. However, one big problem occurred with it about two years ago:
THE HINGES BROKE!
Broken hinges mean my laptop can’t stand up on its own…
After reading online, I noticed many other users experiencing the same problem. You may have too, perhaps with a different make/model.
The first thought that came to my mind at that point: replace the hinges. This is an excellent, and usually fairly cheap option (especially if you look on eBay). However, at the time my hinges broke, many other zv6000 users happened to be experiencing this same inherent defect.
The law of supply and demand proved correct once again, resulting in the usually < $30 hinges selling on eBay for well over $70-$100!
The next thought that came to mind: K’NEX must be able to fix this. Unfortunately K’NEX rings and washers didn’t come in the size I needed. So, I figured if I can’t hold it up from the inside, I’ll hold it up from the outside.
The Solution: K’NEX Laptop Stand
The orange K’NEX “hinges” are meant to swing in front of the monitor when the laptop is open.
These hinges keep the screen from falling forward, and the base/back of the stand give something for laptop to lean against.
Rotate the orange hinges to the vertical position when setting laptop in place
Both angled and perpendicular viewing positions are possible.
Perpendicular Viewing Position
There is plenty of space in the stand for the AC adapter to plug into the back of the laptop.
When moving the laptop to another room, I grip one hand firmly on the side of the screen and one hand around the base of the stand/laptop. There is no need to remove the stand.
The back of the stand reaches up to just below the middle of the screen.
Reactions to this stand are mixed (surprisingly, mostly positive) when I use it in public. The most common question I’m asked is, “what is it?”
One professor at my university spotted me working on my laptop at school and actually thought it was a purely cosmetic device, exclaiming “Nice laptop stand!” as he walked by, oblivious to its actual function. Of course, he’s partially correct. The stand does raise the laptop off the table enough to improve airflow to the fans.
One final note: This stand is intended for tabletop use, which is what I use my laptop for close to 100% of the time. If you tend to use your laptop on your lap, then you may be better off replacing your hinges. If your computer is no longer under warranty, you can still buy parts through the manufacturer. Replacement hinges are also usually available on eBay.
Some additional angles to help with building your own K’NEX stand: