How to Permanently Elevate your Laptop to Create a Better Zoom Shot
If you’re Zooming all day from your laptop on your desk, your computer’s little webcam is probably looking up at you during your video conference meetings. That’s not good, because it’s an unflattering shot. The telltale sign of your up-angle live stream is when your viewers can see your ceiling behind your head instead of a wall.
I like to refer to that unfortunate webcam positioning as ‘ceiling shot syndrome.’
One way to fix the problem is to pile some books under your laptop to help elevate your webcam. Then, it will be able to point at you more horizontally. But that unstable solution is hardly a permanent fix.
It may be time to create a consistent and steady platform for your laptop’s webcam to see you at eye level.
Levitate your Laptop with a Desk Stand
Of course, a standing desk can do the trick. But if your laptop is stuck on a standard desktop, you need another way to bring your laptop up a foot or so.
The solution is to add an adjustable-height laptop desk stand to your home office equation.
It’s important to find a stand that will reposition your laptop’s webcam high enough to meet your face. So, get a ruler and measure from your desk’s surface up.
In my own research, I found three choices that provide more height than most stands out there:
- Nulaxy C5 Elevatable Laptop Stand
$69.99 on Amazon
- minder Laptop Tower Stand by obVus Solutions
$79.99 on Amazon
- UPRYZE Ergonomic Laptop Stand by LIFELONG
$74.99 on Amazon
The Right Design
All three have a similar Z-frame design with a relatively compact base, a tilt-forward surface and an expandable mid-section. I like this design, because it gives you flexibility on how high you can position your laptop. And it doesn’t make a massive footprint on your desk.
Plus, it’s nice that they all can fold up for portability and storage.
They all have received really good reviews. So how do you choose? Well, I simply went with the lowest price.
It’s the Nulaxy.
Say Goodbye to Ceiling Shot Syndrome
Over the past fifteen months, I’ve been using an old printer stand that I’ve had for years. Its sturdy but clunky design appears inspired by 1940s technology. The bigger problem was that it was only able to elevate my laptop a mere six inches.
So, my printer stand was never quite able to succeed in its new mission. And though it gave my laptop some height, I still suffered from ceiling shot syndrome. (Yes, I admit it.)
My Nulaxy will be a big improvement, as the stand will more than double my laptop’s elevation.
It’s always important to be able to look at someone eye to eye… and on a level plane. With the right stand for your laptop, it’s much easier to do that during your Zoom meetings.