Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve covered cool back-to-school essentials, including the best laptops, wireless mouses and keyboards, and lap desks, here we’re zeroing in on the best laptop tables and carts, as reviewed on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)
Best adjustable laptop tables
“I am so happy with this purchase. I work from home part time, and wanted a desk to put my laptop on and be able to sit on the couch. This desk is sturdy, a great size, and the height is adjustable. I can easily roll it out of the way when it’s not in use. Assembly was simple, a one-person job no problem, and the pieces were well organized. Overall very very pleased and highly recommend this desk. Especially for the price!”
“LOVE THIS DESK! Wish I would have purchased it much sooner. It has helped my back issues already from not having to sit all day at my regular desk. It’s fantastic and I just love the pneumatic feature! It allows me to set the desk to any level. I would have never guessed at how truly useful this feature would be. When not using the desk to stand at, I am able to use it beside my regular desk as an added table space. It rolls quite smoothly also and was really easy to put together. I am 100 percent completely satisfied and loving my new desk!!”
Best laptop workstations
“I would like to give this more than five stars — it is amazing! I’m a Ph.D. candidate working on a dissertation, carrying books and computer accessories all over the house. I was looking for a rolling shelf for my books, and I stumbled upon this. It is absolutely perfect!!! The picture doesn’t do it justice; there’s so much space for whatever you need. Height adjusts easily for couch work or standing. It rolls easily over carpet, it’s sturdy, it’s not TOO big (easily stores in corner at night), and it looks nice … I was even more pleased than I thought I would be. I don’t review often, but I wanted to share this one. Super product for the price.”
“This is a great computer desk for a small area!!! It is so sturdy and the wheels track very well if it needs to be moved. Two wheels lock when you don’t want it to move! I’m very happy with it. I have a 20-inch all-in-one computer on the top shelf, my keyboard and mouse fit on the next shelf down, and my printer on the lowest shelf. There is ample room for a pencil cup, coffee cup, etc. on the same shelf my keyboard is on. And, the desk height can be set so one can use a regular office chair or higher for use with a drafting stool or higher yet as a standing desk.”
“This a great item! Especially at the price. I’m six feet tall so I needed something tall. I have my laptop on a stand on the top shelf to use as a monitor, with a wireless keyboard and mouse on the keyboard shelf. There’s room for a few items like a water bottle, pair of glasses, and my external hard drive, but that’s about it. For me, the small size helps keep the clutter away. My power strip and other gear are on the knee-high shelf, and a box of files on the bottom shelf. I keep it at standing height, I don’t switch it up and down, but I do roll it from place to place.”
“This desk is awesome, and I do mean awesome!!! I had to write a review on this one, because I searched endless hours trying to choose just the right one. I wanted one for a small work space in my bedroom and this little baby did the trick! it’s not too big, and it’s not too small, it’s just right! The desk is actually bigger than it shows in the picture, making it perfect for a laptop and a large monitor. I actually use two monitors and a laptop and thanks to the movable top stand, all three monitors fit perfectly! I use the upper space for my largest monitor and the extra desk space for my other monitor and my laptop.”
Best all-purpose laptop tables
“Loving it! It’s the 2018 version of the TV tray, but with significant ups. You can put it together in 15 minutes with no tools, slide it in front of the couch for the days when you’re working from home but want the pups to be able to snuggle while you work. It is the right height, the right look, and no Formica anywhere. And when company comes, you stash it in a closet. Stop pretending that a nice sturdy TV tray wouldn’t help you out immensely right now. You can thank me later.”
“I got this specifically to make a standing desk for my computer. In the months leading up to purchasing this table I had begun to develop some midline back pain. My doc and a physical therapist guy suggested I try a standing desk. I happened to come across this table while looking and thought I’d give it a try. Wow — simple to put together, has a wide range of adjustment height and rolls easily on carpet. I can stand, sit, stand, sit, or stand at my leisure. The top accommodates a keyboard and mouse without any issues. I pulled my computer from the basement and hooked it up to my 55-inch flat-panel TV and now have a great workstation. Oh, and nearly all of my back pain has disappeared and a recent MRI shows my back as near ‘normal’ as can be for a 55-year-old guy. So I can’t recommend this table enough.”
“Was not expecting much but this was a great lil table! Took 10 to 15 minutes to assemble. Super easy. The best part is the top. It’s sturdy and even feels like wood on top. You can feel the grains. Nice dark gray color. For the price it is great. Holds my old laptop just fine and has a teeny space for a drink. If you had a slim laptop or iPad even better! This was a good buy.”
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