My favorite thing from CES 2022 is... a laptop stand?

IOGear USB-C laptop stand
IOGear USB-C laptop stand (Image credit: IOGear)

IOGear USB-C laptop stand

Source: IOGear (Image credit: Source: IOGear)

What you need to know

  • This new laptop stand from IOGear has launched at CES 2022.
  • It combines a stand and a USB-C hub for expanded connectivity and a neat desktop.
  • It even folds completely down to toss in your laptop bag.

There's a lot of great products launched at shows like CES 2022, and there's an awful lot of noise. But occasionally something sneaks through that you weren't expecting to fall in love with. No, I'm not talking about a new Ultrabook or a huge OLED monitor or anything that 'flashy'. My favorite reveal this year is a laptop stand.

No, that's not snarky. I'm entirely serious.

It's from IOGear and it's supposed to be coming to market in March this year, though pricing is still to be confirmed. What makes it so good, at least to me, is that it solves a genuine problem I have. And I like that.

This is no ordinary laptop stand, as it combines an integrated USB-C hub into its base. I like to use a stand when I'm at my desk with a laptop and I always need a hub connected, so why wouldn't you combine the two? It's so simple I don't know why such a thing isn't already in my life.

The hub is well equipped with HDMI, USB-A, and USB-C, as well as gigabit ethernet. Both data and power delivery are supported over USB-C, with 100W PD charging possible and a max data speed of 5Gbps. The USB-A ports provide a 5V/1.5A power supply, and there's also support for DisplayPort 1.2 if you need that instead. And only a single cable into your laptop from the base of the stand. It's neat, it adds enough ports to be genuinely useful and it's even just a decent-looking, well-made stand, too.

The final party piece is that it folds away into a compact enough package that you can toss it in your laptop bag and take it on the road with you. After all, if you need a USB-C hub you probably need one more than just at your main desk.

Was I expecting my favorite thing from CES to be a laptop stand? Definitely not. But this is one of those products that I see a genuine use for in my own life and for that, I'm delighted it exists.

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  • Let me provide an alternate view. Why do you need this to be portable? Do you travel with an external monitor, big USB, drive, wired keyboard/mouse, WiFi to ethernet adapter? I get the stand part, I have two at my desk with USB-C hubs sitting under them, permanently. I also have one of the many folding portable stands for travel. Honestly I also have a small USB-C hub/dock for travel, but it has SD slots, rather than the ethernet this has. Those I use. Rarely use the HDMI or USB-A ports. I guess this falls into the George Carlin observation, "Nail two things together, that no-one has ever nailed together before, and someone (paraphrased) will buy it from you.
  • I cannot speak for the author of the article and their use case, but for me, this will be great because of my use case. I work 2 to 3 weeks at home, however, depending on what is happening, I travel to one of 3 offices of which I am a guest with no office or set workspace. One location is a warehouse where I have a small folding table I pull out to put the laptop near the equipment so I can get diagnostic equipment and the second location is the manufacturing location where again I am on the floor working with different people and testing various things via software diagnostics. Having an all-in-one solution for me will be awesome as I can go from home to the various offices and just pull out the stand and plugin and go working. If I was only working from home and not traveling, I agree with your opinion. Since I am very mobile but still want a stand where I am working, this will be something I will be requesting my company purchase for me or I will purchase it for myself just to save me time.
  • Though, for that case you seem to only need a foldable stand, not the integrated dock... Integrating 2 things together is also the best way to have to throw away something that still half works.
    Change your laptop for a bigger one, you need to change the stand and have to change the integrated dock.
    IMO, having 2 separate pieces of hardware in some cases is just the best way.
  • Even just in my house, I work in several rooms. But regardless I often travel with at least another keyboard and a stand is more comfortable than hunching over a laptop display. If I'm feeling like pushing the boat out I'll take a laptop downstairs and work in the kitchen.
  • I see the stand, but are you using a wired extra keyboard? and mouse?
  • And if you do, what's the benefit of the integrated dock ? If you have a keyboard at each potential workplace... you'll have to plug it everywhere you go as you're moving with the dock...
    If you move your keyboard with you, you'll have to plug it everywhere too... or you could just avoid that by moving all your devices stacked without unplugging, but that doesn't seem really practical. And if you have to plug every device everytime you move, you don't really need a dock, just plug it to your pc.
  • You must be lucky then, when I travel, I need ethernet, I carry a USB-C SSD and USB memory sticks and most of my destinations have an HDMI monitor spare. What I never use when travelling is SD cards. I also carry a similar folding laptop stand. My preferred travelling laptop only has 2 USB-C slots both of which are PD for charging, but no standard USB-A or HDMI ports, it's as though this was made for me, considering the laptop is a Dell XPS 13 I imagine I might not be the only one either and I wonder, perhaps the manufacturer did some research and checked to see if it might be worth building.
  • I haven't used ethernet when travelling for over a decade. I get the situations but still think that your stand, paired with a compact travel dock, like this Uni one*, would be just as convenient. You hook up just as many cables. It's just not glued together, and I dislike short host cables that are permanently attached. They just get hung up on stuff when storing it.
  • Not a bad idea actually. Don't really need it for travel though. Too many laptops now are skimping on the port selection, so getting a hub is becoming more and more essential. (Conspiracy theory dictates that some collusion is going on among laptop and gear makers.)
  • Too true. In a world of remote working though more and more gear needs to be portable I guess. Certainly doesn't hurt. I didn't know I wanted this until I saw it.
  • This looks really nice. I can imagine offices buying multiple units for mobile staff, permanently plugged into their desks, with all peripherals plugged into the stand, and they bring in their ultrabooks and just plug one cable in and get to work.
  • Honestly if you are considering permanent setups, there are better stands and docks for that. That's how I work. I have a stand at home to get the laptop screen up to reasonable height, and an external monitor. Keyboard, mouse, monitor, ethernet are all plugged into a dock...permanently. Just set the laptop on the stand and plug in One USB-C. At work is similar, but two monitors and no stand for the laptop. This folding thing is really is designed to be moved, a lot.
  • What I haven't seen is a laptop stand for Surface Pro tablets. The kickstand extends the footprint needed for the device and most laptop stands are too short lengthwise.