theorycast.41 :: The "Futuristic" Cricket Laptop Stand


In this 7 minute video review, I’ll introduce the Cricket Laptop Stand. I’ll explain the big deal about laptop stands, compare the Cricket with my Logitech Alto and Targus Podium CoolPad, and finally show you how sleek the Cricket is.

Review: Cricket Laptop Stand

Joe of LCDarms.com kindly sent one to me after I saw how interesting the Cricket was. Having debuted at CES 2008, the Cricket has just recently started shipping. It looks like something straight out of some futuristic anime; I simply love the way it transforms from an object the size of a thin cordless phone, to a large tripod for holding the heftiest of laptops (such as my 17″ MacBook Pro). It’s portable, height-adjustable, and it looks absolutely killer.

Review: Cricket Laptop Stand

The Cricket Laptop Stand I received didn’t feel heavy, but rather felt solid as a stand. It’s sturdy as you’ll see in my video, especially since it’s made by the same folks who produce heavy duty mounting arms for computer LCDs. Mine came in Eco-Green, though it also comes in MacWhite and Charcoal colors.

Review: Cricket Laptop Stand

For something of such quality build (metal & plastic), it comes at a reasonable retail price of $39.95. I say reasonable because I’ve seen plastic laptop stand costing as much, and aluminum ones going over $100. The Cricket enters a sweet spot in terms of price vs. performance. Here are photos to show you the level of detail in the Cricket’s design…

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Click to any thumbnail to enlarge or view entire photo slideshow here…

Cricket Features:

  • Adjustable height – simply press the big black button to adjust height of screen.
  • Enhances airflow – air circulates beneath and around computer, keeping it cool.
  • Extremely portable – easily fits in a pocket or computer bag.
  • Ergonomic computing – elevates screen to comfortable viewing height, enabling use of full-size keyboard for more efficient computing.
  • For tablet PCs – raises screen at angle for greater readability and more comfortable writing angle.
  • Made of 70% recyclable materials.
  • Offered in innovative sustainable and reusable packaging.

Cricket Specifications:

  • Folded size (L x W x D): 8″ x 2″ x 1″
  • Weight: 0.375 lbs
  • Height adjustment: 11° to 60° (in six increments)
  • Laptop/Tablet PC compatibility: 12 lbs

The Cricket Laptop Stand has been featured on SlashGear and BoingBoing Gadgets. If you can’t wait for it to reach your preferred store, order it via LCDarms.com or by calling 800-524-2744.

Day 2 Update: I’ve realized that the laptop stoppers are in the position of poking my wrists as shown in this photo. I might have to chop them down a little so that I can still type with them.

11 Comments

  1. Posted June 11, 2008 at 1:00 am | Permalink

    looks brilliant! dang i gotta get me one of those..

    brians last blog post..*EXPOSE* what’s all this fuss about Plurk anyhow?

  2. Benedict
    Posted June 11, 2008 at 1:34 am | Permalink

    Yoz, any idea if any vendors in Singapore carries those?

  3. Posted June 11, 2008 at 2:31 am | Permalink

    Brian: Do you really like it? Have you seen better portable laptop stands out there?

    Benedict: Hard to say since it just came out over here. You might have to order online and have it shipped.

  4. Posted June 11, 2008 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    Kevin – Thanks for the detailed review of Cricket. I wanted to let you know that there is a company in Singapore which will be offering Cricket within a few weeks: Elysium Solutions, tel. 65 67416240, email sales@elysium-it.com. Ask for Sudhesh.

  5. Posted June 11, 2008 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    Nice…. Love the simple design.

    Check out their site. They only ship to US and Canada. But strange… they are using UPS for shipping. What is stopping them from shipping worldwide?

    DKs last blog post..I was served with a Writ Of Summons

  6. Daniel Roebuck
    Posted June 11, 2008 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    I have used their products in the past. There are a lot of companies that make mounts, but this company has the best designs and products on the market to move forward in this new design world we live in. If this product is anything like their other’s, it will be a huge hit.

  7. Posted June 11, 2008 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    DK & Benedict: Looks like Joe of LCDarms.com has given you the answer. Elysium Solutions might be a Singapore-based distributor, not so much a retailer, since their address is 80 Genting Lane, Ruby Industrial Complex, #04-10 Genting Block, Singapore 349565. Best to call or email them to inquire.

    Kevins last blog post..theorycast.41 :: The “Futuristic” Cricket Laptop Stand

  8. Posted June 12, 2008 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    @kevin i use those “balls” that you put under your laptop.. really not well versed in the ‘verse of laptop stands -) i’ll believe in anything

    brians last blog post..*EXPOSE* what’s all this fuss about Plurk anyhow?

  9. Posted June 12, 2008 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    Brian, I recall those balls you mention, but I hate how they become a permanent fixture under the laptop. Laptop stands are optional, the most important thing is comfort, not looks (which I’m guilty of). ;P

  10. Sudhesh
    Posted June 24, 2008 at 1:33 am | Permalink

    Hi All,

    The Cricket will available in Singapore by July 2008. All 3 colours of Charcoal Grey, Eco Green & Mac White. It’ll retail at S$59.95 (inclusive of GST Tax) each.

    cheers,
    Sudhesh
    Elysium Solutions (S) Pte Ltd

  11. Peggy
    Posted August 11, 2008 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    Kevin: Thank youf or the review, I’ve been looking for a stand for my HP 2133 mini notebook and found the cricket online but your review really helped make up my mind. Thx, I’m gettin’ one, Peggy

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