Lift and tilt

From two architects turned makers comes an easy way to give your laptop the lift it needs to stay cool, both literally and figuratively. The Prop is a lightweight, portable stand designed to let air flow underneath your laptop while at the same time providing a slightly angled work surface for comfortable typing and reading. Justin Brouillette and Nicholas Pajerski came up with the idea during architecture school while working on computers that ran a bit too hot. When they couldn’t find an affordable and portable solution to help keep their laptop batteries cool and running efficiently, they designed the first Prop prototype in Adobe Illustrator and brought it to life on the laser cutters right on campus. Translucent and minimalist in its design, The Prop blends in anywhere it goes. Made in Nebraska to accommodate up to 17″ laptops, The Prop consists of just two pieces that are as easy to snap together as they are to take apart and stow in your bag. So wherever you and your laptop go, your Prop can go too.

The Prop

Minimalist Laptop Stand

Lift and tilt

From two architects turned makers comes an easy way to give your laptop the lift it needs to stay cool, both literally and figuratively. The Prop is a lightweight, portable stand designed to let air flow underneath your laptop while at the same time providing a slightly angled work surface for comfortable typing and reading. Justin Brouillette and Nicholas Pajerski came up with the idea during architecture school while working on computers that ran a bit too hot. When they couldn’t find an affordable and portable solution to help keep their laptop batteries cool and running efficiently, they designed the first Prop prototype in Adobe Illustrator and brought it to life on the laser cutters right on campus. Translucent and minimalist in its design, The Prop blends in anywhere it goes. Made in Nebraska to accommodate up to 17″ laptops, The Prop consists of just two pieces that are as easy to snap together as they are to take apart and stow in your bag. So wherever you and your laptop go, your Prop can go too.
Crowdfunded
Made in the USA

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Justin
    Justin

    Hello Grommet fans! My name is Justin and I co-designed The Prop laptop stand. (You might have seen us on Kickstarter.) The Prop was designed out of frustration over the lack of portable, well-designed laptop stands available.

    Passive airflow allows The Prop to cool down your laptop without jeopardizing comfort or appearance. It is designed for travel and will become an essential piece of your mobile work space. It will fit nearly any 13" - 17" laptop. Let me know if you have questions.

  • E
    E
    11/21/2013 12:40 PM

    Great idea, but have you thought of a telescoping version? It would make it more convenient for travel and taking it along in a pocket or bag? Or it could have a pivot in the center and be permanently connected (like scissors), but would telescope open or closed to make it super compact. If it were like that, I would definitely buy it.

  • Justin
    Justin – Special Guest
    11/21/2013 12:44 PM

    Hey @E. Interesting idea. When it comes to actually manufacturing a lot of those other ideas they just end up being too complex and costly! We wanted to design a laptop stand that could sell under $20 as the market already has a lot of $30-50 stands!

  • E
    E
    11/21/2013 1:23 PM

    @Justin

    Oh well, it would be great to have, but you make a valid point. I guess it definitely would not be cost effective. Under $20 is always good though ;-)

    Great for home use. I know a friend of mine could definitely use one.

  • Justin
    Justin – Special Guest
    11/21/2013 5:15 PM

    @E :-)

  • Amy
    Amy
    11/21/2013 12:56 PM

    Justin,

    Just ordered 4...great stocking stuffer for my college girls and both my husband & I travel. I've been looking for a good solution(as I type my laptop is sitting on my eyeglass case for venting)! Everything else i've purchased ends up being left behind to make room for files, etc. love the price point!

    Thanks,

    Amy

  • Justin
    Justin – Special Guest
    11/21/2013 12:58 PM

    @Amy Thanks so much Amy! Being great stocking stuffers was a great unintended result of the Prop's design characteristics.

  • Shelly
    Shelly
    11/21/2013 2:47 PM

    Hi Justin,

    Your group picture looks like a band photo! Love it!!!!

    Does the laptop slide around on these, or is the surface rubberized at all to prevent that?

    Thanks

  • Kate
    Kate – Grommet Team
    11/21/2013 4:43 PM

    @Shelly -- Hi Shelly. It is a great shot of the team, isn't it? My laptop doesn't slide around at all. It holds steady both on The Prop itself and on the surface of the desk. I even tried it on a granite counter, and it was steady there, too. I think it's because of the design and the way the weight of the computer distributes across The Prop. Thanks for asking!

  • Justin
    Justin – Special Guest
    11/21/2013 4:49 PM

    Hey @Shelly, thanks, it's a bit old now!

    The Prop doesn't have any rubberized surfaces. There is a minimal amount of slippage in regard to the laptop and Prop. Depending on the weight of the computer (heavier less) and the slickness of the table or desk you have it on, the Prop slides a little bit but it's rarely a concern!

  • Guest
    Guest
    11/21/2013 4:35 PM

    I use a laptop stand that has a much higher tilt angle, one that places the screen vertically at max opening angle. Why? I use an external keyboard and mouse and want the laptop at more of an eye level. Also I use it when connected to a large screen second monitor. I would buy several if they offered a 35°-45° incline. Great idea, as I have to pack a cumbersome stand right now.

  • Justin
    Justin – Special Guest
    11/21/2013 4:51 PM

    @Guest That makes sense. The Prop really excels as a portable stand.

  • Sally
    Sally
    11/21/2013 4:53 PM

    @Guest

  • Sally
    Sally
    11/21/2013 4:55 PM

    @Sally

    What is the incline of the stand now?

    And do you think you might make a stand for ereaders?

    Thanks.

  • Justin
    Justin – Special Guest
    11/21/2013 5:12 PM

    @Sally Hey Sally, the incline of the stand is 9-10 degrees in incline. Not currently, we'd love to in the future. If you sign up for our email list we'll let you know about new products! http://bit.ly/MAKElist

  • Douglas
    Douglas
    11/21/2013 6:19 PM

    What is the Prop made of please? If it is a brittle plastic would it not break too easily ?

    Thank you.

    Douglas

  • Justin
    Justin – Special Guest
    11/21/2013 6:23 PM

    @Douglas The Prop is made from ABS plastic. It's a very durable plastic and rarely breaks! It's also 100% recyclable.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

The Prop

Minimalist Laptop Stand

Lift and tilt

From two architects turned makers comes an easy way to give your laptop the lift it needs to stay cool, both literally and figuratively.

The Prop is a lightweight, portable stand designed to let air flow underneath your laptop while at the same time providing a slightly angled work surface for comfortable typing and reading.
Justin Brouillette and Nicholas Pajerski came up with the idea during architecture school while working on computers that ran a bit too hot. When they couldn’t find an affordable and portable solution to help keep their laptop batteries cool and running efficiently, they designed the first Prop prototype in Adobe Illustrator and brought it to life on the laser cutters right on campus.

Translucent and minimalist in its design, The Prop blends in anywhere it goes. Made in Nebraska to accommodate up to 17″ laptops, The Prop consists of just two pieces that are as easy to snap together as they are to take apart and stow in your bag. So wherever you and your laptop go, your Prop can go too.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Justin
    Justin

    Hello Grommet fans! My name is Justin and I co-designed The Prop laptop stand. (You might have seen us on Kickstarter.) The Prop was designed out of frustration over the lack of portable, well-designed laptop stands available.

    Passive airflow allows The Prop to cool down your laptop without jeopardizing comfort or appearance. It is designed for travel and will become an essential piece of your mobile work space. It will fit nearly any 13" - 17" laptop. Let me know if you have questions.

  • E
    E
    11/21/2013 12:40 PM

    Great idea, but have you thought of a telescoping version? It would make it more convenient for travel and taking it along in a pocket or bag? Or it could have a pivot in the center and be permanently connected (like scissors), but would telescope open or closed to make it super compact. If it were like that, I would definitely buy it.

  • Justin
    Justin – Special Guest
    11/21/2013 12:44 PM

    Hey @E. Interesting idea. When it comes to actually manufacturing a lot of those other ideas they just end up being too complex and costly! We wanted to design a laptop stand that could sell under $20 as the market already has a lot of $30-50 stands!

  • E
    E
    11/21/2013 1:23 PM

    @Justin

    Oh well, it would be great to have, but you make a valid point. I guess it definitely would not be cost effective. Under $20 is always good though ;-)

    Great for home use. I know a friend of mine could definitely use one.

  • Justin
    Justin – Special Guest
    11/21/2013 5:15 PM

    @E :-)

  • Amy
    Amy
    11/21/2013 12:56 PM

    Justin,

    Just ordered 4...great stocking stuffer for my college girls and both my husband & I travel. I've been looking for a good solution(as I type my laptop is sitting on my eyeglass case for venting)! Everything else i've purchased ends up being left behind to make room for files, etc. love the price point!

    Thanks,

    Amy

  • Justin
    Justin – Special Guest
    11/21/2013 12:58 PM

    @Amy Thanks so much Amy! Being great stocking stuffers was a great unintended result of the Prop's design characteristics.

  • Shelly
    Shelly
    11/21/2013 2:47 PM

    Hi Justin,

    Your group picture looks like a band photo! Love it!!!!

    Does the laptop slide around on these, or is the surface rubberized at all to prevent that?

    Thanks

  • Kate
    Kate – Grommet Team
    11/21/2013 4:43 PM

    @Shelly -- Hi Shelly. It is a great shot of the team, isn't it? My laptop doesn't slide around at all. It holds steady both on The Prop itself and on the surface of the desk. I even tried it on a granite counter, and it was steady there, too. I think it's because of the design and the way the weight of the computer distributes across The Prop. Thanks for asking!

  • Justin
    Justin – Special Guest
    11/21/2013 4:49 PM

    Hey @Shelly, thanks, it's a bit old now!

    The Prop doesn't have any rubberized surfaces. There is a minimal amount of slippage in regard to the laptop and Prop. Depending on the weight of the computer (heavier less) and the slickness of the table or desk you have it on, the Prop slides a little bit but it's rarely a concern!

  • Guest
    Guest
    11/21/2013 4:35 PM

    I use a laptop stand that has a much higher tilt angle, one that places the screen vertically at max opening angle. Why? I use an external keyboard and mouse and want the laptop at more of an eye level. Also I use it when connected to a large screen second monitor. I would buy several if they offered a 35°-45° incline. Great idea, as I have to pack a cumbersome stand right now.

  • Justin
    Justin – Special Guest
    11/21/2013 4:51 PM

    @Guest That makes sense. The Prop really excels as a portable stand.

  • Sally
    Sally
    11/21/2013 4:53 PM

    @Guest

  • Sally
    Sally
    11/21/2013 4:55 PM

    @Sally

    What is the incline of the stand now?

    And do you think you might make a stand for ereaders?

    Thanks.

  • Justin
    Justin – Special Guest
    11/21/2013 5:12 PM

    @Sally Hey Sally, the incline of the stand is 9-10 degrees in incline. Not currently, we'd love to in the future. If you sign up for our email list we'll let you know about new products! http://bit.ly/MAKElist

  • Douglas
    Douglas
    11/21/2013 6:19 PM

    What is the Prop made of please? If it is a brittle plastic would it not break too easily ?

    Thank you.

    Douglas

  • Justin
    Justin – Special Guest
    11/21/2013 6:23 PM

    @Douglas The Prop is made from ABS plastic. It's a very durable plastic and rarely breaks! It's also 100% recyclable.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.