Product Review - Fellowes Smart Suites Corner Monitor Riser
I recently received a Fellowes Smart Suites Corner Monitor Riser via the Amazon Vine Review program. When I chose this item, I was thinking that it would be nice to reclaim a bit of my desk space by having room underneath the monitor to store more clutter. But overall, my impression is mixed. It does what it's meant to do, but I didn't feel like it was a step up from my current configuration.
In terms of design, the black molded plastic is OK, but the milky plastic overlay that covers the support structure looks and feels somewhat cheap. It comes with additional rubber feet you can use to adjust the height of the stand, but I didn't use them as it would have made the monitor a whole lot higher than it currently is. The unit comes with "directions" on how to assemble it, but I certainly had problems making heads or tails of what they were trying to convey. Granted, I don't think you *need* directions to use this, but the pictures-only instructions did more to confuse than clarify.
My biggest issue was the footprint of the stand. Since I had my monitor set back to the edge of the desk, I really didn't want to bring it forward much. But given the way the three legs of the stand flare out, you can pretty much figure that the monitor will end up somewhat closer to your face than you previously had it. Furthermore, it's much wider and deeper than my current monitor base, so some things had to be spread out a bit more than they had been before. Granted, you get some of that space back under the monitor, but things like speakers and such will end up in different places. When I stood back to look at how things had to be placed to make it work, I wasn't thrilled with the arrangement, and went back to my previous layout.
Obviously, your mileage will vary based on what you have on your desk, whether you need your monitor to be higher than it currently is, etc. But at least for me, this riser didn't offer enough advantages to cause me to stick with it.
Obtained From: Amazon Vine Review Program