Review & Video: Magma Traveler DJ Laptop Stand

Review Summary:

This is a great stand. It's light, portable, simple to put up and take down, elegant and attractive. It's unadjustable which may be a turn off for some DJs, but If you need a pro stand that'll last a long time and that you can carry around easily, look no further.

Traveler DJ Laptop Stand
  • Traveler DJ Laptop Stand
  • Rating: 5
  • From: Magma
  • Price: $79
  • Reviewed by:
  • On November 20, 2012
  • Last modified:August 19, 2014
It's fixed position, but that makes it very sturdy and trustworthy.

It’s fixed position, but that makes it very sturdy and trustworthy.

Review: Magma Traveler DJ Laptop Stand

Here’s a laptop stand that will also appeal to the travelling DJ who needs a reliable platform for their laptop or even a small controller, but for whom space is a premium. If you’ve ever tried to go to a DJ show carrying all your gear on a plane in hand luggage, that could well be you. And unlike the Magma Riser stand, this will play nicely with gear below it.

The Magma Traveler laptop stand is sturdy, light (lighter than the Reloop Laptop Stage, for instance), folds ultra-flat and comes with its own case – and is priced affordably to boot. To the right you can see what it looks like when it’s set up, but below you can see just how small it becomes when it’s been fully folded down. It’s actually the smallest, most portable DJ laptop stand we’ve ever seen…

First impressions

They’re good. It’s made of high quality silver-painted metal, and is a simple design in three joined parts with two folds. It comes in a nylon stitched bag with a sturdy zip, and when folded down is extremely compact. It is also very light, so it’s overall highly portable.

Magma Traveler

How’s that for tiny? The Magma Traveler laptop stand folds to under an inch in width, and will easily fit in your laptop bag alongside your Dj laptop.

Every part of the bottom and the top is covered in padded foam grip material to stop the stand slipping when assembled, and to hold your gear firmly when it’s in place. Every section is screwed tightly with two sets of three screws to the next section, and the hinges have high quality domed bolts and washers. There are also two hand tighteners for the bottom hinge, to hold it tightly in place when assembled.

Overall, the design is simple and unfussy, and the materials and construction quality are good.

In use

I set it up on a glass surface and on a lacquered wooden surface, names the office desk and the workshop deck table, and used it over a couple of weeks to really put it through its paces. The stand is fixed position. There’s no adjusting of anything – height, angle – it’s all as-is. That means that the only real adjustment you’re going to have is the angle of your laptop screen.

It is very strong and sturdy in use – I felt utterly confident putting and using a MacBook Air on it, but also it took a Vestax VCI-380 with absolute ease and little “wobble”. It is completely stable “sideways”, but also surprisingly so up and down, with practically no “give” from the sturdy metal frame.

Conclusion

This is a great stand. It’s light, portable, simple to put up and take down, elegant and attractive.

Magma Traveler folded

The Magma Traveler folded. It can easily fit next to your laptop in its bag.

True, it’s not adjustable, which will be a deal breaker for some, but the plus point of that is its simplicity and strength – and as I mentioned above, if you’re using it with a laptop, you can still adjust the screen to suit (and move the stand left/right of course).

It also has the advantage of being well priced. On measure, I think it’s the best overall DJ laptop stand I’ve used, and it’s found a place in my DJ bag. I like how small it is folded down, and the fact it comes with a bag.

If you need a pro stand that’ll last a long time and that you can carry around easily, look no further.

Product Summary

Review Summary:

This is a great stand. It's light, portable, simple to put up and take down, elegant and attractive. It's unadjustable which may be a turn off for some DJs, but If you need a pro stand that'll last a long time and that you can carry around easily, look no further.

Traveler DJ Laptop Stand
  • Traveler DJ Laptop Stand
  • Rating: 5
  • From: Magma
  • Price: $79
  • Reviewed by:
  • On November 20, 2012
  • Last modified:August 19, 2014

Video Review

Do you own this stand? Do you like the look of it? what laptop stand do you use? Please share your thoughts and experiences below.

Comments

  1. How would you compare this with the Crane Stand or Crane Stand Pro? I’ve got a 15″ MacBook Pro that I’d like to get a nice stand for to pair with my new DDJ-SX. I’ve been leaning toward the Crane Stand, but this little guy looks pretty nice as well. Would you pick one over the other?

    • If portability is your thing, I actually think this is better than the Crane Stand Pro, but with that model of course you can adjust the angle. I haven’t reviewed the Crane Stand (normal), so I can’t make that comparison unfortunately.

  2. Electricbloom says:

    The big question is though, how does it compare to the Crane stands? Which do you prefer? and would this fit under a club mixer or CDJ without wobbling the CDJ?

    seems like this is direct competition for the Crane ‘standard’ stand, which also only folds into one position and costs about the same. I really need to get either this or a Crane, I hate my current stand.

  3. Smasherelly says:

    Nice review. I think I’ll go to my local DJ store to check it out. I’ve used the Stanton Uberstand, liked the size of it but always feared it tipping back if I didn’t have the tie strap. I also use a Crane stand which I have my Madchine Mikro on. I haven’t travelled overseas with it as its alittle bigger than the uberstand & when pressing the pads on the Mikro it has a slight bounce back. Also I have to raise my DJ mixer to keep it table as sittin the mixer on the cranes foot makes I wobble. I think this Magma stand may be the best of both worlds. Thanks again Phil

  4. Phil, are prices really correct? US$ 79 or € 95 ???

  5. @ A-Dag-Io

    84,90 € / 99,90 USD

  6. I like the price point, my only concern is the angle of the top shelf compared to the feet; a heavy piece of hardware could see the stand topple over I fear.

    Might be a nice addition to my Crane Pro when I get my second laptop.

  7. This looks like the one for me. All the points you like are exactly what I need.
    Thanks Phil. Hey, on another note – are you using a VCI-380 now, or still the 300? I’ve just picked up my 380 and loooooove it.

  8. DJ_ForcedHand says:

    No matter which laptop stand you get, I strongly suggest getting some Velcro strips for whatever you put on it. There are stupid situations that can be avoided all for a whopping low price of 79 cents worth of velcro.

    I’m still a fan of the Crane stand Pro, and for its price (It’s really not a lot more than its’ competitors but very much worth the stability and flexibility).

    Does this stand lock into its support position (unlike the Uberstand)? I’ve seen some tip-backs that could have been less tragic if the person used some Velcro.

  9. how does this compares to the Odyssey L-Stand M? I’m pretty happy with my L-Stand, but the L-Stand M seems a lot more sturdier and portable. (the shop didn’t sell the L-Stand M when I went there, should’ve bought that one instead of the normal L-Stand really)

  10. what’s the weight limit on this stand? i have a 17″ tosh laptop that weighs in at 8lbs(!). a macbook air is quite less, thanks for showing it with the vci controller.

  11. Hi Phil,

    Thx for the review. The bottom of the stand doesn’t really look superflat. I was wondering if its easy to place a midi controller underneath it without it being wobbly or scratching the midi controller. (reloop jockey 3 ME)

    Thx!

  12. oh.. and by the way. I was wondering if u already reviewed the Akai laptop standaard AK. This is 48 euro’s and also looks like a good portable laptop stand. How is this is compare with the one above?

    Grtz

  13. Nice review Phil thanks.
    I am in the market for a new laptop stand and this looks promising, however I am keen to establish which stand(s) will tuck under the back of my mixer. That is, I commonly find DJ booths workspaces not deep enough to fit my mixer with the laptop stand directly behind it, so I want one whose base will slide under the mixer a bit.
    This stand looks like it has a nice low-profile base – can you tell me what it measures?

  14. I would love to see this compared with the new Reloop Laptop Stage: http://www.reloop.com/reloop-laptop-stage

  15. FreakyPriest says:

    Thanks Phil, I just ordered that thing.

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