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With both Mark and myself doing home courses at the moment we spend a lot of time on the computer. Just before Christmas I was writing up my assignment and realised that trying to balance my notes against a vase just wasn't practical! I needed something that was designed for the job. A quick look Amazon came up with a practical solution that didn't cost a fortune. The Fellows Copystand was just what I was looking for. Fellowes do lots of office equipment so I felt certain it would be ok.
The Copystand is made from strong plastic and feels quite sturdy. Mine is a grey colour, dove grey to be precise and is suitable for A4 paper. There's a clip at the top to hold the paper securely in place. Fellowes state the copystand can hold up to 75 sheets of paper but personally I have never used this many. The copystand is adjustable and can be used at 6 different angles by use of a small easel type stand on the back. This is very handy as you can adjust it to suit you wherever you are. I like this feature as it means the copystand will also fold flat making it easy to store away in a drawer or if you are at college in your bag.
We have used this little gadget so many times since we bought it. It makes typing from notes or a book so much easier. It eliminates all the looking down and away from my screen. I get it at the correct angle and I have found I get my typing done so much faster. I love the fact that it fold flat too. It takes up hardly any room in a drawer or I sometimes pop it in my laptop case.
I would say the copystand would be good for children too when it comes to doing homework, I know my nephew loves to use this when he stays. He loves to draw and often copies pictures which he clips to the stand while he's drawing. The copystand can also be used as a clipboard too although I haven't personally had the need for a clipboard I can see how it would be ideal as the clip which holds the paper is strong and has a firm grip.
I bought my Fellowes Copystand from www.amazon.co.uk where it cost me just £7.00, currently they are on there starting from £7.89. They are available from lots of online and office shops where prices do vary so shopping around is worth doing.
I would definitely recommend the Fellowes Copystand, its a simple idea but has made writing up assignments so much easier and I've noticed I don't get quite such a painful neck as this eliminates the need to keep turning my head when copying. Its adjustable so you can find an angle to suit you, and when its not in use it stores neatly away in a drawer or bag.
When typing up documents, it can be a tedious task which is made worst when you have to constantly keep turning your head to look at the sheet with the information you are using or copying. This clipboard style stand as shown in the picture above is a great way to read notes comfortably while typing at your computer.
When looking round on amazon a month a go I was just having a wander round as you do and came across this genius of an idea. It looks such an obvious solution but one I'd never used. So using some gift vouchers I had I decided to take a shot and buy this as I thought at a student I would hopefully get much use out of this product.
When it had finally arrived at my house and been unpackaged I placed it on my desk next to my computer. It was easy to set up and din't take up to much room either. The only downside I felt was that the plastic and design did have a slight cheap-ish look to it however this wasn't bought on its aesthetics but rather it's ability at its job.
Since this purchase has been made it has made it so much easier for me and also quicker when typing up my notes from class and due to it's easel at the back and design it can be put down flat so it's fully portable which is a great feature especially for students.
If the portability side of things isn't at all of use or importance to you then it would be cheaper to just make your own but if you don't mind splurging on an impulse buy then this is a great product which you will use a lot more than you thought you would do.