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Reviewed by: Trevor Flynn [06.27.07]
Manufactured by: Logitech

 

A Must Have For the Mobile Gamer

Now I readily admit, to this point the Alto still seems quite mundane, and at first glance I will grant you that it is. As a laptop stand/docking station the unit is nice, but at $80 retail it might be more sensible to purchase a basic stand and a USB keyboard instead. Where this unit really becomes indispensable however is for the mobile gamer.

As someone who enjoys attending as many LAN parties as I can (everything from our big 400 man event Lansomnia, to a 10 man garage LAN), I've come to find the joy that can be experienced with using a "gaming" notebook.  While everyone else spends obscene amounts of time first lovingly packing/unpacking their full tower cases/widescreen LCD monitors, I'm online and fragging away before they even get plugged in.

There has always been a major trade-off however for these precious extra minutes (or hours if you're the guy with the water cooled rig and 32" LCD TV/Monitor) of game time. The keyboard and screen orientation of my laptop when placed directly on the table in front of me ensures that both my wrist and neck will suffer after an all night session. Additionally the lack of right side USB ports on my Inspiron notebook makes for a less than perfect cord situation for my gaming mouse.

The Alto is able to eliminate all of these simple problems. Most importantly however it is able to do so while remaining both portable and stylish. I have not yet attended an single LAN in the last three months since acquiring the Alto where I have not gotten both jealous looks and impressed comments from other attendees.

I have not yet attended an single LAN in the last three months since aquiring the Alto where I have not gotten both jealous looks and impressed comments from other attendees. If you are a frequent LAN gamer who uses a high powered notebook gaming machine, the Alto is a must-have accessory.

The Alto is also extremely usefull for anyone who travels to multiple office locations with their notebook for work. The size/weight of the Alto makes it easily to carry with you, and after a full day using your laptop with the Alto as opposed to the traditional "on-desk" method both your wrist and your neck will thank you.

That being said, at $80 the Alto might be considered rather steep for someone who is only looking for an ergonomic setup for their desktop replacement notebook. If you don't need to travel with your notebook there are other less versatile options that will do the same job as the Alto at a lower price point.

  • Lightweight and Portable
  • Ergonomically Designed
  • USB Hub
  • Great for Mobile Gaming

  • Slightly Expensive
  • Keyboard has an odd responsive feel