Conclusion: 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.
Logitech Alto Notebook Stand with Integrated Keyboard
9 September 2007
Excerpt: Having a notebook provides freedom to work while traveling or from home. Although I have a docking station, monitor, keyboard and mouse at work, these items are not available when I travel or when I work from home.
Conclusion: 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.Â If you are a frequent LAN gamer who uses a high powered notebook gaming machine, the Alto is a must-have accessory.
Pros: Lightweight and Portable, Ergonomically Designed, USB Hub, Great for Mobile Gaming
Cons: Slightly Expensive, Keyboard has an odd responsive feel
Excerpt: Even the swankiest desktop replacement notebooks cut ergonomic corners, and over time those little flaws can add up to a nasty case of repetitive stress. The best prevention? Try the Logitech Alto, a smart, sharp laptop dock with a focus on comfort.
Pros: Looks great, works great, priced great. Effectively reduces fatigue in a number of ergonomic problem-areas. Excellent keyboard provides pleasant tactile response and lots of useful hot-keys. Light and portable. Painless setup.
Cons: Sorry Mac users, dock is only compatible with a Windows OS. Silicon coated hinge is a dust-magnet. Underpowered USB hub requires extra power supply for optimal use. Rear USB ports can be a pain to access. Front-loading CD drives mandate an awkward laptop-lift to access.
Excerpt: We've all seen it at the local coffee shop, in the cafeteria, or on the train - poor notebook users hunched over their mobile computers like they're working in a room with the ceiling 5 feet too low. Logitech aims to help eliminate the sore shoulders and cramped necks by introducing you to the Alto.
Excerpt: It's a known fact that more laptops are sold than desktops, today. In fact first time computer buyers are also preferring laptops over desktops. Reasons? Plain and simple, cost of ownership has become considerably lower besides a laptop also occupies much less space, a very important point in the...
Conclusion: The Alto cordless does nothing more than add a cordless keyboard to the already successful product. However in doing so you start to wonder why you don't just go and buy a laptop stand and separate wireless keyboard and save yourself some space and money.
Pros: Keyboard, 3 USB 2.0 sockets, easy to install
Cons: Takes up a lot of desk space, laptops with front loading CD bays won't be able to use the CD bay
Conclusion: If you're running multiple laptops and don't want a dock -- and LCD display -- for each of them, then the Alto is a good, portable solution that's well built and serves its intended purpose well enough.
Pros: Doesn't lock notebooks in place, Easily becomes grubby, No integrated mouse solution
Cons: Solid notebook stand, Good quality keyboard, Adds three USB ports