(Pocket-lint) - The Xbox Series X already stands tall when compared to its predecessors, but giving it a dedicated stand or wall mount can be really beneficial to your setup.
Not only do the best stands for Series X allow you to save space, but they can also provide neat charging stations and docks for the likes of Xbox controllers and Xbox headsets - as well as providing fans to aid ventilation. Plus, for those who don't have the room to keep it near their gaming monitor or TV, a sturdy mount can help it float nearby.
In order to get the most out of this accessory, though, you need to know two things: what fits your setup and needs, and just how much you're willing to spend.
Once you have that figured out, peruse the tried and tested picks below in order to truly take your next-gen experience to the next level.
Our Top Pick: Best Xbox Series X stands
Fyoung Vertical Stand and Cooling Fan
- Superb for saving space
- Not the most attractive fit for all spaces
If you're after more than just the basic stand for your Series X, a more complete, all-in-one dock can be an excellent solution - and Fyoung's offering is the best we've tested.
It features a drop-in section for the console, which also houses two cooling fans, as well as a twin charging dock for controllers, three USB ports and storage for games.
It's not the most elegant solution for all spaces, granted, but, in our experience, it acted as a neat little space-saver that we quickly couldn't live without.
Xbox Series X stands we also recommend
While the above option is our favourite from testing, we also appreciate it may not be the best fit for everyone looking for an Xbox Series X base. That's why we also recommend considering the below options, too.
T and A Vertical Stand
- Neat and tidy
- LED can be a little annoying
For those who want to simply add some rigidity and rotation to the Xbox Series X - and also improve its potential as a charging hub - then employing a more basic vertical stand is the way to go.
With T&A's option, you get just that. There are no fancy compartments for your controllers or games, but it is able to provide a further four USB ports to the console's built-in options. Being locked into the stand also makes it less likely to topple over if you accidentally bump it, which we very lightly tested.
The only thing we're not sold on is the blue LED ring around the base of the stand - it feels a little too closely aligned to Xbox's biggest rival.
HideIt Wall Mount
- Very sturdy bracket
- Expensive for what you get
It's by no means the cheapest solution for those looking to mount their Series X console to the wall, but HideIt's option felt the most sturdy out of the options we tested.
The C-shape bracket helped it feel very secure on our brick wall, while not restricting the console's airflow (providing you face it the right way), and there's also a neat mount for your controller, too.
As ever, just make sure your wall can stand up to the console's weight - even the best mounts can't provide sturdy fits on loose-fitting walls.
KJH Vertical Stand
- Simple and effective upgrade
- LED can't be turned off
Another classic vertical stand design comes from KJH and is ideal for gamers who need their console to double up as a USB charging hub.
There's not a great deal of functionality here outside of the four additional USB ports, but the stand does allow your Series X to easily rotate and the blue LED may suit the tastes of some (be aware, though, that there is no option to turn it off).
Like similar offerings, it does the job, but it may be worth considering upgrading to a similar unit with charging docks for controllers, too.
Klipdasse Vertical Cooling Stand
- Superb all-in-one solution
- Needs plenty of room
For power users who want an all-in-one unit, it's hard to pack in more function than Klipdasse's offering.
Like others, it features the typical games storage and charging docks for two controllers, but also happens to include a pair of rechargeable batteries, a neat little stand for your headset and a cooling fan for the console itself.
It's not for everybody, we don't think, but it can act as a really good way to condense your setup if you're gaming on a desk.
Other products we considered
When trying to figure out what we believe to be the best gaming laptops currently available, we spent hours testing and researching. We consider a range of factors when it comes to recommending devices - and also when a new device enters our top five selections. This isn't just our own testing, either, but also consumer reviews, brand quality and value.
In all of our roundups, there are also many products we test that don't make the final cut. Since they may be the right fit for some people, however, we've listed them below.
How to choose an Xbox stand
There isn't an awful lot to consider before picking up a stand for your Xbox console, but, given there are some subtle differences between the options we'd recommend and the ones we wouldn't, it's always handy to offer a bit more advice in this section.
What do you need to store?
While most Xbox Series X stands are simply just rotating bases that provide a few USB connections, there are also plenty of other picks that offer storage for controllers, headsets and games. Initially, we weren't sure about some of the usefulness of some of these larger stands, but, unless you already have a dedicated spot for some of these peripherals, it's certainly something to consider. It all really comes down to how much you need to store.
How much do you want to spend?
Mounts and stands do tend to vary quite a lot in price - with more expensive products usually offering more storage. While, as we've said above, this can be handy for those who don't have many alternative storage solutions, it may help to get creative and stick to a basic rotating stand and storing controllers or games in a different way, if you're looking to save some cash.
Is your wall sturdy enough for a mounted stand?
One way of keeping your Xbox out of the way is to mount it to the wall with a C-shaped stand. However, as with anything wall-mounted, you'll have to take care when doing so. We were able to mount our options onto brick walls, and could therefore figure out how sturdy the kit supplied was.
However, if you have a plasterboard wall, you'll likely need a stud-finding tool in order to add some stability. Some mounting kits, of course, also advise against doing this - and, since we didn't test on unsuitable walls, we'd suggest following the manufacturer's instructions if you don't want to take the risk.
More about this story
Every product in this list has been tested in real-life situations, just as you would use it in your day-to-day life.
In the case of Xbox Series X stands, we spent time with plenty of options in order to work out the pros and cons. Most of the products we tested were basic plug-in stands that are designed to store peripherals and charge other gadgets, but some also required mounting onto a wall and a quick test of their stability. Once we were satisfied with our verdict for each stand or mount, we were able to consider it for inclusion.
As with any roundup, it's not possible to deliver a list that works for every type of user, but we lean on the experiences and opinions of the wider Pocket-lint team - as well as thoroughly assessing the areas above - in order to do our best in this regard.
What we always tend to avoid when compiling these picks are needless spec comparisons and marketing lines; we just want to provide an easy to understand summary that gives you an idea of what each product is like to use. Our verdicts are concise, but this is purely in the interest of brevity.
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