I have 2 of these. One works great as a laptop stand. The other works perfectly as a slim music stand. If your traditional music stand sinks down, this one won't. If your traditional music stand doesn't stay in position where you need it, this one will. There's a secure, tight knob under the desk for securing it nice and tight and the pin at the base keeps it from sinking. Even without the pin, it holds weight well. It comes with a sticky pad for the desk, but you don't need it. The lip at the bottom of the desk is about 5/8", which is less than ~1" on a regular music stand, but it's plenty for an iPad or music book. It's more lightweight than a traditional music stand and it's more stable too.
San Diego, CA