The Elan is not only portable but will hold up to 30" frames. It can be easily carried in your stitching bag as it can be folded down to 15" x 6" x 2.5". This is also the first time I have been able to stitch two handed. I believe as I get better at it my stitching speed will improve. The ability to have both hands free is amazing. In addition, while I don't have a problem with the weight of the stretcher bars or Q-Snaps for an hour or two I may be able to stitch for longer periods of time by using the stand to hold my work. I can also attach my chart holder without having to worry about the additional weight that it adds. I have been hesitant to spend the money on a lap stand but this one is well worth the expense. It is not only well constructed but easy to set up and use. If you have never tried a stand you should see if a friend or your LNS has one you could try.