When space is at a premium or when you need portability, a tabletop lectern can be a great aid to a speaker without taking up the space of a full-size, stand-alone podium. Wooden lecterns give an air of elegance, but lecterns made of other materials also have their benefits. You can customize some models with a company logo for added brand recognition.There are many different styles of tabletop lectern. Features that affect the pricing and costs of table top lecterns include the following factors:1. The material used to make the table top podium;2. The ability to amplify sound, which may be a built-in system;3. And extra features, including whether it folds for ease of carrying or has extra features such as a light or a clock. Choose an acrylic table top podium for a venue with modern decor Manufacturers generally design acrylic lecterns to blend in with the environment, often using clear acrylic for the design. Black acrylic models are also available, as are podiums that you can customize. Expect to pay between $125 and $450 for an acrylic table top lectern, not including any sound equipment. Find simple table top lecterns for small conference rooms A simple lectern gives a speaker a place to put his or her notes and can hold items such as notebooks or the speaker's beverage. Use this type when the room is small enough that it doesn't require a sound system or when you have a sound system that does not require a microphone stand and speaker, such as a wireless microphone system with built-in speakers. Expect to pay as little as $100 for a simple wood model up to as much as $1000 for a model made of high-quality wood. Use tabletop podiums with sound amplification for larger rooms Table top lecterns can be a simple podium with a built-in speaker and attached microphone, or they may have advanced features like a light to illuminate the speaker's notes, wireless capability for the microphone or a digital clock viewable by the speaker. Choose a lectern with built-in sound for larger venues or locations with background noise that you can't control. Expect to pay anywhere from $500 to $1500 for one of these lecterns. Go mobile with a portable table top lectern or PA system If you have to speak in many different locations away from your place of business, consider investing in a portable lectern that contains sound. There are many styles, some made of wood or wood veneer, and others that look more like an industrial speaker. Expect to pay anywhere from $350 to $1500 for a model with these features. Table top lectern providers that sell models with sound often sell accessories such as extra microphones.