Lapworks' desk provides comfort, relief to laptop users

THE BALTIMORE SUN

The main problem with laptop computers is that they're not very comfortable to use on your lap.

First, today's hot microprocessors put out a lot of heat, which is often vented downwards through the bottom of the computer. As a result, a reasonably powerful computer can wind up slow-roasting your legs.

Second, your lap isn't a very stable place. Move a leg or squirm a little - which is going to happen when you get cramped enough from sitting with your legs together with a computer balanced on them - and your expensive PC winds up, with a "thunk," on the floor. This is definitely not the way to treat a delicate machine.

So here's a great idea: the $30 Laptop Desk from Lapworks, which solves those problems handily without adding an untolerable burden to your PC carry bag.

This plastic gadget is a lightweight, heavy-duty, hinged platform that unfolds to provide a mini-desk 20.5 inches wide and more than 11 inches deep. It weighs 1.4 pounds. Folded up, it's 5/8 of an inch thick.

A ribbed design with gripping surfaces on both sides provides plenty of ventilation to dissipate laptop heat at the same time that it provides a firm grip on your legs and your laptop. Never having tried one of these before, I was amazed at how comfortable it was - for the first time, a laptop on my lap felt stable and secure.

The platform is wide enough to allow a little room on both sides of the average notebook PC, so it can accommodate a mouse (you'll probably do better with a miniature pointing device).

Unfortunately, it's a little too wide to fit in the confines of an economy class airline seat.

Still, this is a clever product that solves a real problem.

Information: 877-527-9675 or www.laptopdesk.net.

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