Lapworks' desk provides comfort, relief to laptop users

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February 20, 2003|By Mike Himowitz

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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