Are you looking for a laptop lap desk to use for yourself or as a gift for someone? They really come in handy for those times that you want to sit on the sofa, watch a little television and use your laptop at the same time. Perhaps you like to work on your computing in the comfort of your bed but find having your computer on your lap gets a little warmer than you would like. Having a lapdesk to rest your device on helps keep that heat away from your legs and gives a more stable surface to work on.

Shown here: Lapgear Smart Media Exec Lapdesk

There are some nice options for you to consider when looking for on of these portable desks to use for this purpose. Follow me down the page and we will look at some of them together.

Good reasons to use a lap desk when computing

1) Health

There are the obvious reasons of having a sturdier platform to work on and to keep the heat of the laptop from getting too warm on your legs. This is more serious than it sounds. If you spend hours using your laptop on your lap, the heat may well interfere with your normal blood circulation. 

Having a lap desk that will keep this heat from your legs, certainly, will not harm you and it might actually prevent health problems in the future.

2) Laptop durability

Unfortunately, this one only counts if you pick the RIGHT lapdesk. A good lap desk won’t just be comfortable for you, but it will also help your laptop stay cool. I have selected both types: the kind that only helps you be comfortable with your laptop on your lap and the kind that will also cool down your laptop, not merely to keep the heat away from your legs.

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Lapgear Smart Media Exec Lapdesk

This is a longtime best seller

Not shown here: you can also use this as a tablet stand, for when you’re watching videos for instance. 

As a lap desk it’s ergonomic and comfortable, with wrist support as shown. It won’t cool your laptop, but it will last. The cushions can be removed (and therefore cleaned) and it fits laptops up to 15 inch. 

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Unique Styling

The way this laptop lap desk is styled allows for maximum cooling while working on any device that you might choose to sit on top of it. The channel in the back makes for a tidy way to keep your cables out of your way while working. You can also use a tablet on this very functional desk or you can place a laptop as large as 17 inches on it. That is pretty versatile, don’t you think? A nice gift for a college student, a person who travels a lot or for yourself.

This is the first lapdesk on my list that actually attempts to help cool the laptop, as well as protect your legs. Again reviews are mixed. To be fair, with a design like this, the cooling effect depends on the size of the laptop used. A larger laptop will get more cooling action out of this than a smaller one. 

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Multi-Purpose Lap Desk by LapGear

I love this model of a lap desk to use with a laptop, notebook or even a tablet. The design is well thought out with some nice deep trays to hold other devices like your phone or MP3 player. That makes it nice to take along when you are traveling on business or pleasure. It also offers some side pouches that zip closed and provide some storage for other items like your chargers and other cables. The cushions on the bottom of this portable desk have little tiny beads that conform to the shape of your legs which makes it much more comfortable and gives more stability while you are working.

A 17 inch laptop will fit.

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A Lapdesk That Supports Larger Laptops

The nice feature of this lap desk is that it is large enough to support the 17 inch laptops and notebooks. Of course a smaller model will work also. The styling allows for a titled work space and the cushions keep the heat from your device from your legs. It is styled in a faux leather which gives it the look of an expensive model and makes it easy to wipe clean when you need to.

Although overall this lap desk gets good reviews, a few people report that when used for hours at a time, the top gets so hot, the plastic warps and curves.

A 17 inch laptop will fit. 

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Built In Mousepad (Logitech)

This one is so thin and lightweight that you can put it in your laptop bag when you travel. The feature that I like the best is the mousepad that can be pulled out when you need it or pushed in when you do not need it. The surface of this lap desk has an anti-slip texture to it so that you do not have to worry when you shift your legs under it that your device will go sliding off. This model works well with laptops or notebooks that are 15.6 inches or smaller.

Another lapdesk that protects the legs, but not the laptop itself. However, no reports of curving plastic on this one. And it travels well. 

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Extra Storage

A simple design but really functional. This lap desk has an open concept that allows you to store your cables and other items beneath the work surface. The top has a texture to it so that your laptop does not slip around. A nice little handle provides an easy way to transport the desk when you need to take it with you. It can accommodate a laptop or notebook that has a 17 inch display screen and of course anything smaller than that.

Reviewers are happy at the cooling action in this lap desk: it cools both laptop and legs. However, the surface is pretty slick, so only laptops with rubber feet will stay put. Famously the Apple Macbook series will slide off. 

Additional gift ideas for laptop users

If you would like some additional suggestions on gifts that will work nicely for the people on your list who use laptops, visit Laptop Reviews for more information.

Have you been searching for gadgets for boys to give as a Christmas or birthday gift? Getting a boy some sort of gadget to occupy his time and interest is usually a pretty good gift idea. He might like tech kind of gadgets or he might like something a little on the goofy side. There are a variety of different types of gadgets that boys will find appealing no matter what his interests might be.

Shown above: the 4M Tin Can Robot

I have compiled a list below to help you with your shopping needs.

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A Catapult Gadget He Can Build And Then Use

Pathfinders Medieval Catapult Wooden Kit

This little gadget just has boy written all over it. First he will construct the catapult from the pieces provided in the box. Instructions are included for an easy build. Then he can catapult just about anything he has a fancy to get airborne. I’m visualizing paper wads, erasers and maybe even a mini angry bird or two. It will be up to his imagination as to what he wants to send flying once he has built his authentic looking catapult gadget.

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A Robot Gadget

4M Tin Can Robot

Another gadget that a kid can build. Using an empty soda can, he can build a robot. He will need to find his own can to make a part of the robot and he will also need two AAA batteries to have his robot work once it is constructed. A nice gadget for a boy who is interested in science and likes to builds things.

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A Gadget Noisemaker for his Bicycle

Motorcycle Noise Maker Bicycle Horn

If the boy on your gift list is still using a bicycle as his main mode of transportation around town, he will really get a kick out of this gadget. It is a horn but not like your usual lame sounding horn. This gadget makes the sound of a motorcycle instead of a tooting sound that most bike horns make. Boys absolutely love it!

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Lightsaber Flashlight

Underground Toys Star Wars Anakin Lightsaber Flashlight

He can have the “Force” with him when he needs a flashlight or just pretend he has a lightsaber like the ones in Star Wars. It even makes the whooshing sound of the lightsaber in the movies. The flashlight requires 3 AAA batteries to operate and they are included in your purchase.

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Contemporary Version Of The Slingshot

There was a time when boys all had slingshots that they would shoot rocks and pebbles with at all sorts of targets. This contemporary version of a slingshot shoots safe ammo made of a gummy substance. So, even if he shoots the ammo at his little brother or sister, it shouldn’t hurt them. What he will like about it is that if he is a good shot he can propel the gummy ammo 75 feet away. What boy wouldn’t think that was pretty cool? I can think of some big boys that would like this gadget, too.

What is a gadget, anyway?

A gadget is typically some sort of tool or toy that has a specific purpose. Often times they are electronic in nature but they do not have to be. The gadget or gizmo will act in some ways like a machine of some sort. Sometimes we think of a gadget as a novelty item.

Humans have been using the word gadget to describe these little oddities as gadgets since around the 1850s.

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