Do you like to work or surf on the couch or in bed with your laptop resting on your legs maybe without getting burned? Even if the laptop was born for these needs the summer season has some contraindications and use a normal pillow could be counterproductive for the further overheating of the device while a tray or a flat surface but not insulating would solve only in part the problem.
Here are simple and inexpensive solutions to work or have fun without problems with your laptop even in the hottest days of summer, when to suffer the heat is not only your modem/router: remember that the erythema resulting from contact with a surface at high temperature can have serious consequences on the skin of your legs and scientific studies have shown that prolonged use of the laptop in “laptop” position can lead, in boys to fertility problems due to high temperature in the scrotal area and related problems of spermatogenesis.
But what does a laptop stand that works for summer look like? Forget the models with fans that are born to be placed on the desk with the fans that extract heat from the bottom of the laptop and transmit it to your lower limbs and moreover the surface opposite to the support is usually open or perforated to help dissipation and would leave inconvenient marks on your legs if you wear very short shorts.
The ideal support has a rigid upper surface, usually in non-slip thermoplastic or with an element that blocks the sliding of the laptop and, immediately below, a more or less rigid padding that allows on the one hand the thermal insulation and on the other hand the adaptation to the curves of your legs to better distribute the weight.
We have tried several of them and we recommend the easiest to find and with a basic cost that starts at about 11 Euro and goes up to 35. It makes no sense to spend more because the principle of operation and practicality are the same.
4 Models not to burn yourself
The cheapest model we tried (and for the longest time) is the Byllan of Ikea that despite having a rounded shape is comfortable for laptops even large and has a convenient handle for transport. The upper surface is non-slip and the fabric part can be removed and machine washed. Available in Black and Grey and White/Patterned.
The cost to the public is 15 Euro.
You can buy it online or at various Ikea stores but must be added the shipping costs.
At a double price for Amazon’s loyal customers there’s the basic Relaxdays model, which also has a wrist rest for those who use the cushion with the keyboard at a slight angle to their legs.
E ‘available in a beautiful blue color, has a handle and the support surface is quite large: the padding is a bit basic but the insulating effect is assured
The retail cost is 29.99 Euro. At 34.99 Euros there is also a version with a much wider Bambu top.
One step forward in terms of design is the Belkin Cushdesk, which doesn’t have a palm rest but a non-slip front bar and a wedge shape. Here the finishes are more refined and it’s a more elegant and compact solution than the previous ones to carry around in your backpack for writing and working even on the move on a bus or in the back seats of a car.
It can be found at several retailers in the territory but also on Amazon with a retail cost of about 20 Euro but at a price of about $200.omento is discounted to 13.80 Euro.
Finally, for those who are very organized and even on the couch or in the car want a real portable desk here is HUANUO Laptop Stand with Integrated Cushion and Wrist Pad for Notebook up to 15.6″, with support for Tablet, Pen and Phone.
You can use it as a laptop tray as a good helper to work from home, but also as a bed tray to read or entertain by putting a book, tablet or even food on it. In addition, the knee tray with pillow can be flipped upside down on a desk and the manufacturer states that you can “sleep on it when you need to take a nap.” Let’s just say that back in the days when the writer was a lost Workaholic it would have been super useful.
In any case it is probably the most versatile and multifaceted product at the expense of a footprint that makes it not easily transportable but at home could be the salvation from the heat on many occasions. The retail price is 29.99 Euros.