I finally found something that might make my Dell Latitude D820 or Apple MackBook Pro tolerable to use on the couch. You see, both of those machines generate a pretty significant amount of heat, and if you are already hot natured, you aren’t going to use them very long on your lap without a NASA class heat shield. Especially in the summer of Texas.
Enter from stage left the Logitech Comfort Lapdesk for Notebooks. I am using it at the moment with my Lenovo Thinkpad T61p. I like it a lot already. It is the perfect size and weight. It’s super light weight and has a really nice firm cushion below the plastic surfaces. The T61p is a 15.4” widescreen machine. This leaves about 1.5 inches on each side of the laptop when it is sitting on the top plastic surface. A 17” laptop would be edge to edge. In other words, there is no room for a mouse, which is fine with me.
So if you like to use a laptop but want some relief from the heat generated by today's powerful laptops, then you should checkout this new product. I have a sneaky suspicion that my wife is going to steal this from me tonight. That’s ok because I am going back to Fry’s tomorrow anyway to return a firewall. I’ll probably pick up another one of these laptop firewalls for her/me while I am there.
Time will tell how well it holds up to abuse. At $39 I’m not expecting years and years, but I am hopeful it will last a year or two.