The Apple Core Hardware Gift Guide 2013

Summary:My year end wrap-up of the best Apple hardware and accessories of the year.

Laptop Laidback – $79


Notebook computers emit a fair amount of heat and Electro Magnetic Fields (EMFs) and shouldn't be used directly on your lap for extended periods of time. Apple's MacBook Pro Product Information Guide (PDF) notes that the bottom "may become very warm during normal use" and advises that "if your MacBook Pro is on your lap and gets uncomfortably warm, remove it from your lap and place it on a stable work surface."

Enter the innovative Laptop Laidback ($79) from Laidback We "R" Inc.

This laptop desk/table is practically a requirement in my house. If you work at home, you're used to occasionally working from the couch, recliner and even from bed at times. But doing so requires creative positioning of your computer so that you can be both comfortable and productive. People recovering from surgery, confined to bed or suffering from back-related injuries will also appreciate the benefits of being able to use their computer in comfort from a horizontal position.

The Laptop Laidback is fully adjustable so it can be used in bed or on the couch or in a recliner. It has two adjustable front ledges that can accomodate even the thinnest laptops and tablets. When not in use the Laptop Laidback collapses down to a slim profile so that it can be stored under your bed (which is where I keep mine) or even taken on your next trip. I've been using a Laptop Laidback since 2002 and it's a must-have product in the O'Grady household.

Topics: Apple, Hardware


Jason D. O'Grady developed an affinity for Apple computers after using the original Lisa, and this affinity turned into a bona-fide obsession when he got the original 128 KB Macintosh in 1984. He started writing one of the first Web sites about Apple (O'Grady's PowerPage) in 1995 and is considered to be one of the fathers of blogging.... Full Bio

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