Where do you use your notebook? Sitting at your desk or a surrogate such as on a train or in a coffee shop? Lounging in an easy chair or even on the floor, notebook propped on your knees? Slouching or laying back on a sofa or even in bed?
In all cases you can run the risk of poor posture causing backache in the short term and more serious problems in the longer term. And you can get warm legs too.
Out of this pair of concerns comes a class of peripheral designed to sit between laptop and legs and provide stability, comfort and ergonomics.
One such is Logitech’s Comfort Lapdesk for Notebooks. I’ve never used a notebook stand for a prolonged period, and it was with a half raised eyebrow that I took delivery of Logitech’s.
Visually the white glossy tray-top and mesh underside design is rather ‘of the moment’. The Lapdesk is light enough not to cause bother to the knees on which it needs to rest, and its thick padded base meant it sat on my lap comfortably. A hollow on the underside helps dissipate heat and keep the overall weight down.
The ‘tray’ part sits up at a 12 degree angle, which might seem a little unnecessary given that you can tilt a notebook’s screen, but actually I found it rather ergonomic as it lifted the keyboard to a comfortable typing angle.
An ultraportable might look a little lost sitting on the Comfort Lapdesk for Notebooks whose tray measures 44cm wide and 38cm deep. On the other hand you’ll have room for a mouse. The Lapdesk will accommodate notebooks with screens up to 17-inches in size.
At £30 the Comfort Lapdesk for Notebooks is not a steal, but nor is it overly expensive. Despite its 12 degree angle you could probably eat TV dinners off of it (I didn’t try). I can confirm that it doubles up as a writing tray. It is definitely too large to pack in your laptop bag when you travel.