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A few months ago I finally made the big purchase and bought myself a laptop to use at home. I don't have an office space or desk, and prefer to use my laptop either while I'm sat on the sofa in my living room, or in bed if I'm feeling lazy. My laptop is second hand and a little over the hill compared to brand new models, and the fan does struggle to keep up sometimes, which can cause the base of the laptop to get very hot. Rather than be uncomfortable and have overheated legs from resting the laptop on my lap, I remembered this Belkin CushDesk, which I had seen advertised previously. I thought it would be a good idea to make using the laptop more comfortable, and bought one from Amazon.co.uk for £11.44, which is a good reduction on the RRP of £17.99.
Product description: "This CushDesk is uniquely designed to keep your legs protected from a hot laptop. Set your laptop on the CushDesk and travel around the house, from the bed to the couch - anywhere you like to surf, email or shop."
The CushDesk is sort of a glorified lap tray specifically designed to hold a laptop. It has a rectangular surface that fits up to an 18.4" laptop. Mine is a modest 13" which is great for me as it weighs less and is easy for me to carry around. It fits onto the CushDesk with plenty of room to spare, and if I push it over to one side so the laptop is off-centre then this frees up enough extra space for me to also use my USB mouse on the CushDesk surface.
The design is simple but clever, and it really works! The CushDesk has a slight wedge shape to it, which elevates the laptop so the screen is well positioned for viewing, and there is a "bumper" strip at the front edge of the CushDesk that ensures your laptop cannot slide off and keeps it securely in position. On top the surface of the CushDesk is solid and smooth, but underneath it has a soft yet firm cushioned section which makes it comfortable when positioned on my lap. The CushDesk is incredibly lightweight so this also helps it to feel more comfortable and does not weigh down on my legs. This also makes it easily portable so I can set up my "desk" wherever I like.
One thing that I was pleased to see when I was shopping for my CushDesk is that it is available in a range of different colour choices. There are some more masculine or neutral colour combinations, but I opted for the girly choice of black and pink. The top desk surface is black, with the cushion section being a nice bright pink, and the details like stitching and the bumper bar are also pink.
As for how it actually works, I've had nothing but a positive experience right from the first time of using it. The hard surface handles any excess heat from the laptop and although it may retain this heat for a while, it does not penetrate through the top surface so my legs are completely untouched by the heat and this is much more comfortable to use. The cushioned pad underneath also adds to the comfort factor and spreads the weight evenly so it's not applying pressure in a concentrated area. The bumper bar keeps my laptop in place so even if I'm fidgeting my laptop isn't sliding around or at risk of falling off.
In all the time I've been using this so far the CushDesk has not suffered a single mark or scuff, which is impressive in my opinion. The surface is very sturdy and resilient which is perfect considering that it gets quite a heavy amount of use. It is easily cleaned by using a damp cloth, although I've not had cause to clean it yet, it seems to repel dust and crumbs! I'm happy that it is so hardwearing as I can see myself using this for a long time coming, and it's exceptional value for money considering how well it performs.
I am thoroughly pleased with my Belkin CushDesk as it is efficiently designed to do the job its needed for, and the colours make it look nice rather than just a generic computer accessory. I would recommend this to anyone who has the same problem with an overheating laptop, as it's a much more satisfactory solution than simply placing a magazine underneath (which is what I used to do!) and makes using my laptop much easier and more comfortable.
I spend a lot of time on my laptop - normally all evening while my hubby watches tv - and during the many hours it's on it can get very hot on your legs! My mum's laptop had recently died due to overheating as she always had it on her lap/a cushion rather than a hard surface, so I thought getting some sort of lap tray would be a good idea. As luck would have it, Argos had the Belkin Cushdesk on offer at only £6-something - so I ended up buying one for myself and one for my mum! We are both really happy with it especially considering the bargain price.
The desk itself is approximately 17" wide by 13-14" high, so will comfortably support even the larger laptops. Since buying mine, I have replaced my 15.6" laptop with a 10" netbook, and I love the fact I can use the extra surface space as a "mouse mat" for my mini wireless mouse! It has a sloped wedge shape, which makes typing at a much more comfortable angle, and there's a rubber strip along the bottom to stop your laptop sliding off the edge. The surface is made from a very hard matte plastic (which the rubber feet on your laptop/netbook will grip to nicely), and the foam padding underneath is covered by a layer of very thick good quality nylon fabric - just the same material as some of the very expensive laptop cases.
This has other uses than just a laptop tray too - I've used mine as a writing desk when doing paperwork and even as a dinner tray when eating in front of the tv! It's very useful, especially as I have limited mobility due to a back problem, so anything that makes my life easier when I'm confined to the sofa/bed is a blessing.
The only possible downside is that the foam is very firm - although I guess that makes it more durable? A softer foam might mould to your legs better though, reducing the chance of it toppling off your legs... just a thought. However, it's extremely comfortable and light on my lap, and does the job of keeping the heat away from my legs and preventing the netbook from overheating. Therefore I give it 5/5!
I'm a bit of an addict when it comes to using my laptop and seem to spend about half my evenings typing away on DooYoo or Facebook... anything to avoid doing my lesson planning! I always start off sat at my dining room table with all my books scattered around me but before long the lure of the television becomes too much to bare and I always end up migrating over to my sofa with my laptop. Now the only downside I've found is that the underside of the laptop can get rather warm which consequently results in my legs becoming rather toasty to say the least. Now normally this isn't a wholly unpleasant feeling but during the summer it resulted in my legs getting quite sweaty which is hardly an attractive feature!
While purchasing a case for my laptop I noticed that there was a bundle deal offer on Amazon to purchase a Belkin Laptop Cushdesk which is uniquely designed to protect your legs from a hot laptop while using it on the sofa or on a bed... basically anywhere that it comes into direct contact with your legs. As if that wasn't enough it also has a gentle incline which means your laptop will be sat at a slope which should improve typing comfort and reduce any neck strain caused by looking down at such a steep incline as normal. The cushion is also advertised as being covered in an anti-slide material so it will stop your laptop from sliding or slipping around which was a frequently recurring problem when it was perched on my sweaty legs!
The Belkin Notebook Cushdesk in Pitch Black & Soft Grey is currently available on Amazon at the price of £14.19 which seems quite reasonable to me... although I did manage to get it for just over £10 when I bought it as part of a bundle deal. The price on Amazon does seem to fluctuate quite a lot as when my dad bought one last autumn it had gone up to £17.99 and at Christmas it was on offer for around the £12 mark so it's worth keeping your eye open if you want it. It's far cheaper to buy it from here as places such as Dell are currently selling it at £27.59 which I would say is severely overpriced. It is also available in the usual high street stores such as PC World if you wanted to go and have a look at it before actually buying it.
The Cushdesk comes in a plastic packaging which does seem a little pointless as it could have just been sent out as it was or with a cardboard holder around it for instance. The plastic features a picture of the Cushdesk in use and explains a little about what it's used for, but nothing more than what you could glean from this review so far. The product itself is quite simple in terms of design yet it does retain quite a smart look about it, largely due to the colours. The bottom half is a cushion which is quite soft and smooth while the upper half is a harder, more robust leather surface which you would actually sit the laptop on. The bottom half is a light grey colour while the top half is a dark black colour, altogether creating quite a stylish exterior!
It's clear to see that the bottom half has been built up at one end and lowered at the other end to create a slant which the black half then sits upon. This wasn't something I was initially that bothered about when I was ordering it but since I've started to use it I've found that it's a really good feature to have - rather than having it flat and having to flex my wrist in a rather unnatural position my hands fall effortlessly over the keyboard with no strain to my wrists at all. The Cushdesk is an ideal size for my laptop, its dimensions are 44.5cm by 34.5cm and it has a depth of 4cm. It would be suitable for the majority of laptops and even a notebook wouldn't look out of place on here, as long as the screen isn't over 17inches it would be fine.
The Cushdesk weighs around 900g which means it doesn't add much extra weight when my laptop is on my knee. Overall it's really quite comfortable, far more comfortable to have this on my knee than the outer casing of my laptop. The bottom half that comes into contact with my legs is really smooth and the material doesn't irritate my legs or cause them to heat up either. The upper half is really smooth as well and I did at first wonder if that would cause the laptop to slip but once it's sat on here there is no movement whatsoever. I can literally tilt the Cushdesk to the side and it won't move at all (obviously if you turned it completely on its side there would be movement... I really wouldn't recommend testing out this theory though)!
So does it protect my legs from the heat of my laptop?
Without a doubt, I have sat in the past with my laptop on for over three hours and haven't felt any discomfort or heat.
And does it slide or slip around at all?
No, neither the cushion or the laptop budge at all when they're situated on my legs... as long as I don't start jumping around!
And does the slope improve typing comfort?
Without a doubt once again, I don't feel any discomfort in my neck or my wrists, it seems to produce a more natural position.
There isn't really much to talk about in terms of the upkeep of this product as I've had mine for about six months now and it looks the same as the day I bought it really. I have managed to spill various food items on here including a nice big blob of tomato ketchup but this just wiped off with a damp cloth. It's recommended that you don't use any household products on here, especially on the leather half, as this can cause staining - a damp cloth is all you'll need to get rid of the majority of marks and stains. In terms of how long this product will last for I have no doubt in saying that it'll quite easily last me several years, if not longer and I don't have any plans to replace it or have need for a new one in the next couple of years at all.
I'd thoroughly recommend the Belkin Notebook Cushdesk in Pitch Black & Soft Grey as it does its jobs and helps prevent my legs getting sweaty unnecessarily, it's also very reasonably priced, will no doubt last a long time and is really easy to store (due to having a 4cm depth I can easily store it behind my sofa or on a dining room chair). There are very similar models available from Belkin in an espresso brown and hot fuchsia colour (priced at £13.99 on Amazon) as well as an espresso brown and dark blue colour (priced at £10.93 on Amazon but this model doesn't have the inclining slope). So if you're after a bit more comfort and non-sweating legs when using a laptop then look no further, the Cushdesk is the answer to your problems!
Thanks for reading.
When my boyfriend began his PGCE course in September this year, and began his in-school placement, he was given use of a laptop, in order to help with lesson planning, typing up coursework, and keeping organised . It was only a very basic laptop, and it had one problem, common to many laptops - it would overheat at the botto, making it actually quite uncomfortable to use on your lap .
We didn't really have any other surface suitable for using it on . It certainly wasn't going on my highly polished coffee table, and the computer desk upstairs was already covered with assorted gubbins . We needed something to place this on to make it comfortable to use, but as this was only a loaned laptop he would be using for 3 months, just for the duration of his first school placement, buying a whole new desk seemed an impractical and unreasonable expense .
So, we went to our local PC shop, to see what they would recommend - and what they recommended was the Belkin Cushdesk . We paid just under £11 for one, and happily took it home to try.
Essentially, it is a small padded sloped wedge, quite squishy on the bottom and yet quite firm on the top, that can be rested on the lap, with the laptop just placed on top . Ours came in black and pink, but we did see some other colours available - black and grey, and black and cream are the ones that immediately come to mind .
I was slightly worried that this might make using the laptop a little risky - it looked like the laptop might just slide off the smooth surface, but actually I found the laptop rested securely on the top, the material seems to have some sort of rubberising to it that makes it less slippy than it looks. It also has a slight raised ridge at the front, so there is a small barrier there should the laptop start to shift.
Because it is quite soft and padded, it was very comfortable to use, and so light I could hardly notice any difference in weight. It absorbed the heat well, and neither my boyfriend nor I felt any discomfort when using the laptop alongside this .
The fact that the top is firm allows air to circulate around the PC, so that while the cushion absorbs the heat, it is also allowing the laptop to remain ventilated. The slight slope of it makes it very easy to position the laptop comfortably .
Overall, for what it is, it's a decent bit of kit . It just makes using a laptop a tiny bit more comfortable - no more, no less . Recommended
This was one of those products that I was always extremely sceptical about buying because really justify a use for it. Normally I would just sit on a chair and balance the laptop on my legs. Occasionally, it may slip slightly, but a simple re-adjust and everything was ok again. Every so often I might get the 'hot legs' problem where my clothes had blocked the laptop's air vents and the laptop and battery had heated up, but I tended to use this as an excuse to take a break.
Then I was at someone's house doing some work with them on the laptop and he pulled out this Belkin CushDesk thing for me to use. I thought ok, I'll give it a try just to appease him, and within an hour I was totally hooked and wanted one myself.
I bought mine from Amazon for just under £10 about a year ago. Basically it is a sort of mini desktop on which you can place your laptop and then sit the whole lot on top of your legs. The hard top surface is 44.5 cm by 34.5 cm meaning it provides more than enough space for your laptop and possibly enough area left to operate a usb mouse down one side, or a least provide somewhere firm to put your drink while you're working. The whole surface also has an anti-slip strip on it which means it will hold everything nicely in position and there is a slight lip at the bottom edge which will probably hold a pen or pencil in position.
The special bit is the foam padding underneath this hard top. This bit is effectively a well padded pillow that will sort of mould to your legs to provide a firm footing for this laptop/CushDesk combination. The thickness of the cushion is about 4 cm, which then thins out towards the back edge of the cushion (creating a wedge cushion shape), the result meaning that the CushDesk slightly slopes back towards you. Of note when I bought mine, the cushion bit seems to come in a variety of colours. I bought a standard grey one, but a quick look around Amazon shows other colours of black, red and blue available. A nice finishing touch that Belkin have also done is to colour code the lip at the bottom of the hard top to the cushion colouring below giving it an overall quite stylish finish.
Overall it is quite light in weight, so it's not going to be a major burden on your lap. One of the key things when using your laptop with this is that the hard top surface manages to ensure that an airflow is maintained under and around the laptop, thus ensuring that your laptop stays cool and doesn't overheat. I suppose in the long run, this will ensure that your laptop has a longer life since most electronics operate better when they are cooler. Hence, you don't need to buy a replacement laptop sooner than expected which ultimately saves you a lot of money - all for the initial low cost of under £10 for this Belkin CushDesk.
In summary, this CushDesk is far better than I would have ever expected, and it is not something that I would have gone out and bought myself had I not tried it first at a friend's house and seen how useful it was. I find that Belkin tend to make well made products, and this CushDesk is no exception.
I have always been a browser of the internet, but even more so since I have been over in Belgium and haven't had my friends and family around me to keep me busy. Unfortunately, the fan on my laptop seems to have aged a little too quickly and it heats up and burns my legs when I have it sat on my lap. So I went into PC World last month in search of a product that could eradicate this problem for me. And the sales assistant showed me this Belkin Laptop CushDesk. I laughed initially as it sounds like an invention someone from the Apprentice or Dragon's Den would come up with but it is actually great.
*About the Product*
Belkin's Laptop CushDesk is uniquely designed to keep your legs protected from a hot laptop when using your laptop around the house on your couch, bed or floor. The gentle slope improves typing comfort and reduces neck strain, whilst an anti-slide strip keeps your laptop from slipping. Set your laptop on CushDesk and travel around the house, from the bed to the couch anywhere you like to surf, email, or shop.
*Price and Availability*
Belkin Laptop CushDesk is available to buy at the special price of 17.99 when you buy online at www.pcworld.co.uk or in store it will cost you 24.99. I have also seen it for sale on one of my favourite websites, www.amazon.co.uk however the price constantly fluctuates. I think last week it was retailing at under 10 so if you manage to buy it at this price, you really will have grabbed yourself a bargain. But I think that the regular price is fairly reasonable for this product and one that I was willing to pay it to prevent my legs from the heat that was coming from the laptop onto my legs. I probably wouldn't be too happy if I was paying any more than this though.
The packaging: It annoys me that this product even has packaging as it is completely unnecessary. It is a piece of plastic wrapped around the length of the CuskDesk explaining a little about what its purpose is. Something that I need to waste my time removing and putting in the correct recycling pile.
The product itself: What you really want to know is what does it look like. Well, it is actually quite simple in design. The bottom part of the product in a cushion and the top part of the product is a hard, leather surface which you put your laptop on. The cushion of this product is a bright pink and therefore perfect for the ladies. The cushion part is also slanted at an angle that is more comfortable for you to see and use your laptop at and I definitely find that this is the case, rather than having it flat and having to flex my wrist at strange and awkward angles. I also find it to be the perfect combination between being soft and comfortable and firm and sturdy.
The top part of this CushDesk is made of brown leather with pink stitching around the outside. It has a smooth texture which makes you think, won't this make the laptop slide all over the place but this is not the case at all due to the pink anti-slide strip along the bottom. This strip prevents the laptop from slipping and sliding and keeps it firmly in position.
The size: It is 44.5cm x 34.5cm x 4 cm: the perfect size for my laptop and for any laptop that has a screen size of up to 17inches. And it weighs just 998g so it isn't heavy at all. Its slim size is fantastic because it means that when you aren't using the product, it is small enough to store just behind the back of my sofa. It doesn't take up a lot of space and its looks tidy.
Is the Belkin Laptop CushDesk uniquely designed to keep your legs protected from a hot laptop when using your laptop around the house on your couch, bed or floor? This CushDesk is the perfect product to protect me from the intense heat that comes from my laptop. It is also great as it is much comfier than having my laptop directly on my laptop anyway. I now never sit on my sofa without making use of this pretty CushDesk.
Does the gentle slope improve typing comfort and reduce neck strain? Yes, at least I find that it does. It is perfect if you are a sufferer of RSI and don't want to use a cushion that will put your wrist at uncomfortable positions, especially if you are using it for long periods of time.
Is the anti-slide strip effective at keeping your laptop from slipping? It most certainly is. I can't think of a single time that my laptop has slid about whilst on the CuskDesk.
Range of colours: Belkin Laptop Cushion is available to buy in 3 different colours: pitch black/soft grey, espresso/dark sky and espresso/fuchsia. I have the espresso and fuchsia colour and I think it looks great.
Longevity of the product: Belkin Laptop CushDesk will last you a very long time if you look after it. So far, I have only had mine for just over a month, but it looks the same as the day that I bought it. To take good care of Belkin Laptop CushDesk, you just need to clean it every couple of week with a damp cloth. This will leave it in the best possible condition for you to use for months and maybe even years. I'm hoping that this will last me forever so that I don't need to buy another one again! Or at least until there is an alternative to laptops that overheat!
Before buying Belkin Laptop CushDesk, I had started to use a regular pillow to protect my skin from burning from the heat of the laptop however it kept overheating and I was blocking the air vents around the fan. Now, I have no problems with regards to the laptop overheating and switching itself off. I guess it just needed looking after properly.
*Would I Recommend This Product?*
If you are looking for a product that will product your legs from the heat of a laptop, then I would wholeheartedly recommend Belkin Laptop Cushion. It fulfils this role excellently. And if you are looking for a product that performs this task whilst also looking great and being reasonably priced then look no further.
I absolutely love Belkin Laptop CushDesk. The brand has a great reputation and this product lives up to that. It is a product that I now always utilise when using my laptop away from a table or desk and it is certainly more comfortable for me now. I can sit and watch television on my sofa, have my laptop on its CushDesk and feel comfortable doing this.
Having used various laptop stands and colling racks and the like I think the Belkin Cushdesk is one of the better options in my opinion. The Cushdesk is designed to protect your legs fro a hot laptop around the house when you are sat with it on your knee. The gentle slope improves typing comfort, I find this to be the case especially when used on a desk or table because the slant is at a fixed angle.
Although the instructions suggest it also mreduces neck strain I would say that the angle has nothing to do with this, as you can easily change the angle of your screen but because your laptop is at a slightly higher height then you dont have to look down so much. There is an anti-slide strip on the top surfact which prevents the laptop from sliding.
The dimensions are 44.5cm x 34.5cm x 4cm and weighs 899grams. The fact it is very easy to wipe clean makes it a long lasting accessory and it comes in a variety of colours to suit all tastes. At under £10 including p + p it is a very cheap solution.
Although the design is very simple, it does a very good job at keeping your lap cool and is a very comfortable typing tool aswell because of the angle. I think the reason for the slant is to prevent the laptop from sliding forward and off your lap, but it does certainly aid keyboard comfort.
I'm sure most people have experienced how hot a laptop can get and it isn't very pleasant surfing the web while your lap gets hotter and hotter. Men in particular shouldn't sit with a hot laptop next to their...err...private parts, so with this in mind and my husband's love of surfing the net while watching the TV I decided to get one of these for him. However, I have ended up using this as much if not more.
It really is not anything complicated in design; it is simply a pillow with a hard surface on top for your laptop to sit on. It is slightly slanted, which is meant to make it better to type on, personally, I don't really notice the slant, which probably means it is doing its job.
I really like this CushDesk, I am currently using it now. I find that it does make a nice surface to rest your laptop on when you aren't at a desk or somewhere that you can easily put your laptop on to displace the heat.
The hard surface also keeps your laptop cooler than if you just put it on
a regular pillow because it doesn't sink down and block the air vents, making the laptop get even hotter. It also has an anti-slide strip at the top which gives your laptop that added bit of extra support, to make sure it won't go anywhere. However, I have never found that my laptop is in danger of slipping off when I use this, in fact it feels quite secure sitting on there, more so than when balanced on my knees.
Dimensions 44.5cm x 34.5cm x 4 cm (so just have a quick measure of your laptop to make sure it will comfortably fit before ordering)
Item Weight: 998 g
I bought our one from Amazon and it is currently retailing for £9.79, which in my opinion is a fair price. The RRP is set at £17.99 which to be honest would be way too expensive for this, as it is a good idea but really it is nothing special and if you were inclined or able to you could probably make something like this yourself.
Overall, Belkin are a good and reliable brand and really I doubt I will ever need to buy another one of these CushDesks, unless me and the husband decide we can't share.
--My overall opinion--
I am going to give this four out of five stars, it is nothing complicated but it does its job well. It makes surfing the web on a laptop that bit more comfortable from the sofa. Overall, I am really pleased with this product but I wouldn't think it is worth paying over £10 for. It doesn't come with any frills that similar laptop cushions do but it does its job well, if you are looking for something like this I would recommend taking a good look at this one