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We were given this last Christmas by the in-laws after we mentioned that we were all experiencing that ongoing issue of 'hot legs' from using the laptop on our laps. They looked around on the internet and came across this idea of a laptop table on Amazon for just over £6, and the addition of an integral light just seemed to add to the appeal.
Now at around £6, you might think that this table would be very cheaply made, but for the price, it is a fairly good quality build that is functional and fit for purpose. The concept is that it is basically a small hard plastic table top fixed on top of a cushion. The cushion itself is full of those little polystyrene beads that will shape the cushion over your legs so that it provides a comfortable position for the table to sit. The idea of the hard top is that you can put your laptop on top of it. The main cause of the 'hot legs' issue with laptops is to do with the blocked vents underneath when you put the laptop on to your legs or just sit it on to a soft cushion. The vents underneath should be free to allow airflow into and out of the laptop, thus cooling the components and prolonging their life. If they are blocked, the internal components start to overheat (causing the 'hot legs' issue), ultimately shortening the life of your laptop. By using your laptop on this hard laptop table, the vents underneath remain unblocked, allowing a free airflow underneath your laptop and thus keeping everything cool. So for the sake of £6, you are effectively prolonging the life of your laptop.
But let's look a little more in depth at what we are getting here. The size of the table top is 44 cm x 34 cm with the cushion attached underneath. Beyond the table element, there are also some nice little additions to this top. At the bottom edge you have a pen holder slot, and the top right corner has a drinks holder, which seems large enough to accommodate most medium sized glasses. But just to make this table a little more special, they have also included an adjustable 5 LED light in the top left that runs off of 3 AA batteries. So the finished product does have some nice useful additions.
So what is it like to use? Well the cushion element isn't excessively overfilled with beads, meaning that is will easily shape itself to fit over your legs and provides a fairly sound base for the table part. The table is hard and durable, so it should be able to take a few knocks etc. Now put your laptop on it and therein could be a problem. I have a Dell laptop with a 15.4 inch screen, a fairly standard size nowadays I suppose. But when I put the laptop on the table it does partially cover up a few of those useful additions to the table. I can still just about get to the pen slot, but my laptop now partially covers the drinks holder. So in reality, I would say that this table is perhaps better suited to a smaller laptop or a netbook. Looking at the LED light, it does provide an adequate light to your keyboard - you might struggle to read with it, but it provides enough to identify the keys on your keyboard.
In summary, where does all this leave us? To me, for the price, this is a very good buy. It's functional and doesn't seem to me that it will fall apart after the first few uses. Indeed, we've now used it for many months and it is still complete. The LED light, whilst useful, could have been brighter. The addition of the cup holder and pen slot are fine, if you can use them with a larger laptop in place, and that is a problem that restricts the usability of this table. Perhaps having the table just a few cm larger would have made all the difference if you intend to use a larger laptop with it. So balancing up the positives and negatives of this review, I could probably give this a 3 star recommendation.
There are so many products around these days stating to be laptop tables all of which vary in price from as little as a couple of quid to posh glass and wooden tables that extend up to your lap from the floor for over £50. The half broken laptop I inherited off my mum last year used to get too hot on my legs and I'd feel like it was burning my skin, so I was looking around for something to stop this from happening, I tried a plastic folder which ended up starting to melt and resorted to a cardboard folder which ended up bending. So I hunted around online for a product I never knew existed, and when I found this on Amazon at a bargain price I bought it instantly.
It's stated as a laptop cushion on Amazon but it can be used for a number of tasks. The laptop table just reminds me of the lap trays you have for eating food on your knee, inside is a cheap "cushion" full of little polystyrene beans, which is attached to a wooden board. It really is a basic cheap product. The top of the tray is hardened plastic which is quite durable, and the other accessories of the table are the adjustable LED light, cup holder and pen holder.
The light is a little adjustable LED which is like a little metal snake you can change to an angle to suit you, it requires 3x AA batteries which are inserted underneath the laptop tray, it's perfect for me as it means I can read when I'm in bed, I can play my original Gameboy (Yes I still play Old Skool games consoles) and it's great for when I'm drawing as it means I'm getting the perfect light and can get better results.
The cup holder is big enough to fit a decent sized glass in it, but if your wanting it to hold your cup of tea then it isn't going to happen, you will have to use an ordinary table for that. It's great for kids to keep their drinks in, or it's good for holding things like your mouse, or for me I like to put my little bits of stationary in it whilst I'm drawing or put sweets in it! ha-ha! The pen holder does what it says on the box, it holds a pen there isn't much more I can say about it.
The table is only really suitable for smaller laptops and netbooks, as the laptop I had when I first purchased the cushion covered up the pen holder and most of the cup holder. My little netbook fits on it nicely but I don't use it for that purpose anymore. There are a lot of versions of this product, the best thing you can do is shop around, and I wish I'd done the same. At just over £6 the table is a real bargain, which was the deciding factor for me but If I was looking for one now, I'd shop around and try and find something better.
My mum has been suffering with an overheating laptop on her knee the past couple of months with her new laptop and she has invested in a JML Laptop table which cost her £20 from Asda. It's a lot larger than the one I bought from Amazon, however it's still not amazing quality. The best thing to do is shop around for a better product, or better still shop around for a usb fan which attaches to your laptop keeping it cool, as this is the reason most people buy the laptop tables, as they get too hot. That was the reason for me purchasing the laptop table but it was a waste of money for me, I just use it now for reading on and drawing. It's the perfect size for my little Dotty Netbook but I rarely use it for that.
A great idea for a product but it's poorly executed and cheaply made.
Having tried a number of different solutions for using the laptop on my knees I decided to give this laptop table with light and cushion a go. The pictures of the product I had seen before buying suggest it is quite a sizeable thing and will lend itself well to supporting a laptop or for reading a book on (as in the Dooyoo picture). Unfortunately when i recieved the laptop tray, to say I were disappointed would be an understatement. At only around £7 you wouldn't expect much for it not to be a waste of money, but this product was certainly just that!
The first thing I immediately noticed was the size. In hindsight, I didn't have dimensions of the product before buying it but the pictures suggested it would be adequate to sit a laptop on. My laptop isnt particularly large but I think it would struggle to accommodate anything other than a notebook/netbook.
The tray is strong and sturdy, it also has a 5 LED lamp attached in the left corner and a cup/accessory holder to the right side. The light would be useful for reading a book if you didn't want to keep your partner awake, or for seeing your keyboard on your laptop. However, the 5 LED light is also a let down as it sheds an inadequate amount of light. At the front of the tray is a slot for holding pens and perhaps the tray would have been perfect for a whole host of uses such as arts and crafts whilst watching tv! Obviously this isn't the case due to its small dimensions.
Overall, i would say this tray is only useful for children, and they would probably find it a lot easier to live with than adults. If the dimensions were stated before purchase then I possibly wouldn't have bogught it, but this is the risk you take online. I can't fault the build quality for the price paid, the picture did sway me though and the tray seems somewhat smaller than the one shown!
I now have a HP mini which i love and one of the best things about it is that I can have it on my lap for however long I want without having to worry about it getting too hot. The same cannot be said about my old Vaio which would within half an hour of turning it on get so hot it would actually burn me through my jeans.
I decided to buy a laptop table so I could use my laptop in bed in comfort without having to worry about how hot it got.
I got mine quite awhile ago and I think I paid £9.99 but Amazon is curently selling them for £6.50 which is a steal.
The laptop tray is basically just that, a tray for holding your laptop on. It also has a built in light and a cup holder.
Underneath the tray it is cushioned with a bean bag cushion. Now this can be slightly awkward to begin with and you need to really push it around to get it in the right shape to lay flat. Once you have though it is really comfortable on the lap and doesn't slide around.
My vaio was 14 inches and fit perfectly on the try. However and it is a big however, 14 inches is not the normal size for laptops and although my vaio fit perfectly a larger laptop is going to have trouble and yes it will cover the cup holder. The cup holder is useless anyway as any slight movement of your legs with the tray on them and any cup you have in it will spill. I learnt this quite quickly so don't let the fact a normal laptop will cover it put you off.
The built in lamp is a fantastic little addition and gives off a really good light and the fact it is adjustable is fantastic and really useful. It takes 3 AA batteries and as long as you remember to remove them when not using the lamp then they should last a few weeks. If you leave them in then they run down really quickly and you will need to replace them often.
I bought this to stop my laptop from actually scalding my legs and it done the job brilliantly so I can't score it low. Some people may complain about the size of the tray not being big enough but that wasn't a problem for me and as I said the fact it covers the cup holder is a good thing as it is useless anyway.
If your laptop is too hot to be comfortable then I definately recommend you get yourself one especially if Amazon are still selling them so cheaply.
I have long had a problem with my current laptop - the base of it gets VERY hot and I have actually got burns on my left thigh from using it. Hubby has kept suggesting that I get one of the laptop tables to put on my lap and thus protect my legs from the heat. I wouldn't bother as I thought that it would be too much faffing about.
Anyway at Christmas I opened one of my presents and found a 'multifunctional laptop cushion'. I have asked how much it cost and have discovered that it was just £9.99 from our local branch of The Works.
It comes in a nice smart box which has all the details about the cushion on it so Dave knew that it would be ideal for me.
The idea of the laptop table is that it is a flat surface on which the laptop sits - underneath is a built in cushion which contains polystyrene beads and so conforms to the shape of your lap. This means that the laptop has a flat stable surface on which to sit making it easier to use.
The table is grey and measures 17.5 inches long by 13.5 inches wide and 2 inches high. It is big enough to fit most laptops comfortably or could also be used for reading, eating, homework etc.
There is a built in drink holder which is a circular plastic hole about an inch or so deep in which you can place a glass. There is also an LED light on a flexible stand so it can be adjusted to any angle. This runs off 3 x AA batteries which fit in a plastic case that is in turn pushed inside a zipped compartment in the cushion.
The question is after all this time spent telling hubby that I didn't want one of these is it worth it?
Well, actually, yes it is! It is really comfortable to use and the polystyrene beads do mould perfectly to my lap shape and there is no burning to my legs now. The drink holder is pretty useless if you are using it as a laptop table as the laptop covers the hole where the glass would go! If you were using it as a reading or writing table then the drinks holder would be really useful.
The light is brilliant! It does exactly what it says on the box! It works by a sliding switch on the top of the light, it is manoeuvrable to any position and it is really bright. I often get up early when I can't sleep and I work on the laptop but, in the past, I have had to keep folding the screen over to illuminate the keyboard, but not anymore! The light is really useful and plenty bright enough to make using the laptop easy no matter how dark it is.
So, in conclusion, I have to admit that hubby was right (but don't tell him) this laptop table is comfortable, useful and stops my leg getting burned!
I would definitely recommend a laptop table to anyone who uses a laptop even if you don't have a problem with burning legs.
A susual these days I must apologise for the answers to the crazy questions below. I have had to answer them even though they are a nonsense so that I can submit the review.
Laptop Table with Light & Cushion
I get a bit fed up with either having my laptop on my lap, burning my legs after a while, or having to sit at the dinner table with it, so when I saw this laptop table on Amazon for £6.99 I snapped it up with my Amazon voucher.
The look of the laptop table is actually quite nice in its silver coloured finish. Possibly one of the only decent things about the table!
The laptop table is quite bulky from bottom to top, though the room on the actual table is very minimal. It has a reading lap attached to one corner as well as a cup holder with cushioning on the bottom to make it that little more comfortable on your lap. This is actually very comfortable with the bean-like padding moulding itself over my legs for even more extra comfort. The measurements are approximately 17.5 inches, 13.5 inches and 3.5 inches. To be honest, the picture of it on Amazon is a little misleading when it comes to size. I could barely fit my laptop on the table with the lamp and tiny cup holder taking up the room. Perhaps my own fault for not reading the specifics well enough. This table would perhaps be fine for a small notebook computer though my laptop is quite large and hangs over the edges. Not only this, but the table itself is also rather slippery with no real grip. I do have grips on the bottom of my laptop though as it hangs over the edge these become almost useless.
The lamp upon the table works really well. It is in the typical style of a desktop lap and can be moved into whichever position you prefer. I've found this useful when I have rested a book on this table to read, though due to the lack of space, I don't find it useful with my laptop on the table! The lamp takes three AA batteries and lasts quite a long time, though I rarely use the lamp for anything other than reading.
Overall, it is possibly my own fault for not reading the dimensions properly before purchasing, though you would expect it to be a lot bigger as it is so named a laptop table and not a notebook or reading table! Small notebook computers may be alright on this table but DO check the measurements first. Larger laptops like my own really have no use for this and so this table has now been reduced to a reading table.
Not really recommended, though for smaller notebook computers, possibly!
I love receiving gifts for my computer because I always buy the wrong items and I had issues regarding my laptop. I would always place it at night time either on my coffee table or I would end up burning my legs when resting it on my lap.
I had a friend tell me about a television station which was doing this laptop cushion table and I thought at the time what a great idea and my laptop was a 15 inch standard laptop.
I got a huge surprise when it arrived and my laptop did not even fit on the product. I tried turning the item around various angles and hoping it might work but sadly it did not.
You have on the top of the item a place to put a cup for a drink and you have a light which is very good to bend in various positions. The cup holder though you cannot even use because the laptop I have got seems to go over the top of the holder. The laptop sort of makes the entire product pointless. You have this solid grey platform for which your laptop is meant to sit. You have a cushion part underneath with polythene balls and to be honest there is an extreme lack of them.
When I placed the item onto my lap I found that it was unbalanced and I felt that it might actually fall off due to the unbalance. I then had some issues regarding the light. You have the switch on the side and within a few days the light failed. I managed to put some new batteries inside which again was a challenge and these were top quality batteries but sadly they did not help the product at all.
I am surprised by how it has turned out. On the television they showed people putting laptops down and then putting a drink inside the holder and a very bright light but this is not the case. I have found sometimes looks can be deceiving and this is definitely a huge factor.
I think this would work for the smaller laptops as they would cover a smaller area resulting in more things to do with the cushion. I would definitely not advise people to buy this unless you see and hold it in person and I did end up paying fourteen pounds for this as well.
You know when you see something that you think is a genius idea, only then to be slightly disappointed, but not in a completely negative way? Well, this possibly sums up this laptop table. On the face of it, being able to comfortably use your laptop anywhere you want while having a handy light and something to drink is a great idea. In practice, it's not quite so smooth.
First of all, this only costs around the £8 mark, and as such is a low cost for something potentially so useful, and also so versatile. It has a firm surface that helps your laptop grip onto it while you're using it, so having it balanced at an angle is easy. The passing underneath the flat surface is kind of like having a bean bag cushion resting on your lap, and it feels very comfortable indeed. The laptop nestles on the top with enough room for your wrists to rest on the edge, but this is about it.
And here comes the negative. The majority of laptops that are anywhere around the 15-17 inch mark are going to take up virtually all of the 'table', and this leaves little room for anything else, and this includes a drink. One of the features of this table is that there is a 'holder' for a drink, yet when you use a laptop here, any amount of clumsiness or movement of the laptop has a high risk of resulting in spillage, even if you get a chance to fit it on there in the first place. It's a bit cramped and a bit precarious.
Of course, this also means that if, like me, you prefer using an external mouse with your laptop, there's nowhere near enough room to use it effectively, and results in frustration more than anything else. It's still handy to use with your laptop, but anything else on the table limits or is limited severely. I would also recommend making sure that if you do have a drink of any sort, drink it from the most secure container you can - travel mugs are a good option, to reduce spillage.
The light is pretty handy, though, and here I'm going to touch on the versatility of the 'table'. It has its drawbacks as a laptop table, as I've mentioned, but it's pretty good if you want to use it for other purposes. If you want to read or do some work, then paperwork or your book fit on here quite nicely, leaving plenty of room. The light is easily good enough to read if all other lights are off, although this probably isn't the best for your eyes. However, for dim evenings where your regular lights aren't particularly strong, this can be a good boost to help you read better. Similarly, it's quite handy for eating your dinner off of, although it may be an idea to have something underneath your plate to prevent slipping from vigourous cutting!
So, it does have its benefits, even if using it as a laptop table can have its drawbacks. I'd still recommend it, as at under £10, it's a bargain for what you can do with it. Well worth getting, but just be aware of the limitations it can pose you if you have a full size laptop. Netbook users will love this.
I picked this up recently, as it looks pretty useful and looked like it would be a great help when I need to be at my computer but don't want to work on my desk. There's nothing I hate more than when your laptop starts heating up and burns holes through all your trousers (not actually happened yet).
So this looked like the ideal solution. Comfortable table, cup holder (which I would never use so close to a laptop) and a lamp. However, look at that picture they've given Dooyoo to work with. What's the interesting thing to note about it?
How about the fact that she's not on a laptop despite this thing being called a laptop table. The thing is, and a lot of people have had the same problems, is that putting a standard 14-15 inch laptop on the table simply doesn't work. It's just too big and takes up the whole table, leaving you feeling a bit stupid with nowhere to put your drink, or the mouse, or anything. While I suspect it's perfect for netbooks, netbooks are hardly a problem anyway.
As a table with a lamp and a cup holder, it's fine. It does just that, although the cushioned part underneath isn't nearly as cushioned as you'd think. It's great for writing on, or, as the woman in the picture is doing, reading on, but sadly it's not the best for laptops at all. I was a bit disappointed.
All in all, if you're looking for a mini table with a cup holder and a lamp. This works. It comes at a decent price, the lamp's good and the surface is .. hard to put stuff on, but if you're looking for something to comfortably put your laptop on, meh.
The laptop is our main and only computer at home. I like to use the laptop whilst I am sitting on the sofa watching TV but we have a bronw leather sofa and I always worry that resting the laptop on the arm will mark or burn the sofa. And if I put it on my legs, it just gets too hot and burns my thighs. Last week I decided to put an end to it all and went on the hunt for a laptop cushion.
My first port of call is always Amazon and in this instance, they didn't fail me as I didn't need to search elsewhere. I came acroos this laptop table with light and cushion and thought my luck was definately in and it was all for the nice and cheap price of £7.45. Bargain. I quickly ordered and awaited for it to arrive.
It arrived quickly and I was more than disappointed with it when I saw it. Although the cushion looked exactly the same as the picture, it was alot smaller than it was portrayed. My laptop barely fitted on it. My laptop was left over hanging the edges and covering up the little space where you are supposed to be able to put a drink.
The laptop tray was a silver/grey colour and the cushion underneath was a lighter grey though I call it a cushion, there were barely any polythene balls in it. The tray part where you would rest your lap top as hard and durable and had a little area for you to put a small cup or glass of drink. There is also the light which was bendy and in my case did not work regardless of me putting in 3 new batteries.
I never did get to use this item as it was unfit for the purpose it had been presented to me for so I packed it back up and returned it. I didn't find it particularly well made and it is nowhere near as big as the picture makes you believe. I would suggest going to a shop and seeing one of these out if you can so you can decide or so you can purchase one which actually allows your laptop to sit on it properly without it overhanging on the sides.
Not recommended at all.
I spend a lifetime on my laptop, especially now that I have found Dooyoo, and I found that sometimes I was not comfortable when sitting with it on the sofa or floor, and when my laptop was on the bed for a long time, it got quite hot underneath, so my boyfriend had a brainwave and bought me a Laptop Table with Light and Cushion.
The Laptop Table is basically a tray with a padded cushion underneath and an adjustable light on the tray. There is also a cup holder and a pen holder on the tray. I found the cup holder to be brilliant, and even though I thought I would never use it, the pen holder has come in very handy!
The Laptop Table is actually a very handy little thing, although when I first saw it in stores, I never thought I would use one, so never bothered to buy one for myself. The light is powered by 2 AA batteries, which you pop in the section in the cushion. The light has a small slide switch on it, which is easy to use and the light is surprisingly bright. The batteries I got supplied with my Laptop Table are still going strong, and I have used the light quite a lot, usually when my other half is watching films or I am on the laptop in bed and do not want to wake up my other half. I also find the light is perfect for reading books in bed.
The cushion on the Laptop Table is very comfortable and is quite squishy, so you can mould it to wherever you are sitting, whether you have the tray on your lap, on a bed or sofa. I only have a small notebook computer, so I have quite a lot of space on the Laptop Table, but there is plenty of room for larger laptops too. The grip on the Laptop Table is actually really good, I expected to have my laptop sliding around all over the place, but it is actually pretty set on the Laptop Table, even when I am walking around the house with it.
I am actually really glad my boyfriend bought this for me, as I would not have bought it myself, but I have had loads of use out of it, and I still have many years of use left in it. It is easy to clean too, as it is just a wipe down surface, so if anything should get spilled or mushed onto it, there is no worries, it will just come straight off. The whole Laptop Table has a gray theme going on, with the cushion being light gray, the top surface being a medium gray and the light being silver.
You can get this Laptop Table on Amazon for around £5, but you can also buy them in The Works Bookshops, and I have seen them in the Kleeneze ( or it could have been Betterware) catalouge for around £10. I think this item is actually a great buy, especially for a fiver as they are sturdy and comfortable and they do exactly what you would expect of it. If you spend a lot of time on a laptop, I totally recommend a Laptop Table with Cushion and Light, I personally can not find any faults with it.
I have developed some very nasty habits when using my laptop. Usually I either position it on the sofa and sit beside it, cross-legged and hunched down to see the screen, or arrange it on my desk and hunch over in my chair to work. Both have led me to experience some aching in my back, and this was a problem I wished to nip in the bud before it became a long-term issue. When I saw this tray I was elated. Not only is it equipped with a whole range of accoutrements, but at £6.99 it was inexpensive to say the least. I purchased it online, and was mighty impressed by its appearance, but I must admit that had I seen it 'in the flesh' prior to purchase my excitement might not have been quite so significant. But that is not to say I would not still have paid for it. Despite its drawbacks this tray has saved me a lot of pain.
The table is comprised of a flat grey surface with a soft, padded base for comfortable arrangement on your lap. It has a circular depression into which, in theory, you can store a cup of tea or coffee. It also has a long, thin depression for placing a pen or pencil in and, the greatest draw for me, a built-in lamp. With this product the excitement is very much theoretical. While the many accessories sound very practical and appealing, they rarely match your expectations. The size of the surface, for example, measures 44cm x 34cm, and while most laptops will fit onto it, they will rarely do so without obscuring access to the pen holder and cup holder, and jostling against the stem of the light. Personally the former two did not perturb me too much, as I would feel uncomfortable storing a cup of liquid so close to my computer, and I rarely have cause to use a pen or pencil when using my laptop. I did find my computer's constant jostling against the lamp to be frustrating, however. Also, as the surface of the table is so smooth only a small amount of movement will cause the computer to go sliding about, which is not ideal to put it mildly.
The light requires three AA batteries to operate, and I found its intensity to be more than adequate. I hate using my computer in a dim setting, as it is problematic to type and I frequently find myself making typing errors. Having a light source aimed directly at the screen then, suited me very well. The structure of the light is poor in terms of quality, however. The stem is so slim I worried it would snap, and even though I have not found this to be the case I believe it may well break with a knock at some point soon. The cup holder is also an issue, being that on the one occasion I have experimented with placing a cup in the depression I have found it to be far too small. You would have to own a cup with a very slim base to have any hope of utilising it successfully.
This is not a great product, and I believe that the price reflects its quality. If you are looking for a simple surface on which to place your laptop as you work in a chair, then this is not a bad option. The soft padding on the table's underside is very comfortable, but sadly this feature cannot compensate for the other substandard aspects of the product.
I think this Laptop Table with light and cushion is one of those products that's brilliant in theory, but needs a bit more thought put into it's production. It has some excellent features, and some aspects that really let it down.
I use my laptop quite a lot but I'm aware of the manufacturers warnings to try not to use it on your lap as it heats up too much, the same goes for if it's on a cushion to make it more comfortable to have on your knee. I saw this device on Amazon and paid just over £5 for it, which I though was quite cheap considering the benefits it's meant to have.
The product is basically a big grey plastic tray on top of a very large comfy cushion, which you place on your lap to stabilise and place your laptop on top of the tray. On the tray there is also a flexible lamp, which can be directed at your laptop if the light is fading in the room.
There is also a cup holder, which is one of the problems with this device - I don't have a single cup that fits in it. It's not like I'm using some strange size of cup, and I have a wide variety to choose from but none of them fit, so this hole is pretty pointless. It's not even deep enough to use as a pen holder.
Similarly, after a month of use the light broke, and I cannot find out how to fix it - it's not a problem with batteries either, it's just died so I'm guessing there's a wiring problem somewhere, or maybe the bulb is faulty. Either way, a month is a pathetic time for a light to work.
For £5 however, it's not that bad. I wouldn't buy one again if this broke, but the cushion is comfortable and it does raise the laptop to an easier level and removes the need to always have to sit at a table or desk.
As well as a laptop table for me, I've used this as a craft table for my kids before, if they want to make things whilst sitting down, and I've used it for their meals if they're not feeling well sitting up in bed. I've also used it for reading heavy books before, so even if it isn't perfect, it's not bad at doing things that it's not officially designed for.
I paid about £10.00 for this Laptop Tray With Light And Cushion from Amazon, looking now it's come down in price to £5.10 and even that's a bit much I think because it's not very good quality and the light stopped working after about 3 weeks! I was going to return it to Amazon but couldn't be bothered and my dad ended up naffing it off me to use in his van when he's working.
The idea of it is a cushioned tray that you put your laptop on, the light is built into the tray and is flexible so you can direct the light on the point where you are working. The light takes 3 AA batteries and it was quite a good light when it was working but like I said after 3 weeks it just died and we couldn't get it working again.... I changed the batteries and checked that none of the wires had come loose inside but everything looked ok. My dad spent AGES trying to get the light working again but couldn't and he's pretty good at stuff like that so it must be a big time fault for him not to see the problem.
Even though the tray is quite bulky that's mainly because of the cushion which is thick, the plastic tray itself feels very flimsy and isn't all that big either. I've got a Toshiba laptop and that just about fits on the tray, I think if you use one of them small netbooks it will fit a lot better but most people have got the full sized laptops and it's a bit of a squeeze.
The cup holder is useless as well because it's only about as wide as one of them plastic beaker things like you get a cup of tea out of in a cheap cafe. No way is a mug going to fit in the hole and it's not much good as a pen holder either because the hole is too shallow and the pens just fan out and look like they are going to fall at any minute.
The cushion part is the best thing about this laptop tray because it's comfortable to have on your legs but doesn't make them feel hot or anything like that. It's covered in a fleecey fabric and that gives the tray a nice cushioning effect that doesn't feel heavy or anything even after I've been using my laptop for quite a long time.
I think this is rubbish and even thought it's a very good idea this is just a cheap and nasty version that looks tacky and feels like it's about to fall apart at any minute.
I have a Desktop computer and a laptop in my house that I use, but I would say it's the laptop that I use a lot more as I sit in the living room or in bed sometimes working on it. I do a lot of working from home other work at night so it really helps to be comfortable on the laptop. Until I discovered this nifty laptop table with light and cushion I was resting the laptop on the cushion of the sofa or on a pillow as after a little while it really does get hot and starts to burn if you're not careful. Needless to say I think this product is great as suddenly I can have some comfort while I work. I managed to pick one up a while ago for about £5 on Amazon so pretty cheap too.
The product itself is grey and has a fleece cushion underneath which is very similar to one of those stable tables that you can eat your dinner off of when watching TV. It fits perfecly on your lap or knee and is quite sturdy and doesn't ever feel unsafe. It's length is about 19 inches and the great thing about this is that it really can be used anywhere which is the point I guess when you have a laptop. To make this laptop cushion even better there is a light attached with one of those arms that bends so you can adjust it's height accoringly. This all comes in very handy when you are working late at night and don't want a light that's too bright on. In order to put the batteries in that operate the light you have to unzip the cushion. The product takes 3 AA batteries.
The great thing about this tray is that you can use it for other things like eating food from and doing other work on. There is a cup holder but I don't often use that part in case I spill the drink on my laptop. In addition this is easy enough to store away, so overall I have found this very handy and would recommend it to anyone who has problems using their latpop in comfort.