I bought this for my husband, and he loves it. When he is not using it, I steal it away & use it as well. It arrived well packed and in good shape, and has held up well. We love the bamboo, and he likes that the vents keep his laptop cooler.
December 16, 2012
I just got this lap desk a few months ago and 2 of the slats that the computer rests on have already cracked and broken. It doesn't affect how it works, but I expected better for the price.
November 19, 2012
Love My Lapdesk
I do a lot of work with my MacBookAir in my lap, and although it never feels particularly hot, over time I thought I might be hurting myself. As I feared, the cushion also got warm, so I don't use it, but the desk without the cushion works great and I am no longer aware of the heat. The part that rests on my knees is solid and sturdy. I think with a simpler form, like the Nantucket, I might feel that it was balanced precariously. I don't feel that way at all.
February 18, 2012
Superb laptop stand
I bought a Lapreader as an adjunct to my newly purchased Apple, 13-inch laptop computer. I was impressed with your stand's design in your catalogue; I am even more impressed with using it in-person!
The stand keeps the laptop at a very comfortable angle. The curled bottom rail works well as a wrist-rest. An added benefit is its function as a dolly. My laptop normally resides inside a drop leaf type desk. The Lapreader acts like an aircraft towing tractor ; I "wheel" the laptop in and out of its "hangar" minimizing disruption of power cords, USB cables, etc..
My only less than positive criticism concerns the pen and notepad slots in the back vertical member of the stand. The vertical is perpendicular to the desk flat surface. And the pen holes and paper slot are centered and parallel within the vertical. The problem? When fully opened at 135 degrees, the top cover of the laptop PRECLUDES my putting pens in that vertical! By sliding the laptop flush with the left edge of the stand, I can position ONE pen in the right-most pen slot.
Constructive suggestion: you could increase the utility of the stand by changing the ANGLE of the pen holes and paper slot. Now they are perpendicular to the desk surface. Is there a way to bore them PARALLEL to the maximum opened angle of a laptop top cover? Or change the angle of the vertical from perpendicular to acute?
My uses for a laptop require pen and paper. The stand would be much more helpful to me if I could store several pens or pencils and paper in the vertical. Note: the typical ballpoint pen is 5-3/16 inches in length. I like using ballpoints [like your Tru-Grip, one of my favorite pens and the one I keep in the vertical of the Lapreader! Can your designers review the specs, please?
September 26, 2011
I found the Lapreader to be a really good value and addition to my home office, particularly for more informal work hours on the couch or in bed. Levenger certainly heard the other customer feedback, as my Lapreader came with a simple addition so you can access the entire laptop--even the bottomost section. Though I actually came back to the site to order a second Lapreader for my daughter, I wanted to also share my satisfaction with the product.
March 16, 2011
Useful but shoddy
The curved front lip fell off during the first day. Just as well as it completely blocked the front edge functionalities of my laptop. I had to modify the unit significantly before I could use it.
The general idea is good but construction is shoddy and it can't have been testing with many laptops.
January 29, 2011
Just what I was looking for!
Really like this little laptop holder. Looks clean, holds my Mac (or iPad), and is light-weight. I'd recommend this to everyone.
October 15, 2010
I really like my new lapreader, it's light weight and fits my 15" Mac laptop perfectly. However, there is one big design flaw - the 'lip' at the bottom that the laptop fits into comes right up to the edge of my trackpad clicker button, making it hard to click with my thumb. I use a graphics tablet so it's not that big of a deal, but if I didn't, I'd seriously consider sending it back. But you can roll up a cloth like another reviewer suggested. Still, not an elegant solution.
October 3, 2010
Love this product!!
I purchased this product to use with my netbook. My netbook works fairly well with this lapreader. The only issue I have had is that my netbook rests under the lip at the bottom and makes it difficult to use the touchpad as needed. I use a rolled up washcloth wedged into the space under the lip. This works well because it is flexible and creates a ridge my netbook rests in and I am not concerned that is will slide off the surface. However, Levenger could provide a type of insert for those of us who wish to use the lapreader with our netbooks. This could be made out of matching denim. It would add to the function of this piece. Overall I love it and use it everyday.
September 6, 2010
Almost perfect for the iPad...
I purchased this product because it was pictured as an ideal lap desk for the iPad, which in most respects it is. It is cute, lightweight, comfortable, and a good angle for typing (in fact I'm using it to write this review).
However, I think that anyone who buys this lap desk specifically for use with an iPad should be aware that the surface is really too slippery to use without modification. The iPad has a slightly convex back, so it essentially sits on a point, and even in a silicone case it slides and pivots in use on this desk, and quickly slips down underneath the curved ledge. This is probably why the user is supporting it with one hand in the photo!
I solved this problem by cutting two short lengths of clear aquarium-type tubing, and squeezing them into either end of the bottom ventilation slat. The iPad can be propped against these little "posts" in landscape mode, and sits quite firmly and squarely in a good position for typing. When turned into portrait orientation, it fits between them.
I'm sure that other users will be able to devise methods of making this lap desk work for an iPad, but they should be aware that at this point, adaptations really are required. If Levenger simply added some little non-slip strips between the ventilation slats, or something of that kind, it would help quite a bit in supporting whatever the desk was used for. Otherwise it is a fine product.
P.S. I was unable to actually post this review using my iPad because it doesn't allow for selecting the stars indicating overall rating. Not sure why that is, but it would be great if I could! Thanks!
August 16, 2010