Right now I am sitting up in bed with laptop in lap while leaning against the hard cold outer wall of my house. I’ve tried lying down with the laptop before but I usually end up shifting positions a dozen times, finally giving up and then I’m back to leaning against that hard cold wall. There’s just no easy way to do it. So, tonight I decided to find some options. Here they be:
1. The Laptop Laidback – The Laptop Laidback looks like what I’m after. They even have pictures of people lying down using it. The Laidback is lightweight at 3lbs, and is portable folding down to only 2″ thick bundle with a handle. I can easily fold it up and slide it under the bed. The price is $99.99 + $14.95 Shipping and Handling.
2. The Lapdawg – The LapDawg looks like it would let you lie down on the job too! The LapDawg weighs in at nearly 6lbs, and also folds into a small size which can be toted around. It comes with a carrying box with a handle. I pretty much know that if I get one, it will never find it’s way into the box. Might as well just throw it out. The nice thing about the Lapdawg is that it looks like it can be folded into other applications like a laptray, tv tray, bed and breakfast tray, or bookholder. My primary use is for lying down and working, but if I’m dropping some coin, some flexibility would be nice to I suppose. The price is $89.99 + Shipping and Handling.
3. The Wizard from LapWorks – The Wizard would work too! The Wizard is just under 5lbs, and looks like it is also very portable. The Wizard claims to be the largest platform available. The Wizard will also fold into other uses like a tv tray, bed and breakfast tray and more. The Wizard’s website pretty much screams “we’re better than the LapDawg.” They sell for $99.95 and offer a lifetime warranty.
4. The Lappyvator – This is the “Do It Yourself (DIY) approach to a lapdesk to work from a lying down position. It’s definitely not as portable or easy to put away as the other options and it’s not very pretty, but it looks like it would get the job done. The obvious advantage is the it’s cheap. All you have is the cost of some PVC pipes and some glue, and don’t forget a little time with a hacksaw.
5. The Acrobat from LapWorks – The Acrobat is another option. It is also lightweight at under 2lbs. It comes in different colors. I doesn’t look very easy to fold down or store., according to the site it folds down, but I didn’t see any pictures showing it. According to the site, a new model is coming that is wider and also has a mouse pad. This isn’t may favorite choice for a pay model. It costs $69.95 plus Shipping and Handling.
6. The Swing-Away Laptop Desk / Stand from AirDesk – The Airdesk Swing-Away is a little bit of a different solution to the problem. Instead of a lapdesk, it’s a stand with a shelf that swings back and forth. It”s not a lightweight or portable solution, but seems like it would be very user friendly. Just sit or lie down and swing the shelf over you. When you’re done, swing it back. This would be more like buying a permanent piece of bedroom furniture. It also has the option of adding additional shelves for other uses (mouse, reference, etc.) It’s a little more expensive, ranging from $165 – $195 depending on the configuration plus shipping and handling.
7. Loungebook – The Loungebook is a nicer more polished swingaway. Again, it’s more like buying a piece of furniture. This is not a lightweight portable item. There are several different models, so if you are into something a little nicer and more permanent, take some time to do a little browsing. The price range is from $125 – $300 plus shipping and handling.
There are a few other models out there that didn’t really fit my purpose of being able to actually LIE down and use the laptop. I don’t need a fancy over the lap style tray. I’m looking for the ultimate lazy laptop holder! Now it’s time to make a choice and make the investment.