Need is a very strong word. Intrigued is better. This is the exact type of product the makes us avoid places like Target, because there are a ton of them in the store, they are low priced, and you think you need them. You don’t. See the picture below – if you do indeed need a mouse with your laptop (some people do) then it is a plus. Our take? It turns your laptop, a convenient and portable computer, into a cumbersome package to transport around the house.
Depending on how you use the lapdesk, it can keep your lap cooler than if your Mac or PC were sitting directly on your lap. That said, heat still transfers through the plastic and your body heat doesn’t escape. You’ll still feel the heat, though it’s less uncomfortable. The slide out tray (seen below) seems convenient. We had a hard time finding a position in which the mouse (or other items) didn’t slide off unless held. There is a rubber ring around the tray to help, but it continued to cause the pointer to move. Not very helpful.
The back of the lapdesk isn’t very ergonomic, either. It does sit well on a desk (but that’s not really the point of a lapdesk). It’s also not tremendously light and the extra weight is noticeable when carrying it around with a laptop.
All in all, we’ve made worse impulse buys. If you happen to see this, our advice is avoid it and go for one of the other, more comfortable brands, or simply avoid a lapdesk altogether.