Ok so since I bought my iPad, my laptop has seen a little less couch love than it used to. Designed to casually browse websites, my iPad is pretty awesome when curled up on the sofa. However there are times when Apple’s magic tablet is sub-optimal. When I want to view something Flash-based, do some extended typing or multi-task (that 4.2 update can’t get here fast enough). Fortunately I have an old laptop lying around for these tasks. Unfortunately making the transition from the iPad back to the laptop is a little awkward.
However, for those of you sensible enough to not buy Apple’s overprice wonder-gadget, troubled by awkward design, (laptops aren’t actually that great for extend periods on your lap), or fed up with tinny sound from built-in speakers, Logitech has a lovely treat for you with the Lapdesk.
When I first saw the Lapdesk at a Logitech product preview event, I instantly thought of my mother, who is constantly complaining about the heat from her laptop and how uncomfortable it is on her lap over long periods of time. She also complains about my career choices and lack of visits but Logitech has nothing that really addresses that.
The N700 has a lovely padded base that tilts your laptop at a slightly better angle. There are also some attachments that enables you to increase the angle of elevation. The pads means the device sits comfortably on your lap. It looks a little ridiculous – doubling the bulk of your laptop, but it you are going to be sitting for a long period of time then it is amazingly comfortable. There is a heat-shielding design to stop hot laptops from creating discomfort.
There is also a USB port that connects to your laptop for enhanced functionality. The N700 packs a tiny fan that helps to keep your laptop cool. Power users rocking SSD drives may snigger, but for older laptops this cooling feature is pretty cool. It’s also pretty silent – it’s hard to hear when it’s on and there is a little switch you can flick on or off depending on need.
Logitech would have you believe that most laptop owners are unsatisfied with the quality of audio from their laptops. And, unless you own HP Beats by Dre, then there is a pretty good chance they have a point. You can go wireless with their Z515s or you could cut down on clutter and utilise the N700s speaker system. It also has onboard controls for volume and installation is pretty instant.
Look long and hard at that picture above. Ignore the man who has kept his flip-flops on for no reason. If you can see yourself or a loved one using it, then splash out on the N700, which is £69.99 in stores now.