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Are Lap Desks Really Useful?

Lap desks are becoming a lot more common than you might think. Sure, some purists might tell you that buying a lap desk is not really a smart idea when you already have a desk but sometimes, a person wants to work while being in bed, especially in winters when it is too cold to comfortably get out.

Whatever the case may be, you will hear a lot of people talking about whether lap desks are useful or not. That is exactly what we are here to find out today. In this article, we plan on looking at a few different determinants that decide whether the lap desks are useful or not.

If you are interested in a shorter answer; it goes in the favour of lap desks as there are a lot of reasons that make them useful. Let’s talk about the ones that do.

Allows for a Much Better Posture

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One of the best thing about lap desks is that they allow for a much better posture. if you are someone who works a lot on a laptop, your posture can get compromised. You see, you might need to adjust your laptop based on what you are doing. if you are watching a movie, you are likely to have it close to you, and if you are working, you are likely to have at a distance, this can cause issues if done in extended successions.

With lap desk, you do not have to worry about it because it allows you to position your arms and legs properly. Additionally, it helps in getting rid of any sort of strain that might be a bother. All in all, a lap desk can prove to be good for your posture.

Protects Your Lap From Direct Heat

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Direct on your lap is never good; not just from the medical standpoint, but also from the aspect of comfort. With lap desks, you really do not have to stress about the heat reaching onto your lap and making you uncomfortable, especially in summers where it can become super uncomfortable.

Your laptop will be well balanced on a proper surface, and your lap will be free of any heat that might be harmful in the long run.

Better Typing Experience

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Have you ever had the chance of typing on a laptop and experiencing finger fatigue? It is a lot more common with laptop users because of how arms are positioned so close to the legs. That is the reason why as soon as you put the laptop on a proper surface, the fatigue starts to fade away.

Well, with a lap desk, you get to have a better typing experience, simply because you no longer have to worry about finding the perfect position to type away. It is a blessing.

Gives You a Good Place for Mouse

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It is okay if you are wondering just why you would need a mouse when you already have a trackpad on your laptop. You would be surprised to know just how many people actually prefer the external mice over the default trackpads because they are not just not precise enough.

With a lap desk, finding enough desk space for mouse should not be an issue, as it comes with enough space that you can easily put your mouse there.

Reduces Screen Glare

We cannot deny the fact that screen glare is bad for us. There are a lot of reasons as to why it is bad; it can result in headaches, as well as eyesores. You can buy protective glasses, but they will hinder the overall viewing experience. So, in order to deal with that, you can invest in a good lap desk.

With a lap desk, you can position the laptop, and adjust the angle of the screen in such a way that the glare will be reduced drastically, and it will no longer be a problem for you. However, keep in mind that this largely depends on the laptop you have. Some laptops come with anti-glare screens, so worrying about glare with those laptops would not make much sense.

Lap Desks are Great When You Have a Table or a Desk

For many people who are living alone, or in hostels, having a full-sized work desk is something that might not be possible. in a situation like that, the next best thing is the lap desk. They are small enough to be placed anywhere you want, and the best part is that they offer a great amount of real estate for you to easily work without running into any issues.


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In conclusion, I am going to rephrase the same question in the title? Are lap desks really useful? Well, it all depends on who you are asking, or what your use is. For someone who loves working in bed, I think lap desks are a great save because I no longer have to worry about awkwardly trying to adjust the laptop until I find the most comfortable spot. This is despite having a full-sized workspace. Sometimes, on a  cold winter’s day, I just do not feel like leaving the bed.

In conclusion, I would only say that for anyone who is looking to maximize their work efficiency, and work without running into any issues, buying a lap desk would solve so many of your issues right away. It would take some time getting used to, but other than that, there are not many issues that could come in the way.


Bill Wilson

Bill is a certified Microsoft Professional providing assistance to over 500 remotely connected employees and managing Windows 2008 to 2016 servers.