Best Lap Desks to Buy in 2021

When it comes to gaming, laptops surely are on a steady path of ascension making it possible for you to procure a rock-solid gaming laptop without having to splurge hefty amounts of cash on them. Nonetheless, gaming on your laptop for a prolonged period of time is somewhat tiresome and die-hard gamers tend to tip more towards a complete gaming PC build to get in line for the mainstream of capable gamers.

We’ve got good news for you, you can enjoy all of that comfortable gaming set up as well as your daily office or homework on your laptop while watching a TV show, sitting with your family members or some refreshing places outside the walls of your home with your laptop firmly placed onto your lap desk whether you’re sitting on your couch, bed, or anywhere else, you’re good to go with this portable set up for you easily place and move your mouse, laptop and other things on this mini-table. Let’s take a look at some of the best lap desks out there in the market right now.

1. Avantree Adjustable Lap Desk

Traditional Design

Pros

  • Standing desk
  • Compact folding
  • No assembly required
  • Wide functionality

Cons

  • Legs made of plastic

10,102 Reviews

Tilt mechanism: Yes | Cushions: No cushions | Dimensions (W x H x D): 23.62” x 12.99” x 0.35”

This one beats the pack with its versatile mechanical build to bring you the best-of-the-best product in the market. How handy can it get? Let’s take a look. It requires no assembly at all, you can use it right out of the box. In terms of mobility, it is as flexible as it can get.

You can easily enable quick height changes (adjustable from 9.4″-12.6″) on this table using two auto-lock buttons on each side. In addition, you can also adjust the surface angle from 0-30 by pulling a lock button and releasing it when you get the desired angle.

It easily folds flat into a fairly thin size which makes for easy, quick, and out-of-the-way storage. You can use it as a standing desk, snack tray for watching TV, laptop or tablet stand for relaxing in bed, table, chair, recliner, and couch (depending on its softness).

This table is 23.62”x12.99”x0.35” (600x330x9mm) of the size which fits for 17” or larger laptop with space for a mouse. And of course, there is a stop/slip bar to keep the laptop from sliding. The legs are 18″ apart at the lowest height (9″). They are 19″ apart at the bottom when extended to the full height of 12″.

Bottom legs open and fully extend to 25″ of width. It easily fits the office’s modern decor with a design/color scheme of American cherry and honeydew available in standard and large size. It is light in weight yet strongly made with 100% high quality engineered wood.

For those having issues with the design as related to using it as a lap tray, they can contact the Avantree customer support to get a smaller version of the same laptop table. It is a safe and sound investment proving its worth in multiple scenarios and settings with its smooth mobility.

2. Sofia+Sam Multi-tasking Lap Desk

Vintage Design

Pros

  • Tablet and cell phone slot
  • USB LED light
  • Memory foam

Cons

  • Slick pull-out mouse pad without any stoppers
  • Tablets and phones don't fit in with cases on

5,089 Reviews

Tilt mechanism: N/A | Cushions: Memory foam | Dimensions (W x H x D): 18.5” x 14” x 3.5”

This do-it-all workstation has gathered a significant amount to praise with its outstanding design and useful ancillary features like LED USB light, tablet, and smartphone slots, slide-out mouse decks, and the wrist pads. It certainly forces you to sit with improved posture, to lift your chin and take the strain off your neck and the memory foam wrist pads are just icing on the cake, especially for people suffering from wrist problems.

Let us take a tour of its functionality, firstly, it has a tablet slot which can accommodate up to 9.6″ and a separate 3.5″ smartphone slot on the pullout mouse pad which means you can vertically fit your iPads and iPhone 6 and 6+ in the vertical position in the respective slots. Keep in mind that you cannot fit the tablets along with their cases in these slots.

Moving on to the work surface, it is fairly large with dimensions of 18.5″ x 14″ x 3.5″ with a glittery appearance. The pop-out mouse decks are too slick, so, you are advised to use a mouse pad on them.

Another stand out feature is its USB LED light stalk on standing on the top right corner simply to throw light upon the desk which can be removed and put back in a small slot on the backside. You can bend the stalk in however position you want and it runs on 4 double AA batteries, located on the side inside cloth which can be exposed through the zipper, or you can simply power it by plugging it into your laptop’s USB port.

They’ve employed a high-quality memory foam for your wrist pad and on the sides to ensure its durability and comfort. It may look heavy and bulky at first glance, but that was not the case when we actually got our hands on it. It stays true to the slick build and measures up to the premium standards coming at a not-so-outrageous price tag.

3. LapGear Home/Office Lap Desk

Modern Design

Pros

  • Innovative dual-bolster cushion
  • Made from 600D polyester
  • Wide surface
  • One Phone slot

Cons

  • Uneven front and back bumpers

855 Reviews

Tilt mechanism: N/A | Cushions: Dual-bolstered cushions filled with micro-beads | Dimensions (W x H x D): 22.5” x 12”

Next up is this elegant looking lap desk which potentially delivers a heavy blow to other desks in the list with its less slippery wooden surface keeping your laptop in place even without a stop/slip bar. Like the Avantree desk, it is spacious with a wide surface of 22.5 x 12″, which means you can easily fit up to 17″ laptop.

This wide surface includes device ledge, integrated mouse pad, and phone slot. Its smooth and flat surface allows for proper ventilation as recommended by laptop manufacturers. Moving on to the phone slot, it can vertically hold all cell phones allowing you to face time your friends while working, etc.

This slot is bigger than other desks from our list, you can easily fit an iPhone 7 with its case on, and, care should be taken while moving the desk lest your phone should fall off.

It doesn’t fall short with its cushions either, they are dual-bolstered cushions filled with micro-beads which channels airflow to reduce heat from the laptop, thus preventing hot legs and overheated computer. However, there is one flaw depending on the user, the front and back bumpers are of different sizes.

Its portion for the mouse is as good as having a built-in mouse pad. Would have been better if it had a stopper to prevent the mouse from falling off. It is crafted with man-made wood material and 600D polyester with reinforced stitching.  To summarize, it is a professional-looking desk big enough to have a cool laptop tray underneath the laptop and not look crappy or overcrowded and it doesn’t weigh a ton.

4. Mind Reader Lap Desk

Cheapest Lap Desk

Pros

  • Smooth hardtop surface
  • Solid tilt mechanism
  • Provides proper ventilation

Cons

  • Slippery surface
  • Flimsy

13,794 Reviews

Tilt mechanism: Yes | Cushions: Dual-bolstered cushions filled with micro-beads | Dimensions (W x H x D): 14.7” x 11” x 2.17”

Whether you’re reading a book or using your laptop, this product will conform to any angle you desire with its adjustable 8 different angles for easy, hands-free use and pitch-perfect viewing regardless of your bizarre positions while lying down (you might have to add additional prop to support it in vertical position), on your recliner, or chair/couch. Its dimension are 14.7 x 11 x 2.17 in w x h x d. It is not the most spacious lap tray model out there but you can easily rest your 15″ laptops on it.

Its bean-bag cushioning, which has spaced apart cushions for proper ventilation, are akin to LapGear’s lap desk with a different sized front and back bumpers, yet, it doesn’t really seem to slide front or back unevenly, hence, its cushions override. LapGear’s cushion design in terms of steadiness.

Why is it so compelling for some users? The secret lies in its work surface which can be raised unlike other models and it serves this role pretty well with its maximum rise being 5-6 inches. Once it’s adjusted to that height, the legs that support it are nice and sturdy. 

Surprisingly, the rather thin plastic of the work surface does not flex anywhere when you’re writing on it and feels really solid. When you open it up, just set the legs in the slot for the angle you want it to tilt it. It’s slim enough to keep under the couch or coffee table.

This is made of extruded plastic probably ABS and has 2 tubes filled with poly beads on the bottom wrapped in soft microfiber. The back tube is slightly larger than the front. It is the savior for those troubles souls on a tight budget seeking out a lightweight tray for their iPad, MacBook Pro, magazine, book, letter writing, eating while watching TV, etc.

5. Honey-can-do Portable Lap Desk

Minimal Design

Pros

  • Cord protector
  • Handle for easily transport
  • Big size making arm placing very comfy
  • Inexpensive

Cons

  • Smelly cushions
  • Too slippery
  • Light cardboard material

1,778 Reviews

Tilt mechanism: N/A | Cushions: Removable fiber-fill pad | Dimensions (W x H x D): 23.5” x 16”

If you’re looking for a value product with enough size to easily place a laptop and the mouse pad, this lap desk has the very potential to live up to your needs.

With its sleek and smooth design, it can slide right into your life nice and easy. It is fairly wider than it looks, giving you ample space for placing a laptop, mouse, and a pen holder. Want to use it while sitting in a recliner? It has a curved inside part to fit you comfortably.

It is properly cushioned with a removable pad, filled with fiber-fill instead of microbeads, attached to the bottom by velcro strips for a soft feel on your laps. One frequent downside to this cushion is the persistent smell it emits, which can be removed by washing it out.

Its hard and excessively smooth surface is easy to care and clean. Yet the over slippery surface is a major concern for which you are advised to use a mouse pad or stretching two rubber bands from the top.

It is a laptop tray-type product made up of lightweight cardboard material and a handle at one side to further add to its functionality. It is available in black, white, mint, hot pink, indigo blue, and blue colors. Its wide and smooth build makes it easy for your arms placing and an ideal partner while traveling as well. When you take its price into account, this is a full-fledged value product equally in reach for students, painters, office workers, and gamers.

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