CHOIIX COM­FORTER LAPDESK

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Choiix, $49.95 choiix.com

★★★

KEEP­ING your lap­top off your thighs is a smart idea, as any­one who has felt the scald of a DVD-burn­ing, video­pro­cess­ing, fast-think­ing por­ta­ble com­puter can at­test.

This cre­ation is de­signed to make that task eas­ier. The Choiix Com­forter Lapdesk is a cu­ri­ously shaped de­vice with a hard plas­tic top and a mod­estly cush­ioned un­der­side.

It sits on an an­gle, to po­si­tion your lap­top on a com­fort­able lean, and the top fea­tures a rub­ber ridge to keep your com­puter from slip­ping on to your lap.

Un­usu­ally, this lap­top holder also fea­tures a large dip at its rear, though this does come in handy for hold­ing charg­ers, pens, phones or any­thing else you need to keep near.

This blip in its de­sign also cre­ates a sec­ond sell­ing point: the Lapdesk can be flipped up­side down to of­fer a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive. Some users may pre­fer this look, be­cause the curve be­comes a wrist rest and the ta­ble sits flat on a sur­face.

The Lapdesk is quite large, at 45cm wide, and it ac­com­mo­dates lap­tops up to 17 inches in size. For this rea­son, it makes an im­prac­ti­cal travel buddy, and would be best served on the couch or even in bed.

Its plas­tic body, while light­weight and tightly con­structed, also feels quite flimsy and it doesn’t of­fer the ex­tras some lap­top hold­ers do, such as a USB-pow­ered fan or thick pad­ding.

How­ever, the Com­forter Lapdesk could prove in­valu­able for couch surfers, par­tic­u­larly those who want to keep pants or pil­lows in­tact.

JEN­NIFER DUD­LEY-NI­CHOL­SON

On an an­gle: the Choiix Com­forter Lapdesk can be turned up­side down.

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