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This lap desk is our top choice for buyers on a budget. Though slightly smaller than some of the other desks on our list, this streamlined lap desk still comfortably fits up to a 15-inch laptop. It is designed with a channel to encourage airflow and a smooth, flat surface that provides proper ventilation for your laptop, so you and your computer both stay cool. Two built-in storage trays help organize phones, pens, highlighters or other small items. Ideal for high school or college students, this lap desk comes in four fun colors, including aqua and hot pink.
Working from home presents its own set of challenges so you don’t want additional distractions. Enter the LapGear home office lap desk which makes multitasking on your lap as easy as it gets. Available in two colors, espresso wood and silver carbon, the unit is stylish and comfortable. With enough space for a 17-inch laptop, the unit also features microbead-filled, dual-bolster pillows underneath the surface for heightened comfort. Not only are they comfortable, but the pillows serve the added purpose of ensuring the work surface remains stable while in use.
Along with space for a laptop, a phone slot makes it easy to stand your smartphone up so you can easily monitor incoming calls, texts, and emails. The extra width of the surface even allows for an integrated mouse pad. The bottom of the unit adds a slightly raised lip to prevent a laptop from slipping off as you reposition or move around.
Create your own office no matter where you are with this sleek lap desk. Users love the slide-out mouse deck that can pull out from either the right or left side of the desk that accommodates right- or left-handed individuals and provides extra storage space. This professional-looking lap desk includes slots to hold your tablet and smartphone and comes with a flexible USB light ideal for a business traveler working late in an airport or hotel. With a larger work surface of 18.5 x 14 x 3.5 inches, a memory foam cushion and a built-in wrist rest, this lap desk definitely wins a road warrior award.
Users craving a more stylish option should check out this lap desk. Slightly heavier than some of our other picks, this desk comes in a deep walnut or neutral natural finish and looks more like actual furniture than most other lap desks on the market. The large tray accommodates up to 18-inch laptops, but the foldable legs make this desk easy to store when not in use. The top is adjustable, so you can keep your device or book at an optimal angle and a built-in storage drawer neatly holds pens, pencils or other work necessities. This desk would also make an ideal tray for eating, drinking or playing board games or card games while relaxing in bed or on the couch.
When space is at a premium, try this versatile lap desk with built-in storage. Made from sturdy black plastic, this practical and reasonably-priced lap desk can be used as a portable workstation or lap tray for eating, reading or studying. With plenty of room to store paper, art supplies, office supplies or books, this lightweight option folds flat when not in use, making it ideal for studio apartments, dorm rooms or even road trips.
Out of all of the choices on this list, this lap desk’s oversized design provides this biggest workspace. Able to accommodate up to 20-inch laptops, this lap desk also includes a luxurious memory foam cushion and a handle to make it easy to carry. Users can customize this desk by choosing the color or by adding a built-in wrist rest for better support or a detachable USB light.
This lightweight lap desk has a pillow tapered to provide comfort and stability and also comes with a work space big enough for up to 17-inch laptops. There's also a media slot for a smartphone or other small items. A narrow raised bar helps prevent books, journals or other lightweight items from moving out of place, and an elasticized band around one corner holds pencils, photos or papers securely. With seven sophisticated patterns and coordinating surface colors to choose from, you can even use this lap desk as an accent piece in your bedroom or living room.
Material - What your lap desk is made out of will affect not only its appearance but its comfortability, durability, and price as well. Desks built out of bamboo, for example, have a minimalist look that’s lightweight on your lap, while a plastic option might feel flimsier.
Design - Design takes into account the layout of the desk, as well as the storage features and ventilation systems. Tray-style desks will sit over your lap and generally keep your computer cooler, while some flat lap desks have bottom-side cushioning to rest more comfortably against your legs. Also, look for features like a built-in mousepad, a slot for your smartphone, built-in wrist rests, and detachable lighting.
Size - The size of your device will dictate the size of the lap desk you need. If you have a small tablet or Ultrabook, you can get away with a smaller desk, but if you have a 15-inch Macbook or larger, you’ll need a roomier option. All lap desks will list the size of the laptop they can accommodate, so be sure to check before buying one.