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After less than a week of use it has become apparent that the pictures of the cushions in the advertising pictures are probably twice the actual cushion thickness of the real product. It also tends to bend in the middle if I hold it on the outside edges with a 16 inch MacBook Pro M1 on it. I would have searched a bit more if I had realised it is actually a bit fragile. Don't get me wrong. It works OK but it sure is on the cheapo side of quality. I'm not experiencing buyer remorse but I can see me looking for something a bit more solid in the not too distant future.
The track pad that comes standard with the laptop desk only works with a mouse that utilizes a rolling ball. The light colour of the provided track pad will not work with an Apple Mouse so I coloured it back with a sharpie. That works just fine apart from the track pad coming unglued.
I'll make it work as I like the desk. The manufacturer needs to improve the track pad so that it works with all mice and stays stuck to the desk.
there's no little "bumper" to prevent the mouse from falling off if the unit is slightly tilted towards you. This means the lap must be PERFECTLY level - not a realistic thing. I had to install a little bumper myself.
Sits comfortably in your lap but there are some issues. It isn't a solid construction - it's only a piece of Plywood with a cover stapled over it. If you try to use the mousepad the entire structure noticeably bends. This makes the right side of the desk superfluous.
I didn't notice that the woman in the pictures keeps this flat on her lap. I like to incline my legs. This lap desk doesn't work at an angle. The phone slot is too shallow, and it falls out. And as I don't use a mouse, this space is wasted. The support lip is also too short to hold the computer when tilted. Thus, a Scrabble letter rack and cheerful duck tape, which fixes that problem. As for the unused mouse pad, I may devise some way to utilize it as a phone case by adding something. For now, this works. It was my error for not noticing all this before purchase, so this is just a head's up. It seems to be well-made and is lightweight and comfortable on my lap (elevated!)
If I had to do this again, I would look for a product that was shorter in length, only because this one does not seem very well-balanced and tends to tip slightly from side to side (i.e. left to right) with the slightest movement, including typing. This makes it unnecessarily uncomfortable to use as you are constantly applying pressure with your hands/arms to counterbalance whatever direction it is tipping. I don't know if different padding underneath would help (perhaps a solid, contoured pad rather than two rolls of padding), but I do think the design needs some work. If the mouse pad area were removable, my problems would probably be solved. That's partly my fault for getting a board with a mousepad area included since I never use a mouse with my laptop. I just thought it would be nice to set my phone there, but now I see that the added length is a bad feature because I either have to position the laptop on the far left, as it was meant to be, so that I feel like I am straining to the side somewhat in order to properly reach it, or to re-position it into the center and then I have trouble balancing the board. In sum, there are probably better designs out there.
I finally got one of these because I was using a lap snack tray surrounded by a lip, understandably to keep things from sliding off, but it got in the way of my laptop's power cord and was otherwise not sturdy itself. This is nicer with a mostly flat, smooth, sturdy surface with no lip except for the ledge on the bottom to keep the laptop from sliding off, and the mouse pad on the right side with the slot for the smartphone.
I have a 15-inch Macbook and fits right onto the space aside from the mouse pad, with even an inch of space left. The ledge to keep it from sliding off is fine; I don't find it hugely necessary but doesn't hurt. The cushioning on the bottom for the lap is comfortable; you get warm but not too warm like having the laptop directly on your lap. The laptop itself, and the desk's surface, can still get pretty warm, but that's on any surface and depends on how much you're running on the computer.
So my biggest trouble is the mouse pad. Other reviewers say their mouse still slides off it. They must have a very light and slick mouse if it's rolling over the lip of the mouse pad. My laptop's mouse, on the other hand, sticks heavily to this mouse pad, such that it's even laboring to move it, especially if doing something intense like graphics work. I'm using a Magic Mouse, which is a heavier mouse; another mouse I have is less sticky. But this is a little bit of an issue for me. One easy solution is to flip this lap desk so that the mouse is on flat wood -- and that's great for the Magic Mouse. It's a little stupid that the laptop is then on a bit of an uneven surface with the mouse pad on the left side, but it's manageable. The mouse can slide off the board in this case, so I have to watch to keep it even. I still don't worry about the laptop sliding off. Another solution would be to place a simple normal mouse pad on top of this one, as others have said
I do like the slot holding the cellphone up so I can see the screen and even touch the screen for basic things. So, so far I'm flipping this lap desk back and forth as needed.
Another note about the mouse pad: I have long arms, so I'm often pushing my mouse a little over the top lip, and the bottom of the mouse pad is hard to move over especially with the stickiness. (Whereas I'm fine with the positioning of the keyboard.)
So all in all, things to bear in mind depending on your mouse and arm length.