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Cleverly designed laptop stands save your back


August 18, 2010

Omax laptop stands let you use your computer in a variety of positions, such as lying on your back

Omax laptop stands let you use your computer in a variety of positions, such as lying on your back

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Laptop computers are appropriately named, as they do sit nicely on your lap. If you’ve ever tried using one down there, however, you’ll know that it’s not the most ergonomic set-up imaginable – you have to bend your head down, keep your knees up, and feel your thighs getting toasty warm from the computer-generated heat that is evidently not able to disperse into the air. In order to position laptops in other ways, various companies have offered laptop stands to put on your desk, devices for turning your lap itself into a desk-like computer workspace, gizmos that allow you to swivel your laptop over from the passenger seat of your car, or that let you use it beside your bed. If only there was one that held your laptop in front of you while you were lying on your back... there is, of course, and Hong Kong-based company Omax has a variety of them to choose from.

There are several models of Laptop Tables, but they all pretty much come down to the same thing: an easel-like stand with scissor-folding legs on either side. While the more basic models have simple air holes in the back to provide ventilation, the fancier ones have built-in fans that run off the computer’s USB port and silica rubber pad to stop your laptop sliding around.

There are a number of ways that the stands can be used. Folded almost all the way down, they can act as a simple desktop stand. Pulled up a little taller, you can put them on the carpet and sit with your legs out underneath them, or put them over your legs while sitting in a chair. With their legs pulled all the way up, you can use them while standing, or at the side of your bed. And yes, as mentioned, you can also use them in bed, in such a way that your computer is held above your face as you’re lying on your back.

The Omax Laptop Tables are constructed from aluminum and come in a variety of colors. They fold flat when not in use and can also be used for tablets, with or without separate keyboards. Check out their website for more information.

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Wonderful innovation it is no longer LAP TOP but LYE TOP!

Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore(AP),India

Anumakonda Jagadeesh

The big problem with many laptops now is they have air intakes on the bottom, positioned where it\'s nearly impossible to place them directly on your lap without blocking at least part of the intake vents.

Reminds me of an electric carving knife I used to have which had its cooling air vents for the motor placed precisely where they\'d be covered by a hand holding it in the most natural way. If I still had it, it\'d be 30 years old.

Looks like some bad design ideas keep getting repeated.

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Actually as a bed PC user, there is a complication called \"The wiggle factor\", that if your seated too long in any one position, you get flat spots, cramps, a need to stretch etc.

That is what makes the whole thing difficult to design for.

Mr Stiffy

Clever?? that seems rather dumb to me instead... when you lie down like that, you don\'t stay in one position & one place like you do on a chair, & that means hitting the stand every time you roll over or lift your knee a bit, & worse still, having to move the entire stand elsewhere when you wanna get up for a bit... & that\'s not fun...

Windmaster Hiroaki

Bought one of these - absolute junk, fortunately it was so cheap I just threw it out


What is so new about this, the basic design has been around for over 6 or 7 years. I bought a similar one from Lapworks, and when I need it, it works fine. Sure using it in bed is not ideal, but when you need to it helps a lot, better than all those "bed trays" which are either too high or too low, cannot clear your legs. If you can lie in bed to watch TV, then using this should be no more of a problem.

John Waller

I agree with danBran. I would rather spend my money on the retractable laptop table made by zeleg (www.zeleg.com) Wonder why nobody had pick this product up already...

Eric Lebel
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