Using a laptop instead of a desktop computer provides portability and versatility that allows people to make any space an office. Although ‘laptop’ has the word lap in it, placing the computer directly on your lap is not a good idea. When looking at a screen, you want it raised so that your neck, shoulders and back are in a comfortable upright position. Placing a laptop directly on your lap can cause the computer or your legs to overheat (among other areas you don’t want overheating). Using a pillow as a makeshift desk also isn’t ideal as a pillow is not designed to let air flow under your computer and keep it cool. If you use a laptop often, you need a mini laptop desk.
There is a wide range of styles for laptop desks that all have great benefits. For users who prefer a physical mouse compared to the trackpad on their laptop, some mini desks include built-in mouse pads. Other desks include cupholders, phone and tablet holders. Some mini desks are adjustable for different heights while others include storage for cords, pens and other small items. Many laptop desks are also great to use on top of tables or desks thanks to their height, which raises the monitor to eye level and makes it more comfortable when typing on an external keyboard.
Whether you’re sitting on the couch to stream a movie, following a recipe while making dinner, watching a tutorial on a home improvement project while at your workbench, or sitting in bed while working on your next big presentation, a mini laptop desk is one of the best accessories for a laptop.
1. Mavo Craft Folding Lap Desk
A laptop desk helps users create a workspace just about anywhere and with the Mavo Craft Folding Lap Desk, the secret storage compartment means users can keep their office supplies on hand. The Mavo Craft provides a large workspace that measures 17 inches long by 12 inches wide and will fit most laptops. Wires, pens and pencils, notebooks and other small items weighing up to seven pounds can be kept in the large storage compartment that is easily accessed by simply lifting the top of the desk. The Mavo Craft has two solid legs that flip out when in use and fold flat for a compact storage option.
Pros: Folds for easy storage, a large compartment for storing small items and durable construction.
Cons: The height and angle of the Mavo Craft can’t be adjusted.
2. AOOU Cool Desk Laptop Stand
This fully adjustable lap desk includes three 360 angle knob adjusters on either side of the desk to enable users to find the perfect height and angle for their needs. The AOOU is ideal for users who want a desk while seated or need something taller that can be placed on top of a larger desk or table and be used while standing. The AOOU comes with two built-in CPU cooling fans that can be plugged into the computer’s USB port to keep it cool and stop possible overheating issues. The desk can be fully flattened to 1.6 inches for a compact storage option. We also like that the AOOU features a removable mousepad.
Pros: Fully adjustable, works as a sitting or standing desk and has fans to keep the laptop cool.
Cons: The height of the lip at the bottom of the desk makes it uncomfortable to use with Surface laptops and other laptops that have thin keyboards.
3. Avantree Neetto Height Adjustable Laptop Bed Desk
Give yourself space to spread out with the Avantree Neetto Height Adjustable Laptop Bed Desk. The oversized laptop desk measures 24 inches long by 13 inches wide, giving users ample room for a mouse pad and mouse on either side of their laptop. The fold-out legs can be adjusted between a height of 9.4 to 12.6 inches and a lever can be set between 0 and 30 degrees and secured with a lock button for an angled desktop. Made from 100 percent high-quality engineered wood, the Avantree has an attractive American Cherry finish. Users have the option to install a wide lip or small ‘pencil catchers’ at the bottom of the table to keep items from sliding or rolling off the edge.
Pros: Adjustable height and angle, room for a mouse pad and lightweight for added portability.
Cons: Like the AOOU, the Avantree bumper that keeps the laptop from sliding when the desk is on an angle is very thick and makes it difficult to type with thin computers.
4. Portable Laptop Desk by Nearpow
For a portable desk that feels like a full-sized desk, we recommend the model from Nearpow. This oversized laptop desk includes several smart features to make working from bed, the couch, or a coffee shop a breeze. A pull-out tray provides a storage spot for pens and pencils and includes a drink and phone holder. A slot at the top of the desk can hold tablets or a removable book holder that can be placed in the slot or used on its own. An ergonomic cut out at the bottom of the desk allows users to comfortably sit close to the edge. We also like that the bottom of the desk has a curved design with a non-slip pad instead of a high ledge. When not in use, the Nearpow’s legs fold under the desk and a carrying handle provides a convenient way to transport the desk.
Pros: Storage features, no ledge that impedes typing and several convenient holders for tablets, phones and drinks.
Cons: The Nearpow is not height adjustable and can’t be angled.