The LapGear Designer is the total package in terms of style, comfort, stability, and build quality, and it includes some extra storage options.
*At the time of publishing, the price was $30.
The LapGear Designer has a clean, simple design and comes in a variety of colors and patterns. It’s sturdy and well made, and feels comfortable and cool in your lap. It measures 17¾ inches across—wide enough to fit a 13-inch laptop and mouse, or a larger laptop up to 17 inches on its own—and weighs about 2 pounds. It has a handle to carry it around or hang it up, a slot to perch your phone, and an elastic strap for storing index cards or a pen. Plus, it has a short and unobtrusive plastic laptop rest toward the front edge to keep your stuff from sliding off of the top, and it works equally well for left- and right-handed people.
The Avantree Neetto has adjustable legs that help keep your lap cooler than most lap desks, and you can adjust its height and angle to a wide range of positions.
*At the time of publishing, the price was $40.
The Avantree Neetto is the best option if you want a lap desk with built-in legs. Because it’s basically a mini desk, it raises your laptop and other supplies off of your lap, making it a much better choice in terms of heat management and ergonomics. It’s just as well constructed as the LapGear Designer and has many of the same features—a laptop rest, left- and right-hand accessibility, a sizable work surface—plus a few more. Its legs extend to almost 13 inches, and you can adjust the desk’s angle as well, making it more customizable to your desired posture. Plus, if you set it on a desk or table, you can also use it as a DIY standing desk or laptop stand.
The Huanuo is small and compact in shape, its top flips open so you can adjust the angle, and it has a roomy hidden compartment for pens, pencils, and other supplies.
*At the time of publishing, the price was $22.
For working on the go, there’s no better option than the Huanuo HNLD15. It’s narrower than our other picks, so you can use it while wedged between two strangers on a plane, and like the LapGear Designer it has a fabric handle on top so you can carry it like a briefcase while rushing to catch a flight. Its underside has a 1-inch layer of foam to keep your lap padded, and the breathable mesh fabric surrounding it helps with ventilation. You can adjust the angle of the work surface like with the Avantree, to establish a more ergonomic posture. It also has a roomy hidden compartment underneath for your charging cables, candy, and whatever else you like to have close by while getting some work done.