Here are some more FirstLook details reagarding the LapWorks Attache ergonomic laptop stand/cooler we mentioned on Friday. The stand is weighs 2.5lbs and is about 13"x12." It is a little more than 1.5" thick when laying flat but can be set at four different support angles.
The Attache may work better on a desk, but in our FirstLook we'll be using it on top of a swing-away platform. In today's setup, we won't be hooking up any external keyboards or mouse to the stand. We just wanted to see how well it holds the various laptops (Pismo, Picturebook, ThinkPad, MacBookPro) we have around the office.
The 13"x12" surface easily accommodated all of the laptops we tested. The computers stayed in place securely. They did not slide around or move in any way.
While most laptops vent from the side or the rear, the battery, hard drive, and processor all tend to give off a significant amount of heat which users can directly feel on the bottom of the laptop.
We had mentioned in the FirstLook that the surface is slightly curved for better air flow. Looking at the setup from the side, one can see the curve created an opening for plenty of flow regardless of the type of laptop.
After playing around with the various laptops on the Attache, we did notice a few potential problems. First issue was the tab at the base extended a bit high if the laptop was really thin like our Vaio 505VE. Fortunately, during actual use, the clearance was such that it was not an issue with any of the laptops.
The second issue was that many of the screens tend to hit the tabs when we tried to close the laptops. We thought this would be a rather annoying problem when our interns casually pointed out that we were just too rigid in our thinking. They then made this small adjustment and said that was the reason why they should be making more money. Wise-asses :-) - Wan Chi Lau (permalink)