It has been over a year since we reviewed the LapWorks Attache (renamed the Diplomat). We used it on and off for a while, but mostly for its angling capabilities. We didn't really appreciate the Attache's cooling feature until we got the MacBook Pro.
The underside of the MacBook Pro can get pretty hot after extended use, hot enough that it would not be advisable to have it on the lap! The heat is bad for bare skin and is probably not too good for the electronics neither. Remembering we had the Attache, we decided to see if it would cool down the Mac. The Attache worked like a charm. The laptop is still warm to the touch, but the temperature has gone from searing to comfortable.
The fans are whisper-quiet. In fact, we often couldn't tell if they were on just by listening. We would have to take the laptop off and visually check to see if the blades were spinning. The power for the fan is from the USB connection to the laptop. In exchange for taking up a port on the computer, LapWorks gives us back four (3 in the back, 1 on the side).
The extra USB ports is a nice feature, one we came to appreciate when we started using the MacBook Pro at the desk more and more. The additional ports meant we did not have to uplug all of the other peripherals when we wanted to take the laptop. It is like having a docking station for the MacBook Pro. OK...not really, but the next best thing. For those using their laptops as their main machine, you should consider adding this LapWorks stand to the mix. The angling will relieve wrist strain, the fans will keep the machine cool, and the extra ports will give you more connection options without sacrificing portability. No matter what you call it, it is a triple win!!! [Permalink] - LapWorks Attache InTheWild