Lapworks Futura Laptop Desk & Desktop Stand Reviewajmatson - July 31, 2007
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- Size: 11x10.75x.5 inches folded and 21x11x3/8 inches unfolded
- Weight: 16.25 ounces
- Material: Grey ABS Plastic (Will be available in colors upon release)
- Improves your ergonomics
- Reduces notebook heat & cools your lap
- Dual purpose lapdesk and desktop stand
- Lightweight and compact in size
- Folds for easy storage
- Rubberized surface keeps notebook from sliding
To put the stand through the test I took it to work with me, where I am on my laptop for about seven of the eight hours I am there. I set up the day into four testing parts. For the first quarter I used the laptop flat on a desk without the cooler. The second quarter was on my lap without the cooler. The third quarter was on the desk in the standing position. The final quarter was on my lap with the cooler. Throughout each test I monitored the CPU and Hard Drive temps while idle and at load using Everest 2.20 Home. To simulate the load I ran a DVD and Photoshop CS3 for 30 minutes while doing a virus sweep using AVG 7.5 Free edition.
- Sony Vaio VGN-N250E/B
- Intel Core Duo 1.8GHz
- 1536MB DDR2 Ram
- 120GB hard drive
- DVD-R/W drive
For the first set of tests we have the stand set up in the desk position with the maximum amount of space between the two plates. This was done to have the best cooling space available to see just how low the temps will go with the most amount of airflow under and between the cooling plates. All temperatures are in degrees Celsius. Lower is better.
For the second round I had the laptop cooler fully extended into the flat lap position. In this position the cooler is designed to keep your lap cool from the heat of the computer and to give the user a stable platform to rest the computer on while working comfortably. In this position the airflow under the unit is more restricted and that is where the slots in the cooler come into effect to keep air moving.
Although the temps seemed to be fairly high for the internals, the cooler was able to get enough airflow over the laptop shell to keep it from radiating heat all over the desk and my lap. At one point on the desk the internal fan of the laptop was pushing out a lot of air where I could feel it on my hand about three inches away but the casing of the computer remained fairly cool. It did make about a 1 to 2 degree difference on the CPU and hard drive, but because my laptop does not have direct vents to the intake fan and only slots along the shell, it could not get maximum cooling. LapWorks claims a 10 to 20 percent drop in heat radiating from a laptop.
One issue I had with the stand was in the desktop position. It is not as sturdy and I would like when I have my laptop on it and am typing on the keyboard. As I switch from my left to right hand while typing, the computer wiggles. I tried this on several surfaces from a desk to a kitchen table to even a carpet while laying on the floor and the results were the same. In my particular case this was due to the support arm and the way it sits into the support groves as shown below.
If it was not as curved or made out of metal it might be sturdier.