Lap Desk Keeps Your Computer Cool

My thighs are sweating from a low, yet constant flow of heat.  The little thing on my lap, barely two days old, whirs softly, its rectangular shape nestling closer to my legs as I shift my weight in an effort to find comfort.  The heat intensifies.

After another five minutes I feel certain that I could use the heat burning down into my legs to cook a four-course meal.

Let's face it: laptop computers generate quite a bit of heat.  It is one of the downfalls of utilizing the nifty little machines when you're on the go.  If you don't have desk space (or table space... or sit on the floor and use a chair as a desk space), you have to balance the laptop on your legs.  And it gets hot.

In the past there have been certain solutions to this problem.  Various portable, folding lap desks have been around for years.  And they work-to a point.  While your thighs no longer feel like they've been dipped in a pool of lava, the laptop still gets hot.  And, as we all know, prolonged heat isn't particularly healthy for circuits.  Then there are little cooling fans designed to circulate airflow around the computer, helping it to fend off internal heat buildup; but these don't help your thighs at all.  Catch-22.  Until now:

This is the Lap Desk with Notebook Computer Cooling Fan from Sanwa.  This little table measures  W557 x D316 x H232 - 302 (mm) and the extendable legs fold flat, making it quite portable.  It can be set at different angles to make for comfortable typing and has a tray to keep the laptop from sliding into your lap.  The right side of the table is flat and can be used as a mouse pad.  There's even a cup holder located to the back, right side.

Though I'm left-handed, I appreciate the effort...

A lap table with fans?  Who would'a thunk it?A lap table with fans? Who would'a thunk it?

The most innovative aspect of this table is the dual fan system.  The fans rest just below the laptop for maximum coverage and are powered via a USB cable that plugs into the computer.

I like this little gadget.  It solves two problems at once-a true multi-tasker and a simple solution to the annoying issue of "Sweaty Thigh Syndrome."

To relieve your thighs from intense laptop baking, head on over to Sanwa. In the U.S., you can find a similar product here at Amazon.

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Jul 10, 2009
by Anonymous

HeatShift pad is a great solution for you!

I'm not sure if this product works but If your on your laptop a lot, try the HeatShift pad by ThermaPAK. I use it on at my desk and when I'm sitting on my couch, it's lightweight so you can take it with you anywhere and it's 100% effective in keeping my laptop cool! :) You can read more about them at

Jul 14, 2009
by John P. Barker
John P. Barker's picture

Yep...'s real.