Did you consider just making the desk yourself? I made a 7’ x 3’ desk for my gear out of 2x4s and MDF for about $50 in materials. I wanted it to fill up every last inch of my room and knew I’d never find something the exact specs or depth that I wanted.
I made it with a detachable leaf that I eventually took off.
My monitor is mounted on the wall via an Ergotron arm, and can be raised to standing height. I have a folding desktop that I can put on my regular desktop to use it like a standing desk. This was around $30 with the coupon applied.
Limited-time deal: Laptop Bed Tray Desk, SAIJI Adjustable PVC Leather Desktop Lap Desk, Portable Laptop Table Stand with Storage Drawer, Foldable Laptop Tray for Sofa Couch Floor (Large, Gray) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B082YW2SZX/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_dl_7ADDAH0MG12J6KFE8YJX?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
The cushion is comfortable and stable on the lap and bed as the bead filling conforms into the shape of whatever surface under it, as for the top part it's the perfect size to hold the g14, the mouse pad is good for reddit browsing and casual gaming but it's too narrow for intense gaming. This is the model I have. https://www.amazon.com/LapGear-Office-Mouse-Phone-Holder/dp/B07N9LDMF8
Pre-COVID I used to do all of my journaling/writing at a Tim Hortons (Canadian coffee chain) near me. It was the only place I could go to get away from the distractions at home and focus.
Ever since COVID, I've struggled to find a place to journal. My desk is small and just fits my computer, the keyboard (on a keyboard tray) and mouse. The keyboard tray is too low for me to lean down and write on, and there isn't anywhere else in my apartment I can write. No where I can really fit another desk either. I was looking to get a TV tray or something to use but so far, no dice (or they're the cost of a new tiny desk).
Did try writing in bed but again, nothing to write on. The lap desk I have, I'm still leaning down and straining my back. It's a bit frustrating. I'm hoping to find something like a laptop stand (something like this) that I can get in Canada, and then just use it for journaling. My really odd looking setup atm is the lap desk I have, with a cutting board I bought at the dollar store and it's all held together by bungee cords XD I put that on top of a pillow in my lap and it's somewhat of a solid surface without having to lean forward so much.
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I put down blankets and towels to soften the surface (my office was on the basement level with a concrete floor, topped by a thin carpet), then had some pillows to prop up arms as needed. Mostly I leaned on my left side and typed with my right.
I've also found it helpful to have a bed desk like this and sit on the floor (or bed) with legs extended.
It's definitely cracked as everyone has already stated here. However stop using it on your bed like that. Put it on a hard surface so it can breathe. They make lap desks for this purpose and it will greatly increase your laptop's performance and longevity by allowing it to breathe while you're using it and not bake it's self.
Of course! And yeah Steam Controller is nice for some things, but not so much for others. I have a Bluetooth Keyboard and Mouse for the living room and I got a little lapdesk for them haha. This guy:
I'm not very much of a console gamer (had a PC since I was a lad, so just got used to PC gaming) so I suck bad with a controller. Having a mouse/keyboard and sitting on the couch with a big ol' TV is actually pretty nice. :)
Good luck fellow adventurer!
If you need it to be angled while typing you can get a MOFT stand or similar from amazon. I have MOFT's invisible stand that sticks to the laptop, though mines on the case, and it folds out to two different angles for typing/viewing. I also have one of those adjustable leg lap desks that can be tall or short (there's cheaper ones but mine sold out). I have a bluetooth mechanical keyboard for mine so I can put my Air on the tall setting and type on the table etc. to be comfortable.
This saved me however for the lag mouse and keyboard issue it can be tricky to save your hands and arms I hate to say it a touch pad is a better way to do that however it's a skill set in it self... SAIJI Laptop Bed Tray Desk, Portable Table Stand with Storage Drawer, Adjustable PVC Leather, Foldable Laptop Tray for Sofa Couch Floor, 23.6 x 12.6 x 1 Inches (Large, Gray) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B082YW2SZX/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_GDS6CCW4NX0RMGRFYCJN?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1 is what I use and love
Definitely get the T. Flight HOTAS. Also, purchase a wireless USB mouse+keyboard combo.
Also, I like to put my HOTAS and mouse on this thing when I’m on the couch: SAIJI Laptop Bed Tray Desk, Portable Table Stand with Storage Drawer, Adjustable PVC Leather, Foldable Laptop Tray for Sofa Couch Floor, 23.6 x 12.6 x 1 Inches (Large, Gray) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B082YW2SZX/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_DNEME7DFYQMHXCM2Q1EX
These are wicked
The trick to working pretty much anywhere you can sit comfortably is a lap desk with a surface can be tilted up, like this one. (I don't own that specific model but I have one a lot like it.) Tilting the work surface up as high as it will go puts the display closer to eye level, and that makes a world of difference. The keyboard position is a little bit of a compromise but I've learned to live with it.
Mine has been everywhere from sofa to recliner to bed to lawn and beach chairs to the back of my wife's SUV on a long road trip. It also makes larger laptops usable in airplane seats by cutting the depth requirement. My desk is great, but I've done multiple full days in a row elsewhere and it hasn't been a problem.
This lapdesk has a fan for air flow, a pad on the bottom to keep it comfortable on your lap, and a detachable mousepad, which would eliminate the need to use a trackpad while gaming.
There is wayyyyy too much boring grey color there surrounded by colorful room décor.
You are missing one must-have chair for a WFH laptop setup: Eames Lounge Chair with the "Espresso Woodgrain" version of this lap desk:
I got this however I received it on a sale after someone here or on r/graphicnovels posted the deal. If you search for lap desk there should be some other options.
My wife got me this bed desk last year and I love it. https://www.amazon.com/SAIJI-Adjustable-Portable-Standing-Foldable/dp/B082YW2SZX/ref=mp_s_a_1_11?keywords=laptop+desk+for+bed&qid=1639708636&sr=8-11
I will second a lap desk. I use mine all of the time to write in bed. I have this model:
I also recommend a reading pillow if you get a lap desk. It makes writing in bed super comfortable.
I LOVE the bed-desk my wife got me
My wife works from the car on a lapdesk while I drive:
I'd potentially be interested in some sort of FIT desk as well, but as others stated not sure how reasonable that is.
I’ll give the same XBOX tips I always give: Buy a wireless mouse/keyboard combo: if you get the combo, they only take up one USB slot.
I really like the Thrustmaster T.flight HOTAS but new hardware is coming out soon from other 3rd parties. Most promising is the Turtle beach Velocity One. If has a yoke and throttle, which you’ll like if you want the Cessna experience, but I was surprised to find out how good a HOTAS feels regardless of what type of plane I’m flying. If you get a yoke and throttle, you’ll need a sturdy desk or table to clamp it to.
I put my HOTAS and mouse on this tray/desk so I can play comfortably on the couch: Laptop Bed Tray Desk, SAIJI... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B082YW2SZX?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share ; I don’t think a yoke and throttle could work with something like this tray desk though.
My XBOX tips: Buy a wireless mouse/keyboard combo: you can plug it right into the USB slot on your XBOX. I also recommend the Thrustmaster T.flight HOTAS flight stick and this tray/desk: Laptop Bed Tray Desk, SAIJI... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B082YW2SZX?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share ; I rest my flight stick and throttle and mouse on it, and play comfortably on the couch.
Buy a wireless mouse/keyboard today: you can plug it right into the USB slot on your XBOX. I also the Thrustmaster T.flight HOTAS flight stick and this tray/desk: Laptop Bed Tray Desk, SAIJI... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B082YW2SZX?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share ; I rest my flight stick and mouse on it, and play comfortably on the couch
I'm unsure of what you mean by 'clocks', but I do use a laptop stand. It's this one; https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XPX2DBL/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1 and sometimes I do prop it up.
This being said I played Dishonored the other night, and if my memory is correct the laptop never went above 70 degrees, so. Very odd that Muse Dash pushed it so much.
I've had good luck with this one:
Just keep in mind that cooling pads only have a small effect on the internal temperature of your laptop. Where they really help is by keeping the heat away from your legs.
The b2 button on top of the stick (where your thumb would go) works well for brakes.
I love this flight stick (I also have a series S) very happy with it.
The only problem I have is that, when I try to change the button assignments, it just doesn’t take. But, it doesn’t matter, because I’ve grown to like the default button assignments a lot.
I highly recommend buying a wireless mouse/keyboard combo. I also recommend buying one of those things people use to put their laptops on in bed and then put the HOTAS and mouse on it (Laptop Bed Tray Desk, SAIJI... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B082YW2SZX?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share)
I like that a lot and may pick it up.
Here is another suggestion for anyone looking for something like this: This fits on your lap and has worked well for me.
Lap Desks : https://www.amazon.com/HUANUO-Lap-Laptop-Desk-Anti-Slip/dp/B07W7SZJ25/ref=mp_s_a_1_5?_encoding=UTF8&c=ts&dchild=1&keywords=Lap+Desks&qid=1628603928&s=office-products&sr=1-5&ts_id=490924011
Or a Flippy: https://www.amazon.com/Flippy-Multi-Angle-eReaders-Smartphones-Magazines/dp/B0859M3NT5/ref=mp_s_a_1_4?dchild=1&keywords=flippy&qid=1628603976&sr=8-4
(Note: links are just for reference not my specific recommendation)
Those are the two most common recommendations on this sub. I like the lap desk. N
I actually recommend purchasing a lap desk, can get padded ones so you can lay down and still have a flat surface. Here’s a link to one I used to use and I loved it! Cheap and effective. Can even use a mouse if you want.
While this is more of a lap desk rather than just a laptop stand I think the adjustable angles get the job done. It's also made for larger laptops so I don't imagine weight would be an issue here? I use the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2 in 1 with it. It's also 15.6" screen and is about a pound and a half lighter than yours.
Hi! We think this laptop stand would be good for what you need. It generally fits larger laptops and I've used it all around at my desk, on the couch, outdoors, etc. It's adjustable so I think it'll give you that height you're looking for.
I've been using this one in bed. Its simple, no frills, lifts up so the screen isn't hurting your neck in bed and I am able to play any steam games with my Switch controller flawlessly. Lets plenty of airflow in as well.
Damn that looks comfy, is it rigid enough at the lip to hold big omni’s? Was thinking about just getting one of these:
Mind Reader LTADJUST-BLK Adjustable Portable 8 Position Lap Top Desk with Built in Cushions, Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XPX2DBL/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_YNE9VNAW3AFEW64RJ0K1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
I've grown to love having a bed desk. I bought one on amazon and I'm currently talking with you from my laptop. It also is great for traveling and not having a desk at hand.
I bought this one and a massive pillow.
I have this “laptop bed tray table” that I adore. You can use it for more than just studying in bed though. I put it on top of my desk, too, so I don’t have to crane my neck. It’s big enough that I can have my laptop and textbook on it at the same time.
A lot of my classmates have book stands. I personally don’t, but some of them swear by them.
It’s way too early to do this yet, but when you do start classes, you should also consider finding out if your law library has online offerings of study aid books (such as High Court Case Summaries keyed to whichever text book you will use). Also, Quimbee. I know some schools offer free/discounted Quimbee accounts. Again, it is WAY too soon to look right now, but keep this in mind when you do start classes.
An adjustable desk thing for $40. It has 3 leg segments that can be adjusted 360 degrees. I use it on my couch to keep my laptop off my lap and to raise it up a little so I don't hunch over. Love it!
(Here’s a cheap one)[https://www.amazon.com/Mind-Reader-LTADJUST-BLK-Adjustable-Portable/dp/B06XPX2DBL/ref=mp_s_a_1_6?dchild=1&keywords=bed+table+for+laptop&qid=1607254221&sprefix=bed+table&sr=8-6]
(Here’s a more accurate one to the video)[https://www.amazon.com/DERIMIZZ-Adjustable-Foldable-Portable-Computer/dp/B08HYWKK11/ref=mp_s_a_1_2_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=adjustable+laptop+table+for+bed&qid=1607254326&sprefix=adjustable+laptop+table&sr=8-2-spons&psc=1&spL...]
I typically use a Laptop Cushion desk like this amazon one
It isn't a 1 to 1 but it is close enough. I don't even put my mac on a pillow or lap itself.
Here's something that as a single piece a fan to feed air into the bottom of the laptop and a spot for a mouse pad.
This worked nicely for me: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07N9L5934/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Hi there, yeah I did a repaste with Arctic MX-4 2019 Edition and my temps didn't improve either. Actually, the performance got even slightly worse, the paste has been open for almost 2 years so it may have gone bad. My Time Spy bench fell from 8150 to 7900 levels on average, indicating they did an actually good pasting job in the factory.
I did a slight undervolt (it was enabled with a recent BIOS update, you can download it from HP Support Website) of -30mV using Throttlestop and it actually slightly lowered my temps and increased the performance. But it's far from "solving" how hot these laptops get.
LM appears to be the only option to decrease the temps without sacrificing performance but it's too risky imo. Even if it is applied correctly, LM forms an alloy with the heatsink when you first apply it so you have to clean it up 1-2 months after the first application and repaste again. It is too much hassle for me.
I bought a nice multi-angle laptop stand (Something like this) and since the keyboard itself doesn't get too hot anyway, I can play without any issues on the couch and on the bed as well as the table.
Despite the heating, I'm really happy with this laptop and after opening the inside, I appreciate the engineering that went into this even more. I upgraded from the mid-2017 Omen (7700HQ, 1070) and the design has come a looong way since then. I still prefer these "2019 refresh" designs over the 2020 design though, feels like a step backwards.
Great concept, and nice execution. I like the idea of felt protecting the cover. I ordered this a while back (similar idea) and it's perfect for Omnibus reading. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07CY1LY89/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
4800H would be her best option. they are designed for use in a laptop. Run far cooler than the 3700X and will provide a better end user experience. I would also recommend she purchase a good laptop tray that she could use while sitting on the couch, bed, or anywhere she doesn't have a flat surface. these laptops draw the air up for the bottom of the laptop so having a solid flat surface under them while they are in use will extend their life. this is the one I use for my laptop. https://www.amazon.com/SAIJI-Adjustable-Portable-Standing-Foldable/dp/B082YW2SZX/ref=sr_1_4?dchild=1&keywords=Laptop+Stand+for+Couch&qid=1601300473&sr=8-4
I know this is an older thread now but I'll add that you can buy a lapdesk and it'll help a lot with ventilation. See: https://www.amazon.com/AboveTEK-Portable-Retractable-Non-Slip-Notebook/dp/B074473Z6T/
From experience - definitely too hot to sit on a lap (at least without a lapdesk like this one: https://www.amazon.com/AboveTEK-Portable-Retractable-Non-Slip-Notebook/dp/B074473Z6T/ )
On the incredibly rare occurrences I even play a game with a mouse in bed I use the same lapdesk I use for my couch.
Pretty much this.
Honey-Can-Do TBL-02869 Portable Laptop Lap Desk with Handle, Black, 23 L x 16 W x 2.5 H https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FQK13XM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_WGf7CbH5HX4NS
Might be the WorkEZlaptop stand. If not this is what I use. Very flexible positioning and if you want can get the optional mouse pad.
I recently got mine as well and had this laptop desk recommended by u/crocodial. It works really well, especially if you get some velcro command tabs to keep the HOTAS stable.
look, there are probably better solutions than mine, but mine is real simple and cheap.
its wider than it looks, so plenty of room to space out your hotas. it has a pillow underneath, so if you are on a couch, the floor, an office chair, its comfortable and stable. I plan to get some rubber sticky cabinet liner to run across the top to keep the hotas from sliding, but its really not necessary.
Have the same keyboard except with a red backlight. Awesome keyboard for anyone who is looking to build a living room PC. Purchased this lap desk from Amazon, a Logitech G240 mouse pad (for its slim profile), and a Logitech G602 and couldn't be happier with the set up. Fully wireless unlike the Roccat Sova and Corsair Lapdog, and the battery lasts for 4-5 days depending on backlight usage.
I'm considering getting this lap desk to place the HOTAS on while I'm gaming... Maybe velcro-ing the HOTAS in place.
Anyone tried that method?