About 3 months ago I splurged and bought myself a new laptop. I was tired of sitting in our bedroom/office and using the desktop computer when I do that all day at work. I wanted to be able to sit in my recliner, watch TV in the family room and talk to my hubby instead of yelling questions from the other end of the house.
I needed something to put my laptop on since I use a mouse instead of the touch pad. I read some of the reviews here and decided to purchase the My Place Laptop and Multi-Function Work Station.
I've had a love/hate relationship with this work station since I purchased it.
**I love it because it has a large tilting table where I can rest my laptop at a comfortable angle. I hate it because the table has grooves in it for air circulation but the slightest move will send my laptop rolling right past the lip that is supposed to hold it in place and into my lap. The only way I can keep it from flying off is to use a piece of thin foam on the table lip.
**I love it because it has a large felt covered surface to hold my mouse, some paper and a pen, even a bowl of chips if I'm hungry. There is also a storage compartment underneath this section where I keep my notes and mouse when not in use.
**I love it because I can easily fold down the legs and place them in 3 different positions/heights. I hate it because these legs are a very tight squeeze in my recliner and I don't want to wear down the leather pushing it in and out when I need to get up. I also tried sitting on our couch but the legs slip right in between the cushions. This makes the work station rest on top of my legs which is very uncomfortable due to the hard groves and structure underneath that the legs tuck into.
**I love it mainly because I am in the family room but I hate it because the only way I can use this is to leave the legs unfolded, put a blanket over my lap and lay the work station flat on the blanket. I am still able to tilt the table for my laptop but after a few hours of having this all sit on your legs is enough for me.
There is an LED work light which takes 3 AAA batteries (not included). I find the light basically useless as it really does not give enough light and the bendable arm does not stay in position for very long as it will start to droop.
The work station is made of black polypropylene and can hold a maximum of 25 lbs. Supposedly the work station itself weighs approximately 6 lbs. but when you're hauling it up onto your lap from the floor with one arm it feels like a lot more!! The overall dimensions are 60cm x 31cm x 25cm.
Would I buy one of these again or recommend it? No, I would not buy one again but I would recommend it as it might work quite differently for someone else. It is very sturdy and would be great for someone that is bedridden and would be able to use the legs as they were intended!!
Update On Jun 16, 2009: I finally had my DH unscrew the legs off this table which makes the table much lighter to pick up. It also makes the underside much more comfortable to have sitting on my lap since I never used the legs anyway.