The 3 Best Lap Desks for 2024


If you want something bigger, sturdier, and more sophisticated-looking than our picks, and you don’t mind paying a hefty premium for it: Consider the Cooper Desk Pro XL. It has a removable laptop rest at the bottom of the work surface, as well as legs that let you adjust the height and angle for improved ergonomics. This lap desk has a handy little drawer underneath, for storing things like pens, and a lengthy slot at the top to hold a phone or tablet. Though most lap desks with legs we tested wouldn’t look out of place in a hospital, the Cooper Desk Pro XL embodies home-office-chic. Its legs are made of brushed aluminum, with black plastic crossbars that are curved up like skis, so it’s easier to glide it out from under you. The black plastic tabletop is even covered in a layer of black faux leather. However, this lap desk has a few key drawbacks. First, at 24 inches wide, it’s bigger than we think many people will want. (Though if you have generous hips or a larger body, it may be a tight squeeze to fit between this desk’s legs.) Also, it weighs more than twice as much as our other picks—nearly 8 pounds, or roughly the weight of a newborn baby. Finally, it’s the priciest lap desk we tested, costing twice as much as the LapGear as of this writing. But if you don’t mind those drawbacks (or if it goes on sale), don’t hesitate to get it.

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