Choiix Comforter Lapdesk
Author: Rutledge Feman
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 07-14-2010
Provided by: Cooler Master
Usage and Conclusions

There are three positions possible with the Comforter. On the plastic side, the computer gets a nice incline. This setup is ideal for typing on your lap when a flat keyboard would otherwise be uncomfortable, and the foam can cushion your lap. On the foam side, you can use the bump as a wrist rest to help your ergonomic workflow. The final position is with the back of the laptop on the groove to help increase airflow, but this setup felt ineffective compared to using the plastic side, and the laptop often slipped off of its perch.

Because the Comforter Lapdesk is targeted at computer users (as opposed to enthusiasts), we thought that the best way to test its capability was by using it. We spent several days casually using the Comforter. Some days it was left in the living room and other days used at a desk in order to get a full feel for the product and all of its uses.

Throughout usage, there was noticeable deterioration in the Comforter's build quality. Immediately upon unwrapping the product, I noticed the foam coming loose from the plastic base, pictured above. After only a few days of use, the rubber strip on the plastic side also started to peel away. I would expect a casual use product such as the Comforter, which might be subjected to such tortures as reckless kids and pets, to have a much sturdier construction.

Despite its less than stellar build-quality, the Comforter was actually a pleasure to use. I found myself using the two positions pictured above the most. The other position advertised (computer on the foam side, propped up on the bump) felt pretty useless as the computer always slipped away. When using the stand with the foam side up, the bump provided a welcome ergonomic wrist rest.

My only complaint was that the rubber feet were uncomfortable on my legs. Because they are designed to prevent slippage, the rubber fixtures often gripped my skin or clothes as I shifted the Comforter, an irritating side-effect. Otherwise, the Lapdesk was just the right size and incline, and it nicely blocked the heat from reaching my legs, as advertised.

The Comforter is not designed to increase the cooling performance of your laptop (except for that third position, which isn't useful anyway). Indeed, putting the computer directly on the foam creates a bit of a heat trap, noticeably raising temperatures at any level of CPU load.

The Bottom Line

The Comforter is certainly not a sophisticated product, but it provides a fresh look at the idea of a Lapdesk. It's not perfect as shown by its poor thermal performance and sub par build quality. Nevertheless, the Comforter is aptly named as it is very comfortable to use, and it's a versatile product with two solid positions. Despite its cons, the Choiix Comforter Lapdesk receives the Bronze Seal of Approval for its simplistic effectiveness.

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