The cooling fan is barely audible when in use, especially when a notebook is on top. Then again, it doesn't blow very much air at all but it's better than nothing. It was noticeably louder once I removed the computer from the desk, but why would you ever do this anyway? The on / off switch for the fan is a nice addition.
Next is my favorite feature of the Lapdesk, the integrated speakers. These 2" speakers simply blew me away. I was expecting something just marginally better than notebook-quality speakers but what I got was so much more. At max volume, the speakers are much louder than any notebook speaker system I have used and they did not distort. Better yet is the quality of sound which is very good for speakers this size. They even have a bit of bass which makes listening to music and watching movies much more enjoyable. The speakers are even better than some budget desktop speakers I've heard. Two thumbs up for the speaker system, Logitech.
Finally we have the comfort factor, another area that Logitech has nailed. The Lapdesk is extremely comfortable sitting on your lap. I don't know that they could do anything to make it more comfy.
Since the Lapdesk operates via a single USB cable, that means it drains power from your notebook. This will no doubt lower the battery life of your computer. I had planned to test this and see how much it would decrease batter life, but the more I thought about it, I decided against it. This product is designed to be used at home and odds are, you will have your notebook plugged into a power source anyway.
I did find one issue when using the Lapdesk which is illustrated in the photo above. When the two retractable feet are extended, I found that my wrists kept bumping into them which was a bit annoying. Those with a thicker system likely won't experience this issue but if you have a thin system like the Edge or a Macbook Air, this could be an issue for you.
Aside from this, the only other problem I can see users having with the Lapdesk is that it takes up a USB port on your notebook and doesn't offer any port replicators. Oh and some sort of mouse pad area would be awesome - perhaps for a future revision?
The Logitech Speaker Lapdesk N700 retails for $79.99. This may seem like a lot, but considering the comfort level, cooling fan and most importantly, the speaker system, this price isn't that bad if you use your notebook at home extensively.
OCIA.net has awarded the Logitech Lapdesk N700 our Gold Seal of Approval!