The Best Lap Desks (2021 Reviews)

Using the laptop while it's sitting in your lap is not feeling quite comfortable? You might need a lap desk then and here are the best lap desks right now.

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LapGear Smart-e Lap Desk

best lap desk
  • Fits both tablets and laptops
  • High build quality

A lapdesk (or lap desk) is a simple product whose purpose is pretty much self-explanatory: you keep it on your lap, and it serves as a base for your laptop, potentially some peripherals as well. You can also use it for reading and writing, which was a lapdesk’s original purpose back when it was first invented, long before laptops became a thing.

So, if you spend a lot of time in bed with your laptop or you just need a portable base for it elsewhere, check out our selection of the very best lap desks to get in 2021!

Let’s get started with the reviews of the best lap desks available today.

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The Pros:

  • Compact and light
  • Easy to carry around
  • Comes in multiple colors

The Cons:

  • Will not hold medium-sized or larger laptops

The first lapdesk on our list is LapGear’s Essential Lap Desk. Designed with portability in mind, it measures only 13 inches in diameter. As such, it will comfortably hold a MacBook or a smaller laptop, but laptops measuring over 13 inches would just be a bit of an awkward fit. Furthermore, the lapdesk has a small notch meant to hold pens, but nothing much bigger.

All in all, the Essential Lap Desk excels at two things: being affordable and being portable. It is very light and even includes a handle, so it is very easy to carry around. As a cherry on top, it also comes in numerous colors, allowing you to choose the one you’d prefer showing off in public.

The Pros:

  • Built-in compartments serve well as a smartphone docks
  • Comes in multiple colors
  • Portable

The Cons:

  • Heavier laptops will slide off

Next up, we have another LapGear product, the MyDesk Lap Desk. It is similar to the Essential Lap Desk in terms of overall design and approach, although it differs in a couple of aspects.

Most noticeably, it is larger and supports 15.6-inch laptops, as opposed to the 13-inch maximum of the Essential Lap Desk.

Other than that, there are the two compartments on either side of the handle, which can be used either as a dock for a phone or to store some smaller items. And much like its more compact counterpart, MyDesk also comes in multiple colors.

The only bad news is that there is nothing except for the surface texture to keep the laptop stable and in place. This isn’t as big of a problem with the smaller laptops that the Essential Lap Desk was designed for, but most 15.6-inch laptops will need a little more than a textured surface to keep them secure when the lapdesk is at an angle.

The Pros:

  • Designed both for laptops and tablets
  • Quality build

The Cons:

  • Fewer color options than the cheaper LapGear products

Following suit is another product from LapGear (well, all of them are, if you haven’t noticed from the table at the beginning), the Smart-e Lap Desk. It fixes the primary issue with the MyDesk and introduces a couple of must-have features at a minimal price increase.

Now, much like the MyDesk, it fits laptops up to 15.6 inches in size. However, it brings two new important tricks to the table. First, there’s the notch which is designed to accommodate tablets as big as 13 inches, meaning that it can comfortably fit even the biggest 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

On top of that, there is the tapered foam cushion, which serves both as a wrist rest and as a means of preventing laptops from sliding off, something that was lacking in the MyDesk.

There are no major shortcomings to the Smart-e, apart from the fact that it doesn’t come in as many color options as its more affordable relative, as it is limited to black carbon, silver carbon, and white carbon surfaces.

The Pros:

  • Supports laptops of all sizes
  • Includes two mouse pads
  • Comfortable to use

The Cons:

  • Not very easy to transport
  • Mouse pads cannot be used with laptops larger than 15.6in

With the LapGear XL Laptop Lap Desk, we come to the more serious solutions for users who need more space. Yet, it’s not just the sheer size that makes the XL lap desk stand out!

The first thing that you’ll notice about this particular lap desk is that it has two mouse pads on either side, which is great news if you prefer using a mouse with your laptop instead of the touchpad. Furthermore, the wrist rest is still there serving the same dual purpose as before.

One thing to keep in mind is that this lapdesk technically only supports 15.6-inch laptops if you plan on using one of the mousepads, as a 17.3-inch one will obstruct a large portion of a mousepad, rendering it useless.

Apart from that, there are no major downsides to speak of, except maybe the fact that it is a bit bulkier and heavier than other more compact lapdesks. As such, it may not be as easy nor as convenient to carry around like the others.

The Pros:

  • Supports laptops of all sizes
  • Included mouse pad

The Cons:

  • Not very easy to transport
  • More expensive than other lapdesks

And finally, we have the Home Office Pro Lap Desk. As the name implies, it is aimed towards the most demanding users, whether they are actual professionals or beginners.

Essentially, it is pretty much the same as the above XL lap desk, but with a couple of improvements. This time around, you’re free to use even the largest 17.3-inch laptops without obstructing the built-in mouse pad.

However, the Home Office Pro only incorporates one mouse pad on the right-hand side, and unfortunately, no left-handed variant is available.

One neat addition is the small notch located on top of the mouse pad. It is only so big as to hold a phone or a phablet vertically, so it won’t fit any actual tablets.

As for the downsides, there is the same issue of portability that we’ve seen with the XL above, but there’s also no denying that this particular lapdesk is quite pricey, as far as lapdesks are concerned.

Conclusion – The Best Lapdesk Of 2021

All things considered, our first pick would have to be the Smart-e lapdesk.


Simply because we deem it to offer the best value for your money out of all the products on this list. It supports laptops up to 15.6 inches in size, and the majority of laptops out there fit into that category. Moreover, it has the tapered-on cushion which both keeps the laptop from slipping and provides the user with a comfortable wrist rest.

Furthermore, that notch is worth noting as well, as it allows tablets to be used conveniently with a wireless keyboard, thus greatly contributing to the lapdesk’s versatility.

But hey, that’s only our choice! All of the lapdesks included here are quality products, and as long as you keep their respective advantages and disadvantages in mind, you will not be disappointed with your purchase, whichever one you choose to buy.

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