This must-have laptop accessory will keep your computer from overheating

Unless I’m at the office, I prefer sitting with my computer on my couch or, even better, my bed. While forgoing a desk does have its perks — namely a better vantage point for watching TV — laptops can become unbearably hot if you’ve been using them for too long.

A lap desk for your computer gives you a way to protect your body without compromising your favorite lounging position. Cooler Master’s NotePal LapAir Desk is the one I use, and it’s designed to keep you comfortable and your laptop from overheating.

Inside the metal and mesh desk is a small, USB-powered fan to push away hot air and replace the heat with cool air. Luckily, the fan is silent so you can watch TV, listen to music, or relish in your quiet space without any distractions. There’s also a built-in cushion on the bottom that will keep your lap and legs comfortable. While it’s not as plush as I’d prefer — it’s made from a sponge mat, mind you — the cushion is compact and nicer than resting cold metal against your legs.

Cooler Master’s version will make using your laptop away from your desk easier, too. This option can hold up to a 17-inch laptop and features subtle grooves toward the bottom to keep your computer from slipping. Plus, the slight upward angle gives you a great view of your screen without needing to look straight down.

When it comes to finding a lap desk, you should look for something that’s sturdy, does exactly what it advertises, and will last you several years, which is what makes this one a great buy. There are more stylish options out there that have designated compartments for your cords and pens or even a softer pad. But Cooler Master’s focus on function and practically makes it worth your money.

Cooler Master NotePal LapAir, $24.61, available at Amazon.

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