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Bamboo Wood Contour Lap Desk with Cotton Hopsack Pillow

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

I love this Lapdesk!

Large enough for my netbook AND a mousepad! Handle and pocket come in handy, and Cotton hopsack pillow bottom is much more comfortable in your lap than others - especially in warm weather. Looked a long time for a 'better' lapdesk - this is it!

posted by AMPower on July 7, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

21 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

So natural, it's alive!

At the time of writing this review, I am presently living in the Land of Oz. I ordered this lapdesk because it seemed to be of the best value and comfort that I could find browsing around in the Barnes&Noble website. Plus, these sorts of things are relatively expensive ...
At the time of writing this review, I am presently living in the Land of Oz. I ordered this lapdesk because it seemed to be of the best value and comfort that I could find browsing around in the Barnes&Noble website. Plus, these sorts of things are relatively expensive in Australia, even after taking shipping charges into account.

I received my lapdesk in the mail. It came in a big cardboard box inside a big gunny sack. There was lots of fill-air packaging inside the cardboard box, so I was surprised to find that the bamboo surface of the lapdesk still had some nicks and scratches on it. Surely this can't be the result of poor packaging - the parcel I received in the mail was almost all made up of packaging materials! I can only surmise that the nicks and scratches must be manufacturing defects, which means that someone isn't paying full attention at the production line.

I was also surprised to find that there was quite a lot of dust and grit in the space in-between the cushion and the bamboo surface of the lapdesk. The cushion is attached to the lapdesk by six velcro strips, and comes with a washing tag that says "SPOT CLEAN ONLY". There wasn't any way to remove the buckwheat hulls from the cushion cover without cutting a new hole in it, but I was convinced that the cushion needed a through wash after discovering that cache of dust and grit. So I sent it into the washing machine on a delicate wash cycle with almost no washing powder and no fabric softener.

After the wash, the buckwheat hulls in the cushion were soaked, and there was no easy way to dry them out. I laid the cushion out on a clothes drying rack and set up a standing fan to air-dry it fast in the shade. Every couple of hours, I would rotate the pillow so that a different side faced the direction of the air blowing from the fan. After about a day, the cushion seemed reasonably dry, and surely it was clean this time!

However, all that washing and drying must have stirred up something inside the cushion. I keep noticing these really tiny insects that occasionally turn up on the surface of the cushion. They're dark reddish-brown in colour and only 1mm or 2mm long. They're barely wider than a coarse human hair, and they crawl around on the surface of the cushion from who-knows-where. I've never seen any creepy-crawlies in my apartment except for the odd spider or moth, so these really tiny ?beetles? must be coming from the inside of the cushion.

I didn't see any of these insects crawling around when I first took the lapdesk out of the box, so I am wondering if all that washing and drying must have caused them to "activate" somehow. What exactly do they feed on, anyway, and how many of them are there in the cushion? The cushion is comfortable and the bamboo surface of the lapdesk is definitely solid to use as a writing surface even though it has nicks and scratches, but am I now supposed to share my lap with a colony of ?beetles??

posted by ONGEngJuTurkey on August 15, 2009

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  • Posted December 10, 2009

    Bamboo Lap Desk

    I like this desk. The top is larger than most lap desk I looked at and the bamboo makes it lightweight. I like to use it for my laptop and my husband likes to eat from it.

    The first one I bought broke in two pieces along a seam of the bamboo. I returned it with the receipt to my local store and it was exchanged no questions asked.

    I will probably buy another one sometime in the future so that we don't have to share.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

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    nice lap desk--- a little pricey though

    I do like the desk--- received as a Christmas gift. Not sure why the pillow removes from the desk--- it is velcroed on the wooden part. You really have to stretch it out to match it up---- it is a little smaller than the velcro pads on the wooden part of the desk.
    Over all it is nice, just about $10 over-priced.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    Perfect

    This is big enough for my laptop and to rest a book for school work. Fits perfect in my lap or as a flat serface to work off of, while sitting on the bed. Very comforatable and not cheaply made!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2009

    Sturdy and Attractive.

    Very Good. Solid. Best "lap desk" I've every used. (resists being stepped on which destroyed two in the past). Could have a slightly larger writing/work surface.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2009

    Beautiful Bamboo!

    I bought this lapdesk for my 22 year old daughter who was undergoing cheotherepy for ovarian cancer in the hospital. This desk worked great for her, especially for holding her laptop as she kept in touch with family and friends during her 15 days in the hospital. It cleaned up nicely, even with the harsh disinfectents we were required to use in the hospital. The bamboo still looks brand new. The handle hole made it easy to move around and carry back and forth from home to the hospital and back. My only concern is that in order to clean the cotton pillow, we will have to remove the stuffing and restuff it with something else. We got the last one in the store - the store clerk even went into the back and found it on a backroom shelf. Great service!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 1, 2009

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    Sturdy

    I still feel the heat from the laptop, but I love the sturdiness of the bamboo compared to the plastic lap pillows. I also use this to eat on! It is pricier than the plastic pillows, but definitely worth the money. I will have this for a long time

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2009

    Bamboo Wood Contour Lap Desk

    I like this lap desk, my only wishes are that it had more stuffing in the
    pillow, and possibly a place to hold a pen.

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