I've seen and tried several notebook bases, cooling stations and other accessories that aim to either improve ergonomics, reduce heat from the notebook, or make working on a notebook more comfortable for use in a living room or in a bed. Here's the latest from Logitech, which today launched its Comfort Lapdesk for Notebooks. The $39.99 accessory, coming in February to the U.S. (Europe in January), "provides a stable base and helps protect against laptop heat whether you're working from the comfort of your couch, relaxing on your bed or reclining on the living-room floor."
The company's research shows that almost 60% of people who use a laptop at home use it on the couch (guilty!) so they can be with families while browsing the Web, writing/reading e-mails or instant messaging (or writing awesome Cool Tools columns). Logitech's research also showed that 36% use a laptop on the bed, and 16% use the notebook while sitting or lying on the floor.
Logitech says the Lapdesk is different from other laptop desks because of its four-layer, heat-shielding design. "The bottom layer's fabric and an air-flow chamber between the lapdesk's base and top combine to further minimize heat. Plus, instead of the whole laptop lying flat against the body, the arched base makes contact with the [notebook's] legs in just four places, improving air flow." Furthermore, a cushioned base lets people relax their legs instead of having to lock their knees together to support the notebook. A non-slip glossy finish on the top of the Lapdesk prevents the notebook from slipping.
Probably worth a look if you're doing a lot of notebook work in non-traditional locations.