Modern people love to surround themselves with stylish and functional things. Among other household items, folding convertible tables for laptops that are subject to certain selection features are especially popular with buyers.
What is it?
Folding laptop table - portable stand with moving parts. Outwardly, it is a mini-table with a small tabletop and a folding device. On the market, this item is presented in a wide variety of models, however, any product is configured for functionality. Such furniture is radically different from the usual massive computer desks: this is the necessary minimum that is needed to work on a laptop.
It has no hinged racks, like a computer table, it lacks supports for CD disks, organizers, side compartments for a bunch of little things: everything is strictly functional and does not accept anything superfluous.
The choice of models is based on the advantages and weaknesses.
Some of the best features of this product include:
- Ergonomics: a transforming table has enough space for work, is deprived of unnecessary space;
- Convenience: the design is thought out so that the user is comfortable in any position;
- Variety of model range: an accessory can be simple or structurally complex, while stylish and harmoniously fit into the general idea of design;
- Functionality: most models have an adjustment of the height of the table and the angle of inclination of the working surface, built-in lighting, an external hard drive, USB ports;
- Mobility: if necessary, a table can be removed in a cupboard or taken with you (for example, on a trip, camping or in the country);
- Development of a cooling system: some models have coolers, thanks to which the laptop does not overheat;
- Noise isolation: products are equipped with a sound exhaust system of a working device;
- Versatility: designs fit any laptop, regardless of its size.
Transformer tables for laptops are often equipped with a non-standard stand in the form of a tabletop and a small shelf for the keyboard. At the same time, the “two-story” model eliminates the need to lower your head in the process of typing. This is convenient and allows you to use a laptop with a graphics tablet, compactly organizing the user's workplace. In fact, the lines have stationary models (for home) and options for working on the go. Most accessories have a perforation for better air circulation.
The tabletop does not allow operation with a tablecloth: this impedes the functioning of the table.
Some models provide for several user positions during operation (sitting, lying, reclining). Such designs are transformed to the desired, including the vertical position of the laptop. Due to the thoughtfulness of the device, the gadget is securely fixed to the surface of the countertop, so the user’s work is as comfortable as possible. Moreover, the table supports are stable and comfortable, so you can use the design, including in bed.
The dimensions of the models allow placement in a backpack, a typical bag.
The table can be used as a stand for a tablet or book. He is able to become an alternative to an easel, if the case so requires. These tables are convenient in that they often have a separation of the countertops: elements for the laptop itself and components. Particularly thought-out models are equipped with miniature drawers for storing the necessary stationery and stands for smartphones.
However, such models are a rare version of the line.
Not every model is convenient for work. Some products are limited in functionality. For example, wooden models are more reminiscent of a school desk in a mini-version, in which the transforming element is the rise in the height of the working surface. As a lock, these devices have a wooden board, which makes it somewhat difficult to work on the keyboard. Even if you consider a separate area for the mouse, the table is not convenient. Moreover, it can not be called mobile.
Not all designs provide for the location of the mouse. This often requires a special stand, made in the same design from the same material as the folding table itself. Adaptation to comfortable poses of the user is not always an advantage of transforming tables. Despite the assurances of manufacturers about the convenience of compact products, often during their operation a person is in the wrong position. On the one hand, it is convenient for him, on the other - the body is harmed.
Lying and reclining to use a laptop is harmful, so an enormous load is created on the eyes. Often a relaxed posture is not correct: the spinal column does not have a straight line. Therefore, you can’t call laptop tables useful.
You need to choose them taking into account the most faithful natural posture, observing the height and functionality: the product should not distract you from the search for the right items when working.
Typically, the weight of the transformer table does not exceed 2 kg, while the product is reliable: it is designed for 15 kg of the maximum allowable weight load. Most models are made of high-strength plastic, steel and wood, complement the design with steel supports, often of an extraordinary shape and 360-degree rotation. This approach allows the use of a table for different surfaces, including those suitable for immobilized users. So a small table can adjust to the particular arrangement, while creating the most comfortable conditions for a person to work, eliminating the appearance of pain in the back and neck.
The design is thought out to the smallest detail: if desired, you can work while standing at the table.
It is impossible to select a product without studying the transformation mechanism system. The simplicity of operation, the reliability of the design, as well as its durability, depend on this. The transformable elements of the folding table are equipped with special type stops, so they clearly fix each position.
The model transformation system is different:
- When folded, some tables look like a narrow case, which, when unfolded, forms a two-part countertop;
- Others are a countertop with legs folded in accordion or on hinges, in this case only supports participate in the transformation, turning 360 degrees;
- The third products are a high table on one strong support with two worktops (horizontal - the length of the mouse, vertical with a slope - for a laptop);
- Some devices are even more creative: the table is located on one support with two transformable rods that fix the laptop and tablet (alas, they do not have a mouse stand).
Classic is the simplest type of transformable tables: it either rises the countertop to the desired angle, or the cruciform legs are transformed.
We choose: what else to consider?
Buying a table for a laptop is a solid matter that needs the right approach. Such accessories do not get hastily, you need to take into account the parameters of the equipment, correlate them with the necessary functionality, take into account the location of the mouse (for left-handed or right-handed).
It is important to know that laptop tables are divided into two varieties:
The difference between the models is that some can be put directly into the bed, fixing at the same time as you like. Others stand on the floor, they are taller and more like tables, although they are quite compact and almost always have a small countertop. They move to the sofa, beds, mobile, in most cases have wheels on the supports, can be equipped with height adjustment, the angle of inclination of the working surface of about 30 degrees. Some models are designed in such a way that when folded, they replace the laptop case. This is especially true on the road (different trips and business trips).
A folding table is not a toy, and in order for it to be useful, reliable, durable, you need to pay attention to several factors.
- The choice is made in a trusted store with a good reputation: this eliminates the risk of buying a fake;
- Material matters: it is preferable to a model with a frame made of steel, aluminum and wood (there should not be much plastic, it is unstable to significant mechanical damage);
- The model should be stable and reliable: it is worth choosing a model with powerful supports with limiters (the risk of accidental injury is excluded);
- An important indicator of the maximum allowable weight load on the countertop in the unfolded state;
- It is worth exploring additional features: no need to overpay for functions that a particular user does not need;
- It is preferable to choose organizers with a cooling system for the working surface and circulation, the presence of USB-ports and a small stand for the mouse (often you can not do without it);
- Not the last place is occupied by design: the model should correspond to the status of the situation and the taste preferences of the user (this sets up for positive).
When choosing, it is worth starting from the method of operation. If the model is needed to work at the table, it should be portable (compact bed type according to the accordion principle - three knees about 25 cm long each). Due to the small legs on the hinges and convenient functionality, it delimits the workplace, allows you to easily select the desired slope of the laptop. In order to save space, you can purchase a small product that fits in a computer desk cabinet. When choosing a product for watching movies, sitting work, it is worth giving preference to the model of the bed (attached) plan.
If you want to work while sitting on a chair, you should think about a bedside model with adjustable height and angle.
A detailed overview of one of these transformer tables, you can see in the video a little lower.