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  • [GIVEAWAY] Lap Pro - A Pillowish Lap Stand


    The Lap Pro, by Renegade Concepts (a company by Gregory Hilton) is a pillow/beanbag-like lap stand for media devices like the iPad. It also functions as a padded carrying case, even including a handle!

    Concept


    Here's a typical situation. You're headed to bed, or laying on the couch, and you've got your book, iPad, or Kindle in your hands while trying to position correctly so it's not so annoying to hold. Maybe you tried to toss a pillow behind the iPad (the thing is too heavy to hold while reading), maybe you tried to prop up your legs and set the iPad against your legs. Either way, it's never quite right.

    The Lap Pro was created to solve this issue.

    Design




    Essentially, the Lap Pro is a MicroFiber beanbag/pillow with a zippered pocket. It has a lip on one side which holds your media in place and doubles as a handle while you're using the Lap Pro as a case. It sits easily in your lap, and was comfortable in our testing of the Lap Pro. There's enough filling to let it feel solid and full, yet it molds to your position easily.

    Since the Lap Pro is made of MicroFiber, the entire product is a cleaning tool for an iPad or screen. You can wipe off the screen using the pillow and get rid of fingerprints or dust. Of course, this also means the Lap Pro picks up just about any dust or dirt you set it on (we took pictures on our dusty table and the Lap Pro had a lot of dust after). It's easy enough to brush off the dust with your hand - it comes right off.

    The shape of the Lap Pro is very close to the travel pillows you see on airplanes (and actually doubles as one very well) - with a couple unique pieces that make it what is is. The handle/lip acts as the piece which holds the media in place, and doubles as a handle when using the Lap Pro as a case. And that's a cool part about the Lap Pro too, actually. Hidden behind the lip is a zippered compartment which is a perfect fit for the iPad, or a book or other reading device. It envelops the device on the front and back with the stuffing of the Lap Pro, protecting it well. The sides of the device are not as well protected, but it does a solid job.



    Durability


    I mean - it's a pillow. With MicroFiber. This thing can pretty much take any beating a pillow takes, and it's black color meas it won't show stains or anything as much as something lighter. Don't go lighting it on fire or slicing it up with a knife, but you can otherwise throw this thing anywhere, smash it in your bag, shove it in the back seat, whatever, and it's good to go.

    When used as a case, it's also pretty solid. I'd recommend a little less violence, ha, but we tested dropping it onto multiple surfaces and you're good to go unless you drop it so the side of the iPad (or device) hits the ground. The good news is, iPads are designed pretty well for sideways drops, and the Lap Pro still protects it a bit. And if it drops on it's face or back, you're hitting all stuffing on the Lap Pro, which protects it perfectly well.

    The stitching and manufacturing is professional quality, and seems like it will last a long time. No cheap materials or manufacturing here.

    Price


    The best place to pick up the Lap Pro (well, the only place at the moment) is Amazon.com. For $29.99, it's a decent price. Travel Pillows are usually $10-15, and iPad cases are generally anywhere from $15-45. With this product, you're getting an iPad lap stand, travel pillow, and tote bag all in one - not too bad for $30, although one could hope for a bit cheaper price.

    Conclusion


    If you travel a lot or use your iPad or large media device in bed/on the couch a lot, I'd say pick one of these up. They're not super stylish, and they're not meant to be. The Lap Pro is pure function, and it achieves that with perfection. At $30, they make great Christmas presents, and we're just in time for that. It's a solid gift for mom, dad, or the grandparents. Of course, you can always pick up one for yourself while you're at it.



    And we know one of you wants a free one - so leave a comment of your thoughts on the Lap Pro - and we'll ship out our review unit to a random commenter this week!
    This article was originally published in forum thread: [GIVEAWAY] Lap Pro - A Pillowish Lap Stand started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 35 Comments
    1. Commandor's Avatar
      Commandor -
      My iPad 2 needs its own pillow....please
    1. Damnskippy's Avatar
      Damnskippy -
      This may be better than the hard stands when you are using it while bracing with a leg or something. Count me in on the giveaway!
    1. Archez's Avatar
      Archez -
      Honestly, I bought a chair specifically to make my iPad use more cozy, but it has yet to prove the most optimum pleasure. I think with the lap pro, it would complete my harmony. Would sure be happy if I won this.
    1. RobberBoy's Avatar
      RobberBoy -
      nice pillow could use it as a sleeping pillow as well... ;P
    1. CausticGrip's Avatar
      CausticGrip -
      So many facets of the Lap Pro were not mentioned in the article. If you go to Amazon and read the stats, the stand angles from 0 - 89 degrees. It says it's made for men with it's wide profile for a comfortable seated stance (good for the junk) but works with crossed legs or single too? (the ladies must love that) It even mentions table top use by just putting it on top of stuff.

      So it's a fully adjustable, malleable and contouring stand/tote/pillow? Sounds like it does everything. I'm buying one.

      BTW, I Googled "Lap Pro" and they have a website that leads to the amazon page:

      www.MyLapPro.com
    1. cue180's Avatar
      cue180 -
      So no more fighting with the couch pillows to prop up my iPad. Lovely.
    1. batrad's Avatar
      batrad -
      The problem is that even if I win one, the wife will steal it away from me for her iPad.. but on the brighter side it would make a nice present for her..
    1. nicheshok's Avatar
      nicheshok -
      I travel to visit family quite often and this is a great idea for carrying my iPad as well as napping on the plane. Also good for propping it up on my lap to watch a movie in flight!!!! I'd love to get my hands on one.
    1. BradTrinh24's Avatar
      BradTrinh24 -
      I hate when you gots your pad in the bed, and you try moving and it falls down all the time cause smart cover sucks in bedz.
    1. kos_maverik's Avatar
      kos_maverik -
      It looks really helpful ! Certainly better than a dull and uncomfortable plastic stand! It looks quite big, comfortable, neat and, may I say, sexy ?!
      I'd love to own one.
    1. jacob61916's Avatar
      jacob61916 -
      No i can relax watching all my TV in my bed.
    1. TheJG1221's Avatar
      TheJG1221 -
      This looks really useful! I really like that idea
    1. Lucie0312's Avatar
      Lucie0312 -
      I found a new and comfortable holder for the iPad as well. It's called padRelax and it's like a pillow for the iPad and not only adapts to any surface but stands out by its seasonal fabrics collection. It looks really great with all the colorful designs and you can use it in the office, at home on your sofa or in your bed, as the padRelax cushion is made of flexible materials there are no boundaries for its use.

      To support this project, check out padRelax - iPad Stand -- IndieGoGo
      I think it's a great idea and I hope you'll back this project.

      Or find out more at iPad Halterung padRelax
    1. CausticGrip's Avatar
      CausticGrip -
      In regards to the post above:


      ...meh...

      *And it's tacky as hell to advertise a product you so obviously have a vested interest in someone else's spotlight.

      Thats real class...*
    1. Lucie0312's Avatar
      Lucie0312 -
      sorry i just want to give a good advice... and i still think that it's a great product