What design features could be considered to make the laptop sit better on your legs, or that increases airflow when on a desk?

Asus, a sponsor of Instructables, has put together WePC where they are asking for input on their next generation laptops. As part of their sponsorship, they've asked my opinion on various aspects of laptops. Most recently What design features could be considered to make the laptop sit better on your legs (curved bottom), or that increases airflow when on a desk?

In the next couple of weeks, I will be asking for your input on the final set of features for their community designed netbook. This is pretty exciting because feedback from users on Instructables will be directly incorporated in a consumer product that is scheduled to hit the shelves at the end of this year.

For now, laptop stands:

Instructables is full of laptop stands, and so I thought that the best way to answer this question would be to check out what lead users are already doing.

A PVC laptop stand is one of the basic types, and it only requires cutting the PVC. The parts are held together with friction, and easily disassembled if necessary.
PVC Laptop Stand

An even more minimalist laptop stand can be fashioned from a metal coat hanger. Perhaps the Netbook should have flip-out legs to let users do this without an additional accessory?
Ergonomic Laptop Stand Made From a Coat Hanger

If you want to use your laptop in bed, the stand's legs needs to straddle you, like this laptop stand for bed.
A better laptop stand for bed

Since a laptop is essentially a monitor with a computer attached to it, an adjustable monitor arm can act as a laptop stand.
Adjustable Vesa Arm Laptop Stand

Construction materials aren't only for insulating houses!
Insulating Laptop Pad

Need to use your laptop outside? Try a tripod.
Laptop Desk From Old Camera Tripod

With the exception of the stands that are simple shelves, all of these stands have some sort of positive attachment point to the laptop in common. Like cameras, laptops should get a standardized bolt pattern allowing users to easily mount them in a variety of different ways. For more laptop stand ideas, see our Laptop Stands Guide

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Flat legs. No, your legs, not the laptop's!
Maybe something that when you are using the laptop on your legs, The air intake fan isn't underneath so you don't suffocate the laptop......
Maybe a "built in" tray? Have pop-up legs, but they lift the whole bottom panel of the laptop away from the laptop, leaving a half-inch gap all the way round the edge and underneath?
Zorink Kiteman8 years ago
I wonder if you could attach a folding heatsink to that? Attach something like window shutters that fold flat, but turn into heat fins when folded out.
It wouldnt be as effective as a regular heatsink, since at the join of the block and the fin you would be losing heat transfer efficiency since its a hinge as opposed to a solid metal connection.
. I like that. It would also provide some insulation between your lap and the computer. . Would a 1¼ cm gap work as well as ½ in? heehee When did you start thinking in inches?
I use inches for "rule of thumb", and centimetres when I want to do stuff properly.

It's the joy of growing up when a nation switches currencies and unit systems.

(Yes, I used to get shillings in my pocket money, and sixpences in my plum pudding.)
I think 1.27 centimeters might work better
:-) Rofl Centimeters rule!!!!!!!!!!!
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