Anyone who regularly works on a laptop will testify to that its name is somewhat misleading. These mobile computing power-houses can generate an awful lot of heat and make it very uncomfortable - and even painful - to lay one across your legs. What you need is something that's placed between your thighs and your laptop to help keep the heat away. Logitech has unveiled a new addition to its Lapdesk range that features a retractable multi-touch surface for those who like to swipe or scroll their way around the screen.

This isn't the first time Gizmag has featured a Logitech Lapdesk with a pull-out surface but the mouse pad surface of old has now given way to a 5-inch, retractable multi-touch surface. The new Logitech Touch Lapdesk N600 has been designed for use with Windows-based notebooks with up to 16-inch screens and also benefits from some physical shortcut buttons at the side for such things as volume control and launching the web browser.

UPGRADE TO NEW ATLAS PLUS

More than 1,200 New Atlas Plus subscribers directly support our journalism, and get access to our premium ad-free site and email newsletter. Join them for just US$19 a year.

UPGRADE

It's powered by four AAA-sized batteries, which are claimed to last for up to six months, and connects wirelessly to the laptop placed on the main anti-slip surface via a supplied Logitech Unifying USB receiver. The N600 also benefits from multiple-layer heat-shielding to help keep the burning heat away from the user's legs.

The Logitech Touch Lapdesk N600 is due to hit shelves this month for US$69.99.

View gallery - 3 images