• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I tried to like it, BUT I can't

    • Written by from eagle

    It is soooo irritating! With the cushion, your wrists are in a terrible position; with any prolonged typing etc., you'll end up in pain and have to remove it. This solves one problem only to create another. There is noooo ledge to keep your laptop from sliding off the stand. I'm not exaggerating! If you leave the room with your laptop on its iLap stand, you better hope its not at the edge of the table or it WILL slide off and crash to the floor. Furthermore, when your typing, your laptop ends up only half on the stand and the rest in your lap. It just WILL NOT stay put. If Rain added a u shaped ledge, for the feet of the macbook to sit in, all would be well...But as is, the product is NO BUENO!

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Functional, but armrest material is cheap and uncomfortable (for me)

    • Written by from Wilmington

    Although this stand has lasted over a year with very heavy use, the armrest material is a noticeably cheap fake velvet that I found uncomfortable (both scratchy and felt like the physical equivalent of fingernails along a chalkboard). I actually covered it completely with duct tape and found it much more comfortable.

    It has, as I said, lasted a year+ with constant daily use, indoors and outdoors, and in mixed weather. I'm not sure how the armrest roller would have help up sans duct tape.

    This would be a perfect stand, IMO, if the fake velvet (below velveteen quality) were replaced with either soft brown leather (developing a nice patina) or crisp black leather (for a high-end, minimalist appearance).

    I should add that this desk is one of the only lap desks/stands I found (in an admittedly brief search) that me my specific needs (functional as a lap desk and as a stand atop a regular desk). I just wish the armrest roller were upgraded.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Arlington

    Although the aluminum material for the "shelf" part of the stand is good as a heat sink and lightweight enough that it's easily portable, the material of the cushion isn't as good. This material attracts a lot of lint. In fact there was lint on my cushion when I first opened the box before I even used the stand. That and the fact that I received the package from the "returns" center makes me question whether I was really sent a new product even though I paid for a new product.

    20 of 20 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Better than some but not worth the money.

    • Written by from Ypsilanti

    I bought this lap stand for my Macbook Air 13". It was a little pricey but I was immediately happy with it when first using it. The sticky pads that come with it have stayed on the stand for months now without migrating at all and it really holds the laptop in place well. I can shift my laptop around without worrying at all.
    At first I liked that it has a removable pad at the front, because it makes it easy to use either on a desk/table or on your lap, but I started hating it after about the first week when I noticed the material is a very annoying texture that basically acted as a fur-magnet (I have three pets). Seeing as it's now covered in hair and all attempts to wash it failed miserably, I just don't use it at all which then leaves me with an annoying Velcro strip that is constantly exposed and it just doesn't look nice.
    I also thought I would like that it's metal and not plastic, but i can't stand it because both my laptop and super-drive (which I use often) have the same material exterior and when all three of them rub against each other it's worse than nails on a chalkboard. It could be worse and I like the idea, but you can probably find a better stand.

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not satisfied.

    • Written by from La Grande

    I was excited when I first got this, but I've been using it for a few days and am dissapointed. Frankly, the 15" one that I'm using is just big enough to barely stay on my lap. It keeps sliding off and that's very annoying. If the back leg was moved towards the user 2-3 inches or so, it would be perfect.

    13 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best I've ever had!

    • Written by from KIRKLAND

    I've had the Rain Design Stand for over 2 yrs. now. I've tried numerous others over the years as this is my 3rd MacBook. This is beyond any shadow of a doubt the best I've ever had. It keeps my Pro cool regardless how many hours it's on and in use.

    I'd recommend this stand to everyone. Previous ones I've tried, the rubber pads
    to hold your computer and keep it from sliding, always started coming off within a a few months. They may have cooled the computer from what it would be like without a stand but my computer still got hot on the bottom. Not with this one!

    Being disabled, I use my computer in bed. Sometimes it's sitting on a pillow, sometimes on the flat surface of the bed itself, sometimes on my lap.
    No matter where it is, I always use this stand.

    The height/angle is adjustable and that section is lightly padded on the bottom. I assume that was intended to protect furniture, as well as be comfortable resting on you. It works. When I'm reclined and it's on my lap, it's still comfortable sitting on me with the adjustable portion forward.

    The wrist pad/bolster folds up or down. It's velvet covered foam.
    The foam has held up well and the bolster is comfortable to use.

    Yes, as another reviewer commented, it does come off occasionally, but it's easy enough to put back on. You simply slide the underside of the "U" at the front bottom of the stand into the groove on the attachment part of the bolster. There is velcro type material on both the stand and the bolster to help hold it there. In order to wash the bolster, it has to be removable.

    My only complaint is that after 2+ yrs., and all the use it's had, I've finally worn away the "velvet" nap of the fabric where my wrists or forearms rest, but that's
    no big deal. It doesn't look as nice as when it was new with these shiny spots, but it still does the job.

    Bottom line: A lot of thought went into the design of this stand.
    Highly recommend.

    19 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Glen allen

    I am so disappointed with this stand. This is waste of money. Don't buy it because it's NOT WORTH IT!!! only a half star...

    5 of 37 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great stand

    • Written by from ROCHESTER

    Keeps the laptop cool. Padding for wrist is a bonus. Even cmpfortable to rest on stomach whil lying down. You should get it.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Successful Heat Sink

    • Written by from STAMFORD

    My 15" Powerbook G4 was overheating every few minutes to the point of going into a forced sleep. After weeks of dismay and bringing it to the Apple Store, I bought an iLap and haven't had a problem for the years since. It's comfortable to use on the desktop and on my lap.

    I've tried other models of heat sink stands, but the only ones that I've seen results with (via Temperature Monitor) are the Rain Design iLap and mStand (which is great for on the desk but not on laps).

    Highly recommended! Saved hours of frustration and repair costs!

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    some day....

    • Written by from CRANDALL

    I want to have that "moment" to think of something as simple as bending some aluminum in a couple places, use flimsy rivets as hinges and add a velvet type cushion and have people pay me 50 bucks for it....

    It works I guess... Just expected more. --

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product

    • Written by from holtwood

    A little bit pricey, but you get what you paid for. I'll give it 4 start, because of the price.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not Very Impressive

    • Written by from Miami beach

    I am not a huge fan of this product for a couple of reasons. First of all, there is no way to keep your computer from sliding off while it is in your lap. They give you things to stick to the bottom of your mac but they don't help. If you don't hold it properly the Mac will slide right off. Furthermore, the bottom cushion doesn't stay attached really well. It is supposed to fold over the top but mine always comes off the top and then slides off the bottom. The back support leg is very squeaky and continuously gets stuck in a bad position. I was expecting a lot more from this product it just didn't deliver.

    51 of 55 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great! ... If you don't have an Apple Remote.

    • Written by from Seattle

    I just bought this for my wife for Christmas, and she loves it so far. It's helped her posture, keeps her 13" MacBook nice and cool, and is comfortable for laying down. She hasn't had it for very long so the issue other people have reported regarding the foam padding hasn't come up... yet.

    The one problem with this product is that the padding blocks the IR receiver on her mac, so the Apple Remote I also got her for Christmas doesn't work when it's on the stand. Small problem, but it confuses my wife greatly.

    All in all, I'd definitely recommend this others.

    19 of 20 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not worth the price

    • Written by from Rhinelander

    For $40 I expected more. The front pad curls so that it no longer covers the bottom of the rim. With the pad removed, the computer slides right off. Tip the stand sideways to move it and the front pad slides off. The underneath support is a thin strip of aluminum and it bends when positioned across my legs. I'm very disappointed with the quality.

    18 of 21 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    got to get it!

    • Written by from Ewa Beach

    Awesome product definitely a must have!

    4 of 12 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Pricey but worth it.

    • Written by from Cincinnati

    This is certainly one of those products that feels like it's about 30% too expensive but is worth having anyway. I use the iLap with my 15" MacBook Pro. My MBP gets hot enough to be uncomfortable on my lap, so the iLap is a nice thing to have around. I also use the iLap on my desk - it raises the screen of the laptop to be even with the bottom of the monitor I'm using on my desk. This makes using a dual-monitor set up (MPB screen + monitor) easier.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worthless and overpriced

    • Written by from arcadia

    I found this to be worthless because my laptop still gets overheated and $50 for a cheap piece of metal? I got a Belkin laptop cooler with a USB fan that actually works and works a lot better for only $15.

    42 of 52 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome, but a bit Overpriced

    • Written by from Beverly Hills

    A couple other people said that the laptop doesn't stay on the stand, but that can't be true if you use the four clear rubber/plastic pads they give you to stick onto the stand. Also, people have said that the wrist pad falls off, there's a 12-inch strip of Velcro holding it on, it has never come close to coming off.

    Overall, its an awesome product that doubles as a desktop stand, as well as being useful on your lap. Its light, looks good, keeps your lap and laptop cool, and for those of you who don't want to scratch the bottom of your laptop, it will solve this problem too.

    21 of 22 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great simple product

    • Written by from Pasadena

    My 15" macbook practically lived on my ilap. Whether on the desk, in bed or on my lap, it was there. It gives the notebook a slight forward tilt that makes typing a little easier. However, I hated the fact that the optical drive on the earlier macbook pros was in the front and was blocked by the front cushion. I had to lift my mac over the cushion every time I wanted to insert or eject a disk. Annoying.
    I bought the ilap because I didn't have a suitable surface at home to place my laptop on save a pillow which I know will suffocate the vents. I also didn't want any cooling stand that needed electricity or would use up one of the usb ports on my computer. I am not a heavy gamer so I don't need two fans and an air conditioner pointed at my machine.
    My front cushion doesn't fall off at all the way some people mentioned. In fact, the velcro is very strong.
    I now use my 13" macbook on here and love that the optical drive is on the side. Also, the front cushion is great for protecting your wrists from that brutal edge.
    I really think the ilap is has an excellent and simple design. It's lightweight, versatile, and high quality.
    However, when you use it on your lap the weight of the laptop is not evenly distributed over your entire thigh but solely rests on the back cushion. Over time this makes me feel as if my thighs are falling asleep, forcing me to shift due to discomfort. For that it gets four stars.

    22 of 22 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Complete idiocy

    • Written by from simi valley

    The front cushion comes off every time you move a little --why is it not permanently attached like the back one is? I like to write in bed so this is very infuriating.

    8 of 10 people found this useful