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Does the job
on 20 June 2012
I've only had this thing a week and a half and already one of the fans has startled rattling intermittently. The dials are made of plastic (not metal as it would seem from the picture) and the joints are looser than I would like. It is heavy even without the laptop, and it is impossible to adjust without having to take the computer off. (That in itself wouldn't bother me so much, but you have to take it off, adjust the tray, put the computer back to test; and redo it all repeatedly until you find the perfect spot. This is not the kind of device you can move between, say, using in bed and using in a chair on a regular basis.)
As a bedbound person who struggles to lift things, this is not the best solution. Even my carer struggled with it when she tried to help, so I think able-bodied people will find it difficult to adjust as well. It's more like something you set up and leave alone, which is fine if you only need to use it in one place, but that makes it anything but "portable".
However, the fans do a wonderful job of cooling and (except for the intermittent rattling on mine) give out only a faint hum. My computer was having a lot of issues with overheating, but with this even the summer heat isn't a problem. (I haven't played any games since I started using it, though, so I can't say what's it's like with something taxing the graphics card.) It's wide enough for my 17" HP Pavilion with a couple of inches to spare either side, and the USB cable is plenty long enough to reach a front-side port in my current configuration (which is very similar to the one pictured). The "rim" at the front is large enough to stop the computer from sliding, though if you have a laptop with a button on the front to open the lid (like mine), you will have trouble closing it while the computer is on the tray since the weight of the laptop pushes the button into the rim and keeps the catches in the 'open' position. This is a really minor inconvenience, though.
I would have given this product four stars, but £50 is a lot to pay for something that creaks and wobbles when you move it. I would expect something at this price to feel much sturdier.