Frying your legs is not advisable, but that's what most laptop owners do. You're literally cooking your legs. The CushDesk though puts a stop to all that. I use my laptop on my, erm, lap a lot in front of the TV and in bed. It's got a good solid leather feel top and can take a 17" laptop. It's very comfortable with foam underneath. Extremely well build and looks the business. At this price, it's a steal! Get one now.