The Danger of Laptop Leg Burns
(and how to avoid them)
After hearing from a trabasack user that they used a trabasack to prevent laptop leg burns from an overheating laptop, we decided to look into it further:
Although a laptop is designed to be used on your lap, there are many stories coming to light which show the dangers of placing your laptop directly on your bare skin. An aptly (if bizarrely) named skin condition called Toasted Skin Syndrome is the result of using a laptop for even a few hours on your lap. Evidence mainly from the US has shown children as young as 12 developing a mottled patterning to their legs developed from elongated usage of laptops which results in the transfer of infrared radiation through the skin!
There are more cases which show this dark mottling doesn’t fade and you’re left with permanent damage to your skin through the “toasting” of your thighs’ skin. It’s thought the temperature underneath a laptop can reach up to 52c which is dangerously high to have in contact with your skin for elongated periods of time. Although not often considered a serious condition, toasted skin syndrome can lead to permanent skin discolouration and in very rare cases even the development of melanomas and other skin cancers.
Here is a report on Toasted Skin Syndrome and laptop legs burns from ABC news:
Avoid the dangers of toasted skin syndrome
The majority of leading manufacturers plainly warn against using their laptops on your bare skin for long periods of time so all users should be aware of the potential danger. Leading doctors and professionals explain that in most circumstances the discolouration with fade and leave no permanent damage but also you should be aware that children’s skin is particularly sensitive so it would be advisable to ensure you child is always careful when using a laptop directly on their lap.
Of course, there is a solution to this problem and it’s very simple: use a Trabasack! Trabasacks, with their innovative tray top are specifically designed so you don’t need to rest your laptop directly on your knees or thighs and therefore avoiding the problem of burns altogether. Specifically designed for comfort and functionality, your Trabasack comes with a beanbag cushion underneath so you can comfortably place it on your knee and work or play for as long as you want! Trabasack also has the added extra of its spacious bag compartment so you can safely store your laptop when you’re not using it!
Avoid the risk of unsightly laptop leg burns and use a Trabasack for comfortable laptop use wherever you may be.