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Dome clone: lap up the highest form of flattery

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Here's a way for you PC users to get the Macdroids rolling in the aisles. It's the Lapvantage Dome, a Mac pudding basin-style base with an aluminium arm supporting, wait for it, a clear plastic tray carrying your working laptop.

Naturally, you need to have an external keyboard and mouse, but the whole ensemble apparently prevents back and neck strain - at the price of US$50 (£32) and you looking like a Mac-wannabe.

The deluxe version allows 360infinity rotation and the plastic is Perspex, rather than recycled ABS.

If you think this stretches credulity, take a look at another Lapvantage product (www. lapvantage. com), the Lapvantage Portrait. This is an ungainly angled stand on which you put your laptop sideways. You power up the included software, PivotPro, which turns the display sideways, thus rendering it readable, and then figure out how to use your laptop's built-in CD player. Oh, there it is, the slot in the stand that allows the tray to drop down through it. They have thought of everything - except some laptops whose CD drives open at the front.

Surprisingly, both stands are carefully depicted on site with laptops sans any cables plugged into the various ports distributed around the edges. Just try swivelling the tray 360infinitywith the rats nest of cables you usually have.

To be fair, the Sherpaq Oyster from another manufacturer is stranger still, requiring you to open your laptop out flat and then fit it vertically into a stand.

The Register has the grisly details at www. theregister. co. uk/content/54/ 30079. html.

But don't blame PivotPro though, a 30-day trial of which you can download from Portrait Displays'website at http: //us2. portrait. com. You click with the right button on the desktop, decide the amount of rotation and it works a treat. It is actually wonderful. I am about to bolt one of my old LCD screens sideways on the wall just to use it. For at least 30 days.

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