Portable: Yes; carrying case included
Device compatibility: Laptops and tablets up to 15 inches
Attachments: Pullover head cover
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not something I absolutely needbut it’s a great hack that I find myself reaching for every time I want to sit outside and get some work done.
It reduces glare and keeps my laptop cool
The shade comes packaged in its own case and pops open in seconds, so it doesn’t require any tools for assembly. Immediately after opening, I placed my laptop inside and noticed that the glare from the sun was basically non-existent, and my device didn’t heat up as fast as it usually does. The little alcove inside the “tent” is like a hideaway for my computer, and despite the cover being black, it doesn’t get hot on the inside either.
The inside of the sunshade also features several elastic pockets to hold pens and headphones, as well as side slits where chargers and cords can fit through. Since I’m only in my backyard (and just a few feet away from an electrical outlet), I don’t need to use them often, but I think they’d come in handy for anyone working on the go.
It also comes with a cover that you can stick on top, so you can work through less-than-ideal weather or use it for added privacy. However, I’d probably stick to just using the shade as it is, since it makes me feel secluded enough.
It’s portable and easy to store away
If you work outside often, you most likely don’t want to invest in something that is clunky and hard to stow away. That’s why I love that this cover can fold into itself (if you can’t figure it out, the brand offers a brief, easy-to-follow tutorial), and you can tuck the edges into the included carrying case to bring it practically anywhere with you. It’s also super lightweight, so carrying it isn’t a hassle. It folds so flat that you could even stick it in your suitcase or a drawer at home if you wanted to, or you could hang it using the handle if you wanted it accessible at all times.
It makes for a great gift
While it might not seem like the most practical purchase, I can almost guarantee that it would make for a great gift for anyone who travels for work or needs a regular escape from their cubicle. For me, after spending nearly 40 hours per week working inside the air conditioning, I appreciate having the chance to enjoy some fresh air without my computer flatlining from heat exhaustion.
At $50, it’s a little expensive, but I’m not the only one who admits it’s worth it. One Amazon reviewer who gave it a five-star rating also called it a “great hack” for working outdoors. “[It’s] Lightweight and folds up easily so it doesn’t take up much space,” they said. “I’ve been outside in 90F sunny days, and it keeps my laptop from overheating.”
Whether you’re over the 9-to-5 indoor office life or prefer to enjoy the comfort of your own backyard while working, this might just be the end-of-summer, outdoor hack you didn’t know you needed.