Here's the console/laptop platform that I designed a couple years ago. It's still working just fine. As you can see, the laptop is just 1.5 inches above the top of the keyboard. The mouse-pad is out of view on the lower right side of the keyboard and no one can see it but me. It's sitting on a special platform that I also designed.
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PSR-S950, Bose L1 Compact, TC Helicon Harmony-M, Digitech VR, Samson Q7, Sennheiser E855, Custom Console, and lots of other silly stuff!