Sitting at your gaming desk in front of your gaming monitor might be way most most PC gamers play, but unless you’ve got a killer setup with a solid desk and cozy gaming chair, it may still not compare to lounging on your couch for some casual gaming. The problem is, when you switch over to your couch, you suddenly can’t use your gaming keyboard and gaming mouse like you’re used to. At least, not unless you have a lapboard.
Lapboards can help you relax on your couch while still having an effective battle station, giving you the best of both couch gaming and desk gaming. The fundamentals of a lapboard are a tray for your keyboard right on your lap and an area to the side for your mouse. Some have built-in keyboards, others have more mouse area, and some even wrap all the way around you, so they’re not resting on your legs. You can find extra large options that even let use your gaming laptop on them. So, if you’re ready to put your shiny 4K TV to use for some keyboard and mouse gaming, check out these excellent lapboards.
TL;DR – These are the Best Lapboards for Gaming:
1. Razer Turret for Xbox One
Best Wireless Lapboard
Whether you’ve got a gaming PC or an Xbox One set up in your media center (or maybe both!), the Razer Turret for Xbox One (read our review) is a top-class partner to have on hand. This lapboard is large but doesn’t go any larger than it needs to be. It’s offering up a tenkeyless mechanical keyboard with RBG lighting, space to rest your palm, and a retractable mouse pad. Factor in the included mouse, and you’ll realize just how much value Razer is offering here.
Both the keyboard and mouse pair with a 2.4GHz dongle that uses Adaptive Frequency Technology to maintain a strong connection even if other Wi-Fi devices are running nearby. The Razer Turret is effectively a plug-and-play solution, which is hard to beat. Razer’s even considered what happens when you have to take your hand off the mouse to type, so the mouse is lightly held down by magnets. Don’t worry about losing support for this with the new consoles either, as the Xbox Series X will also support the Razer Turret.
2. Corsair K63 Lapboard
Best Gaming Lapboard
The Corsair K63 Lapboard (read our review) provides a lapboard that’s incredibly well suited to gaming. Corsair basically just built a lapboard around its K63 keyboard, and we can’t blame it for that simple solution. This puts a very capable, wireless, mechanical keyboard into a form factor that you can easily sit with on the couch. For some added comfort, the bottom of the lapboard is fitted with memory foam cushions.
You get Cherry MX key switches to play on for a consistent input. Anti-ghosting and N-key rollover are also on board. With backlighting, the Corsair K63 Lapboard can work just as well in a dark living room as in a bright one. The lapboard provides some extra space for your palm and wrist, and it has a wide section for your mouse. Corsair’s wireless USB adapter will work with a lot of systems for fast, wireless gaming, but the kit also supports Bluetooth in case you need to connect to other devices. Just make sure to pair this with a good wireless gaming mouse for the best setup.
3. Couchmaster Cycon2
Money is No Object Lapboard
If your couch is the most comfortable seat in your house, then why would you want to settle into a different seat to game or get work done? With the Couchmaster Cycon2, you don’t have to. The Couchmaster Cycon2 is designed to let you hunker down on your couch. It uses two large cushions that stay at your sides and double as armrests while also letting a large desktop surface stretch out in front of you.
The desk surface has plenty of space for a full-size keyboard and mouse pad, so you can drag over your favorite gaming peripherals. The kit also includes a USB hub with six USB 3.0 ports for connecting your keyboard, mouse, and other peripherals (perhaps a wireless gaming headset). The USB hub even has auxiliary power to ensure you don’t have issues when connecting more power-hungry devices. The top includes slots to help you manage your mouse and keyboard cables, letting you keep the setup tidy. It also has pockets on the side, so you can easily slide your TV remote in there.
4. Couchmaster Cybot
Best Laptop Lapboard
If you want to game on your couch but plan on using a laptop instead of a TV, the Couchmaster Cybot can do the job. Rather than just giving you a space to set your keyboard, it has the space you need to hold up your laptop, and then it adds a mouse pad right next to it. This will set you up for gaming and working from home alike. The portion that holds the laptop even has venting to allow the airflow your laptop needs to stay cool. There’s also a slot designed to hold up a tablet if you need a second display to keep up with chats while gaming.
5. Xdesk Flex
Best Couch-Side Standing Desk
Lapboards are great and all, but most either lock you into the seat for the long haul, or rest on your legs and thus move around when you move. So, what’s the solution for that? Enter the Xdesk Flex. This may not be a lapboard in the traditional sense, but it can get the same job done with aplomb.
It’s actually a convertible standing desk, but it has a low-profile base that you can slide under a couch. Then, you can lower the desktop to a comfortable height, and throw on your favorite gaming keyboard and mouse. With a 30″ x 24″ surface and support for up to 100 pounds, the Xdesk Flex will give you a lot more room to work than other lapboards, and it can serve double duty as a standing desk.
6. Couchmaster Cyworx
Best Lapboard for Work
If you liked what you saw with the Couchmaster Cybot but want something a little less “gamery,” then you’re going to love the Couchmaster Cyworx. This is virtually the same product, but Couchmaster has given it a makeover that will let you turn your couch into your own cozy little cubicle. Rather than the black and camo design of the Cybot, the Cywork lapboard has heather gray cushions and a natural-colored bamboo work surface.
The cushions on the sides serve two purposes, giving your armrests and elevating the work surface above your lap for a more elevated position. The board itself includes wrist pads for comfort, and it has space for 17-inch laptops as well as a large mousepad (which Couchmaster includes). The board also has ventilation to let your laptop pull up more air and stay cool while you work. And, if you want more screen space, a built-in slot can easily hold up a tablet to the side of your laptop. There are also handy pouches for you to store accessories, power cables, and your mouse.
7. Couchmaster Lapboard²
Best Wired Gaming Lapboard
If you’re into the overall vibe of Couchmaster’s other products but don’t need the special cushions to complete your setup, perhaps for a recliner instead of a couch, the Couchmaster Lapboard² will get you up and running comfortably in your living room. And, it can help you avoid the clutter of a bunch of wires running between your couch and your TV across the room.
The Couchmaster Lapboard² takes the gaming surface of the Cycon 2 and delivers it as a standalone product. This gives you a large space with ample room for a full keyboard as well as a sizable mouse pad. At the top of the lapboard, you’ll find cable routing holes to pass your mouse and keyboard cables through, so you won’t have to worry about them getting yanked off the front of the board. The board also serves as a six-port USB 3.0 hub, so you can connect your main gaming peripherals directly to the lapboard and just run a single USB cable between your gaming battle station and your gaming PC.
What to Look for in a Lapboard
For the most part picking the right lapboard for you is easy and mostly a process of finding what’s comfortable. Given that most lapboards sit on your lap, you’re going to want to find something relatively lightweight or is able to support itself using legs or some other support system. if you have a lapboard sitting on top of your legs, you’re probably going to want something with a bit of cushion so that you don’t just have a flat board pressing on you.
One other criteria in comfort to consider is how wide of a lapboard do you want. You should buy one that’s wide enough to balance properly on your lap even if you’re legs are spread out wide. What’s more, your larger play space will also allow your hands to sit apart from each other at an ergonomic distance. When gaming you always want to have your arms far apart and a wide lapboard will allow you to do this.
Mark Knapp is a regular contributor to IGN and an irregular Tweeter on Twitter @Techn0Mark
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