As more and more people move towards using joysticks and gamepads as their preferred game controllers, there’s still a large group of gamers that prefer sticking to the old mouse and keyboard combo, where they’ll need to stay sharp about all those letter combinations needed to bust a move. Lucky for them, there is a host of hardware companies who are really trying to make it as comfortable as possible since we all know extended play with your ordinary gaming keyboard and mouse might bring about problems that you really wouldn’t be ready to handle.
To help you out in choosing the best Lapboard there is in the market, we’ve gone ahead and reviewed three lapboards from a few of the most popular PC gaming peripheral brands in the market. They are Razer, Roccat, and Corsair. Our testing criteria considered:
Pricing: The three brands are more or less in the same pricing category, and this makes it a fair comparison. They’re both not really cheap or too expensive.
Usability: Here we looked at how easy or difficult is it to handle gaming accessories, and factors such as size, foldability, and cable length were considered.
Quality: A good quality lapboard must feel reliable when you’re using it, and this something you just can’t compromise with.
Comfort: Comfort or the lack of it will directly affect how you perform during gameplay, so this is an essential factor when judging how good a lapboard is.
The Best Wireless LapBoard: The Razer Turret
One of the most distinguishable features of this particular gaming lapboard is that it happens to be wireless. That’s right, you won’t be jumbling over any wires when in between gameplay, and this is, of course, a major plus. We also noticed that it’s the smallest of the three, which translates to a reduced mouse area, but this again depends on your preference as a user and the type of games you’re used to playing.
The Razer Turret continues to outclass both the Sova and the Lapdog by making it possible for users to fold up, and including a small stand that holds up both the mouse and the keyboard when charging so that you’re able to see whenever the two are ready for gaming. The battery life is pretty satisfying, with the mouse and keyboard-packing a heavy 40 hrs and 4 months of use respectively per charge. The two also share the same USB dongle, though the Turret doesn’t have any extra USB cords for other gaming peripherals.
The team behind Turret were clever enough to have the mouse magnetized so that it doesn’t slide off the mousepad when both your hands are on the keyboard. As mentioned before, the mousepad is indeed smaller, but this gets sorted out by the increased sensitivity of the mouse, and its high DPI. Despite this, we still found it a bit difficult when moving the mouse from top to bottom, though the left to right movements was OK.
Bottom line is, if you’re OK with the Turret’s small-sized approach to most things, then you shouldn’t have any problem at all moving forward.
The Best Gaming LapBoard: The Roccat Sova MK
The Roccat Sova is one of the most versatile lapboards you can find in stores right now, courtesy of its compact size and mid-range price compared to most of its other competitors. This is not to say that it comes cheap, but to emphasize the point that its price point is not that off when you take a look at what you’ll be getting in return.
This gaming keyboard comes fitted with cushions, a mousepad, and a wrist rest that are all intended to keep you playing for longer, without getting tired as fast as you would using a normal keyboard. With its large size, you’d expect that it’s somewhat difficult to lift and carry around, but this is not the case as the Sova has a cord clip that holds on to your mouse to ensure it doesn’t move too far away. You won’t get that much comfortable using the provided pads for your legs, but you’ll still have a good enough posture to get on with your game for hours on end without getting tired as quickly as you normally would.
The Sova has a rather well-done mousepad, composed of a matte finish and it has just the right dimensions for most typical sized hands. The only negative we found out with this mouse pad was that whenever the mouse wasn’t being held onto, it would slide of the hand due to the pad’s slight angling. This might take a little bit of getting used to, but it shouldn’t really be a big deal.
There’s a membrane version of the keyboard available if that’s what you’d prefer, but we were just at home with the TTC Brown mechanical switch version that comes as standard. On this set, you’ll find the arrow keys right below the enter key, and this might present a few problems especially if you’re playing a game that requires you to get to them every now and then. The keyboard is however built onto the lapboard, and this makes the whole thing seem unique in its own way, instead of looking like a combination of two things.
The wrist rest is an addition that you’ll only get to appreciate after continued gameplay because everything will feel largely the same at the beginning. Even better is the fact that you’ll be able to 3D print your own accessories, with everything trimmed down for your complete comfort. In terms of storage, the Sova is thin enough for you to slant it at some corner in your living room when not in use, and not have to worry about it seems somehow out of place.
The Corsair LapDog Review
All the items we’ve featured in this review have some particular aspects that make them stand out, but nothing comes close to what we have here. The Corsair Lapdog is essentially an empty tray, that you’d have to have either the Corsair K70 or K65 keyboards to use. Anything other than these two will render the board useless.
If you do have either of the two, getting them ready to use is also another process, since you’d need to do a bit of screwing and unscrewing to get everything together. You’ll also need to plug in a power cord from the board to an outlet to get the two added USB ports to work and to stay really still as you play so that the magnetized cushions that you’re supposed to have under the keyboard stay in place. With this Lapboard, you also won’t get a wrist rest, though the Corsair keyboards come with a removable rest that you might improvise and place on top of the Lapdog.
A while after we were able to work around all those major issues, it was obvious that the Corsair keyboards are better options compared to what you’d get with the Sova or the Turret. Space is arguably bigger, making it more comfortable to use. Added elements such as the cushion make it more reliable for extended gameplay, and the reduced pricing also makes the total package cost (the lapdog and a Corsair keyboard) to compare well with that of other alternatives. Ultimately, it’s really hard for us to suggest buying this combo over the Turret or Sova; there are just too many things to deal with before you get to enjoy your game.