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 Lapdog
Best Wired Lapboard
The name Lapdog might conjure up images of a little terrier that cuddles in your lap, but this Corsair unit is probably more like a big Labrador with its hefty size and aluminum construction. As a standalone board this is exactly what you think it is; just the board and nothing else. Still, theres plenty to love about the Lapdog, thanks to its big 11 x 11 mouse surface, memory foam cushion for your thighs, and an awesome four-port USB 3.0 hub.Keep in mind that since this is made by Corsair you will need to slot in either of the excellent Corsair K70 or K65 series keyboards, but you can use any mouse you want. All of the cables for the keyboard and mouse also fit into a handy, secretive compartment underneath the boards surface to keep things nice and tidy.
3. Corsair K63 Lapboard
Best Gaming Lapboard
If you want to game with something a bit lighter and more ergonomic than the competition, then the Corsair K63 Lapboard (read our review) is the way to go. It combines the stellar Corsair K63 Wireless keyboard with a sizable board that fits in a decently large mouse pad. The bottom of the board is nicely cushioned with memory foam for extra comfort, and there’s a wrist rest built in as well.The K63 Wireless keyboard can connect to your devices over Bluetooth, a high-speed wireless dongle, or a wired connection. Those connectivity options will come in handy as you can slide the keyboard out from the board when you aren’t at the couch.
4. Couchmaster Cycon
Money is No Object Lapboard
Perhaps you’re a titan of industry, a well-heeled person in the import/export business, or just someone with a luxurious leather couch and you need your lapboard to blend in. Whatever the reason, the Couchmaster Cycon is the one to get if you want something really nice. It’s made with a faux leather, has a ton of useful features, and hits a premium price point over $150.Its features include a built-in four-port USB hub, cable storage areas beneath the mouse and keyboard, and extra pockets for your remotes and controllers. There’s not a keyboard or mouse included, which makes its price seem steep, but that just makes it all the more alluring.
5. 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.6. 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.
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 critera 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 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