Corsair Lapdog Gaming Control Centre Review
You already know if you want this.
Quite often we have products come through the OC3D offices that we describe as "niche". i.e there are an extremely small amount of people for whom this is the very thing they want. For you to be counted amongst the audience for the Corsair Lapdog (rapidly running out of Jack Daniels here) then firstly you need to own a Corsair K65 or K70 keyboard. Because it has been designed to work so harmoniously with those two products, another keyboard just wont fit. This isn't a tray after all, but a surround for your keyboard with a built in mousemat. Now the mouse obviously you can use any one you have, but if you're considering buying the Lapdog then you probably already have a matching M series mouse for your K series keyboard.
Secondly you have to spend the majority of your gaming on the sofa, or perhaps in bed. Perfect if you live in small accommodation with a sofa bed, or have your system next to the bed and want to spend a lazy weekend chilling. The design of the Lapdog is fantastic, with the keyboard snugly fit inside the surround and all the cables neatly tucked away. The foam pad for your thighs is magnetic so it's easy to slide it off if you want to game without it, and just as easy to attach it for when you're gaming. However, the very nature of the design also means that it's an incredible faff to get the keyboard out, so this isn't the kind of thing that you're going to be moving from a desk to the sofa and back on a regular basis. Sure, you can detach the foam so it fits flat on your desk, but it's large enough that you require a lot of spare real estate if you go down that route.
Obviously if you're sitting on the fence about the Lapdog (hic) then the price wont tempt you. We know it's well crafted and made of aluminium in a beautiful brushed black finish, but we were still shocked at how much it costs. Even our most outrageous guesses were a tenner shy of the mark. Realistically there isn't anything that the Lapdog does which you couldn't also do with a tea tray, some double-sided tape and a spare pillow. To look at it in such simplistic terms is completely missing the point though.
We've seen a few items which try and solve the problem of gaming on your couch, and the Corsair Lapdog is comprehensively the best, both in build quality, exceptional, easy of use, once it's built it's a solid as a rock and readily portable, and how harmonious everything looks once in place. It's comfortable, stable and will last a lifetime. Yes there is only a tiny amount of people who need such a device, but if you do then this is easily the one for you.