Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
For years, PC gamers have had to devise their ways of getting comfortable with a mouse and keyboard to game in the living room. In all of this time, there have only been three or four products that have sprung up offering a solution. The idea in these products is to keep you from hunching over the coffee table, or lying the keyboard in your lap, while at the same time, trying to perform a ballet of balancing a mouse pad and mouse in the other hand. The primary objective to such products like what we are about to see is that it takes all of the hassle associated with living room PC gaming, and delivers something comfortable to use and offering much more than just a flat surface on which to set your products.
Right around a year ago, images started to flood the internet as reviewers and bloggers got their hands-on with one of the concept designs in the Corsair suite at Computex. Anthony got his hands-on it then, and praised the design, but mentioned a lack of vertical travel room for the mouse. Using the media as their guide, as they offered feedback such as this, amongst other things, Corsair is now jumping into the market with this product, just ahead of the huge launch planned for the BULLDOG. Since the BULLDOG is a small form factor powerhouse intended for use with the 4K TV in your living room, it only makes sense that they would crush any reason users might have playing AAA titles from the comfort of your couch, not being bound to a controller.
The LAPDOG, which Corsair sent us, covers all the angles, crosses all the T's and dots all of the I's, offering everything that could be needed all within reach. Aside from trips to the fridge to hydrate, and the subsequent trips that come after, the LAPDOG is something that will help keep you planted and gaming. The nicest thing about what this product has to offer is that not only is it comfortable to use, but unlike previous designs of this nature, Corsair designed this to be a solid unit once set up. Where others offer a surface to set gear on, they aren't locked into place. For many of you, you may have devised something that works, but with the introduction of Corsair's LAPDOG Gaming Control Center, why would you want to go another way to game from the couch?
Corsair's LAPDOG gaming control center can be found in one of two ways. You can buy this as a standalone station as we received, or you can buy them with a keyboard included, and use any wired mouse on the planet to go with it. They come to you made of black brushed aluminum, and black ABS plastic, with quite a bit of style. A couple of chrome Corsair logos are found on it, the back is aesthetically appealing, since it is the side that shows most, and while the dimensions seem large, actually is just enough room, without going overboard. The way the LAPDOG is designed, the keyboard locks into the frame, so compatibility is limited to the K70 and K65 series keyboards for now. As for mice, as we mentioned above, while they would love you to buy a Corsair mouse, any wired mouse can be used with this design, being moved about on a ten by eleven-inch mouse pad.
To keep the design clean, there is a hidden compartment in the LAPDOG to hide and contain the USB cables for the mouse and keyboard being used, and they plug into a pair of USB 3.0 ports inside of the LAPDOG. Corsair also realizes that you may want to use a headset, controller, or even a USB drive for various reasons. Keeping you comfy on the couch and simplifying your experience is what Corsair intends, so with a powered USB hub on board, you can connect anything you need, and even charge your mobile devices. The last thing that is a huge design feature is that Corsair also devised a solution to keep this on your lap in the heat of battle. Along with the main LAPDOG component which holds your gear, you can magnetically attach a contoured pad, which is made of memory foam covered in cloth, so it will stay in place as well as offering a nearly weightless feel.
Bringing you the LAPDOG as it releases, availability is not there at this moment, but we did find a listing of the standalone version which we received, listed at Newegg, and currently selling ahead of the NDA. We are pleased, though, to see that Newegg is sticking to the MSRP that Corsair set, $119.99. Now if you were wondering about the versions that come with a keyboard pre-installed for you, those versions start at $209.99 and vary depending on which keyboard is chosen.
While $119.99 may shock some of you, add some perspective to that. What is it worth to not have back pain? What is it worth to not have to concentrate on balancing gear, and being able to keep your focus just to the game? When you look at the larger picture of gaming effortlessly from the most comfortable spot in the living room, the LAPDOG will become your new best friend and pay for itself in spades.
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- Motherboard: ASUS X99-E WS - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- CPU: Intel Core i7 5930K - Buy from Amazon
- Cooler: Corsair H100i GTX - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Memory: KLevv Cras DDR4 3000 - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Video Card: ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Matrix Platinum - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Storage: Intel 730 480GB - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Case: SilverStone TJ11 - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Power Supply: Corsair AX1200 - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 64-bit - Buy from Amazon
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