We know there are other versions of this type of product, with various features, and a multitude of ways of getting things done for the gamer on the couch, but we have to say that Corsair came out swinging. Of course, this is a perfect compatriot to their soon to be released BULLDOG, but Corsair has delivered something that anyone could find a use for. If you have a PC in the living room, or even if you just like to relax and kick your feet up while gaming at the desk, the LAPDOG is a perfect solution to get the job done, staying comfortable the whole time.
While you are bound to a Corsair keyboard, the way it locks into the LAPDOG is perfect, and there is no chance the keyboard is going to slide or fall off the control center. The mouse pad is slick, yet highly textured to afford users a great feel, and offer a great surface for mouse sensors to read from at the same time. This helps to keep movements to a minimum with higher DPI mice, enabling users to keep the accuracy they are used to at the desk. Corsair has also incorporated a slightly raised edge along the right side and at the bottom of the mouse pad, so if you do have to move or adjust, the mouse does not simply fall off the top, it is captured and can be easily reset into place.
Along with seventeen feet of reach, we are glad that the LAPDOG offers a powered USB 3.0 hub. Delivering four ports in total, you can power the mouse, keyboard, headset, and even add in things like controllers, tablets, phones, or USB sticks to save screenshots or play music files stored on it. The sleek aluminum top does get fingerprinted pretty easily, but brushed aluminum is the way to go here, matching the keyboard, making for a very custom look to the LAPDOG. With as many hours as we could muster gaming in the short time we have had the LAPDOG, what started out as a heavy feeling device to sit on our lap, with the lap pad in use, after just a little bit of time, you forget the LAPDOG was there. The weight is nowhere near the concern we thought it would be, especially with the memory foam contouring to any set of legs it happens to be on at that time. Also, when that sad point does come, and you do have to get up from the couch, the LAPDOG easily lifts off your lap, contains the components, so they do not fall off, and is much like using a laptop. It just becomes second nature to your life of PC use from the living room. Even when it came to streaming movies and other menial jobs, after owning it, we cannot see ourselves using our living room PC without it.
As you read this, listings should start to show up in more locations, and availability will increase, and the only thing about this kit you need to ponder, in our opinion, is the cost of obtaining it. While the LAPDOG on its own, in standalone form, will cost $119.99, we feel it is worth every penny that Corsair is asking. You can also get kits with keyboards pre-installed, and pricing varies there, starting at $209.99 and going up based on which keyboard and what options are picked. Breaking it down, we assume the $209.99 includes the $89.99 K65, which would make a kit with the base K70 come in around $250. As for the kit, as you saw us test it, you would need to pony up closer to $300 to build a LAPDOG from the ground up.
Even so, considering we were not hunched over a table, we were not fumbling about, and everything was made so simple for us, the LAPDOG Gaming Control Center will pay for itself in enjoyment in no time at all. If you have a PC in the living room and do not favor console controllers, even if you don't have one now, the LAPDOG is something that leaves you with no complaints. There's no reason not to be as precise as you ever were on a desk, and doing all of this from your favorite spot on the couch or the most comfortable chair in the house. Denying a product like the LAPDOG is hard. We never thought we truly needed such a device, but that was until we used it, and now we can't be without it in our living room.
Chad's Peripherals Test System Specifications
- 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
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||98%|
|Bundle and Packaging||99%|
|Value for Money||95%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||98%|
The Bottom Line: If you want to game away from the desk, Corsair's LAPDOG Gaming Control Center is a must for your setup! It is comfortable to use, solid and dependable, a step above the competition, and truly offers gaming with zero compromise, all while relaxing on the couch.
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