Along with everything else that Corsair showed off at CES, with their move to wireless devices, we have yet another additional product to make it all work better for the average user. Not everyone will game at a desk, and there has been a move over the last few years to sit on the couch in the comfort of the living room, to game. Since Corsair is now offering the DARK Core mouse and the K63 wireless keyboard, it only makes sense that they adopt the LAPDOG to conform to what is being offered now.
We have seen a few of these devices over the years, and we did start off with the LAPDOG as our introduction to this segment of devices. While at first, we loved the concept and design of the LAPDOG, it wasn't until we saw products from ROCCAT and Nerdytec that we got a better idea of what was out on the market to fill the need for gaming in the living room. While Corsair was our first, once we gathered what others were doing, it shed light on some of the things Corsair had missed with their design. We are hoping that Corsair has taken other products into the lab when designing this new entry, as we feel they could benefit from adopting some of the features, which would make their lapboards top of the line too.
Today, we are taking a look at the K63 Wireless Gaming Lapboard, which is the perfect accessory for the wireless devices mentioned above, especially if you enjoy gaming in the living room from the couch, rather than sitting at a desk. Breaking the idea down a little, we are talking about a device which does not have twenty feet of USB cable attached, and unlike the LAPDOG, devices are not so much installed into the lapboard as they are clipped in. This means that with little effort, the keyboard and mouse can be removed from the K63 Wireless Gaming Lapboard, and be used as normal devices as well. This is something that only Nerdytec offered so far, and is something we feel users will appreciate.
As for the packaging for the K63 Wireless Gaming Lapboard, it ships in a black box with yellow trim, and shows the device front and center. Features listed here cover desktop-caliber gaming comfort for the living room, tool-free support for the K63 keyboard, and a built-in wrist rest with replaceable cloth mouse pad.
On the back of the box, we see the lapboard with the K63 keyboard and DARK CORE mouse placed in and on the lapboard. The features are pointed out around the image of the product, and all of them are the same as what was explained on the front, with the addition of mentioning the memory foam underside cushion which keeps the lapboard from digging into your legs.
Either these clips are easy to break, or Corsair figures that with a lot of removing and installing the K63 keyboard into the lapboard, they will wear out. Either way you look at it, Corsair provides an extra set of keyboards clips. The larger two screw into the lapboard and are used to secure the front edge of the K63 into the lapboard. The smaller clips are used to secure the back edge of the K63, and they clip into both the K63 and the lapboard without the need for tools.
Paperwork is also included in the box, and it includes the manual, a large warranty guide, and a smaller warranty notification for the Australian market. The manual shows how to install the keyboard into the K63 Wireless Gaming Lapboard, which is all you need to know about this device. The warranty is for one year, and in the guide, we are shown what Corsair will cover with this device.
Fresh out of the box, we get our first look at the K63 Wireless Gaming Lapboard. What we find is a large section on the left where the keyboard is to be installed, and in front of it is a plastic wrist rest with rubber 0pads for grip. To the right is a foam mouse pad which sports the Corsair name and logo, It is said that the mouse pad is replaceable, but our pad adheres to the plastic. It is removable, but Corsair must have plans for a specific replacement part which we have not seen as of yet.
Under the lapboard, the entire underside is covered with a tight-knit cloth, which covers roughly one inch of memory foam. This is done to allow the lapboard to take the shape of your lap, keep it from moving around on you, keeps the plastic from irritating your legs, but also makes it so that your legs are warm when using it.
Behind the mouse pad, on the back edge of the lapboard, Corsair offers a logo. This way, anyone who walks by when the lapboard is in use will know right away who makes the product.
Looking at the keyboard area from the back of the lapboard, we can see how it all works. Tabs at the front lock into the leading edge of the keyboard, much like a wrist rest would do any other keyboard. The back edge has another pair of clips with swing down to allow the board to slide in, and once done, they swing back up to lock into the back of the keyboard.
The tool-free installation is simple. We slid the keyboard into the lapboard, and we could hear the front clips lock into place. Once down, we swung the rear clips up, and as you can see in this image, they clip into the back of the keyboard. Removal of the K63 keyboard just requires you to reverse the process.
Once you have the keyboard installed, all you have left to do is to choose a wireless mouse to go along with it. In this instance, we have used the DARK CORE mouse for scale on the mouse pad. Not a bad setup in our opinion and you can quickly and easily get into gaming action from the comfort of your couch.
Compared to the LAPDOG, there are a few improvements. The mouse pad can be replaced, and it is cloth this time, not a sheet of plastic. The entire unit is much smaller, and with the use of the TKL keyboard, the mouse and keyboard are closer together, which is also a plus. Being smaller also means that the K63 Wireless Gaming Lapboard will fit in more chairs than the LAPDOG did, as not everyone will be on the couch.
We also love the fact that what took nearly twenty minutes to accomplish with the LAPDOG installation process has been cut down to less than a minute this time around. What we have here is a comfortable, easy to use, more ergonomic version of the LAPDOG, and for all the reasons above, we like this version so much better than the original.
However, there are a couple of things worth mentioning which may detract6 from such a design as well. First off, we wish there was a raised section on the bottom edge of the mouse pad. When your hand is not on the mouse, and since most laps are not flat, the mouse will tend to slide down into your lap, rather than being contained on the mouse pad.
The memory foam is comfortable on the legs, but it does get hot after prolonged use, which is a bit uncomfortable. Also, while many do prefer cloth mouse pads, at this time there are no replacements offered, but we can only assume that by the time the pad wear out of gets dirty, there may be a specific pad offered which will adhere to the K63 Wireless Gaming Lapboard as the equipped one does.
At $59.99 Corsair is not asking too much of the K63 keyboard users who want to game from the comfort of their living room. The LAPDOG was much more expensive, so were the ROCCAT and Nerdytec offerings. At least Corsair is making the addition of this product affordable to the masses, and being the products it is intended to be used with are wireless, it only makes sense to have a "desk" of sorts to use them with.
Not everyone will game from the couch, but for those that do, and prefer to be wireless while doing so, Corsair has brought forward a full-on solution to fill that need. If only the mouse and keyboard were as on point as the K63 Wireless Gaming Lapboard, Corsair would have a terrific set of gear perfect for gaming fro0m the living room, but as it stands now, the lapboard is the best product of the three shown in our last image.
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- 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
The Bottom Line: The K63 Wireless Gaming Lapboard is the best part of the new wireless setup from Corsair. It is a drastic improvement on the LAPDOG, it is tool-free, it is more ergonomic, and is very affordable! If you plan to use the wireless Corsair gear in your living room, this is a must!
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