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On Your Lap: Playing With Corsair’s Lapdog

As is the case with any living room-based PC, you’ll need something to control it from the couch. Usually, that means either a small remote or a game controller. In the case of Corsair’s Bulldog system, the answer comes in what Corsair calls the Lapdog, a chassis which sits on your lap and holds your keyboard and mouse. During our meeting with the company at CES, we were able to try it out.

The first thing I noticed about the Lapdog was the change in width. The initial reveal at Computex showed the chassis with a tenkeyless keyboard, specifically the K65 RGB. However, the new model featured the K70 RGB, which includes a numpad. It seemed that Corsair played it safe and added extra space for those who might need the extra keys. Above the keyboard area was a small compartment where the wires for the K70 were stowed. The area for the mouse stayed the same, but the actual surface wasn’t similar to traditional mousepads. It felt closer to a texturized surface on top of the aluminum chassis, but the mouse (a Scimitar RGB) was able to perform well on it. Corsair actually talked about the idea of being able to switch the default surface with other materials such as cloth or rubber.

The bottom of the Lapdog had memory foam, which makes it comfortable on your lap. You can also remove the foam, if you prefer, so that the Lapdog lies flat on your lap.

I played a few rounds of Survival on Star Wars Battlefront with the Lapdog while sitting on Corsair’s couch, and for the most part, it didn’t feel any different compared to playing on a traditional desktop surface. My biggest concern was running out of space for my mouse, and so I kept my right pinky finger somewhat outstretched so I could feel the edge of the pad. As I continued to play, I eventually realized that the mouse wouldn’t fall off because the mousepad has more than enough space for it to move around.

The overall weight wasn’t an issue, and even with the keyboard and mouse in place, the Lapdog doesn’t exert too much force on your legs, so you can play for longer periods without feeling the need to constantly move the Lapdog around.

With the Bulldog billed as a living room gaming PC, it makes sense that Corsair built the Lapdog. Some PC gamers prefer the keyboard and mouse over a gaming controller, and the Lapdog provides the same desktop experience on your lap. Its wide base means that there’s more than enough space to keep it sturdy on your lap so that it doesn’t tilt at all.

Corsair set the price at $89 for the chassis alone. A full package was initially set at $199, but with the tenkeyless design replaced with a full keyboard, that price could change before it comes out.

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  • cknobman
    I could accomplish (and have) a similar feat by getting myself a $4 piece of plywood and cutting, sanding, finishing it.
    Then attaching some $5 foam/bean pillow(s) to the bottom of it.

    So for less than $15 and maybe an hours worth of work I have something similar.
    Put on my keyboard, mouse pad, and mouse.............good to go.
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  • c_for
    I did this by picking up a Lapdeskand attaching my keyboard to it with velcro. Offset the keyboard so half hangs off the edge and you are left with more than enough mouse room. It looks a hell of a lot better than this too.
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  • Tykkopoles
    Looks like an ergonomics nightmare to me... I see no elbow support at all, meaning your wrist will have to do a lot of craning to work right. I'll pass. For now I'll stick with my Steam Controller for couch gaming.
    Reply
  • stoned_ritual
    Corsair branded lapdesk, now with 250% more cost, because logos!
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  • stoned_ritual
    Corsair branded lapdesk, now with 250% more cost, because logos!
    Reply
  • jaber2
    I could accomplish (and have) a similar feat by getting myself a $4 piece of plywood and cutting, sanding, finishing it.
    Then attaching some $5 foam/bean pillow(s) to the bottom of it.

    So for less than $15 and maybe an hours worth of work I have something similar.
    Put on my keyboard, mouse pad, and mouse.............good to go.
    Add your logo and sell it for $69
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  • hitman400
    I could accomplish (and have) a similar feat by getting myself a $4 piece of plywood and cutting, sanding, finishing it.
    Then attaching some $5 foam/bean pillow(s) to the bottom of it.

    So for less than $15 and maybe an hours worth of work I have something similar.
    Put on my keyboard, mouse pad, and mouse.............good to go.

    So in other words, you made $9 an hour and spent it on a lap tray. Yikes, $9/hour? I would rather spend my time earning more. That's how I like to see things.
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  • Mac266
    So in other words, you made $9 an hour and spent it on a lap tray. Yikes, $9/hour? I would rather spend my time earning more. That's how I like to see things.

    That doesn't even make sense. So because he spent $9 making something that's all the money he makes? Riiiight.

    Personally, I would have liked to see something like this, but cordless.
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  • turkey3_scratch
    I feel like if you were to position the keyboard relatively in front of you, it would be off-balanced.
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  • CircuitWIzardry
    17284332 said:
    I could accomplish (and have) a similar feat by getting myself a $4 piece of plywood and cutting, sanding, finishing it.
    Then attaching some $5 foam/bean pillow(s) to the bottom of it.

    So for less than $15 and maybe an hours worth of work I have something similar.
    Put on my keyboard, mouse pad, and mouse.............good to go.

    So in other words, you made $9 an hour and spent it on a lap tray. Yikes, $9/hour? I would rather spend my time earning more. That's how I like to see things.

    Uhhh... Perhaps you should try and figure out your own skills and how to make money. Corsair says the Lapdog without keyboard and mouse will be $89. By building his own (note you didn't disagree with his hour estimate, so we'll use that), he saves $89 (what it would have cost to buy) - $15 (what he spent making his version) = $64. So, if you wish to look at what he is making by building this, it is $64, If he could make that hourly, that's about $133K a year, not a bad job. With the mad math skills you exhibited with figuring his wages for this at $9/hour, I'll bet it more likely you're working McD's that pulling in over $133K a year!
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