TL; DR – These are the best lapboards for the game:
1. Razer Turret for Xbox One
Best Wireless Lapboard
Whether you have a gaming PC or an Xbox One set up in your media center (or maybe both!), The Razer Turret for Xbox One (read our review) is a great partner to have on hand. This dashboard is big but doesn’t go bigger than necessary. It offers a ten-keyless mechanical keyboard with RBG lighting, space to rest your palm and a retractable mouse pad. Consider the included mouse, and you’ll realize just how much value Razer delivers here.
The keyboard and mouse pair with a 2.4 GHz dongle that uses adaptive frequency technology to maintain a strong connection even if other Wi-Fi devices are operating nearby. The Razer Turret is actually a hard to beat plug-and-play solution. Razer even thought about what happens when you have to take your hand off the mouse to type, so that the mouse is lightly held by magnets. Don’t worry about losing support for this with newer consoles either, as the Xbox Series X will also support the Razer Turret.
2. Corsair K63 Lapboard
Best Gaming Lapboard
If you want to play with something a little lighter and more ergonomic than the competition, then the Corsair K63 Lapboard (read our review) is the way forward. It combines the stellar Corsair K63 wireless keyboard with a large-sized card that fits into a decently large mouse pad. The bottom of the board is nicely padded with memory foam for extra comfort, and there’s a built-in wrist rest as well.
The K63 wireless keyboard can connect to your devices via bluetooth, high speed wireless dongle, or wired connection. These connectivity options will come in handy as you can slide the keyboard off the board when you’re not on the couch.
3. Couchmaster Cycon2
Money is not a Lapboard item
If your sofa is the most comfortable seat in your home, why would you want to settle into a different seat for play or work? With the Couchmaster Cycon2, you don’t have to. The Couchmaster Cycon2 is designed to let you sit on your couch. It uses two large cushions that stay by your side and double as armrests while letting a large desk surface stretch out in front of you.
The desk surface offers plenty of space for a full-size keyboard and mouse pad, so you can slide over your favorite gaming peripherals. The kit also includes a USB hub with six USB 3.0 ports to connect your keyboard, mouse, and other peripherals (maybe a wireless gaming headset). The USB hub even has an auxiliary power supply to make sure you don’t have any issues connecting more power-hungry devices. The top includes slots to help manage your mouse and keyboard cables, allowing you to keep the setup tidy. It also has pockets on the side, so you can easily slip your TV remote in there.
4. Couchmaster Cybot
Best Lapboard For Laptop
If you want to play on your couch but plan on using a laptop instead of a TV, the Couchmaster Cybot can do the job. Rather than just giving you space to adjust your keyboard, it has the space you need to hold your laptop, then it adds a mouse pad right next to it. This will allow you to play and work at home. The part that contains the laptop even has ventilation to allow the air your laptop needs to stay cool. There’s also a slot that’s designed to hold a tablet if you need a second screen to keep up with chats while gaming.
5. Xdesk Flex
Best desk standing side sofa
Lapboards are great and all, but most lock you in the seat for the long haul, or rest on your legs and move around as you move. So what is the solution for this? Enter the Xdesk Flex. It might not be a lapboard in the traditional sense, but it can do the same job with aplomb.
It’s actually a convertible standing desk, but it has a low profile base that you can slide under a sofa. Then you can lower the desk to a comfortable height and throw your favorite gaming keyboard and the mouse. With a surface area of 30 “x 24” and supporting up to 100 pounds, the Xdesk Flex will give you a lot more space to work than other lapboards, and it can double as a standing desk.
What to look for in a Lapboard
For the most part, choosing the right laptop for you is easy, and it’s all about finding what’s comfortable. Since most lapboards rest on your knees, you’ll want to find something relatively light or capable of supporting yourself using legs or some other support system. If you’ve got a laptop resting on your legs, you’ll probably want something with a bit of cushion so you don’t just have a flat board squeezing you.
Another comfort criterion to take into account is the desired width of the dashboard. You should buy one that is wide enough to balance you properly on your knees, even if your legs are wide apart. In addition, your larger playing space will also allow your hands to sit from each other at an ergonomic distance. When playing, you always want your arms outstretched and a wide dash will allow you to do that.
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