Sitting at your gaming desk in front of your gaming monitor might be way most most PC gamers play, but unless you’ve got a killer setup with a solid desk and cozy gaming chair, it may still not compare to lounging on your couch for some casual gaming. The problem is, when you switch over to your couch, you suddenly can’t use your gaming keyboard and gaming mouse like you’re used to. At least, not unless you have a lapdesks.
Lapdesks can help you relax on your couch while still having an effective battle station, giving you the best of both couch gaming and desk gaming. The fundamentals of a lapdesks are a tray for your keyboard right on your lap and an area to the side for your mouse. Some have built-in keyboards, others have more mouse area, and some even wrap all the way around you, so they’re not resting on your legs. You can find extra large options that even let use your gaming laptop on them. So, if you’re ready to put your shiny 4K TV to use for some keyboard and mouse gaming, check out these excellent lapdesks.
- 1 TL;DR – These are the Best Lapdesks for Gaming:
- 2 1. Razer Turret for Xbox One
- 3 2. Corsair K63 Lapboard
- 4 3. Couchmaster Cycon2
- 5 4. Couchmaster Cybot
- 6 5. Xdesk Flex
- 7 6. Couchmaster Cyworx
- 8 7. Couchmaster Lapboard²
- 9 What to Look for in a Lapdesk
TL;DR – These are the Best Lapdesks for Gaming:
1. Razer Turret for Xbox One
Best Wireless Lapdesk
Whether you’ve got 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 top-class partner to have on hand. This lapdesk is large but doesn’t go any larger than it needs to be. It’s offering up a tenkeyless mechanical keyboard with RBG lighting, space to rest your palm, and a retractable mouse pad. Factor in the included mouse, and you’ll realize just how much value Razer is offering here.
Both the keyboard and mouse pair with a 2.4GHz dongle that uses Adaptive Frequency Technology to maintain a strong connection even if other Wi-Fi devices are running nearby. The Razer Turret is effectively a plug-and-play solution, which is hard to beat. Razer’s even considered what happens when you have to take your hand off the mouse to type, so the mouse is lightly held down by magnets. Don’t worry about losing support for this with the new consoles either, as the Xbox Series X will also support the Razer Turret.
2. Corsair K63 Lapboard
Best Gaming Lapdesk
The Corsair K63 Lapboard (read our review) provides a lapdesk that’s incredibly well suited to gaming. Corsair basically just built a lapdesk around its K63 keyboard, and we can’t blame it for that simple solution. This puts a very capable, wireless, mechanical keyboard into a form factor that you can easily sit with on the couch. For some added comfort, the bottom of the lapdesk is fitted with memory foam cushions.
You get Cherry MX key switches to play on for a consistent input. Anti-ghosting and N-key rollover are also on board. With backlighting, the Corsair K63 Lapboard can work just as well in a dark living room as in a bright one. The lapdesk provides some extra space for your palm and wrist, and it has a wide section for your mouse. Corsair’s wireless USB adapter will work with a lot of systems for fast, wireless gaming, but the kit also supports Bluetooth in case you need to connect to other devices. Just make sure to pair this with a good wireless gaming mouse for the best setup.
3. Couchmaster Cycon2
Money is No Object Lapdesk
If your couch is the most comfortable seat in your house, then why would you want to settle into a different seat to game or get work done? With the Couchmaster Cycon2, you don’t have to. The Couchmaster Cycon2 is designed to let you hunker down on your couch. It uses two large cushions that stay at your sides and double as armrests while also letting a large desktop surface stretch out in front of you.
The desk surface has plenty of space for a full-size keyboard and mouse pad, so you can drag over your favorite gaming peripherals. The kit also includes a USB hub with six USB 3.0 ports for connecting your keyboard, mouse, and other peripherals (perhaps a wireless gaming headset). The USB hub even has auxiliary power to ensure you don’t have issues when connecting more power-hungry devices. The top includes slots to help you manage your mouse and keyboard cables, letting you keep the setup tidy. It also has pockets on the side, so you can easily slide your TV remote in there.
4. Couchmaster Cybot
Best Laptop Lapdesk
Some lapdesks will get you geared up to use your keyboard at your couch or in a lounge chair, but that may not be so helpful if you’re trying to game on a laptop at your couch. Enter the Couchmaster Cybot. This lapdesk gives you a little battlestation for the couch. It puts cushions on either side of you and stretches a desktop surface between them, giving you room for your laptop and a mouse. This setup not only keeps your gaming station stable while you play but also keeps the weight of the setup off your legs — your knees will thank you.
The Couchmaster Cybot actually provides a few extra handy features. There’s a slot on the right side that can hold up a tablet or phone in case you’re following a game guide or have a chat app open on a separate device. There’s also ventilation to let your laptop pull up fresh air and stay cool. Couchmaster has also installed some pockets on the side so you can store accessories when you’re taking a break.
5. Xdesk Flex
Best Couch-Side Standing Desk
Lapboards are great and all, but most either lock you into the seat for the long haul, or rest on your legs and thus move around when you move. So, what’s the solution for that? Enter the Xdesk Flex. This may not be a lapdesk in the traditional sense, but it can get the same job done with aplomb.
It’s actually a convertible standing desk, but it has a low-profile base that you can slide under a couch. Then, you can lower the desktop to a comfortable height, and throw on your favorite gaming keyboard and mouse. With a 30″ x 24″ surface and support for up to 100 pounds, the Xdesk Flex will give you a lot more room to work than other lapboards, and it can serve double duty as a standing desk.
6. Couchmaster Cyworx
Best Lapdesk for Work
If you liked what you saw with the Couchmaster Cybot but want something a little less “gamery,” then you’re going to love the Couchmaster Cyworx. This is virtually the same product, but Couchmaster has given it a makeover that will let you turn your couch into your own cozy little cubicle. Rather than the black and camo design of the Cybot, the Cywork Lapboard has heather gray cushions and a natural-colored bamboo work surface.
The cushions on the sides serve two purposes, giving your armrests and elevating the work surface above your lap for a more elevated position. The board itself includes wrist pads for comfort, and it has space for 17-inch laptops as well as a large mousepad (which Couchmaster includes). The board also has ventilation to let your laptop pull up more air and stay cool while you work. And, if you want more screen space, a built-in slot can easily hold up a tablet to the side of your laptop. There are also handy pouches for you to store accessories, power cables, and your mouse.
7. Couchmaster Lapboard²
Best Wired Gaming Lapdesk
If you’re into the overall vibe of Couchmaster’s other products but don’t need the special cushions to complete your setup, perhaps for a recliner instead of a couch, the Couchmaster Lapboard² will get you up and running comfortably in your living room. And, it can help you avoid the clutter of a bunch of wires running between your couch and your TV across the room.
The Couchmaster Lapboard² takes the gaming surface of the Cycon 2 and delivers it as a standalone product. This gives you a large space with ample room for a full keyboard as well as a sizable mouse pad. At the top of the lapdesk, you’ll find cable routing holes to pass your mouse and keyboard cables through, so you won’t have to worry about them getting yanked off the front of the board. The board also serves as a six-port USB 3.0 hub, so you can connect your main gaming peripherals directly to the lapdesk and just run a single USB cable between your gaming battle station and your gaming PC.
What to Look for in a Lapdesk
For the most part picking the right lapdesk for you is easy and mostly a process of finding what’s comfortable. Given that most lapboards sit on your lap, you’re going to want to find something relatively lightweight or is able to support itself using legs or some other support system. if you have a lapdesk sitting on top of your legs, you’re probably going to want something with a bit of cushion so that you don’t just have a flat board pressing on you.
One other criteria in comfort to consider is how wide of a lapdesk do you want. You should buy one that’s wide enough to balance properly on your lap even if you’re legs are spread out wide. What’s more, your larger play space will also allow your hands to sit apart from each other at an ergonomic distance. When gaming you always want to have your arms far apart and a wide lapdesk will allow you to do this.
Mark Knapp is a regular contributor to IGN and an irregular Tweeter on Twitter @Techn0Mark