Best Lapboards for Gaming For 2019

PC gaming with a mouse and keyboard at a desk is awesome and everything, but sometimes you want to recline on your couch instead of sit in a chair for hours. This setup gives you the best of both worlds; the accuracy of a keyboard and mouse with the comfort of a couch while enjoying that huge TV in your living room. To pull this off, you’re going to need some specialized equipment, though, and the most critical is a lapboard. It’s essentially a lap-sized tray that holds your keyboard and mouse in such a way that using them on your lap feels natural, as opposed to a wobbly board that makes it harder to aim your mouse or type with your keyboard.Based on my research, these are the best lapboards on the market, but note that you’re also going to need a speedy wireless mouse and maybe even a wireless headset to round out your setup as well.

TL;DR – These are the Best Lapboards for Gaming:

Best Wireless Lapboard – Razer Turret for Xbox One

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Razer Turret for Xbox One

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If you’re looking for a one-stop solution to playing PC or Xbox One games on your couch while using your TV as a monitor, the Razer Turret for Xbox One (read our review) is the best choice. Incorporating a backlit Razer mechanical keyboard as well as a wireless mouse and a mousepad, the Turret has everything you need for couch gaming whether you’re playing on a PC or the Xbox One. It’s also one of the more diminutive options on this list that’s closest to just having a tenkeyless keyboard on your lap. When you’re trying to play games comfortably, it pays to not have some hulking behemoth on your lap.

The Turret even has a stow away mouse pad for easy storage and it’s also blissfully wireless. It even includes a USB passthrough for connecting the bundled wireless mouse—alternatively, you could plug in your favorite wired gaming mouse or wireless gaming mouse. Still, the keyboard stays charged for an impressive 40 hours of play time.

Best Wired Lapboard – Roccat Sova

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Roccat Sova

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Unlike the Razer Turret, the Roccat Sova doesn’t incorporate a wireless mouse, but it does still include a backlit keyboard. And frankly, the Sova’s mechanical keyboard is a stretch better than the flat chiclet keyboard on the Turret (a membrane version of the Sova is also available). One of the coolest features of this lapboard is its huge mouse pad, which is essentially “desktop sized.”

If you’re an FPS player you’ll no doubt appreciate the extra room for twitch action. Granted, the downside to this “desktop on the couch” setup is that the Sova is a big, bulky piece of equipment, but with two USB 2.0 passthrough ports you can plug in a wired mouse and a headset. Plus, the mouse surface and wrist rest can be removed and swapped out if you prefer something with a different texture.

Best Standalone Lapboard – Corsair Lapdog

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Corsair Lapdog

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The name Lapdog might conjure up images of a little terrier that cuddles in your lap, but this Corsair unit is probably more like a big Labrador with its hefty size and aluminum construction. As a standalone board this is exactly what you think it is; just the board and nothing else. Still, there’s plenty to love about the Lapdog, thanks to its big 11” x 11” mouse surface, memory foam cushion for your thighs, and an awesome four-port USB 3.0 hub.

Keep in mind that since this is made by Corsair you will need to slot in either of the excellent Corsair K70 or K65 series keyboards, but you can use any mouse you want. All of the cables for the keyboard and mouse also fit into a handy, secretive compartment underneath the board’s surface to keep things nice and tidy.

Best Lapdesk – Hover X+

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Hover X+

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Of course, not everyone gaming in the living room is using a desktop rig and a TV. There’s also a few advantages to using a high-powered gaming laptop on a support system instead of your lap, with the biggest being proper airflow to hot-running components. Most gaming laptops are designed to sit on a hard surface so air can move underneath the laptop, eventually getting sucked up into intakes to cool the CPU and GPU, and that’s more difficult on your lap or if it’s sitting on the couch next to you.

Enter the Hover X; a solid bamboo platform for your laptop that can fit up to a 17″ model and includes an integrated mousepad, too. The laptop side of the Hover X+ also features laser cut-outs so plenty of air can reach the bottom of your gaming laptop. The right side features an expansive mousing area, and there’s even a slot for sticking a tablet, or a phone, so you can keep up with what’s going on at work while using your laptop for more important things like playing Overwatch.

Money is No Object Lapboard – Couchmaster Cycon “Titan Edition”

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Couchmaster Cycon

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Perhaps you’re a titan of industry, a well-heeled person in the import/export business, or just someone with a luxurious leather couch and you need your lapboard to blend in. Whatever the reason, the Couchmaster Cycon “Titan Edition” is the one to get if you want something really nice, as it’s made with genuine Nappa leather, has a ton of useful features, and is outrageously expensive at $380 to $400. Still, I dig it because it’s so over the top, and I can already picture myself settling down in my den with the couchmaster, Brandy snifter next to my mouse, for a pleasant evening of computer gaming.

Its extravagant features include a laser-engraved titanium nameplate with inscription, built-in four-port USB hub, cable storage areas beneath the mouse and keyboard, and extra pockets for your remotes and controllers. There’s not a keyboard or mouse included, which makes its price seem even more ridiculous, but that just makes me want it even more.

And in case the nappa leather version is a little too rich for your blood, Couchmaster has also made a more approachable faux leather version that goes for $160.

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