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Corsair Lapdog Review

Corsair Lapdog Review

It seems that the new in thing is PC gaming in the living room. SteamOS and Steam Machines are clearly a big factor in this but they fail to solve one of the key problems PC gamers have in that environment… controls. The Steam Controller seems to be getting ok reviews, though our time with it confirms it is average at best. You can use a Xbox controller which is much better but even then, try to take on someone playing an FPS with a keyboard/mouse and you are at a significant disadvantage. Then, of course, there is the issue of trying to play Total War on a Xbox pad… Recently we saw Razer try to solve this problem with their Turret and whilst it was a cool product, it certainly had some issues that need ironing out. Today we take a look at another product which aims to enhance our couch-based gaming in our Corsair Lapdog Review.

Corsair Gaming Lapdog Review – The board

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The first thing we should note about the Lapdog is that it is massive. Really massive. This should come as no surprise though as it has to house a full-size mechanical keyboard as well as accommodate a gaming surface. The main construction of the device is plastic however the surfaces we see most of are brushed metal, painted black.

On the left side of the Lapdog is our keyboard location and it is designed for the K70 and K65 mechanical keyboards from Corsair. The segment to the right of the bay is removed for those looking to use the K70. Over on the right is our gaming surface which measures 11×11 inches. The Lapdog weighs 2.63Kg.

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Looking around the edges of the Lapdog we find our connectivity. On the back is a USB 3.0 port for connecting to our PC along with a power input and status LED. On the side are two USB 3.0 ports for headsets, drives, etc. These side ports also support fast charging for smartphones.

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Turning over the Lapdog we find a fairly plain base. Those silver circles you can see are actually magnets and these allow us to attach the foam cushion shown in the 2nd image above.

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Bundled with the Lapdog we get a mains adapter, some cable ties, product documentation, a tool for installing our board/cables and a 16ft cable for connecting to the power and PC.

Corsair Gaming Lapdog Review – Installation

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Installation begins with us using the bundled tool (which can be stored in a compartment on the reverse side of the foam cushion) to remove the top panel. This reveals our wiring area Next we can remove the K65 bumper and then the mousepad. Seven screws in total. Removing the gaming surface reveals the USB hub providing two ports in addition to the two external USB 3.0 connectors.

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Our keyboard slides into its bay, front edge first and the cables for that and our mouse sit above it. We plug the keyboard USB and mouse USB into the hub (ignoring the 2nd keyboard USB connector if there is one) and then  screw down the pad and cable cover which also secures our keyboard in place. A small gap is present at the side of that cable cover for our mouse wire to feed through.

Next we plug the Lapdog into the PC/mains and we are good to go. (Remember to install Corsairs Keyboard/Mouse drivers to receive the latest firmware and software features).

Corsair Gaming Lapdog Review – Conclusion

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Huge, huge, huge, huge, HHHHUUUUGGGGGEEEEEEEE. This thing is huge. Is that a bad thing? Not necessarily. When we reviewed the Razer Turret one of the things which was apparent were that there had to be some compromises to create that product and some of those impacted the user experience. With the Lapdog, Corsair through the massive size, have gone with the no compromises approach and that is often a wise move.

So, here we get no compromises on the keyboard.  We can use some of Corsairs best mechanical models that have won awards here and across the net. Cherry MX switches, RGB lighting, whatever you need, you get. The gaming surface is more than big enough due to the product footprint and Corsair would appear to have spared no expense on the foam padding. It is covered in a decent fabric and is plenty thick.

There are a couple of quirks on the marketing site that we noted, for example no mention of size in the spec list… like Corsair are trying to hide the size? And they talk of a 4-port USB hub. Sure, it has four ports but two are internal and used by our keyboard/mouse. So really it should be noted that two are external.

In terms of pricing we have a tough time placing the value, over £100/$100 does seem a bit steep. We do note that the construction is solid and that there is a decent amount of brushed aluminium on show here. Keep in mind that this price is without a keyboard and mouse… so all in, a £200/$200+ purchase at least.

Where we have no complaints is in the installation process. That was super simple. Take out 7 screws, slot in our keyboard, wire it and the mouse in, screw the panels back in, connect USB/power and done! A 10 minute process at most.  Once up and running the keyboard experience obviously depends on the model installed and the keys it uses but it is of course top notch as K70/65 reviews note. The surface tracks well on the mice we tested and had minimal friction as expected. Our only note is that there should be a decent lip on the edge of the surface to keep our mouse on it should we tilt the Lapdog.

Summary: Massive. Sturdy. Heavy. Comfy. Cool. Expensive. Epic.

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