User Experience and Summary
Compatibility with only certain Corsair keyboards limits Lapdog's appeal, yet it's worth noting that promotional bundles will be available at launch. Specifically, Lapdog with a bundled non-RGB K70 keyboard will fetch £189.99 (down from £219.98). We've been sent a K70 mechanical keyboard for testing purposes, and as expected it slots in with no fuss and maintains a snug fit.
There's ample room to stow the excess cabling, and with the panels all reattached, the keyboard is securely held in place and doesn't move at all. Lapdog's brushed aluminium topping is such that it's easy to mistake the K70 as part of the unit, though there is a subtle giveaway to the keyboard's right edge, where the mouse pad is slightly elevated, leaving a gap in which dirt may collect.
Any USB mouse can be hooked-up to Lapdog's other internal USB port and the wire exits through the side of the cable compartment. Having a proper mouse on a good-sized surface is a real boon for serious gamers, yet the wiring configuration isn't quite ideal. Keeping things tidy with just a short length of cable showing takes away some freedom of movement - you often feel as though the wire is pushing or pulling the mouse in certain directions - and we've found it works best with a larger length of cable pulled out and draped over the back. This isn't as tidy, but it takes away any cable resistance.
Wanting to recreate as much of the desktop experience as possible, Lapdog's two external USB 3.0 ports line the device's right edge and both are capable of supplying up to 1.5A. Handy if you need to quickly charge a smartphone or tablet, and the ports can of course be used for attaching a headset, microphone or a high-speed USB 3.0 storage device.
So what's it actually like to use? Well, it's no desktop replacement. Lapdog's sheer size prevents it from being comfortable, and it feels like having an old Yamaha keyboard resting on your lap. I'm 6'3 with long legs, yet Lapdog still doesn't rest quite right and though the cushion takes away any strain, I feel the need to sit with legs apart in order to prevent any seesaw motion.
Things don't improve a great deal when you do manage to find a comfy spot. The keyboard is so far down the tray that it feels too close to the body, and there's a steep drop-off at the front edge, which feels sharp on your palm. With no wrist support and no desk for your arms to rest on, it doesn't take long for the keyboard experience to become tiring. We aren't convinced, yet if you're passionate about your Corsair mechanical keyboard and you want it on your lap with a good-sized mouse pad, Lapdog works as a means to an end.