With the relatively recent releases of powerful ITX based gaming systems and cases, PCs are slowly but surely absorbing a portion of the living room gaming market away from consoles. The shape and bulk of PC gaming systems however is just part of the problem, as the control of the systems still relies on a keyboard and mouse, which can be very inconvenient into a living room in comparison to a wireless console controller.

Introduction

Several products seeking the convenient control of HTPC systems inside a living room have been introduced in the past, yet none of them could address the issue of PC gaming without introducing a controller into the equation. The use of a wireless gamepad rarely was the answer, as the majority of PC games have been designed for keyboard and mouse control. Therefore, those that wanted to have a PC gaming system into their living room would have to somehow bring a keyboard and mouse near them, and that is rarely convenient when sitting on a couch and no flat surface. The lean-back nature of a couch also precludes any self-standing tray device that didn't fold into the lap of the user. This makes it more difficult when the user wants to use a mechanical gaming keyboard; wireless gaming mice can be found, but no wireless mechanical keyboards are available.

Corsair clearly wants a piece of the living room gaming market, as their upcoming Bulldog barebones is a system designed with that specific purpose in mind. Small and elegant as the system might be, the company knew that the need to use a keyboard and mouse would be a deterring factor for many users who would still feel forced to the neatness of the gamepad controller. To that end, Corsair’s engineers designed the Lapdog, a “gaming control center” that seeks to make the use of a keyboard and mouse on a couch convenient and to keep everything tidy enough for use inside a modern living room. At this point we should mention that Corsair has been gathering and analyzing the feedback received ever since the announcement of the concept design several months ago, leading to a significantly different final retail product.

Packaging and bundle

We received the Lapdog inside a long, sturdy cardboard box. The artwork is limited to the company logo and schematics of the supported keyboards. Inside the box, the hardware is well protected with a combination of polystyrene foam and cardboard pieces, as well as nylon bags.

Inside the box we found a short but sufficient instructions manual, an AC power adapter and a very long (about five meters) cable. Corsair cleverly combined the USB cable and the AC power adaptor cable, meaning that only one cable needs to be connected between the system and the Lapdog and that the AC power adaptor should be near/behind the system. It should be noted that the AC adaptor is not needed when the Lapdog is connected to a USB 3.0 port, and only needs to be used if other USB devices are plugged in to the keyboard or a USB 2.0 port is used.

The Corsair Lapdog Gaming Control Center
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  • ddriver - Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - link

    Can you substantiate your claim with fact and logic? Must be the burden of figuring out which way to plug the cable in an A port :) B ports are just so convenient, you can't go wrong. Reply
  • edzieba - Thursday, May 26, 2016 - link

    Because USB-A for an upstream-facing port IST VERBOTEN. Reply
  • Shadowmaster625 - Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - link

    I place my mouse on the coffee table. Reply
  • damianrobertjones - Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - link

    Block of wood. Wireless K+M.

    Done
    Reply
  • Deelron - Thursday, May 26, 2016 - link

    $2 Tv Tray from Goodwill, slightly modified. Reply
  • Sivar - Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - link

    Interesting review on the product. A photo of the unit on someone's lap would be helpful in visualizing use of the product at home. Reply
  • ddriver - Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - link

    Thrown in a dog for a good measure Reply
  • The_Assimilator - Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - link

    Put the Corsair Lapdog on a dog, then put the dog on someone's lap. This is how the review should've been done. Reply
  • Impulses - Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - link

    Meh, ends up like a fairly big unit, and for the price... I would've rather seen them develop a special living room edition K65 with an integrated mouse pad, given the costs it wouldn't be much different in the end but could be way more compact. Reply
  • eva02langley - Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - link

    Logitech k800 Reply

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