Why have that tricked out gaming laptop and not be able to fully utilize it? Perhaps you’ve bought a Steam Machine but have not taken a liking to inferior controllers? That’s why you need one of the fine gaming lapdesks featured in this very article. As gamers sometimes we detach ourselves a bit too much and stay glued to our desks.
A good way to solve this and stifle the complaints is to get a functional lap desk. Yeah, nothing beats sitting down at our battle stations and gaming in complete bliss, but sometimes it’s good to be around our loved ones or friends. Even if we are playing games they still appreciate our presence!
Top 13 Best Gaming Lapdesks of 2016
Well-designed gaming lapdesks are few and far between. Even within our top 13 list below, you will want to carefully read the dimensions and make sure your laptop will fit. Nevertheless, a couple of the options can both house larger lapdesks and still provide enough room for vigorous mousing.
If you want the best, here it is. It ain’t going to come cheap though. The Razer Turret is priced aggressively for early adopters. But you get what you pay for, right? In this package, you actually get a fully fleshed gaming mouse and keyboard. With the patent sleek Razer finish, this all black lap desk is ultra slim and sexy. Probably the coolest feature is the fact that it is foldable, so when your docking it, it isn’t a sore thumb in the room.
Razer has thought the design through, probably learning from all the failures of attempts at a truly well functioning lap desk for gamers. The Turret utilizes dual wireless connect technology, so whether you’re hooked up to your PC or your TV via Bluetooth LE, you’ll be enjoying a near lag free experience. The fact that the laptop itself is built into this ‘lapboard’ makes it a lot less noticable and more comfortable when your putting in 2+ hours of hardcore gaming. Compatible with: Android TV, Mac, Windows, Steam Link, and iOS.
Corsair saw what Razer was up to and got a little jelly. Their spin on things is the LAPDOG, and it is arguably the second best gaming lapdesk on the market. The big difference here is that while Razer includes a built in keyboard as well as a wireless mouse, this is a standalone lapdesk. That being said, compared to the lapdesks below, this baby is on steroids. you get built in USB 3.0 ports, aluminum surface, cable compartment, and 11″ x 11″ mousing area.
They’ve sold a lot of units upon release, but give it another 2-4 weeks and they’ll likely be in stock. Blame it on the Steam Link and the platform singularity movement if you will, but there’s more than one reason Corsair’s Lapdog is killing it. If you buy into their gaming ecosystem, a K70 or K65 will fit flush within this lapdesk. Top it off with a Corsair gaming mouse and you’ve just maxed out your style points.
iSkelter likes to boast that this is the ultimate mobile command center. They’ve got a lot to back up that claim. High-quality bamboo construction, ventilation design, a large 10 by 10 inch mousepad area, docking station, and it fits up to 17 inch laptops. If you went all out and got that Alienware 17 inch ultra gaming laptop, the HoverX+ is up to the task of keeping it cool and you comfortable.
The surface material itself feels like smooth glass, you can tell the bamboo has been sanded and polished to near perfection. What we love the most is the extra large mouse area. It is large enough to fit a standard mouse pad such as the SteelSeries QcK. The biggest downside to the HoverX+ is its price tag. You’re going to pay for that premium craftsmanship and well articulated design.
The Futura laptop holder from LapWorks is one finely engineered piece of equipment. No other solution is quite as comprehensive as this one for gamers. The Futura provides ventilation for your laptop so you are less likely to run into overheating problems. It has five different angle adjustments allowing us gamers to get just the right angle for maximum comfort and playability.
The lap part is wide enough to handle most all lap tops, and if you’re doing gaming on a T.V. it can also serve the purpose of holding a keyboard rather than a laptop. The lapdesk weighs 2 lbs. so it handles those extra bulky laptops quite well. It folds and is easily carried from room to room.
You’ll want to purchase their Gamers Max MouzPad extension along with the lapdesk. It is a full gaming mouse surface 9” X 11” which connects to the Futura. This MouzPad unit even has notches for your gaming mouse cable! The two together will run you about $44.00, which is pretty spendy, but considering there’s nothing on the market quite as functional we think it’s well worth the price.
As the title implies, LapGear’s beast of a lapdesk is an outstanding multi-purpose solution. For gaming, it will hold your laptop and will still have additional space for your mouse. It measures 15.8 x 2.2 x 22.4 inches and is a whopping 2.6 pounds. We really like the underside design that LapGear went with, the micro bead pads are super comfortable to rest on your lap.
These pads also serve the function of creating an ultra-stable surface for you to game on. It has built in organizer trays and side storage pouches, we weren’t really what gaming applications these have, but if you fully utilized this “multi-purpose” lap desk it could be used for other things such as for writing or reading you could store an LED light or pencil/pen and the like.
This laptop desk is one of the most popular offerings from LapGear. It does a great job of blocking the heat and keeping your notebook cool. It spans 19 inches fitting all but the bulkiest of laptops. The amazing thing is that it only weighs one pound yet still possesses a sturdy feel. You can fit a 15 inch laptop and have a moderate amount of mousing space. Just don’t get to crazy with those wild slingshot wrist movements.
The company LapGear has a large number of lapdesk solutions, but this one is arguably the best for gaming purposes. The downside to this lapdesk is that the micro bead bottom and wrist rest wears out over time so it is not one of those buy it for life products.
Logitech’s lapdesk is one of our favorites of the bunch. It comes in variety of colors. The only shortcoming with this solution is that it will only work for laptops 15.6 inches or smaller. Unfortunately, it won’t be large enough for that beastly 17 inch Alienware laptop, but a few of the other options we have looked below should suit a larger laptop just fine.
This lapdesk has a retractable mouse pad so you can hide it out of the way for those times you aren’t using a mouse. It’s a sharp looking black and silver unit, with a thin and light design that makes it overall quite visually appealing. An added bonus? It is easy to clean so it will stay looking fresh. The light weight makes it easy to carry around with your laptop. Furthermore, the rubbery top keeps your laptop from slipping during those particularly intense moments.
Other Recommended Lapdesk Solutions
Not all of these have room for a laptop + mouse room. But if you’re looking for a lap companion to hold a keyboard and mouse, or just casual use like browsing the net, these may work out dandy.
General Thoughts on the Right Lapdesk for Gamers
As the cost of components and other hardware used to manufacture laptops comes down, mobile gaming at high settings is becoming easier to obtain. Furthermore, you can get a pretty solid gaming laptop these days without breaking the bank. Obviously, if you looking to drop cash on a nice lapdesk step 1 is buying a laptop if you do not own one already. But if you’re already gaming on the go the next step is acquiring a setup where you can actually game effectively and comfortably.
Unless you are already consistently going toe-to-toe with other gamers with a touchpad you’d benefit from a sturdy laptop holder. By the way if you’re schooling people with a touchpad you’re a gaming legend and we’d be honored to bask in your glorious presence. Competitive online gaming is simply out of the question without using a mouse, and even most single player games are a pain in the ass to play with a track pad.
Lap desks solve this big problem of not being able to use our gaming mice at a location other than our desks. If you’ve ever tried to use your mouse on the arm of your couch or your pant leg you quickly come to the conclusion that you temporarily fell victim to wishful thinking. That’s where the mighty lapdesk comes in. You get a stable surface to place your laptop and enough mousing room to not be constantly running your mouse sensor off the edge in the heat of battle.
Furthermore, there is usually some ventilation mechanism built into a good lapdesk (or at the very least it will shield your legs). The fact of the matter is 4+ hour gaming sessions playing the latest game at max settings means your machine is going to be working hard to keep up. While your pants may not catch on fire, the heat can become pretty bothersome after awhile.
Ultimately, these laptop holders and lap desks are great because they enable us to do some light gaming (or not so light) on the couch or wherever else everyone hangs out at. You can do some socializing in between matches and still catch whatever big game, T.V. show, or event is on at the time. Even if you’re not using it for gaming, using a mouse to browse the web and everything else can be so much faster than relying on an unwieldy touchpad. Added benefit? Some folks will also use these lap desks for writing/reading, playing on their tablets, eating, homework, etc. It’s great to use in bed too if you’ve got that memory foam mattress and cozy comforter that makes it too hard to get out of in the morning. The bottom line is that these nifty lap companions have a ton of functionality and they are usually worth every dollar.