We did a giveaway on Episode 32 of the Avault podcast for three of Lap Works’ Premier Gamer’s Desks. Since then, I’ve had some hands-on time with one, and in short, it’s cool. It has some neat functionality, and it protects your legs from that hot laptop. It does have some issues with stability, but overall, it could be a great addition to any living-room gamer’s hardware.
The Gamer’s Desk is just as its name implies – a desk that folds open to be placed on your lap and allows you to game. It’s made of strong polycarbonate plastic that the manufacturer claims will not break under normal use. The Premier version of the desk comes with two separate mouse pads. The smaller of the two is a 6-by-9-inch mousing surface that attaches to either end, and the other is the “Max MouzPad,” a 9-by-11-inch surface. Both can be purchased separately, but the “Max MouzPad” is definitely the preferred surface.
The primary selling point that Lap Works is shooting for is the ability to use your laptop anywhere. When used for this purpose it is definitely functional. It allows you to get that hot laptop off of your legs while you sit in your recliner or an airport terminal in comfort. I, however, feel that its primary enticement is the ability to use just a mouse and keyboard. Some people have their computers hooked up to a TV in their living room, and when this is done you have to have a table or some other uncomfortable set-up to use your mouse and keyboard. To fully test the product, I brought it over to a friend’s house that has such a set-up. He normally has his wireless mouse and keyboard situated on his coffee table, and often complains about how he hates having to bend over to type or use the mouse. In short, he loved the Gamer’s Desk. It is a must have for anyone gaming or computing in this way.
This leads me to only true gripe with the product. Lap Works claims the desk will not break under “normal use.” While this may indeed be true, the detachable mousing surfaces feel very flimsy. I was actually afraid to attempt to take them off. I did try and of course nothing broke but I just had that feeling the whole time. I also noticed that it sometimes bends when you put too much pressure on the mousing pad, and I could see that this could become a problem during an intense FPS gaming situation. It does, however, fold up nicely for travel and could easily stow away in your laptop bag if you have the nerve to take the mousing surfaces off.
Overall Lap Works delivers a product that may not be for everyone, but for those who purchase it I think it will suit your needs just fine. If your computer is set up in your living room or any other place away from a desk, then you should seriously consider picking one of these up. The idea of being able to relax on the couch or in your favorite chair while playing your PC games has to be appealing to all. Believe me, your back and neck will thank you.