Razer deploys its Turret living-room lapboard

PC gaming in the living room has always been subject to compromises, and Valve's Steam Controller is just the most recent example. Those compromises often leave the hardcore keyboard-and-mouse enthusiast wanting. Razer thinks the real solution to living-room PC gaming is a lapboard, and its take on the formula is the Turret. Like similar products from competitors Corsair and Roccat, the Turret is essentially a keyboard with an attached mousepad, although the Turret appears to be sleeker than the competing offerings.

Razer first showed off the Turret over a year ago at CES 2015. The company says that the lapboard has undergone several revisions since then as its designers have sat on the concept and refined the product. The Turret can connect to PCs, game consoles, and Android devices using Bluetooth LE or a bundled 2.4GHz USB adapter. The keyboard's "dedicated Android buttons" make it especially suited for use with the company's Forge TV set-top box.

The tenkeyless chiclet keyboard on the Turret includes a Fn key for media controls. Razer claims the keyboard can register up to ten keypresses at once. The included mouse uses a 3500-DPI laser sensor, and it has magnets in its base to help secure it to the Turret's mousepad. The mousepad folds under the keyboard for storage, and folding it away also lets the Turret plug into its included charging dock. The mouse and keyboard both use Li-Po batteries. Razer says the keyboard should last 4 months on a charge. The Turret is available now for $159.99.

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    • mannequinskywalker2
    • 4 years ago

    serfpad tv tray is what i use. portable keyboard tray that secures your preferred mouse and keyboard. non-proprietary. i hate being forced to buy stuff. make your own serfpad if you cannot afford one. pc to tv 4ever. i switch out peripherals.

    • TheMonkeyKing
    • 4 years ago

    For HTPC use only (because the only gaming on TV is through a dedicated controller from an X-box or Playstation) is the DiNovo mini. Thumb driven text entry with mouse pad, small and comfortable form factor and a long, long battery life.

    And the heck with a “lap board” I want a real turret. Pew pew pew!

    • Shobai
    • 4 years ago

    [quote<]The company says that the lapboard has undergone several revisions since then as its designers have sat on the concept[/quote<] I hope that wasn't too uncomfortable...

    • ldonyo
    • 4 years ago

    My wife and I each have one of these:

    [url<]http://www.amazon.com/Drive-Medical-Overbed-Table-Silver/dp/B002VWJZ8S?ie=UTF8&keywords=medical%20tray%20table&qid=1461097437&ref_=sr_1_1_a_it&sr=8-1[/url<] hers for her laptop and mine for my keyboard and mouse. They're sturdy, there are locks for two of the wheels to keep the tray from running away while gaming, and they have a hydraulic height adjuster. Plus, you can take the computer stuff off of them and use them as TV trays! 😉

      • Terra_Nocuus
      • 4 years ago

      I’m tempted to get one or two of these (especially as they’re on sale)

    • adampk17
    • 4 years ago

    Good Golly, $159!? I like the product, but for maybe half that price.

      • bfar
      • 4 years ago

      I can see a market for this, but yea, not so much at that price!

        • not@home
        • 4 years ago

        For $159 it should have mechanical keys. Otherwise I will continue to use a 30″ piece of 1×12, painted black, with a cloth sack stapled to the bottom and stuffed with Styrofoam BBs.

    • Chrispy_
    • 4 years ago

    $159 buys you an awfully nice plank of wood, too – which has arguably worked better and been more flexible for the last two decades of my HTPC use.

    I actually copied an idea from a TV-dinner tray and have a small beanbag on the bottom of mine and I can glue a fresh microfibre mousemat onto it every few years when the old one wears out.

      • DrCR
      • 4 years ago

      [quote<]$159 buys you an awfully nice plank of wood, too[/quote<] Psh, hipster.

        • Terra_Nocuus
        • 4 years ago

        [quote<]$159 buys you an [s<]awfully nice[/s<] [b<]artisanal[/b<] plank of wood, too[/quote<] Sold

    • Anovoca
    • 4 years ago

    or you know, [url<]http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Wireless-Keyboard-Built-In-Multi-Touch/dp/B005DKZTMG[/url<] , some double sided tape, and an old mousepad.

    • DPete27
    • 4 years ago

    If I had to choose one, it’d be the Roccat Soma. The mouspad area is larger and the wrist pad is a good idea.

    The Corsair Lapdog’s contoured base is a useful feature to keep the keyboard in place. A flat back like the Soma and Turret isn’t going to give you the ability to keep the keyboard stable in your lap.

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