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post #31 of 56
One other thing to consider would be not using a full keyboard, if that's possible for what you play. Something like the Razer Nostromo would give you much more room for the mouse, if you don't have a wide desk.

I used something similar, the Zboard Fang, back when I was still using a keyboard and mouse for gaming at a desk, and I found it worked well for anything I didn't need to type messages into chat for. I imagine that games using VOIP now would mean that there's evne less of a need for a full keyboard.
post #32 of 56
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Originally Posted by elmalloc View Post

the dave is a way better response htan joeblow came up with. putting the mouse or keyboard on your lap is ridiculous. i know they have gyroscopic mice, but get real, this is AVS.

Stop with the stupidity. If a lap desk is better for you, fine. If the lap/couch option is better for others, fine.

Yes, this is AVS, and since you've been here long enough you should know there's no such thing as a perfect solution for everyone. I'd buy a lap desk or other contraption in a an instant if it improved the experience. For me it wouldn't since I can do everything with a kb/mouse quite comfortably already, so there's no need to for me to spend money unnecessarily.

A question was asked in the first post, and so I like others simply contributed responses with what we like. What you get out of trying to convince someone that their setup doesn't work for them is beyond me, but it's a waste of everyone's time. If you don't like a suggestion, ignore it and move on.
post #33 of 56
Does anyone know of a desk that you can pull up to yourself and then extend the keyboard/mouse surface forward over your lap? That would be ideal.

To give you an idea of what I'm talking about, check out this link. The keyboard part could pull forward and wouldn't have to rest on your lap.
http://www.staples.com/Staples-Corma...&storeId=10001

Now, ideally you wouldn't have the rest of the desk, only the sliding keyboard/mouse surface. The rest is unneeded.
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post #35 of 56
I second the Ikea Dave because that's what I use. It's the perfect height for a typical couch and is adjustable too. If you pair it with a half-length keyboard, you will have room for a mouse. Personally, I use an Apple Bluetooth keyboard and a Logitech Performance MX mouse.

You could use a Microsoft Arc or their Mobile Keyboard 6000 if you prefer those key layouts instead. Personally, I love the Apple keyboard cause it looks great in the living room. The only drawback is that it has the FN key on the lower-left corner, and then CTRL is just to the right of it, but you get used to it. You can use a keymapper to make the Option into a Windows key and Command into Alt. My HTPC gaming rig is a dual-boot Hackintosh/Windows 7 machine, so it's good to have this sort of keyboard.
post #36 of 56
Anyone try the Ikea Alve instead of the Dave?
post #37 of 56
i'll be using the tray below for skyrim. any serious multiplayer i am better at the desk.

http://www.breakfasttray.com/store/400c.htm
post #38 of 56
So I've unfortunately been having quite a bit of an opportunity to spend time in hospitals as of late, and this thread got me thinking. A lot of hospitals have bedside tray tables that are fairly wide and have adjustable height options and are relatively sturdy.

Does anyone think something like that could be a viable option and if there's any other similar product in the market other than the ones designed for hospital use?
post #39 of 56
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Originally Posted by bangbang View Post

i'll be using the tray below for skyrim. any serious multiplayer i am better at the desk.

http://www.breakfasttray.com/store/400c.htm

Do you have this already? Any impressions? So far I like the look of this better than any of freestanding tray tables/laptop desks I've seen and the price isn't too bad.
post #40 of 56
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Originally Posted by ferrisg View Post

Do you have this already? Any impressions? So far I like the look of this better than any of freestanding tray tables/laptop desks I've seen and the price isn't too bad.

I'm interested in reading about how this tray is too. It looks like an excellent solution to HTPC kb/m gaming!
post #41 of 56
Just ordered one from bfast tray to try out. I ordered from the bargain bin to save $20. Should be used in the theater so it shouldn't matter if it has cosmetic flaws.

tum
post #42 of 56
I'm not sure what people are looking for exactly and I have my own ideas about what works best for me. I've been looking at some other options, but have not purchased anything yet because as my theater seats should be arriving within the week. So, I was holding off untill I receive them to see how the tray tables might work. But, since I haven't seen much posted I thought I'd post a couple of options:

http://www.staples.com/OSP-Designs-M...product_900044
http://www.staples.com/Balt-Lapmatic...product_734332
http://www.staples.com/Altra-Adjusta...product_729375
post #43 of 56
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Originally Posted by tumult View Post

Just ordered one from bfast tray to try out. I ordered from the bargain bin to save $20. Should be used in the theater so it shouldn't matter if it has cosmetic flaws.

tum

Wow, somehow glossed right over that section of the site. Interesting. If it has an issue with finish that doesn't impact using a mouse I wouldn't be bothered at all to save $20. Let us know what yours looks like when you get it.
post #44 of 56
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Originally Posted by krimson View Post

http://www.laptopdesk.net/gamers-desk.html

I have not tried this myself and am not recommending/endorsing this. I just remember coming across it.

I use this. It works perfect with my rat 7 and a g510 keyboard. That keyboard is a very wide keyboard and I still have plenty of room for the mouse with first person shooters.

I also have the nostromo thing that someone in here recommended and I hate that thing. There are not near enough buttons on it for any game. There's not even enough to really play BF3. Actually there are ebough buttons but you can't asign them all to do what you want. The lapdesk in the link with the oversized optional mouse pad thing is the way to go. It's fairly sturdy, but still a little flexible.

I mean really, look how much fun the guys in the picture are having. You know you want to be like those guys. I have that look on my face the whole time I'm using it

This would be the one to get http://www.laptopdesk.net/futura-wit...-mouzpads.html
You don't need the normal sized mouse pad really. I set in a big chair and it's so wide without the samller mouse pad, that it won't fit inside the chair with the smaller mouse pad also on. I just use it with the big one attached.
post #45 of 56
Well, if that works for you then I'm glad you're happy.

But I personally would never want something that's basically a board that I'd have to find a place for when not using for gaming. At least with these Ikea tables and the like, you can use them as actual furniture still when you're not gaming.

Again though, I just use a 360 controller even for my PC gaming now, so really, what do I know?
post #46 of 56
To me the laptopdesk looks like a flimsy piece of plastic.
post #47 of 56
It is a slightly flimsy piece of plastic. It's not so rigid it will break easy, but it's not so flimsy that it flexes while using it. I thought about getting a stand too, but doesn't getting a stand to sit your keyboard on defeat the whole purpose of not using a traditional desktop computer stand. I want to be able to lay my keyboard on my lap and lay back in my big chair and relax just like when playing a console game, and the lapdesk is perfect. What kind of big nice lazy boy style chair could you use that stand with?

As far as finding a place for it when no using it. It folds up to about the size of magazine. I just set mine on my TV stand with my keyboard there. It's alot smaller footprint then adding another desk to the house, and that's what I was looking for. Footprint size, and convienence were my to concerns with what to buy.
post #48 of 56
Hi, anyone playing MW3 on pc using a xbox controller either wired or wireless? If so how were you able to set it up?
post #49 of 56
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Originally Posted by bangbang View Post

i'll be using the tray below for skyrim. any serious multiplayer i am better at the desk.

http://www.breakfasttray.com/store/400c.htm

Any news and/or opinions on the lapdesk? I am eager to hear how it works out for couch PC gaming.
post #50 of 56
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Originally Posted by bevofrancis View Post

It folds up to about the size of magazine.

Some people on Amazon say that is an issue with that lap desk. They say the pressure from your right hand on the mouse is enough to cause the desk to fold.
post #51 of 56
I found a table to would almost work when sitting in a recliner. The height is adjustable, I just wish i could find it with a shorter depth. This one is 23 inches and I'd like 12-15 inches.

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S29820433/
post #52 of 56
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Originally Posted by bighick View Post

How do you guys use a mouse and keyboard from the couch? I tried setting it on coffee table but now my back hurts. Or do you just play games with controller and steering wheels?

If a PC game doesn't support a 360 gamepad I can't play it. I found out the hard way with Mass Effect 2, I had to re-buy it on the PS3 to play it.

I cannot get a keyboard and mouse working well on my recliner, so gamepad or bust.
post #53 of 56
Been having the same debate in my head, how to use a keyboard mouse on the couch, after a bit of a search found a link to this:

Phantom Entertainment Lapboard Wireless Gaming Keyboard & Laser Mouse Combo Ivory White



Look at phantoms website for their lapboard

Looks like an interesting option as give you a lap based keyboard with a mouse surface underneath.
post #54 of 56
I do just fine with the keyboard in my lap and the mouse on the end-table beside the couch. I assume you guys have tried that; just throwing it out there just in case.
post #55 of 56
I have a logitech K360, it is a "compact" wireless keyboard. I set it in my lap. Then I mouse on the arm of the couch. If I sit in the middle of the couch I grab one of the throw pillows to mouse on. Need to keep the arms bent right.

I also used to own a logtiech mx air. But my wife threw it out =[

Lap keyboarding is pretty good, actually it might be the most ergonomic way to keyboard. Everything can get thrown on the coffee table when we need to get up. But actually the whole family tends to leave the mouse right on the arm of the couch. Doesnt become a problem till other people come over and knock it off, not being used to that.
post #56 of 56
I just got a HTPC setup and am looking at this now. Right now I am using a crappy Logitech lapdesk (http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-939-000181-Portable-Lapdesk-N315/dp/B002NTADVW/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1340030699&sr=8-8&keywords=logitech+laptop+stand) but it's a bit too small. I'm headed to Ikea this weekend to look at the Dave, but the Gamer's Desk looks like an attractive option. It just doesn't seem as ergonomic as I'd like.
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