Razer launches Turret 'Lapboard,' Mouse combo

April 20, 2016 // 12:23 p.m.

Tags: #gaming-mouse #keyboard #lapboard #laser-mouse #min-liang-tan #razer #razer-turret #wireless-keyboard

Razer has announced the launch of a keyboard and mouse combo which it claims is perfect for the living-room gamer: the Razer Turret Lapboard and Mouse.

The Razer Turrent, the company claims, was designed with a focus on allowing a full PC gaming experience from a reclined position on a living-room sofa - without having to switch to an entirely different form of input, such as Valve's Steam Controller. Originally unveiled as a prototype back in 2015, the Razer Turret is now ready for retail - and comes with some clever tweaks.

The keyboard - or, as Razer would have it, lapboard - appears at first glance to be a fairly standard wireless keyboard featuring island-style keys and a 2.4GHz wireless connection. The area to the right which appears at first glance to be a trackpad, though, is actually a mousing surface for the bundled gaming mouse - which adheres in place using magnets, meaning it shouldn't slip off the edge as the user spams WoW macros.

'The Razer Turret brings the immense world of PC gaming to a previously impossible frontier—the living room—where only consoles have traditionally roamed until now,' crowed Razer chief executive and co-founder Min-Liang Tan of the launch. 'Finally, we have a perfect solution for gamers to enjoy the unrivalled precision of a mouse and keyboard combination from the comfort of the couch with the durability and reliability that PC gamers demand.'

The keyboard portion of the bundle features 10-key rollover, a dual-function radio for 2.4GHz use with the bundled USB adapter or Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) use with a smartphone or tablet, dedicated Android buttons for use in the latter mode, and a 1,500mAh lithium-polymer battery claimed to run for around four months between changes. The mouse portion features a 3,500dpi laser-based optical sensor and a 1,000mAh battery capable of running the device for 40 hours of continuous use. A bundled dock allows both devices to be stored vertically to save space.

The Razer Turret bundle is available now, though only in US layout, priced at £149.99 from the Razer Store.
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