June 19, 2008
LapWorks Announces Gamers Desk – a Wide Portable Keyboard & Mousing Platform for Comfortable PC Gameplay
LapWorks(TM) Inc., the market leader in ergonomic and heat-reducing laptop desks and stands, today announced its initial entry into the PC Gaming market with the portable Gamers Desk. As PC gamers move to their couches to play First Person Shooter (FPS) and other high precision games on their HDTV or laptop screen, the Desk provides a comfortable, ergonomically-sound, wide flat platform across the lap with ample space for a broad gaming keyboard and optical mouse or a laptop and external mouse. Measuring 11 inches wide by 26 3/4 across, including a 6 x 9 inch mousing area on either end, the Gamers Desk is made of high-impact ABS plastic, comes in modernistic 'gun-metal' gray and retails for $39.95 directly from LapWorks.
"LapWorks' Gamers Desk makes a timely entrance into a converging market where many traditional desktop PC gamers are moving with keyboard and mouse in front of the TV, once the sole domain of console games," said Jo Jo Marks, director of marketing for Ideazon, maker of the popular Zboard Gaming Keyboard. "The Gamers Desk helps bring PC gaming into the living room, where gamers can leave their desks behind and use a wide platform to handle a keyboard and mouse on their lap."
Avid PC gamer and Gamers Desk beta tester Alex Artigues talked with LapWorks about PC gaming trends. "PC gaming in the living room has to date been limited because not all video cards were powerful enough to drive an HDTV display, HDTVs were too expensive to gain much traction, and it is a pain to use a keyboard and mouse on the coffee table or couch."
Artigues added that advanced FPS enthusiasts may prefer the precision of a mouse over console game controllers which have few buttons and joysticks with a limited range of motion.
"We wanted PC gamers to be able to play in comfort and with control wherever they are," said Jose Calero, president of LapWorks. "Whether gaming on a couch or in an easy chair in front of a big-screen TV, or at their PC, the Gamers Desk supports all gamer keyboards with plenty of room for an optical mouse."
The Gamers Desk arrives in three parts which are easy to assemble. Two Futura MouzPads snap easily into place, one on each end of a Laptop Desk Futura. LapWorks also provides four locking plugs which can hold the MouzPads in place semi-permanently.
LapWorks designed the MouzPad so heavy-handed mouse users won't inadvertently snap it off, while also being easy to remove simply by lifting up its outer edge. If precision gamers find that they require a stronger hold, they can use the locking plugs.
Visually aesthetic with a bursting oval-shaped pattern and open ventilation slots which allow heat to escape, the assembled Gamers Desk is rigid, thin (1/4-inch), lightweight (1 pound 9 ounces), and foldable in the middle for easy transport and storage. Soft non-skid rubber pads on the middle portion of the Gamer Desk keep gamer keyboards or laptops from slipping. There are four utility holes for cables, pencils, pens, etc. It carries a 6-month warranty.
LapWorks expects later this year to launch the Gamers Desk in colors and patterns similar to the recently-announced Painted Laptop Desk Futuras. Pricing is undetermined at this time.
LapWorks welcomes feedback from the gaming community to consider for future gaming platforms.
LapWorks Inc. develops and sells affordable, ergonomic portable computer lap desks and laptop stands that take the hassles and hazards out of mobile computing, and reduce the heat in laptop computers. LapWorks invented the wide-span portable lap desk product category in 2001, and is the only company making dual-purpose lap desks that double as desk stands. LapWorks Inc., 7955 Layton Street, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730; 909-948-1828; 877-527-9675; email: [email protected]; Web site: http://www.laptopdesk.net.
Note: Photos and an illustration of correct laptop ergonomics are available: http://www.laptopdesk.net/press.html
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