Game enthusiasts can now enjoy all systems in order to live out their passion. While console freaks can make themselves comfortable on the couch for hours with the gamepad, PC gamblers are much more limited in this point. Placed on the lap, the laptop finds very little support and the coffee table is also a thoroughly modest alternative. It is not uncommon for this to be too low to meet the demands of extensive game sessions and to give the player neck and back tension.
A lapboard promises improvement at first sight, but after a short time it causes aching legs.
Nerdytec has dedicated itself to this annoying problem and presented already in 2011 with the Couchmaster Cycon the long-awaited solution. Now the developers recently added a new variant and couch potatoes can finally indulge in beloved games without their backs or knees being affected. How the Couchmaster works and if you can finally cuddle into the cushions together with the keyboard, you can find out in our test.
Appealing Design and Meaningful Cable Management
Already during unpacking, one notices that with the Couchmaster, one gets a small construction kit. In addition to the Couchmaster Cycon, two pads, a bag, a USB cable, a 5 m USB 3.0 extension and Velcro tape are included in the scope of delivery.
The Couchmaster Cycon shines with a meaningful construction, so that the assembly takes only a few minutes.
The two 60 x 23 x 18 centimetre support cushions form the basis of the Couchmaster and are given an appealing look by the elegant imitation leather cover. Despite their pleasant flexibility, the foam cuboids offer sufficient support so that they do not yield under heavyweight input devices.
The hand pads can be individually glued, adapted to your own requirements and dismantled when not in use.
The actual storage for the input devices is dimensioned with the dimensions 84 x 35 x 4 centimeters sufficiently, in order to put also more massive keyboards on it. Optically, the shelf nestles perfectly to the support cushions and is given a valuable appearance by the leather imitation. Despite the pleasantly light plastic construction, the shelf has a scratch-resistant surface that is perfected for use with the mouse.
Now it goes to the core of the good piece. A well thought-out cable management system inside the pad makes configuration easier and offers space for all devices such as keyboard, headset, mouse or gamepad.
The Couchmaster Cycon has integrated sufficiently large recesses for the cables, which skilfully hide the cable tangle. Thanks to the rounded edges of the openings, even finer cables are not affected by rough use. The cables can be led out of the housing at the sides or at the top.
The integrated USB 3.0 hub has a total of four outputs, which enable tidy cable management and function as a direct interface to the Couchmaster.
The accessory bag offers all kinds of storage options for smaller equipment and can be positioned anywhere on the Couchmaster Cycon thanks to the Velcro fastener.