Measuring in at around 85cm wide, the solid, leather-covered wood cross board is the CouchMaster’s key component as a desk-mimicking product.
Its downwards-sloping design allows users to place their input devices on its large surface without having to stretch when typing or handling the mouse.
Four cable management holes on the board’s upper surface and a pair of hidden compartments on the underside allow users to keep cable clutter at a controllable level without having to expend too much effort.
A trio of half-soft, half-solid wrist rests can be attached to the CouchMaster’s cross board to give users a comfortable support upon which their forearms can be rested.
The supports are functionally identical to those found on many gaming-orientated keyboards.
A pair of large, leather-coated cushion pillars acts as the wooden cross board’s support. With a couch-filling length of 60cm, we would advise you to take some measurements before rushing out to buy a product which may not fit.
Both pillars feature a zip-locking mechanism which allows users to gain access to the internal cushioned material.
With intermittent red and black colouring, the pillars’ eye-catching style should match many of the market’s gaming-grade peripherals, such as the CM Storm QuickFire TK keyboard and Ceres-400 headset.
If you aren’t a big fan of this version’s appearance, the colours that can be selected in place of red are; black, blue, yellow, green, purple and orange. Each of the available colour options can be viewed here.
Featuring on the outside edge (dependent upon the user’s individual positioning) of one pillar, a large storage pouch offers a great area for a variety of items to be stored.
Medium-sized headsets and 2.5″ portable hard drives are just some of the computer-related items that can fit perfectly. Perhaps of greater importance, the pouch is adequately-sized to be able to accept gamer fuel such as drinks and sweets. Who said you can’t eat while gaming?!
The CouchMaster’s modular scope of delivery allows it to be built in a number of distinct manors, each with its own subtle differences.
Cross board positioning and pillar orientation are the CouchMaster’s most user-definable build aspects. For users with shorter arms, the cross board can be moved forward to an area nearer the individual’s body; and vice versa for larger users.
A leather pouch clips onto the rear side of the cross board. It can be used to store a mouse when not in use, although larger units, such as Roccat’s Kone XTD, will have a hard time fitting inside.
Provided you have the arm strength to shift the heavy wooden cross board, putting together the CouchMaster will be a simple task, thanks to the modular design’s freedom of positioning.
Users are able to use the Velcro (hook and loop) strips to stick each component to its neighbour. We could only see the usefulness of sticking components down when we talk about the small wrist rests which would easily move.
The cross board and pillars were simply too large and heavy to require fastening together, and in doing so, the CouchMaster will become increasingly awkward to move. Some people may have opted to stick them together, but we don’t see how you can possibly move this portable desk without first detaching the largest segments.
The space allowed by the pillar-to-pillar gap can be customised to a user’s individual preference; simply push the pillars closer together or further apart.
With a gap of around 19cm between the pillars’ bottom surface and that of the wooden cross piece, users should have plenty of room to fit their legs through the clearance span created by the bridging board.