Nerdytech Couchmaster Premium Review
Testing and Conclusion
There are a few things that are immediately apparent when using the Couchmaster. Firstly you need to make sure that your keyboard has a small cable. Our first test option has a USB cable with audio jacks, and the bulk was too much to fit through the holes in the top. Secondly the pocket isn't the largest in the world. Our bottle of Cidre barely fit, and we certainly wouldn't trust it being open in this pocket.
Thirdly you probably want to eliminate the wrist rest on the mouse side. There is very little room. Enough for a high DPI gaming mouse, but it does feel very confined. Thankfully because the sides are adjustable you could squeeze a gamer-sized pair of thighs in. If you're OCD and demand the top lines up with the arm rests then thinner is better. Our model is slender and just squeezed in.
Finally the quality control on the USB hub isn't the best. The one supplied with our review sample only worked if you held the cable at a specific angle. It felt cheap, and is. So there are issues with the Couchmaster. We're not convinced at at that it's worth the €150 price tag, especially for what is just some foam, wood, Velcro and vinyl.
However, in terms of what it can do, it does it well. If you want to play on your big TV, or from the comfort of your sofa, then there isn't anything quite like it on the market. You could even use it in bed, if you're bed-ridden or full of the flu or whatever.
It's one of those products that does exactly what it says on the tin. If you've ever wanted to frag from your sofa, this is the product for you. If you haven't, it isn't spectacular enough to convince you otherwise. We'd like to see the cable holes enlarged slightly for those keyboards with fat leads. We'd like the top section to be an inch or two larger to provide some more breathing room with the mouse. The pocket definitely needs to be wider and deeper, and we can see no reason why there isn't one on either side.
As a first effort it's okay. With a few design tweaks and a price drop we'd heartily recommend it to even the most desk-obsessed gamer. As it currently stands it's a little too expensive, with a few too many niggles, to give our wholehearted recommendation to, but it's a niche product for a niche audience. We do have to say that we had a couple of issues with our review sample and that Nerdytech were extremely swift in sorting them out and shipping replacement parts, so it's reassuring to know that the support is exemplary, especially with any relatively new company.
If the target audience includes you it's worth checking out, and nothing else on the market does exactly what this does. For that reason we'll award it our OC3D Silver Award. We'd still like to see the price trimmed back a bit though.