As the title of this review suggests, the Razer Turret is designed for the current era of being able to play video games from the comfort of your sofa. With micro PCs, Steam boxes, the Steam Link, Nvidia Shield and a whole host of other ways it has never been easier to game from your living room. If you want to play at your peak performance or are part of the “Master Race” and still want to gain access to your whole library, the proper equipment is needed. Razer’s solution to this is a fully wireless keyboard and mouse combo (priced at £149) and comes pretty close to perfect couch gaming.
The only other “sofa gaming” alternatives I can think of in the games market at the moment are the Roccat Sova and the Corsair Lapdog. Form factor is the biggest difference between the Turret and those mentioned, the competition has massive lap tray type devices but Razer’s is more of a plank that sits across your legs. It is definitely the neatest and well-built solution out in the retail space at the moment.
Razer is always able to make devices that others already sell and effectively streamline them with the Turret being not different. Razer has taken the slender and minimalistic approach taking away everything you would find on a traditional gaming keyboard and dialling it way back. This makes it more in line with how you expect a laptop keyboard to be with the chiclet keys. Although they keys are not mechanical, they are tactile for your gaming needs while sitting across from your living room TV or browsing Facebook on Windows 10. It might not be the fancy of hardcore gamers though with the low profile keys and those cemented in the mechanical keys to rule them all circles.
When I mentioned minimalistic I was not kidding. Razer has done away with macro keys, dedicated media controls and RGB backlighting. Removing the backlighting was probably the strangest move to make as pretty much all their other product range has some form of colour. It also means that if you like to game in dim lit conditions you will need to turn your lamp on and have it next to your lap. If you really think about it though, LEDs take up space and the Razer Turret is really thin and light making it the ideal buddy to have sitting on your laptop for a couple hours at a time. Along with the wireless, you are not stuck to the sofa and are able to easily get up move around and refill your Mountain Dew and Doritos.