The Phantom Lapboard is (almost) here

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A few of our readers may remember the Phantom, one of the first consoles to use a downloadable gaming content delivery system. Despite all of the hype surrounding a new way of playing games at home (when introduced in 2001), the product was never launched. This article has a detailed summary of their problems. 

The company behind the console (also called Phantom) is, however, still alive and recently, they’ve been plugging the Lapboard, an ergonomic keyboard designed to be used mostly for gaming comfortably at home. After “pulling a Phantom console” (that is, promising a product to be launched ages before it is actually released) the final model is almost ready, and a review unit has been sent to Gizmodo.

They give it a pretty decent review. It features PS3 and Mac compatibility, an extremely adjustable keyboard base and a reasonably nice looking mouse to accompany it. Based on the photos I’ve seen, I wouldn’t say it’s worth $130 (USD) and just about an eternity of waiting.

According to Giz, Phantom plans to sell the Lapboard from their website in February. There’s some more information at the CEO’s blog. – r.

[Phantom via Gizmodo]

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