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anyone here use one of those newfangled clip-on keyboard trays?

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Would you care to share a pic of your gaming PC set up? Trying to visualise how it would all look for me. No problem if you'd rather not.

This is an old pic but not much has changed other than a larger gaming monitor, and the white corsair case is gone with both gaming and main functions being done by the WC'd rig in the lian-li. I've also got a full time 10KL Corsair keyboard in place of the K400.

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This is an old pic but not much has changed other than a larger gaming monitor, and the white corsair case is gone with both gaming and main functions being done by the WC'd rig in the lian-li. I've also got a full time 10KL Corsair keyboard in place of the K400.

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Thanks! So for the set up where your stick and throttle are, do you move the keyboard down to the tray between the controllers when flying? Is that white looking thing a keyboard tray?
 

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Thanks! So for the set up where your stick and throttle are, do you move the keyboard down to the tray between the controllers when flying? Is that white looking thing a keyboard tray?

Exactly. And is it a keyboard tray????

Maybe...... :)

It's a keyboard tray "frame" that moves in and out as well as up/down, but the "white thing" is a piece of a plastic portable AC window duct cover which is shaped like a squat "U" so that there's a lip which holds the keyboard and/or pens/paper and allows the tray to be set at an angle.

There's a keyboard tray on the pinball stand which is where the K400 normally "lives", but it can be moved over to the flight position when needed.
 

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Exactly. And is it a keyboard tray????

Maybe...... :)

It's a keyboard tray "frame" that moves in and out as well as up/down, but the "white thing" is a piece of a plastic portable AC window duct cover which is shaped like a squat "U" so that there's a lip which holds the keyboard and/or pens/paper and allows the tray to be set at an angle.

There's a keyboard tray on the pinball stand which is where the K400 normally "lives", but it can be moved over to the flight position when needed.
You MacGyver you... :)
 

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It also allows the tray to be raised even with the height of the desk if I wish. :)

It's a decently functional piece of kit that does everything I want it to.
Cool!

The original VIVO one linked doesn't show a dimension for how low it is below the desk, for leg clearance for example. It lists what I think is clearance between the surface of the tray and the underside of the desk, but I'd have to estimate how much lower below that it is. I'd be nice to not have to take it off when not in use, and just slide it under. But as others have stated, I don't want to be smashing my knees on it!

The other issue I just noticed is the my IKEA desk has a cross piece of the metal frame that runs parallel to the long edge, and is about an inch thick. That is about 8" in from the desk edge. The tray is said to slide in 12". So if it doesn't have sufficient clearance below the desk surface it would hit that cross piece of the frame when stored and not go far enough in.

Hard to figure all that without good measurements. I guess I could always send it back if it just didn't work.
 

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Not sure if that's the exact model, but it's the same basic design with a long center mount. I just swapped out the included tray for something I rigged up myself.

For what I wanted, the tilt feature is something that stood out.
Yes those are great, but with the cross piece as I described on my desk, and the approx 1/2" desktop thinkness (read thin for screw mounting) those ones with the centre mount just don't work.

Apparently there are mount spacers that could make it work around the cross piece, but that is getting really complicated lol
 
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