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Cyber Snipa™ PC Game Pad - Page 2 of 4

KEYS AND LEDS

The key layout seems to be well thought out. I'll break the entire layout into regions (top, middle, and bottom). All of the keys have a nice concave (depression) surface. Their response is stiffer than most keyboard keys. This took a little getting used to and is really a matter of personal preference. I found that sometimes the keys were a bit too stiff (some might say "mushy" but I've felt far mushier keyboards than this) at times once pressed.

In the top region you have the escape (ESC) key in the upper left just as you do on a standard keyboard. Then there are four function (F1~F4) keys and a key in the upper right that you can use for voice commands (or anything else you'd like). Below that you have numeric keys ranging from one to seven.

Keys - Top

The middle region is where you will find a really nice touch with volume control keys. These simply increase or decrease the volume (there is no mute button). This worked within Windows as well as while playing gamss. Next, you will find two round keys (just like the function keys). The main attraction is, of course, the oversized and oddly shaped blue keys. I like the fact that the grouping is of six keys and not just the typical four (WASD). Another thing I really like is the "nubbin" on the "S" key which gives you a constant tactile point of reference. These keys admittedly take a little getting used to but after a few minutes in Quake 4 they felt right at home. To the right of this area you find four more round buttons.

Keys - Middle

The bottom region is pretty neat in that it tries to maintain some similarity to a regular keyboard layout with the "SHIFT", "CTRL" and "Z" keys on the left side. To the right side you have your "X", "C", "B", and "SPACEBAR" keys with the "ALT" and "N" keys in the middle. All of these are of course customizable to whatever function you'd like in a game. I found it to be a nice touch to have the familiar labeling on the keys.

Last but not least you find the wrist rest. This is not soft by any means, it's just a very thin layer of foam but it does the job. This entire area is also hinged and can be removed via clips on the underside. This hinge is not adjustable to different angles. Rather, it is simply a loose, free flowing hinge.

Keys - Bottom and Wrist Rest

Hinged Wrist Rest

Ah yes, the LEDs. It seems that everything has an LED of some sort on it nowadays. The Cyber Snipa™ PC Game Pad is not lacking in this department. There are two bright blue LEDs on the bottom left and right sides. You can easily turn these LEDs on or off via a switch on the front right side of the housing. There is a small power indicator LED located near the top of the pad that is always on.

It's Haley's Comet!

LED On/Off Switch

LED Closeup

 

Next Page: Disassembly

Last Updated on November 9, 2005


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