Date: December 15th, 2006
Article by: Mike Carter (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Cyber Snipa
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PRODUCT COMPOSITION & WALKTHROUGH
The left side of the pad features keys labeled Tab, H, Shift, Z, and Ctrl. Also visible on this side of the pad is the built-in volume control, consisting of volume up and down buttons. I like this feature, as it allows you to turn the sound up without hunting on your keyboard or speakers.
The right side of the pad contains eight buttons, labeled R, T, F, G, X, C, B, and Space.
In the bottom center section features an Alt key and an N key.
The wrist rest is detachable, mainly for travel purposes. Most people will leave this rest attached.
On the right hand side is a small, almost hidden button which turns on the side rail LED's. These lights illuminate the Cyber Snipa from underneath with a moderately bright blue glow.
That rounds up everything the Cyber Snipa has to offer, so let's put it to the test.
PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING
Installation couldn't be easier. The Cyber Snipa connects via a USB cable, and is driverless. Essentially, it works as a second keyboard, and is recognized by Windows as such. Plug it in, and start playing. Ideally, you'll move your main keyboard out of the way, and use the Cyber Snipa exclusively. Since it functions as a keyboard, any game commands can be mapped in-game just as your regular keyboard. This is a big plus, as it allows you to free up a ton of space for your mouse, and move your mouse closer to you.
The keys themselves are on the firm side, with a definite “click” when pressed. Some people might find them to be a little too firm, but I like the feel. All of the buttons, with the exception of the two, large Ctrl and Space keys are slightly concave, ensuring your fingers don't slip off at a crucial moment.
For testing, I mainly played Serious Sam. This game is fast, furious, and requires some precision. It's also a game I know well. I was impressed with the Cyber Snipa. I won't say that it made me tons better at the game, but I did notice a definite improvement, particularly in the number key area. Switching weapons is a chore on a regular keyboard, but the Cyber Snipa makes this almost effortless, allowing me to switch all my weapons out while keeping my other hand firmly on my mouse. Gameplay also took on a noticeable “crispness” due to the firm keys; there were no missed keystrokes due to a mushy keyboard. I was expecting a huge learning curve, but in fact I found the pad quite easy to use. If I could find anything to fault, it would be the lack of F keys- four just isn't enough for some games.
All in all, the Cyber Snipa does its job well.