Date: January 17th, 2006
Article by: Mike Carter (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
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As PC gamers around the world can attest, the excitement of being the first to get you hands on the latest and most advanced PC game is easily dampened by the cumbersome and lengthy process of learning how best to play the game.
- Print and memorize the manual
- Learn keyboard shortcuts
- Change keyboard layouts
- Do whatever it takes to win
For Oren Kramer, a flight attendant and an avid gamer, the proverbial light came on while learning to master the basic commands of StarCraft, an intense real-time strategy game. Oren wanted to start strategizing immediately, but couldn't do it without knowing the commands required to play. Even in the middle of play, he'd be to referring back to the manual figuring out how to switch commands or determine which moves would optimize his performance.
So he asked himself, what if there was a simpler way for new users to get into the game? What if gamers could focus more on strategy instead of memorizing key commands? What if a keyboard could allow gamers to execute complex maneuvers requiring a combination of movements with just a single keystroke? From these simple thoughts emerged the promise of the Zboard, a revolutionary interchangeable keyboard for gaming.
As anyone who's ever played an FPS (First Person Shooter) game knows, your equipment can mean the difference between winning and losing. Most people think first about the best gaming mouse, then the best gaming mousepad. Few people give thought to their keyboard.
Enter Ideazon, with a novel idea for a gaming keyboard. What if you were to not only remove keys that get in your way, but totally remap your keyboard for the best possible gameplay? That's the premise behind the Z-Board. Today, I'll be putting this unique keyboard to the test. Read on to see how well (or not so well) it works.