Shaking Sticks At Buttons
Hooking up the board and installing the new software, we can now get a good play with the GHOST software that lets you re-assign the G keys and all the profile settings to your heart's content. With up to 10 sets of profiles, each with 10 assignable keys, there's more than enough options here than anyone could ever remember!
What's also nifty is the included firmware upgrading tool, letting you upgrade the hardware on the board when the egg-heads at GIGABYTE find something that needs fixing. Not many keyboards can attest to that!
Flinging myself into the trusty Call of Duty 4, I load up some quick hot key assignments to the top row and go through the missions. The keys have a nice solid feel to them and it makes it even more awesome when you're playing an FPS and hammering on the keys with a resounding satisfaction of the kill.
Similarly, the macro functions come in useful in World of Warcraft to bind the grind-tastic functions to the G keys and then you just sit back and sip your coke while your protagonist either farms gold or beats up level 10s for their lunch money.
One of the hazards I encounter reviewing keyboards is that every board has a slightly different spacing to the keys and often a different size to the special function keys like Enter, Capslock, Delete, Tab and Shift. It would also be nice to have a lock-out button that locks the Capslock key from use during gaming, as it tends to rest just under my little finger and instead of hitting A, I often miss and hit Capslock instead. Such are the hazards of a reviewer's job!