Starting with the Gamepad V2, the package is fairly busy with lots of graphics going on and a list of key features on the back.
Ripping it open, we get the pad itself with no driver CD or any extras, but when you look at the pigmy keyboard you realise it doesn't need drivers because there's no silly macro buttons or such! Quite a clever move on CyberSnipa's part there, making it a plug and play pad which makes a difference to the billions of options most "gaming-class" accessories have today.
One thing I did find a bit of a let down about the pad is the lack of backlighting. While not specifically required, it is a nice feature to have for those of us who still occasionally glance at a keyboard. Considering this is also no regular keyboard, it can be a slight learning curve getting used to it.
What it does have however, is some nice blue LEDs to light up the desk underneath it, and a led bull's-eye on top to give it the necessary "cool-factor".
Enough talk; it's time to put this puppy through its paces. Break out Team Fortress 2!
The fast paced action in TF2 should be a good test of this wee keyboards prowess.
The initial impressions are that it handles like a regular keyboard, better in fact. There is less key clutter and less chance of an accidental keystroke.
After a good few hours of lighting n00bs on fire and stabbing snipers in the back, it's clear that this pad is a perfect substitute to its full sized brethren. The keys are lightning fast to return, and have a solid yet dampened click to them to let you know that you have pressed them.
The key arrangement is good too. All the sub-WASD keys are in easy reach of the thumb or pinkie finger. RTFG remain in the original locations to the right and the H has been moved to the left side under TAB. This is a nice setup as it allows for intuitive game play; there is barely a learning curve at all here.
Inclusion of volume control is nice too, as sometimes the 14 year old screaming insults about your mother and questioning your sexuality can start to become annoying.
There is one thing about the pad that I found happening without even thinking about it until I stopped playing or waited for a re-spawn. That is, I kept subconsciously switching back to my main keyboard. It got to the point I had to practically take it off my desk to force myself to use Gamepad V2.
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