[Review] of my new Zboard with battlefield 2 keyset.

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  1. VenomXt

    VenomXt Blame me for the RAZR's Folding Team

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    As the title says above i just bought the zboard and the battlefield 2 keyset.
    http://www.zboard.com/us/
    Zboard.com

    Here are the newegg links for them while i bought them from frys and had a rebate for the keyset. After rebates everything will have cost me 40 bucks At Frys.
    Keyset battlefield 2
    Zboard

    The way it is set up is you have to buy the zboard which i got for 39.99 at Frys electronics on sale. then if you want the special keysets you have to buy them separately they are around 20 bucks. While i had a rebate from the manufacturer for 20 bucks. Here are the other keysets you could have gotten for variouse games. different game keysets

    Ok first impressions:
    When you first open the box you see the default zboard layout.

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    This in itself looks like it would be helpful in first person shooters. As you dig into the box more you find the default standard keyboard keyset snap in. For those of you who would be using this as a primary keyboard as well.

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    Ok opening the Battlefield 2 keyset. All that this is is a snap in keyset specially made for battlefield 2. (See Below for a more detailed view)

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    All the parts have a very solid feel especially in the fact that they are snap-in. Once you start using it you cant even tell that it is a snap in. The hard lock on the right doesn’t allow movement of the keyset in the slightest.

    The keyboard comes with its own software that is actually kind of neat. It installed very easy although what came with it only supports Xp apparently. Not a problem for me but you 2000 users might need to find a patch. As soon as it installed it updates the keysets on the net. Something it didn’t need to do for me since it came with the drivers for the battlefield 2 with it but if i decided to spend 20 bucks for a future games keyset maybe that could come in handy. One of the coolest things about this is that you can just switch out the keysets live and it auto detects. This is what would make buying additional keysets for really good games neat.

    Below is a close up of the keys so you can view the commands I cut the end off the keyboard but you can view the entire image of it Here

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    Ok on to what the game play is like with the keyboard. Other than getting used to it (8 years of playing first person shooters on a reg keyboard kinda makes distances to your fingers locked in) hehe. My biggest gripe would be that the sprint button seems a little too small and I miss it every so often but I think with some use and getting my fingers used to that problem will go away. The keyboard seems to do what it suspost to do make a easier layout for gaming. I think I will like it I just need more use with it. I defiantly would not of paid 60 bucks for all of this stuff and only got it because of the rebate. But overall im happy with it for now. I do have a 30 day grace period with Frys so if I cant get used to that damn sprint button I will take it back. But I don’t think its gona be a problem. If you love battlefield 2 as you should hehe then this makes the game a little more enjoyable.


    3.5 out of 5 stars for this keyboard.

    Pros:
    easier controls for gaming
    larger buttons
    ability to use diffrent keysets while windows is running via snapins.
    diffrent key profiles so you dont have to reset standard keys on it up everytime for diffrent games.
    USB
    has two usb low power ports built into keyboard.
    solid design
    great software

    Cons:
    small sprint button
    40-60 dollars for a keyboard
    not wireless
    no backlight
     
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  2. VenomXt

    VenomXt Blame me for the RAZR's Folding Team

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    One thing that i forgot to add as a gripe is the fact thaqt the wrist gaurd isnt solid attached to the keyboard. I feel if i dropped it the little plug in latches would snap right off. This isnt annoying right now but if i break it id be piss*d
     
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  3. VenomXt

    VenomXt Blame me for the RAZR's Folding Team

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    no input. hehe i guess no one finds this keybaord that intresting hehe.
     
  4. Electronic Punk

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    Always been tempted by one of these, but I have an MS wireless and that is just far more practical for me.

    Cool how it supports lots of different games, including Doom3 and World of Warcraft.
     
  5. VenomXt

    VenomXt Blame me for the RAZR's Folding Team

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    i have the same problem i love my wireless lol. I just plug this into the front usb and stick it on the table when im not using it for a game. hehe thanks for the response i hate it when i type up a long psot and no one says anything lol.
     
  6. Blue Jack

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    Good review!

    I just can't use the keyboard/mouse with games. I always catch flak for saying this in a forum, but IMHO, the best setup is a gamepad/mouse combo. And I don't mean like hold it as if you were playing on the Xbox. I hold the gamepad in my left hand, thumb on the directional pad, index finger on the trigger. My right hand controls the mouse which is used for aiming.

    I have it set up so that I can jump, sprint, shoot, (move), crouch, prone, cycle weapons, enter/exit vehicle, and alt fire/zoom without touching the keyboard. The 5 botton mouse really helps :)

    I haven't use the keyboard to play a game since probably Quake2.
     
  7. VenomXt

    VenomXt Blame me for the RAZR's Folding Team

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    weird never heard of that hybrid set up hehe. But if it works then use it hehe.
     
  8. Sazar

    Sazar F@H - Is it in you? Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    Nice review, stick your rating of it if you could as well as a list of pro's/con's so anyone else interested can see a simple view of the good/the bad and the ugly ;)

    I have been really tempted by these boards for a while, but I got the Saitek board instead (coz of the blue lights :cool: )

    Keep up the good work m8.
     
  9. Admiral Michael

    Admiral Michael Michaelsoft Systems CEO Folding Team

    It's a nice idea, but not practical for me. Only problem is if you change the key mapping.
     
  10. VenomXt

    VenomXt Blame me for the RAZR's Folding Team

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    DONE ;) thanks for the response i will write more reviews in the future. I just hate it when i do and no one says anything lol makes it seem you wasted your time.
     
  11. Sazar

    Sazar F@H - Is it in you? Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    It's never stopped me from posting before :laugh:
     
  12. VenomXt

    VenomXt Blame me for the RAZR's Folding Team

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    true lol but for me im a thanks whore. hehe
     
  13. Son Goku

    Son Goku No lover of dogma

    Well think of it this way... People could say nothing either because they aren't interested, or because they felt you were thorough enough that there wasn't much to add ;) It doesn't necessarily mean that no one got something from it :D

    I could probably use a new keyboard at home (mine was about in about 1998, or 1999), and though it works for the most part, it has gotten badly dirty, and some parts of it have failed. More the mouse pad (though I have a seperate mouse now) and the lights that tell one if caps lock is engaged and what not, then the keys themself.

    Yet, I haven't decided what to go with, and as it's working, there are other things I need to do first...
     
  14. Electronic Punk

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    a user review forum is under consideration :)
     
  15. Sazar

    Sazar F@H - Is it in you? Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    I thought it had more support than the Hard Talk section :nervous:

    What gives big man :devious:
     
  16. VenomXt

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    i think i have made up my mind to return this. not that its a bad product just im so used to a standar keyboard and re teaching my fingers and paying 40 for this just insnt my cup o tea. hehe