GWSystems Fragpedal ClassicMakaveli - May 22, 2007
- Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Processor
- ASUS P5N32-SLi SE Deluxe Motherboard
- OCZ Gold 1GB (2 x 512MB) DDR2 800 Memory
- eVGA 7950GT KO Video Card
- XG Vortec 600watt Power Supply
- Western Digital 250GB IDE Hard Drive
- Western Digital 160GB SATA 3.0GB/s Hard Drive
- Seagate 80GB IDE Hard Drive
- LG DVD-R DL Burner
- Windows XP Media Center 2005
- Audigy 2 Sound Card
- Enermax Uber Chakra ATX Full Tower Case
To test the Fragpedal Classic, I created a profile for World of Warcraft, Counter-Strike: Source, and multi-tasking to see if it helped my gaming and productivity. For World of Warcraft, I made button 1 the key “1” because my main attack happens when I press “1”. Button 2, I made it number “2” and had it be a continuous click when I tapped the button once because this attack didn’t shoot continuous until now. Setting up the buttons for this game specifically did help but I found myself trying to break learned habits and trying to remember which button does what.
For FPS, I tried having the pedals control how I moved and also to switch guns. Like in the last test, the learning curve was steep and I didn’t find it to benefit me too much because I was so used to my technique on the keyboard and mouse that it seemed more in the way than anything.
The last test I did was for multi-tasking. I made a bind for button one to be “ALT+CTRL” so that I could swap applications with ease. Button 2 was set to double-click with just one press on the pedal. This was where I noticed the most benefit to my speed while multi-tasking.
To sum up my tests, I can’t stress enough how steep the learning curve was for me. It seemed like I’d have to look down under the desk to see where the buttons were quite often. Learning which part of the configuration utility was for the Fragpedal Classic and which wasn’t was annoying because I shouldn’t have to sort out which options I can or cannot change.