Ideazon Merc Gaming Keyboardrobgs - March 22, 2007
- Standard QWERTY keyboard layout
- 34 dedicated game keys
- 3 programmable hotkeys
- Anti-ghosting capability
- Game pad ergonomically designed with an 11 degree angle
- All keys are programmable
- Game recognition
- Reduced in game latency
- Gaming keys are labeled for driverless plug and play use
- Intel E6600 Core 2 Duo
- Asus P5N32-E SLI
- 2GB OCZ PC2-6400 EL Platinum
- eVGA 8800GTX
- OCZ 600W GameXStream
- 3 Seagate 320GB SATA II drives, RAID 5
- LG GSA-H22L-BLK 18X DVD ROM
- Windows XP Professional SP 2
The game I tested the Merc with is one of my favorite action games, Half Life 2. As soon as I loaded the game, I noticed the little red indicator light illuminated showing me that the Merc has recognized the game.
Initially, I noticed the feel of the keyboard was a little bit awkward in that I wasn’t used to the 11 degree angle of the gaming pad. I am sure it is similar to using the Microsoft ergonomic keyboard for the first time. It took about an hour of gaming to get used to the feel. Once I got used to it though, I could see how this game pad could really be advantageous, especially in online deathmatch scenarios.
One of the main features of this keyboard is the "butterfly layout" of the main action keys W, A, S, D, Q and E . These gamepad keys are quite large in comparison to a regular key, which should make a noticeable difference in their use. I found that, because of the size of these keys, they were more comfortable, but I couldn't feel a really large difference in game play. It was nice that they are ergonomically laid out, but just like getting used to the regular WASD keys, I had to get used to the butterfly layout too.
Some of the buttons that are close together are shaped either concave or convex for touch recognition which really helped decrease the frequency of hitting the wrong button. The crouch button is the lowest button on the far left hand side of the gamepad, and I found it to be useless as it was far too difficult to stretch my pinky far enough to use it. However, you will notice that there are three buttons all located in that same position, so it was quite easy to just remap the crouch button to one that is more comfortably used.
I found the original mod file setup for both games to be pretty good, but ended up setting up keys that more closely reflect what I’m already used to in game play. Changing the keys was a painless and simple procedure. Basically, it’s like they said, they’ve removed the learning curve from the setup of their keyboard. It took a little while to get used to the extra distance that my left hand had to extend in order to use the game pad comfortably. Other than that, game play for extended periods didn’t have any adverse affects on my fingers or wrists. I found that because the keys were placed in such ideal locations, I had a quicker response time. Once I got used to the key positions, I made far less mistakes during intense battle situations.