Ideazon Merc Stealth Illuminated Gaming Keyboard ReviewDesja - January 31, 2008
I will be testing the Ideazon Merc Stealth Illuminated Gaming Keyboard against the Logitech G15 Keyboard and a standard Microsoft white box keyboard. I will do a range of tests, from gaming to typing and see which one truly stands out.
- Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E6600 CPU
- Asus P5B motherboard
- 2GB Kingston PC2 5300
- Gigabyte EN8600GT (nVidia)
- 450w PSU
- Windows XP Pro SP2
- Logitech G15 gaming keyboard
- Ideazon Merc Stealth Illuminated Gaming Keyboard
- Logitech G5 gaming mouse
When I first installed the Ideazon, I put on COD 4. the COD 4 mod was awesome; all of the buttons were in reach. I had to take some time and train myself not to reach for the "WASD" keys. After some training, I finally got used to the gaming pad, and the key bindings were very nice. To be honest, I dislike the "G keys" on the Logitech as I found little use for them and all they do is make the G15 mammoth and cumbersome. The Ideazon got my vote for FPS shooters over the MS and Logitech keyboards.
Next, I decided to try Tabula Rasa, a new MMORPG from NC Soft. I must say, the mod for this game was good as well. One thing I do like about the "G keys" on the Logitech is the macro ability; I can complete menial tasks, like hunting in World Of Warcraft, with one keystroke. I would say Ideazon is at the top of its game when it comes to MMORPGs; Ideazon has the full Zboard line, which is a big seller to WoW, Guild Wars, and Liniage II players. Most MMORPG players that like the Zboard will like this keyboard. One thing I would suggest for future keyboards; use either Wifi or Bluetooth and make the gaming pad detachable. I am a lean back and put the keyboard in my lap kind of guy when playing games. I hate big keyboards because I am constantly smashing them on the corner of my desk. Having something smaller that attaches and detaches would be incredible. Wolf King made a separate pad gaming keyboard, but only had the pad. The last thing I want is to have to swap back and forth between keyboard and game pad, especially if you have to chat.
Next up is the most important thing for me. I am a web developer and spend hours typing either HTML news blogs or reviews for my websites. Having a comfortable keyboard that is easy to use for editing is #1 for me, gaming comes second. The Ideazon all-in-one panel styles number pad made me want to smash my head against a wall; doing PHP coding and HTML only being able to have numbers or delete at one time frustrated me like you would not believe. The ideazon got a low mark on this one, but it was never designed to be used for coders or writers. Gamers can still type l33t, n00b, and lol quite easily.
The comfort level of the Ideazon was the same as the G15, the keys had a very similar response. I like the feel of them both a lot more than a standard MS keyboard. I still love the old Fuji and IBM keyboards that have the positive click sounds when you were typing. But they are old now, so I had to move on. PS2 is slowly being phased out with the migration to USB.
I have to say, the Ideazon did pretty well in these tests as far as gaming goes, but I can't say it's better than my G15. The price difference is not enough to make me step over a Logitech keyboard and grab an Ideazon. Ideazon has done its homework and is making better and better products all the time.