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Ideazon Fang Gamepad

robgs    -   April 9, 2007


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Specifications:


  • 41 gaming keys
  • Left and right hand compatible
  • Space efficient for desktop use
  • Mobile for laptop use
  • Phantom elimination capabilities

Features:

  • Multimedia keys
  • LED light indicators
  • Keyboard height adjustment
  • Detachable wrist rest
  • USB cable organizer
  • Carrying handle
  • Illuminated logo

Testing:


Test Setup:

  • Intel E6600 Core 2 Duo Processor
  • Asus P5N32-E SLI motherboard
  • 2GB OCZ PC2-6400 EL Platinum ram
  • eVGA 8800GTX video card
  • OCZ 600W GameXStream power supply
  • 3 Seagate 320GB SATA II drives
  • LG GSA-H22L-BLK 18x DVD ROM
  • Windows XP Professional SP2

Game used in testing:
Dark Messiah Might and Magic

    During the testing of the Fang gamepad, I found the comfort to be immediately evident. I thought the jump button located on the side of the controller was going to be a problem as the gamepad is very light weight.  I thought I would end up moving the gamepad around as I played, but this just wasn’t the case.  It didn’t take much to get used to the button being there, and it actually felt more natural than hitting the spacebar.  I didn’t change much from the original configuration as the layout was pretty close to what I am used to.




The more I played, the less I found myself looking down at the keypad to make sure I was hitting the right key.  The same as with the Merc, the Fang incorporates the use of convex or concave buttons for touch recognition and, just as before, this helps out tremendously compared to an ordinary keyboard.  The ability to feel that I am touching the right button before I push it helps increase the accuracy of my actions as well as reduces the frequency of hitting the wrong button.


The more I use the “butterfly” keypad layout (which replaces the WASD keys), the more I find that I am getting more and more accustomed to it.  It takes some getting used to, but once you reach that point, it's smooth sailing.  The size of these buttons is another advantage and also helps to reduce the error frequency.





In intense battle situations, I could really see the effectiveness of the phantom key elimination.  I could press up to 5 keys simultaneously with no ill effects.  This is yet another feature that helps to reduce the probability of input error, which in turn should increase accuracy and score.





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