Ozone Strike Mechanical Gaming KeyboardBluePanda - December 6, 2011
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The Ozone Strike was put through a one week testing period. During this time I did everything from writing school papers, to random net surfing, and most importantly some good casual gaming. Since it works with the PS/2, there aren’t any drivers to set up, so I just get to plug it in and go!
Although a keyboard is a crucial part of any system build, there really are no concrete tests that can be performed to really define this keyboard as better than any other. However, in a subjective manner it can easily be broken down into key categories that really show where a keyboard shines, or fails miserably. The most defining traits of a keyboard can be summarized numerically under the categories of Comfort, Customization, Gaming, and Accuracy.
- Processor: AMD Phenom II X3 720 @ 3.6 GHz
- Motherboard: GIGABYTE 990FXA-UD3
- Memory: 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-17000 9-11-10-28 Redline
- Video Card: 4870X2 2GB
- PSU: Antec TruePower New TP-750
- Hard Drives: 2x Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 RAID 1
- Optical Drive: N/A
- Case: Corsair Graphite Series 600T
- OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit SP1
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Personally, comfort is a major player when it comes to choosing a keyboard. If I need to spend 15 hours working on a report, then I want to be miserable from the report itself and not because my hands are cramping from the unusual keyboard design. If the keys are too far apart or it has a sharp edge where my palms sit then I probably will not be much of a happy camper. With this in mind, comfort is measured on a scale from 1-10 with a score of 1 being “Are you sure this is even a keyboard?” and a score of 10 as “This keyboard was molded to fit my hands”. A 5 shall represent your typical quote stock keyboard.
In a gaming situation it might be nice to have a few keys on a keyboard that are designated for weapon selection or giving commands. The ability to assign macro keys can be the difference when you are being beaten by someone who simply does not have to click to do every action. Therefore a scale of 1-10 is assigned with a value of 1 representing “There are fewer keys than an average keyboard” and a value of 10 as “WOW! Where are my normal keys, there are SOOO many." Again a 5 is representative of the “stock” keyboard (including media keys). This category also covers the options of appearance customization (i.e. replacement keys, lighting, and other color options)
Gaming plays in hand with customization. Being able to assign macros can make some games much easier to play, especially if it replaces scrolling through several menu options. This category for rating is based on the concept of the keyboard being designed for gaming or not. This category is based completely on the compatibility to play with games. Does it have specific designed macro keys, are there many of them, and how easy are easy they to use? A scale of 1-10 is used with a score of 1 representing a keyboard with only the main keys (no media keys, no number pad) and a score of 10 means the keyboard was designed solely for a gamer.
No matter how fast a keyboard can respond or how fast you can type, writing up papers and maneuvering the battlefield both require great accuracy. If you can’t get your point across in an email because you had to spend half your time going back to retype words due to a missed or over typed keystroke, then why even bother. Same goes for in game and pressing the correct key should always, always, always produce the correct response. A scale of 1 – 10 was used to rate accuracy, with a score of 1 representing "you might as well give up" and a 10 means "your keyboard knows what you were thinking before you typed it."
With Elder Scrolls newest release of Skyrim, there's no surprise this keyboard really enjoyed some serious gaming this past week. Perhaps I just need to build up some hand strength, but these Cherry Blacks caused a few deaths for me, due to incredibly tired WASD fingers. The idea behind the Cherry Blacks is a constant pressure key press, which some people really prefer. I however just found it annoying in game when going on long runs and having to just hold down W to get where I’m going. However, I can’t really call this a downfall to the keyboard, since the keys truly respond as they are supposed to.
I was really happy to change out the WASD keys. I always like being able to make my things a little different, even if you can do the same thing when you buy this keyboard, it still makes me feel “special." For the most part, everything worked out on this set of keys. Accuracy was taken down a notch or two as I learned the keyboard. Having not used such keys prior made gaming an interesting aspect, but I eventually compensated. I really do like the keyboard, but I’m still not sure that I like cherry blacks. (sad face)