Saitek Cyborg Command Unit Reviewjammin - May 19, 2008
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The Saitek Cyborg Command Unit is 8 inches tall, 5 1/2 inches wide, and stands roughly 1 1/2 inches off of the ground. There are a total of 21 buttons on this unit - 20 of which are programmable. You'll also notice a mini joystick on the right side of the unit. The bottom of the pad has an ergonomic wrist rest so that you aren't stressing your wrist while you're using the command unit. On the back of the device, you'll find rubber material used to keep the unit in place during intense use. One thing that I noticed right off the bat is that the USB cable is extremely short. To have the unit sitting on the left side of my keyboard, and having the cable stretch from the unit to my computer on the right side of my desk makes the USB cable taught. That is definitely a con for me, and some users may have to shift around their keyboard or computer to make the Saitek Command Unit fit comfortably.
When you take a closer look at the command unit, you can see that the top four buttons are "F1" through "F4" and directly next to the "F" buttons is an LED backlight switch that allows you to either have red, green or yellow as your backlight color. Unfortunately, the red LED line on the bottom of the unit stays red no matter which setting you have the LED backlight on. The keys are very easy to push, almost too easy. Right above the joystick is a screw that you can tighten or loosen to keep the joystick in place, because Saitek allows you to move the joystick further or closer to your hand. I have big hands, so for me, the best setting was furthest away from my palm.
Here is what the Cyborg command unit looks like with each of the three LED backlight settings turned on.
Now that we've examined the Saitek Cyborg Command Unit, let's get the software configured and test the game pad!