Saitek Cyborg Command Unit Reviewjammin - May 19, 2008
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The absolute best way to test the Saitek Cyborg Command Unit is to play some of my favorite games for an extended period of time, and compare how I feel with this unit to a standard keyboard. I'll be playing Call of Duty 4, Counter-Strike: Source and World of Warcraft to see if this unit provides any benefit me in any of my favorite games.
- Processor: Intel Q9450 Core 2 Quad 333x8
- Motherboard: Gigabyte X48-DQ6
- Memory: Mushkin XP2 8000 Redline 2 x 2GB 5-5-5-12
- Video Card: VisionTek 3870X2 Overclocked Edition
- Power Supply: Mushkin 800watt Power Supply
- Hard Drive: 1 x Seagate 1TB SATA
- Opticals: Sony Dual Layer Burner
- O/S: Windows Vista Ultimate Edition
The very first thing that I noticed when I set my hand on the Saitek Cyborg Command Unit is that the buttons face down. What I mean by that is that your fingers can rest freely on the keys without the keys pushing the tips upward. So it feels a little bit awkward not having them face you upright. The software was easy to use to get my binds all setup properly. The bottom line is that there isn't much difference between the keyboard and the command unit in first person shooter games, because both allow you to setup your own macros. The keys on the command unit took some time to get used to, but I cannot mark it down for that since learning how to play first person shooters on a standard keyboard wasn't very easy when I first started gaming. I still enjoy the click of the keys on the standard keyboard over the soft keys on the command unit. The click that I hear when I type on a standard keyboard is nice because it lets me know that my keystroke registered. If my keystrokes don't register, that could mean certain death for me in first person shooters, so hearing the clicks on the standard keyboard gives me one less thing to worry about when I play. Because of the command unit's keys being rather soft and not clicking after each keystroke, I'm going to annonce the winner to be the standard keyboard in this genre.
I tried setting up the joystick on the command unit in World of Warcraft to test and see if it was useful for looking around. It took a while to setup correctly and adjust to it but after a while, I was doing it smoothly. After a few hours of playing like that, I felt like it was easier for me to use the mouse instead of the joystick, but I did prefer the command unit over the standard keyboard for setting macros and binds. In World of Warcraft I have a ton of binds and macros, so I was relieved that the software allows you to set macros to however long you want them to be. I liked how everything is consolidated onto the command unit - 20 programmable buttons that are very close to one another so you don't have to reach far to hit the key you need. In this genre, I felt like the Saitek Cyborg Command Unit was the better of the two.