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Saitek Cyborg Command Unit Review

jammin    -   May 19, 2008
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Conclusion:

Overall, I really felt like the Saitek Cyborg Command Unit was unnecessary for the styles of games that I play. In first person shooters, I performed the same on the standard keyboard and the Cyborg Command Unit, but that was after learning how to use the device first. The learning curve was fairly easy to get over, but the most awkward thing for me was how the keys sloped downward, whereas on the standard keyboard that I was using the keys slope upwards. The joystick works well, but I just found it unnecessary. If I need to use a joystick, I definitely want to use a full-sized joystick. The backlight of the command unit wasn't extremely bright, which is good, but I could barely see it at all from where I sit. The color options of green, red, or yellow are unique, but I was surprised that Saitek didn't implement a blue backlight option because blue is one of the most popular LED colors these days. The red LED line that goes down the bottom half of the command unit does not ever switch from being red, no matter what LED backlight you have selected. One of things that baffles me about this unit is the fact that the USB cable is so short! If your computer sits on the floor or on the opposite side of the desk, it's going to be a really long stretch for the command unit. Saitek really needs to add at least two more feet on the USB cable. The software was a breeze to use and I really enjoyed the fact that you can make your macros as long as you desire. The only downside to this software is that whenever you restart your computer or unplug the Cyborg Command Unit and plug it back in, the profiles and binds are reset. How lame is that? I believe that there should be an option for loading certain profiles by default. I cannot recommend this unit unless you really feel like your keyboard just isn't good enough, and you need something that is very identical to a keyboard but has a LED backlights, a tiny joystick and really soft keys.

 

Pros:

  • Backlight Colors
  • Easy to Configure
  • Custom Macros

 

Cons:

  • For Right-Handers Only
  • Short USB Cable
  • Commands Reset After You Restart Your Computer
  • Soft Keys (Don't make a "click" sound when pushed)

 

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  3. Configuration & Features
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