WolfKing Timberwolf FPS Gaming Keyboardajmatson - August 22, 2007
- Intel Core 2 Duo E6750
- Abit IP35 "Dark Raider"
- 2GB Corsair XMS2 DDR800
- Sapphire X850XT
- Antec EarthWatts 500 80 Plus PSU
- 1x Western Digital 80GB SATA HDD
- Lite-On 8x DVD+/-RW Drive
- Windows XP Professional w/SP2
For testing, I wanted to look at two areas. One is the gaming performance of the keyboard and the other is real world use, since it would most likely be the only keyboard used for the computer it is connected to. For gaming, I am going to use Battlefield 2142 and F.E.A.R. as the two are recent and popular First Person Shooter games.
For real world testing, I wanted to see how it felt while using the keyboard while typing for 30 minutes. I started typing an essay for college and when I was done, I switched to a standard 104-key keyboard and finished the essay for the last 30 minutes. I recorded the comfort of use, the ease of finding the keys, the number of mistakes I made, and the number of words typed per minute in the time period for each. For all scores, higher is better, except for the errors, in which the lower scores are better.
The scores were close. The words per minute was a little higher on the standard keyboard because I am used to it, and should even out with continued use of the Timberwolf as I wouldn't have to look at the keyboard as much. Next, I wanted to test the transfer speeds of the integrated USB hub on the Timberwolf. I used HD Tune to test transfer speeds on a 2GB OCZ Dual Channel Flash Drive.
During testing, I noticed that the ports on the keyboard were not USB 2.0. When plugging in a USB 2.0 device, I received the error message telling me to plug it into a USB 2.0 port for faster speeds. Also, when I plugged in a Media Flash Card Reader, I received an error that the USB Hub's power was exceeded.
Now that we have the everyday use test out of the way, let's see how it holds up in the gaming tests.