Ideazon Zboard ReviewFormer staff writer - June 18, 2003
Everglide just sent me two interfaces to review with, but I checked out the Ideazon website and found that there are many more interfaces you can buy, or soon can buy. Two gaming interfaces on their site caught my eye, Unreal Tournament 2003 and Delta Force BlackHawk Down. I would possibly consider buying these two, depending on the prices of them. If your a graphics designer then you may want to look at the Adobe Photoshop or Flash MX interfaces. Below is a full list of the avaliable interfaces.
Lets take a closer look at one of the game interfaces that Everglide provided us, the Medal of Honor interface. Medal of Honor has become one of the most popular first person shooter games and I can see why Ideazon has made a interface for this game. This interface works with Medal of Honor and also the Medal of Honor expansion pack, Spearhead.
The layout of the interface is made so that you can easily reach different weapons and functions of the game. Most all of the keys you'll ever need is only a finger away, which is great for when you're doing close combat.
A few of the labeled keys are; Objectives, Holster, Reload, Crouch, Jump, Use, Binoculars, Vote, Chat Team, Chat All, and six different weapon keys. There are also four extra keys (labeled with a star) which can be programmed for other things you want to have quick access to. The forward, back, strafe left and right keys are much bigger and closer together than the regular keyboard keys (WASD or the Arrow Keys). This makes playing Medal of Honor much easier on your hand and allows you to play much longer without any cramps :)
The layout of the keys were great, but the small jump button took a few minutes to get use too. I believe that this interface would be excellent for new users who are wanting to learn how to play the game but also great for the experts to tune their skills.
Age of Mythology:
I don't own a copy of Age of Mythology so I could not test this interface. However, I will provide some pictures of the layout for those of you that are interested in it.
The Zboard is a very cool product, but it did fall short of receiving our OCC Recommend Award for a few reasons. First off, while I was using the Zboard over the past few days I have noticed that some of the keys will stick. The enter button on the Numeric keypad especially had this problem. The shift button on the right side of the Zboard would require slightly more force for it to work. These problems didn't happen all of the time, but when they did it was very bothersome. Secondly, their aren't many interfaces to choose from yet. I'm sure this will change as time progresses. The price of interfaces seems a little on the pricey side. They're going anywhere from $19.95 - $29.95, with gaming interfaces being $19.95. I think $14.95 would be a much better price for gaming interfaces, and $19.95 for some application interfaces.
Price and sticky keys aside, I really loved the Zboard. The Medal of Honor interface is really what hooked me on the Zboard because I loved the layout and oversized keys. Also the background design of the interface is really cool looking! I'm looking forward to buying the Zboard Half-Life2 and Doom3 interfaces when they come out later this year :) If you're a new gamer that gets confused with all of the controls in games, then the Zboard is your ticket to being a pro gamer. If you're already a pro gamer, then you can boost your skills by having quicker access to weaponry. Business individuals will also like the Zboard for its application interfaces such as Adobe Photoshop and Flash MX. I really can't comment on the application interfaces since I have not used one, but they look like they would be helpful.
- Interchangeable Interfaces
- Customizable Keys
- User Friendly
- Hot swappable
- A couple of my keys would stick every so often
- Interfaces are pricey
- Limited Interface Availability