Basic High Quality Design
The Saitek Cyborg v.5 keyboard will not wow you with gadgets and gizmos like some other higher end gaming keyboards but will satisfy the need for a good quality lower end gaming board.
It doesn't have an LCD screen like a Logitech or pass through USB and audio connections and the keys work on a membrane, not the noisy mechanical switches of higher end boards. This lack of features is offset by an abundance of ergonomic style that has made it a favorite among the gaming community helped along by its comparatively low price tag.
One of the features that this board has is its backlit keys. There are two illumination settings with which to chose from, a low to a higher red color. When this feature is turned on and you are in the dark, the light shines through the lettering symbols on top of the keys. This is great for playing at night and helping you to keep your bearings. Some of the illumination shines up from below around the keys as well and gives a very cool glow across the keypad. One drawback but hardly a concern for gaming is that the volume controls are not backlit. Usually once these are set you should not have to adjust your volume while in the game.
The keys on this board are great to use even though they are not especially responsive like mechanical keys, but compensate with a very smooth feel. If you are not used to using a keyboard that is this smooth it might take a bit of time but you will find it very comfortable to use. Another nice thing about this board is that there are no stand alone macro keys crammed onto the board so that you don't get a bunched up set of keys like some other higher end gaming boards. You will not have to readjust yourself to a new key pattern like some other gaming boards.
This keyboard is capable of recording 12 macros for the people in this world who use them and can be assigned to the function keys for added flexibility in games. It also has a polling rate of .5 KHz which is half of what most other gaming boards have but you will not notice the difference unless you are a hard core gamer. At my level it works just fine. Another good thing to have and this board does, is the anti-ghosting feature for the AWSD keys.
If you do not need the color changing controls like the Logitech G110 has or the LCD screen of some other boards or the pass through USB and audio, the mechanical key design or the separate macro keys, then for the price, this board is one that will serve you well. It's not flashy but it is very comfortable to use and is well built and robust. It is about as perfect a board as you will find for doing what most people need and still be a decent gaming board.
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