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This review is from: Cideko AK08 Air Keyboard Conqueror All-in-one Keyboard
Pros: physically: the product feels cheap for such an expensive device. Very plastic-y, the grey grips on the side are not rubberized (they should be), and they are not perfectly smooth where they meet the black (You can actually feel the line in your hands--you shouldn't). It is otherwise well thought-out, comfortable, and functional. The keys are spaced well and tactile, the buttons press smoothly, and the analog sticks track well. Glad they put a receiver slot in the bottom if I take it with me.
The keyboard: works well, rarely misses a press. chiclet keys that are great for rare-typing HTPC use.
The gyromouse: works well and clearly has a good sensor. The tracking works to a pixel or 2 on my 18' screen and is as good as any gyration I have used, but lacking an *easily* accessible toggle like gyration products have. The mouse button placement is fair, but (thankfully) you can remap the clicks to any gamepad button.
The gamepad: is good; the buttons have good tension,
Cons: USB charging: If you assume that this will turn it into a play and charge wired device, you are a fool like me. It *just* charges...you still have to play through the RF dongle.
RF: is decent, but fickle. Their antennae placement in *my version* (AK08b) @ ~15' away cut out sporadically. Really annoying. So at 15+ feet, make sure you hold the controller more horizontally.
The software also lets you map a thumbstick to mouse simulation. Useless, because it is non-adjustable. It moves ridiculously slow, with no speed setting or acceleration at all.
This device doesn't let you move the gyromouse when pressing a button. There should be an ability to turn this off, as this is a *CRITCIAL DESIGN FLAW*. The fact that you can't use the mouse and gamepad simultaneously takes most of the functionality of this combination design and throws it right out the friggin' window. This makes this controller *WORTHLESS* for any combination where you need mouse+gamepad.
gamepad + gyromouse = *F
Other Thoughts: There are so many combinations to this thing (possibly due to TM legal issues with Sony?) it's not even funny:
Squared or fully round (I would have preferred round)
numbers or numbers/PS shapes
power logo or PS logo
Good luck predicting what you get!!
Background resident software sucks
So this device has some great features, and some really not-so-great. Cideko needs to fix their website, get all the models clarified, and fix the glaring flaw with the mouse+gamepad combo and thumbstick-mouse, which I suspect could be done with a software update. That software really needs fixing anyway.
Despite the not-so-great, if you are an HTPC user, or don't map buttons, or play Diablo III (or games like it), this piece of kit is a godsend.
If you just bought this $100 controller to play Diablo III, just remember that NewEgg doesn't let you return a box of plastic pieces--before you shatter this thing aga
Display Name: Justin T.
Date Joined: 03/03/05
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