Saitek Cyborg v.7 Review

Published: 20th December 2011
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When we set out to put together a gaming system a lot of thought goes into what components to use, and what peripherals to choose. Yet when it comes to the keyboard most people settle for the piece of junk that they had with their previous system thinking it will do. Yet it is the keyboard that is the main input connection to the computer and if you are a gamer this input becomes critical. So, why do people overlook this very important part of the system? Because they don't know any better and most people, even gamers don't realize that the keyboard can be a high performance piece of gear that will make a difference in performance and in ease of typing for non gamers.

Here Is What the Cyborg v.7 Can Do

First off, this keyboard features multicolor back lighting called Tru-Vu illuminations that allow you to create the mood you want by mixing shades from red through amber to green. There is also a touch sensitive control panel to configure your lighting scheme, volume and media controls. Certain keys such as the WASD, cursor and number pad keys can be independently lit from the rest of the keyboard so you can easily pick them out in an instant.

Some other features of this keyboard are 12 programmable keys for storing useful macros such as opening your e-mail or internet or for some game battle function. There is a pass through USB, audio and microphone sockets so you never have to crawl behind your computer again. There is also an adjustable wrist rest and a keyboard angle adjustment for the front and back of up to an inch. Finally, something no other keyboard has at least by my knowledge is that the main gaming keys that are used have metal top to help with the wear and tear that happens with extreme gaming.

The key design for this board is of the membrane type which results in a very positive and quiet usage but you should note that this board is designed for gaming. There are two modes for this keyboard, normal and Cyborg game mode. When you are in game the Windows keys are automatically disabled and you can also now adjust the lighting scheme to suit your tastes. When not in game mode you can't adjust the lighting.

Cyborg V7 Keyboard Main Features

12 programmable Macro keys

Multi-color backlighting 3 colors

Touch-sensitive, backlit media control panel

Independent keyset illumination

Game mode key

Enhanced multiple key presses in gaming areas for complex in-game commands.

Adjustable wrist rest and keyboard rake angle (front and back).

Powerful ST Profile programming software

Pass-through USB, audio and microphone sockets, gold plate connections

Cyborg Macro keys placed on both sides of the keyboard

Drawbacks Of The Cyborg V7

There have been some negative things noted with this keyboard, but all in all I would say they are a minor nuisance. One gripe is the user manual is not very instructive and does not offer any good usage advice. Also, the software tends to be weak in the user interface area and in the profile editor area. It has also been noted that some of the gaming keys are sub standard such as the gaming keys and the space bar. Another nuisance is that the profile editor has to be re-opened and re activated every time the computer is restarted.

In a nutshell this is a decent keyboard for gaming but could use some improvements in the software and the space bar feel.

My name is Allan Stewart and I have several websites dedicated to health and well being for people and pets as well as product information.

Want to learn more about Saitek products, go to: Saitek Cyborg Review Or visit my website at Saitek Cyborg for more information about Saitek products.

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