Cyber Snipa Warboard Gaming Keyboard

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Posted by on Tuesday, June 30, 2009 - 3:59am

overviewThe Warboard looks to be the weapon you would like to take into battle with. Equipped with more keys than shells in a M16. Aimed with more programmable keys then most other keyboards on the market, the Warboard can be customized to your every command. There are many keyboards that come with customizable keys; well, Cyber Snipa did one up and added anti-ghosting as well as other features that you probably didn’t know were possible in a keyboard. Anti-ghosting? You have to read thru the review to find out.

 

 

 

Introduction

When you talk mice and keyboard sure thing is Logitech and Razer will be the first names off the tip of your tongue. If the conversation gets deep enough Microsoft may spill out. But there are many more names out there besides the ones mentioned. How about Ideazon, Saitek and today’s lucky recipent Cyber Snipa. If you didn’t know, Cyber Snipa has been making gaming inpout devices for going on ten years. Items like the Game Pad would have you fragging like there was no tomorrow. But Cyber Snipa has released a few new items just recently. One’s a mice and the other a keyboard. Today we have the keyboard on our slate. You will have to wait until next week to read about the new mouse.

The Warboard looks to be the weapon you would like to take into battle with. Equipped with more keys than shells in a M16. Aimed with more programmable keys then most other keyboards on the market, the Warboard can be customized to your every command. There are many keyboards that come with customizable keys; well, Cyber Snipa did one up and added anti-ghosting as well as other features that you probably didn’t know were possible in a keyboard. Anti-ghosting? You have to read thru the review to find out.

About Cyber Snipa

The Cyber Snipa™ product range has been developed by Flexiglow™ Hong Kong, a global supplier of PC modding and gaming accessories.
Flexiglow™ specialises in the development and manufacture of custom PC modification and gaming accessory products. Our key focus is on meeting the ever changing needs of the gaming community - one of the fastest growing communities in the world today.
The Cyber Snipa™ range of gaming peripherals is specifically focused on complimenting and enhancing the gamers experience.
Established in 1998, founding members have over 18 years combined experience in OEM (Order for Exclusive Manufacture) based projects. 

Our expertise spans a range of areas including:

  • Injection moulding
  • Electronic component design
  • Electroluminescent technology
  • Industrial design processes

Flexiglow™ has strategic alliances and business partners in Europe, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia, the United States of America and Asia. Today, the Flexiglow™ Group consists of the following main divisions:

  • Research & Product Development (Sydney, Australia)
  • Sales & Marketing (Hong Kong)
  • Production & Manufacture (Guangzhou, China)

They always have something to say

The Cyber Snipa Warboard™ brings a new level of destruction to the front line. The keyboard is custom built to cater for the demanding requirements of gamers. The Warboard is the ideal keyboard for fast paced FPS, RTS, RPG and MMO gaming.

Packed with features to dominate the competition - the Warboard's unique "Macro-Force" software, removable custom keys and ergonomic design will ensure a competitive advantage to the professional gamer.

The "Macro-Force" software allows you to automate in game actions. With a press of a single key, watch as repetitive actions are completed with cool, calculated efficiency.

The slick "armor plate" finish, a unique anti-ghosting key architecture and responsive tactile key feedback guarantee top of the line performance to deliver the best gaming experience possible.


 

Packaging and contents

The Warboard comes in a very slimline box displaying a huge picture of the keyboard. And you cant miss the large white eagle on the box as well. The back of the box gives details of how some of the keys can be used and configured.

Besides the Warboard, the box includes individual keys, wrist rest, a key removable tool, manual and software.

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Closer look

The Warboard offers a ton of features that can make customizing the board to your needs pretty exciting. But one of the nice features of the Warboard is its pretty good looking layout and color combination. The keyboard is black in color, which is nothing new to a keyboard, but what makes the color scheme different is the carbon fibre trim that surrounds the keys. The slimline stance of the Warboard is very similar to that of the Logitech G11 that I am currently using as my everyday keyboard.

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I could sit here and count every key on this keyboard and tell you how many there are but that would be useless as some keys can be removed to do other things. So to save me time, I will skip the counting part and break down the different areas of the board.

At the very top of the Warboard is the Windows Lock or “on Target” surrounded by media player buttons which are self explanatory. But the On Target key basically separates the basic keyboard keys from the gaming keys. The break it down simply: regular mode or gaming mode.

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The standard letter keys are just that. But in gaming mode the Q,W,E,R, A, S and the D keys becomes interchangeable combat keys or simply movement reload keys. This is something that all keyboards do but seeing it on the keypad makes you feel like you are in the game. Or at least make you look the part when at your local LAN party. And if you really want to feel the part, the number keys can be replaced with ammo keys.

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These keys include images of weapons.

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Both the left and right ends of the Warboard have marco keys that can be programmed via the included software. Each key has two modes which can be determined via a simple key stroke.

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Software and Setup

The initial interface to the software that is used to customize the Warboard is pretty damn cool looking. Cyber Snipa took the warboard crest to a whole new level.

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Each key can be assigned to perform a simple keyboard command or used as simple as a mouse button press. A set of keys can be programmed to perform several different commands. You can even set delays between actions which would come in handy for people that play a lot of MMORPG. And if you think that is cool you can record the sequence and play them back to see if the timing is good enough for you.

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If you are one of those people that play many games at one given time, you can save your macros for different games and load them when needed. The software application can be very simple to use, but can become as complexe as the people using it.


 

Testing

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Honestly, I am more of a FPS gamers and that is how I tested the Warboard mostly. I loaded up games ranging from Crysis to Enemy Terriority to The Club. And the keyboard held up pretty well.

After testing the board my way, I called on a friend that is a WoW fanatic. He was pretty impressed with the Warboard as well. His only concern was in everyday useage where he started, the spacebar is pretty small and he had to adjust his way of typing to keep from clicking other keys like Alt.

The removing of the keys with the key changer was as simple as it could be. But honestly not necessary. Because the changing of keys does not mean a change in operation.

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Conclusion

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For $40 Cyber Snipa packed a lot of features in the Warboard. The ability to program keys to your every command is incredibly a worthwhile addition. And to add to the macros changing feature, you can also change the keys for that ultimate in game feeling. One thing that I like personally was the “On Target” key: it made things easier by sorting out the useless keys on the keyboard.

The Warboard does lack some common items we are accustom to seeing in gaming keyboards like USB ports and back lighting. The USB port is something I can live without but the backlighting is much needed. How else am I to frag in the dark when my wife is watching her reruns of Law and Order or sleeping?

The comfort level when it comes to typing on a daily basis isn’t too bad. Actually, I am typing this review on it. The spacebar is smaller than on most keyboards, but this isnt anything major especially if you constantly type on a laptop and are used to the small spacebar.

I would like to thank Cyber Sinper for sending yeat another fun toy to play with.

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