Good Gaming Gear

Good Gaming Gear – Logitech G PowerPlay Wireless Mouse Charging Mouse Pad!

UPDATE: PowerPlay incoming to NZ, expected with retailers this September!

Wireless Gaming Mice are good, the only real worry we have is that the charge might run out right at that critical moment when gaming, denying us our glorious Pentakill – which is why GGPC use wired mice in competitive play.

Over the years talented techs have researched and released a bunch of different methods and technologies to improve battery life of our wireless devices, offering up solutions like charging cables rather than docks so you can charge as you use it – but that’s not really the point of wireless now is it 😛 The perfect solution would be never having to plug in at all, and with induction chargers for Smartphones being a common thing now it’s plausible to have your mouse pad charge your mouse – right? The biggest issues apparently are around the requirement for very precise placement, and being unable to deliver charge while the device is moving.

or should we say “were“…

Those incredible engineers at Logitech G have figured it all out, they’ve got something totally new –  and they’re calling it POWERPLAY.

POWERPLAY creates an electromagnetic energy field over a large surface area – so you don’t have to rest your gaming mouse on a tiny charging target. This field is captured and transformed into charging current by the included POWERCORE module, which attaches magnetically to the underside of a compatible gaming mouse in place of the existing weight door. It’s designed to keep charging even through high-speed flick shots or lifting and repositioning, and its base is only 2mm thick – so it’s comfortable to use as a gaming surface, the induction charging works right through both the soft and hard mouse pads as well so whatever surface you want to use it’s going to be savvy 🙂

Logitech has made the setup process super easy, clipping in the POWERCORE battery bit into your mouse is done magnetically and this aligns to the charging points on the battery for you, you can press down on a little circle for quick release and hot-swap between the weightless POWERCORE included with POWERPLAY and the 10G weighted version that comes with the G703.

Currently, the technology is set to work with two of our favourite Logitech G Wireless Gaming Mice – namely the G900, and absolutely epic G403. Both are getting an update as well with the new POWERPLAY ready versions being named the new G903 and G703, in addition to that sweeeeet POWERPLAY compatibility, both of them feature upgraded microswitches rated to 50 million clicks (vs 20 million in the previous version).

Logitech G POWERPLAY is an amazing solution jamm packed with the latest technologies, but the best bit is how simple it is to set up and use, and how easily you’ll forget about the dark times…. when you used to have to charge your mouse 🙂

We’ll update with all the ETA details as stock makes its way to us here New Zealand, Keep your eyes on the GGPC PC Gaming Blog and our Logitech G Store for the latest!

 

Good Gaming Keyboard – The Logitech G Pro TKL RGB!

The Logitech G Pro TKL RGB is the first to carry the name Pro, a keyboard is designed and built to the exacting standards of some of the world’s top eSports athletes – we’ve used it’s spiritual precursor, the G310 in many gaming tournaments and found it to be excellent!

Featuring Logitech’s own exclusive Romer-G mechanical switches – purpose-built for pro-grade performance, responsiveness and durability these have a very short actuation point at just 1.5mm making them around 25% faster than a standard mechanical switch. A perfect blend of speed, precision and quiet performance, the Romer-G is the stealth assassin of mechanical gaming keyboard switches 🙂

The compact tenkeyless design which frees up tournament table space for low-sens mouse movement, and a detachable cable for easy transportation to the next tournament. Durability is built into every component and reinforced by a super-strong steel backplate that adds stability and rigidity to gameplay.

To improve performance even further, Logitech focused on KSP (Keystroke Signal Processing) which is the sequence of events that translates a switch actuation into a USB signal. To make the Logitech G Pro Gaming Keyboard ultra responsive, they’ve optimised the KSP to be up to 10ms faster response than the competition. Speed isn’t just in the key switch, it’s the entire system starting with the switch actuation, KSP, and then report rate.

Using Logitech Gaming Software you can customise every key manually but there is also a massive range of lighting profiles available for over 300 different games. We highly recommend you enable ‘Automatic Game Detection’ in the Logitech Gaming Software to have them automatically display on the Pro Keyboard when the game launches – when Mass Effect Andromeda launched we were surprised with a very cool custom A logo on our keyboards during loading which was pretty crazy cool and once you get in-game it just gets cooler by lighting up all the keys you’ll need in your gaming session 🙂

Combine all this with smart little touches like a removable USB connection, killer macro management and those oh-so-perfect height adjusting rubber tipped feet and you’ve got the Logitech G Pro TKL RGB Gaming Keyboard!

GAME ON!

Good Gaming Laptop – Gigabyte 120Hz P57x V7!

New toys!

Over the weekend we got very lucky and had the chance to test drive the latest 17.3″ Gigabyte GTX 1070 Gaming Laptop, well, not that exact version actually – ours came with a very quick 120Hz display!

As we uploaded our first GGPC YouTube video however, we realised this was going to be a tough one to show you… the problem being that our maximum frame rate using the built-in Nvidia Shadowplay Game Capture is just 60FPS and the frames displayed on our screen were going as high as 120FPS!

Starting off with some Overwatch we turned everything up that we could, customising the EPIC preset to increase the antialiasing quality right up to ULTRA – SMAA HIGH (odd that epic doesn’t include this as standard right?) and also pushed our resolution all the way to 2560×1440. It was a very nice surprise to see this higher resolution available and even better still to see that 120Hz option! Even with these extremely high settings though we still spent most of our time enjoying a crisp 90FPS, which, after experiencing the super visuals on the laptop itself, just isn’t done justice in the video below! #firstworldproblems

From here we decided to move into some Battlefield 1 and encountered a similar issue, even at the highest settings with our resolution set to 2560×1440 we were getting frame rates well into the 80’s – lucky for us the map rotation eventually swung around to the Amiens City which is notoriously heavy late game and we were able to snap a quick shadowplay with plenty of explosions, tanks, players and smoke everywhere helping to drop our FPS around 60 🙂

From here we moved into testing out our favourite space sim at the moment – the still-in-development Star Citizen \o/ We played with the settings for a while and found the best setup (right now, it changes with each update) is to play at 1080P with the graphics preset on HIGH. This gives you all the coolest effects like ambient occlusion and also adds some extra definition to the “space clouds” which I feel gives you something to visually gauge your speed and direction – turning things down to the lower preset does free up around 20 more FPS though so we captured a quick Shadowplay for those settings as well.

We decided to round off our gaming tests with a bit of Black Desert Online and set off on an adventure! Finding ourselves in an Orc village at dawn with rain pelting down we tweaked our settings for a smooth and beautiful combat experience at 1440p 🙂

Battery on the P57Xv7 lasted us 1 hour & 11 mins at full brightness while looping videos which was excellent, we ran all the tests above with the fan profile set to auto which revs the cooling up and down as needed.

As with our previous tests with the P57Xv6 we again set out to restrict airflow so we could see when things started to throttle and noted 95 degrees as the tipping point to watch with the CPU – during these high temps we still had no system crashes or instability.

We’ll update out GGPC Computers Blog as soon as we hear these new models are available in NZ, until then I guess we should get back to gaming 😛

 

Good Gaming Gear – Logitech C922 Pro Stream Webcam

GGPC C922 Game Stream WebcamIf you’ve looked into webcams for YouTube channels or Twitch streaming before you’ve likely seen a fair few people out there recommending the Logitech C920, it was (and still is) a great option for capturing video while still being pretty affordable.

Now Logitech are bringing a new Webcam into the mix with a feature set that’s designed to meet the demands of serious streamers everywhere, the C922 Pro Stream makes it easy to produce clear, professional content. You can stream and record video in your choice of sharp, true-to-life 1080p at 30fps or a fluid 720p at 60fps to match the speed of your game. Uploads are fast and smooth thanks to built-in advanced H.264 video compression, freeing up processing power and network bandwidth to keep your game smooth while you broadcast.

It’s even packing a digital dynamic background replacement powered by Personify, so you can easily integrate your live image into the game on Twitch or YouTube without a complicated green screen setup. Automatic low-light correction and premium autofocus through a full HD glass lens adjusts to your movements and environment, so you have a consistent broadcast even in the dim, fluctuating light gamers regularly experience.

C922 Game Stream WebcamThe C922 Pro Stream could well be the perfect all-in-one choice for getting into streaming and although getting yourself a dedicated directional microphone is definitely going to make things even better the C922 does have built-in dual omni-directional noise cancelling microphones to capture stereo audio from every angle which is pretty good.

It also includes a fully adjustable tabletop tripod lets you record from the most flattering angle for your stream 😛

Logitech have also teamed up with gaming broadcast software XSplit and a complimentary 3-month XSplit Premium license for Windows is included so you can easily start streaming and recording your PC games with professional-grade tools and features right out of the box.

The Logitech C922 Pro Stream Webcam is available now and below is a quick test with the Personify feature, this and all the other goodness it brings with it this one’s sure to go down well with gamers around the world!  On that note we happily give it our GGPC recommends award – the Logitech C922 Pro Stream Webcam is GOOD!

Good Gaming Keyboard – The Logitech G910 Orion Spectrum

UPDATE: This amazing keyboard is available in NZ now!

Not to be confused with the previous Orion Spark the new Logitech G Orion Spectrum is what happens when a company listens to customer feedback and adjusts to make their products even better.  An awesome version of the G910 from Logitech is incoming – The G910 Orion Spectrum!

With a darker look, RGB logo and those ultra fast Romer-G mechanical switches to give you incredible responsiveness, this sleek RGB Mechanical keyboard actuates your presses faster than standard mechanical switches.  This faster actuation gives you faster response for the winning edge in battles where every move you make matters.

A small detail in the keycaps has been adjusted to be smoother allowing for easier finger travel between them during the more complex maneuvers we all attempt while in the heat of battle.

As with the original Orion Spark the Spectrum allows for some pretty extreme customisation via the Logitech Gaming software, you can tweak keyboards lighting effects and mark individual keys by colour to keep track of spells and game commands.  Each key’s backlight can be customised from a palette of 16.8 million colors. The key letters are entirely illuminated for a beautiful, evenly-lit glow with minimal light leakage 🙂  You can also download ARX Control app for your smartphone (here are links for Android and Apple) which introduces some second-screen capabilities.  Use your smart phone or tablet screen to display in-game info, vital system statistics and more.  The keyboard’s adjustable smart dock positions your phone perfectly at the top of the keyboard.

We’ve really put this keyboard through some extremely enjoyable game testing and happily give it our full recommendation – the Logitech G910 Orion Spectrum is GOOD!

This keyboard is outstanding top to bottom, in-game integration for lighting effects is simply outstanding – check out the video below as we test this with Counter Strike: Global Offensive using the key lighting to signal the number of rounds left in our clip.

 

Good Gaming Mouse – G403 Prodigy Wireless from Logitech G!

Logitech have absolutely nailed it with their latest design – the G403 Prodigy Wireless Gaming Mouse is an exceptional piece of gaming gear with a very comfortable shape and smooth movements that performs well above its price point. Logitech have created a lightweight, ergonomically designed body with rubber grips on the left and right sides to give you added control while the body molds to your hand for long-lasting comfort during gameplay 🙂

The Prodigy G403 brings together supreme comfort, quality, and durability in a wireless mouse that’s built for speed, accuracy and endurance. With a 1ms report rate, G403 is up to 8x faster than standard mice, when the mouse is moved or clicked, the response is near-instantaneous allowing us to be more accurate than ever been before. The G403 Prodigy features the world’s most advanced gaming mouse sensor, used by eSports pros worldwide and it is exceptionally precise and consistent so you can respond quicker and enjoy more accurate targeting. With a lightweight construction and included 10g removable weight, you have options when it comes to tuning the mouse to your preferences.  Advanced buttons use metal springs to help keep the left and right mouse buttons primed to click, reducing the force needed to click and delivering exceptional click feel, response, and consistency.

Battery life wise the mouse holds its charge well and we were able to game with no interruptions for a full night, should the gaming session last so long that you do need to charge simple connect the cable to front of the mouse and continue gaming on 🙂 This charging cable can also be used as a USB wireless dongle extension thanks to a handy adaptor included in the box.

GGPC G403 Progidy Gaming Mouse

Logitech G403 Prodigy Gaming Mouse can be fully configured using Logitech Gaming Software to quickly match to your preferences. As with other recent gear from Logitech G you can use this software to choose from a palette of up to 16.8 million colours and brightness levels(both the logo and a laser strip on the mouse wheel) to match your favorite team, personal style, system or environment. Advanced users can configure the 6 programmable buttons to simplify in-game actions via the Logitech Gaming Software and quickly execute complex tasks, you can then save your settings to the memory on the mouse and use your settings on any PC without needing additional software or requiring a log in to use them. With onboard memory, you can take your settings with you wherever you go. On-the-fly DPI shifting that lets you program and switch between up to 5 sensitivity settings, from pixel-precise targeting (200 DPI) for sniping, to lightning-fast maneuvers (up to 12000 DPI) for fast and accurate 180-degree turns.

It’s not often we see a mouse this good, and after a long weekend gaming with it we happily give this mouse our GGPC Recommends Award – The Logitech G403 Prodigy Wireless Gaming Mouse is GOOD!

Good Gaming Laptop – The GTX 1070 P57Xv6!

Recently we have had the pleasure of testing out some amazing new Desktop Graphics Cards on our GGPC YouTube Channel and today we excitedly get to play some games on the next generation of Gaming Laptops to see just how good things are going to be for a gamer on the go 🙂 Spoilers, things are looking really really GOOD.

Armed with the new 17.3″ Gigabyte P57X Gaming Laptop which is packing an excellent i7-6700HQ + GTX 1070 combo (no M!) it’s got the power needed for high end gaming and also exceeds the requirements for a VR ready system!

We’ve started our gameplay tests off with a quick match in DOOM, then moved into a little space piracy in the just released SciFi exploration game No Man’s Sky, we then went for a very quick run around the Ark in Survival Evolved heading onwards to Novagrad to fight some guards in Witcher 3 🙂

Ah DOOM, such a great game and it plays beautifully on the new GTX 1070 Gaming Laptop as you can see for yourself below, when turning all the settings upto max we also turned film grain up by accident 😛 In the YouTube description for this video we have included a second test with film grain set to zero if you’re wanting to check it out, FPS is still 100+ either way but the newer video does look super crispy 🙂

In No Man’s Sky our P57X GTX 1070 Gaming Laptop was able to run everything at max settings while keeping above 110 FPS in space battles and didn’t drop below 60FPS once we hit the planets surface below, though it did come pretty close 😛

Ark: Survival Evolved took a little tweaking but seeing as the game is still in development it can be a rather hard one to run well, regardless we were still able to get pretty darn close to the 60 FPS we were chasing and once we had things configured it didn’t take us long to find a pretty happy looking Dinosaur, we expect our FPS will take a hit as we build structures and tame the beasts and when it does we’ll get right back to tweaking those settings 🙂

The Witcher 3 looks great with all the settings turned up as well battle the town guards in Novigrad some very high end hardware to enjoy, to get such high performance from a gaming laptop in this often challenging game is a really great to see.

To round off the first tests we’ve done a very quick run-through with the new 3DMark Time Spy Benchmark, we ran this benchmark three times in succession to ensure the laptop was nice and warm and on that note the front of the laptop doesn’t actually get hot like others have in past tests, good design from Gigabyte with smart placement of the components towards the back allowing ventilation via the keyboard, nicely done indeed.

The P57Xv6 Gaming Laptop also passes the VR Ready test even when running on battery, you can check out the SteamVR Performance Tests here though strangely it’s not actually detecting the Nvidia graphics card is these, the scores certainly looks like it’s using it however this could be interesting if the game you are wanting to play has some sort of autodetect hardware in place – more tests needed!

Performance aside there are a few more things we like about this laptop, firstly the build quality is outstanding with very little flex, the hinges on the screen are robust (and orange) and if you tip the laptop upside-down you’ll see the impressive dual exhaust cooling system which, when at 100% speed (a setting we highly doubt you’ll use, auto is fine) has a noise output that is about twice that of an intel stock cooler running at full load.  It’s packing most of the features we look for in a modern system like AC Wireless, Bluetooth 4.1, USB Type C, and HDMI 2.0 for 4K 60FPS, sadly no DisplayPort this time around. The laptop has a nice white LED keyboard backlight that can be switched between half strength, full, off and of course auto mode which adjusts to suit the lighting around you.

Battery lasted us 1 hour & 23 mins at full brightness while gaming which was nice, you lose a little of the graphics power when running in this way but the laptop is just so powerful you’ll still be running on very high settings in games like Overwatch, be aware that if you adjust the fans to quiet mode when running on battery a frame limiter will affect your FPS in game so it’s best to leave cooling on AUTO or GAMING modes. Temperature wise on AUTO fan settings you can reach into the 80’s which is just fine – we pushed the thermal limits by doing tests with DOOM and restricted airflow during which we started to notice the graphics throttling itself when it reached around 95 degrees and this caused the temps to drop rapidly even with the restricted airflow, during these high temps we still had no system crashes or instability 🙂

Gigabyte laptop build quality cooling and lighting

Gigabyte Smart Manager software comes pre-installed and with it we were easily able to tweak everything we wanted too, the usual things we look for like fans speed settings could be adjusted here but it also included a nice range of display settings to take some strain off our eyes via a smart colour option.  Using this software you can also overclock the graphics card in the laptop to squeeze out a little bit more performance, though it’s unlikely you’ll be doing that for a while as the laptop is a gaming beast at stock settings 🙂

We’ve had a really good go with this new Gaming Laptop we can happily give it our GGPC Recommends Award – The Gigabyte P57Xv6 is GOOD! 

The latest range of Gigabyte GTX 1070 & GTX 1060 Gaming Laptops are available in New Zealand now and we’ll update our GGPC Computers Blog with more tests as we make our way through the impressive new range – fun times ahead!

Good Gaming Monitor – Asus 1440p for Overwatch eSports

The power of our Graphics Cards have increase substantially recently with the release of the AMD RX 480 and the GTX 1070 from Nvidia, things are so good in fact that if you are lucky enough to be running with one in your system you’re pretty much good to leave the 1080P world behind and jump right into 2560 x 1440 resolution for your games, of course that means you’re probably going to have to find yourself a new monitor that can handle this higher quality.

Enter the Asus VX24AH 🙂 This awesome Asus monitor is quite unlike any we’ve had the pleasure of using before. The super sleek 2560 x 1440 panel produces an absolutely stunning image that has to be seen in person to appreciate fully, while most monitors above 1920×1080 resolution use the 27? size because this one is only 23.8? the pixel density is much higher and when you’re gaming on it graphics look oh so crisp – IMO even better than our 28? 4K monitors! The colours are vibrant and the monitor is apparently 100% sRGB accurate, although we haven’t used it for editing yet it’s a pretty safe bet that it would be a great choice for this as well as gaming 🙂

GGPC eSports NZ

We recently equipped our GGPC eSports teams with the VX24AH for Overwatch and the game has never looked so good! The monitor also has nice and wide viewing angle so it made things easy for spectators watching the gaming with us as well, it’s also really really slim and this was a great asset for us having limited desk space for each players setup.

GGPC VX42ah OverclockAlthough the monitor is certainly ultra slim it does still have twin speakers for those moments when you don’t want to wear your headset, there is a headphone jack on the monitor along with the twin HDMI ports which also support MHL so if you’re lucky enough to have a MHL compatible smartphone you can view it on the VX24AH while simultaneously charging the device, and that’s certainly handy to have around 🙂

The monitor is 60Hz and since we had a little downtime between matches we checked out just how far we could overclock this and managed to increase to 69Hz stable for a 15% performance gain – nicely done Asus!

Oddly there isn’t a DisplayPort input on the monitor so if you’re thinking of going triple screen be sure to check your graphics card outputs and be prepared to get some HDMI-DisplayPort cables as the monitor only includes HDMI-HDMI cables in the box.

Now that we’ve had a really good go with this Asus monitor we are happy to recommend it to gamers who are looking for a really nice 1440p screen – This Asus Monitor is most definitely GOOD!

GGPC recommends VX24AH

UPDATE: Still haven’t found a better looking 1440p Gaming Monitor in NZ yet!

Good Gaming Internet – The Asus AC Repeater

We live in a very wonderful, very connected world now with more and more of our gadgets and gaming gears using wireless technology to connect to each other and of course, the internet. With so much going on it’s not surprising that sometimes it’s a little but much for our home networks to handle and that’s why those talented guys and gals at Asus have released the RP-AC68U wireless repeater 🙂

GGPC RP-AC68U Outputs and InputsThis sleek mini monolith looking device has internal antennas to keep things super tidy and will improve the coverage of any existing wireless router. It works as a repeater, so you can extend your wireless networking to previously hard to reach parts of your home and with extremely fast 802.11ac speeds up to 1900 Mbps this ensures a reliable high-speed internet coverage everywhere for the your new AC wireless ready gaming laptops, smartphones, game consoles, and smart TVs.

It’s pretty crazy cool when turned on as well, the top glows with red LED which flows down the sides and it really looks like the Asus Republic of Gamers team had and hand it this design 😛

For older devices you’ll be happy to know it still supports the classic 2.4 GHz as well as the newer 5 GHz frequencies, this dual-band repeater will allow you to split users and connect different devices so your latest tech can enjoy the benifits offered via the less congested, faster 5GHz frequency for tasks such as streaming HD content, transferring large files and of course all the usual good stuff. Getting the perfect placement and setup is pretty easy thanks to a nice LED signal indicator Asus have included on the device, this provides a visual showing the strength of the current WiFi signal and makes finding the optimal position for the Asus AC Repeater a breeze.

File sharing becomes pretty darn easy as well, simply connect your USB storage drive into the repeater’s USB 3.0 port, and users connected to your network can access the files.  Along with this single USB 3.0 port, you’ll also find five built-in Gigabit Ethernet ports which you can use to connect cable savvy devices that you previously had to run those ridiculously long cables all the way from your modem, I think we’ve all been there!

This high-performance wireless kit really works, we’ve used it in our own GGPC office to connect multiple PC that were previously in a dark zone and not having to run 20 meter ethernet cables is a definite win and even though nothing beats that direct connection if you’re playing a fast paced competitive game like Overwatch, it performed perfectly well when we played games like Star Citizen, Black Desert Online and quite a few more so on that note we are happy to give the Asus RP-AC68U our GGPC Recommends Award – the Asus AC Wireless Repeater is GOOD!

GGPC Recommends RP-AC68U

Good Gaming Keyboard – The Zalman ZM-K900M

GGPC Recommends ZM-K900M

We first caught a glimpse of the Zalman Gaming Keyboard at the recent Computex 2016 Expo and it captured our attention immediately, so good were the first impressions of this keyboard that we returned for another go with it the next day.

What made the the Zalman Keyboard stand out?

– No drivers or software needed
– Solid build with a nice key layout
– Excellent features (especially the built in microphone, macro recording including mouse clicks and lighting options)

To begin with, the ZM-K900M has the ability to customise everything directly from the keyboard and will store your choices via the keyboards internal memory. This means that you can create a macro and save when connected to any computer without having to install dedicated software. It doesn’t end with gaming macro either, you can customize everything on the K900m from the keyboard and when you connect it to another system all your perfectly tuned settings will be ready to enjoy right away – no sync, no hassle.

For those of us that use macro while online gaming we can also quickly adjust the speed of the macros and utilize loop and timing as needed, this helps ensure our commands will work even if we end up in a match with a less than ideal internet connection.

The keyboard itself has some of the cleanest RGB lighting we’ve seen, it’s well constructed with very little flex when trying to bend, there are non-slip rubber feet on the kickstands and a cable management channel underneath allows you to direct the braided cable (which is also really high quality) out the left or right of the keyboard to suit your setup. The switches used are called Kailh and feel just like Cherry MX blue with quick press and satisfying click. The keyboard’s built in microphone adds a further layer of effects not often seen and with the EQ feature your RGB lighting can be used to provide some excellent visuals while you type, game or listen to your favourite tunes.

How is it in action?

Having no software makes this one very different from the other gaming keyboards we’ve used recently, usually we would talk about how what game configs were pre-available for download but seeing as this keyboard is really about doing it yourself for yourself we thought we would jump into a game to see what’s involved and how it really works.

When it comes time to customise things and create your perfect layout we recommend starting out by making our keyboard a uniform colour, we choose a deep blue as this would make it easy for the goto keys to stand out (to do this push Fn+DEL and then select your chosen colour from the RGB rainbow that has appeared on the keyboard).

We then highlighted the WASD keys in a vibrant white so they could always be found easily should our fingers wander away, this is done by first pushing Fn+7 to enter colour mode, then press Fn+= to enter key select mode, from here simply click the any of the keys you want to be a certain colour, then tap Fn to bring up the rainbow and select your preference. We continued to customise our 1,2,3,4 weapon keys in other colours so they would also stand out and finishing off the look with our interact, sprint, reload and melee keys. (on a side note, if you change your mind about the base colour and want to change your surrounding keys while leaving your custom ones set you can push Fn+INS to do this)

Happy with our basic layout it’s time to make some macros!

We wanted to create something that uses both mouse and keyboard presses to complete so we’ve streamlined the motion of switching to C4, throwing a charge and then switching back to our primary weapon. We then created a quick detonate charge macro and finally made a switch to pistol, unload the clip, and then return to primary weapon – this is possible on the ZM-K900M because its macro can include mouse clicks!

Making these was actually very easy, there are a bunch of ready to program macro keys around the middle of the keyboard so for our C4 macro we started out by pressing and holding FN+O for 3 seconds then release at which time the keyboard began recording which is signaled by a little blinking light at the top left – from here it was as simple as pushing 4 (for C4) then left mouse click (deploy a charge) and finally 1 (to switch back to primary) – we continued through in the same fashion to make our other macros – so much fun but it sort of feels like cheating!

We’ve done something a little different to show off how well the live macro recording works with timings 🙂 We thought it would be fun if we jumped on a Gaming PC and went for a little drive in Dirt Rally while recording, then restarted the race and had the keyboard macro do the driving for us – surprisingly it worked!

Although this one’s a bit harder to master than something with dedicated software that’s what sets this Zalman Z-Machine Gaming Keyboard apart from the rest, and with some very unique and excellent features we are happy to add this fine keyboard to our GGPC recommends list – the ZM-K900M Gaming Keyboard is GOOD!