The Zboard merc gaming keyboard has always been an item I've looked at and wanted to purchase however due to not being able to game properly for a while I've never bothered to buy this item until recently when that all changed. I built myself a new desktop and really wanted to put some money into having my dream system. I knew from the start that this was the keyboard I wanted so I went onto amazon and purchased one for £45 which might seem quite expensive for a keyboard but an essential for my dream system.
The keyboard was neatly packaged in a box not much larger than the keyboard itself, It was secured in the box with cardboard holders securing the keyboard in place which was wrapped in a plastic bag and came with the disk which was taped to the bag. Not the best packaging ever due to this being expensive I expected it to have some polystyrene or at the very least some bubble wrap but neither of these was present.
--Out Of The Box--
When taken out of the box and placed onto the desk it was only then I realised some adjusting needed to be done due to the size of this keyboard. It is much larger than normal keyboards due to the butterfly keys on the left of the keyboard which is just for gaming. The keyboard feels great and sturdy and it certainly doesn't feel like keys are going to come off after pressing them a few hundred times. The feet on the back to angle the keyboard up also feel very sturdy and don't feel like they could easily be broken.
The keyboard has a special section with 'butterfly' buttons on the left hand side of the device for gaming, these keys are really easy to use and set each button to your different games using the software that comes with the keyboard. The standard keyboard itself is great, it feels as good as any keyboard I have used the keys themselves don't require a whole lot of pressure to type on and the keyboard angles up slightly meaning your not straining your writs to reach the top keys without pressing the bottom ones.
The software that comes with the keyboard is really easy to install and even easier to use and it comes with many pre-sets for games, and it even gives you the option to set the keys yourself. This is a really handy software and so easy to use. This overall is the best keyboard I have ever owned and I do not regret buying it, although it did take a little time to adjust to having such a big keyboard it was never a problem.
I was very dubious about using this, but it came to me as a present so I dutifully went to my pc and tried it out. I followed the instructions (very simple) and installed the software on the pc, plugged it in and it worked straight away. The software needs to connect to the internet to download some updates, but it is all automatic and easy to follow. Once installed, you choose the preset configuration for the game you are about to play and it automatically changes the keys from the default on running the game. This means that all the keys are set within easy reach of your left hand, and the angle of the board makes it really comfortable. You can customise all of these setups to your requirements, and change them with ease. The software is easy to use, easy to update and very user friendly. Having the dedicated section of the keyboard on the left side for all your gaming controls means that everything within easy reach, and this has improved my gaming performance.