With an incredible amount of First Person Shooter games
available for the PC today, gamers everywhere have been
stuck with the standard bulky keyboard in order to maneuver
around the battlefield. Thanks to Flexiglow, there is
finally a solution with a sleek and effective design.
The Cyber Snipa from Flexiglow is a game pad specifically
created for FPS games. It contains the most vital keys
to gameplay in a relatively small area to increase your
gaming performance significantly.
Out of the Box
The Cyber Snipa is renowned for its methodical design,
and as a result, you can expect the packaging to be simple
as well. It contains the Cyber Snipa Game Pad, a 6 foot
USB cord and an instruction manual. The overall package
is lightweight, so you can expect to save a bundle on
shipping from online retailers.
Anybody who knows how to turn on their
computer should easily be able to setup the Cyber Snipa.
All you have to do is plug the game pad into a USB port
and then place it on your desk. The game pad will be ready
to go instantly and doesn’t require any special
drivers to be installed. The Cyber Snipa will be completely
functional right away, making the installation process
Aesthetics / Design
Instead of having an oversized keyboard
take up your desk space, the Cyber Snipa takes up hardly
any space at all. The game pad with the palm rest is roughly
eight inches long and six inches wide. As if that isn’t
small enough, the palm rest can be detached to make the
Cyber Snipa a perfect six by six inches. The pad itself
is entirely black, as are most of the keys. However, the
typical movement keys (W, A, S, D, Q and E) are blue with
white arrows. To top off the already impressive looking
piece of equipment, there are three blue LEDs (one on
the top surface and two on the bottom). The Cyber Snipa
is as stylish as game pads come these days and there is
absolutely nothing to complain about here.
Above everything else, the most important factor for
choosing a game pad should be the performance. While it
seems reasonable to use a racing wheel for driving games
or maybe even a special controller for platformers on
the PC, FPS gaming has done amazingly well with just a
keyboard/mouse setup. The Cyber Snipa improves on the
standard keyboard by eliminating worthless keys and making
the important ones more accessible.
The key layout is fairly similar to that of a keyboard,
but everything is much closer. It’s no longer a
hassle to check your objectives, activate your microphone,
or even use the voice command. The numeric functions are
lined up across the top of the keypad, easily allowing
for quick weapon switches during battle. The directional
keys are placed in the center of game pad, and are surrounded
by essential FPS abilities. The reload key will always
be right by your side and crouching is only a small stretch
away. As if this wasn’t enough, the Cyber Snipa
acts just like a keyboard, so you can remap any one of
the 34 keys to your heart’s content.
The transition from a keyboard to the Cyber Snipa takes
some time to adjust to, especially for gamers who have
stuck by their keyboard for a long time. Veteran gamers
should have the layout of a keyboard burned into their
mind, allowing them to quickly respond to any incident
during gameplay. Switching over to the Cyber Snipa was
quite difficult at the start, but after playing enough,
anybody can feel right at home. It was difficult to switch
devices because some of the keys remain in the same spot
in regards to the W, S, A and D keys, while other buttons
have shifted slightly. For instance, the Tab key can be
found right next to Q, but H is found to the right of
A. These minor inconsistencies can occasionally get you
baffled during a surprise attack, and the only way to
solve this problem is practice. Once you have become familiarized
with the layout though, you can expect increased game
control, speed, and accuracy with the Cyber Snipa.
While the Cyber Snipa will certainly optimize your gaming
experience, it does have its fair share of quirks. One
major drawback is that you will no longer be able to partake
in text-based chat during online play. The voice command
is easily accessible for those of you with microphones,
but not being able to type at all could be a potential
problem. The space button is also a lot smaller than that
of a standard keyboard, making it much harder to hop around
corners or jump and spin around to bust up some baddies.
The curvature on some keys isn’t always welcoming,
but everything is close enough to easily make up for this.
Aside from these flaws, the Cyber Snipa makes for a great
Flexiglow Mouse Pad
To go along with the Cyber Snipa, the Flexiglow Mouse
Pad (sold separately) is an outstanding mouse pad for
both gaming and daily use. Its slim yet sturdy structure
allows for great amounts of pressure to be applied without
any movement. Being only 5mm thick, the Flexiglow Mouse
Pad is the perfect addition for anybody with a computer,
even if they don’t have the Cyber Snipa!
While you could expect every mouse pad
to perform just as well as the next, you would actually
be mistaken. The Flexiglow Mouse Pad has a high durability
steel frame with a smooth coating on the top and rubberized
under-pad on the bottom. The top surface is seemingly
devoid of any friction, allowing for any mouse to glide
across with ease. The mesh-rubberized pad on the bottom
prevents the mouse pad from sliding around during gaming,
and it can even be tricky to intentionally take off your
desk! Gamers with a limited desk space should make sure
they have a 370mm by 240mm area available as the Flexiglow
mouse pad is substantially larger than an ordinary one.
Simply put, if you’re willing to shell out almost
thirty dollars for a mouse pad, then the Flexiglow Mouse
Pad is a great solution.
Overall, the Flexiglow Cyber Snipa Game
Pad and Mouse Pad are both excellent choices for gamers
seeking some variety. While spending forty dollars for
a smaller version of a keyboard might seem unconventional,
its mobility and gaming benefits will surely make it worth
your money in the long run. The mouse pad is also a great
buy, and the included carrying case will protect the sensitive
surfaces when you take it to your next LAN party.
The Flexiglow Cyber Snipa Game Pad and
Mouse Pad are definitely worth being looked at by any
First Person Shooter fanatic.