A pretty useless feature can be found in the palm rest, which is a Saitek logo which is projected on your desk in red. The problem is that it only works well in the dark, while your wrist ends up hiding it anyway. The USB cable deserves a quick mention, it’s about 1.8 metres long, so you’ve got plenty of cable to connect the PGCU to your PC, even if you’re using a large screen and sitting on your sofa.
A mode switch is located just above key 12 which at first seems to be used for changing the backlight colour of the PGCU from blue to green and then red. But this is not its main purpose, moving this switch changes between the user defined mode to one of two pre-programmed modes. These are FPS and RTS – First Person Shooter and Real Time Strategy.
Using the pre-set modes you can get the PGCU up and running with most games without having to mess around with software. Now if you’re as lazy as I am you’re not going to want to make your own profiles for every game you’ve got. Luckily you don’t have to, as Saitek has a set of ready made profiles for a fair few current games on its website, ready for download – hopefully more will follow. Oddly enough there is also a profile for Microsoft Office – beats me why you’d want that.
Programming the PGCU is fairly straightforward. Start the Profile Editor; select the key you want to program by pressing it or selecting in the software and then press the key or keys on your keyboard that you want to associate with it. There are more advanced programming options and the ability to create macros as well. You can even create timed key presses, so if you know that you want to move forward for five seconds and then left, you can record this as a single key press.