You can also reconfigure the buttons in the software, maybe not the most useful function, but at least it allows you to easily swap your configurations around. A second application that allows you to test all the buttons on the PGCU is also supplied, but that’s all it does.
So how is it to use the PGCU? Well, as I mentioned earlier, it’s not the most comfortable device I’ve used and the weird angle doesn’t work for me. It might reduce RSI for some, but I still prefer a keyboard. I also found the keys to be too stiff and the top row of keys is just too hard to reach. The mini hat switch is also pretty useless in most games as they don’t support it. It can be used to emulate a mouse, but pressing it inwards doesn’t allow you to use it like a mouse button with the current software and it’s not as precise as a mouse anyway.
Using the PGCU in something like World of Warcraft – with the profile loaded – or any other MMORPG game can be frustrating, as you constantly end up typing messages to other players. This means that you end up swapping between the PGCU and your keyboard, while you could just as well use your keyboard at all times. Besides, it’s awkward to remember what each of the key does, this might seem odd, but I seem to remember key maps far easier on a keyboard. It seems like the PGCU was designed for single player games, but unless you play games were you really need a lot of macros I fail to see the attraction.
At £39.99 you’d be better of getting a new keyboard like the Eclipse and save the change. It’s not a useless device by any means, and there may be people out there who will love it, but if it’s meant to enhance my gaming, it doesn’t.
The Saitek Pro Gamer Command Unit looks cool, but it is trying too hard to do what a keyboard already does. It’s quite expensive.