The Warboard is Cyber Snipa’s flagship gaming keyboard. Here are the advertised features from Cyber Snipa’s Site
- Unique ‘Macro Force’ Software
- Anti-ghosting key architecture
- 104 keys
- 10 dual mode (20x) macro programmable buttons
- 10 multimedia keys
- 17 replaceable custom combat keys
- System: Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows ME
- Connection: USB
The Warboard features a very solid plastic outer shell, with a slick ‘armor plate’ graphic finish. There are five vertical macro keys on each side of the unit, and the outer casing around the macro-key areas is rubberized. It also comes with a rubberized wrist rest which we really found to be very comfortable in comparison to standard, plastic rests. It is also detachable for those of you who do not like using keyboard wrist rests. The ‘lock’, macro, and ‘bullseye’ keys all illuminate pretty blue led lights in the upper right-hand corner of the keyboard. We really like the looks of the Warboard. Aesthetically, it is very pleasing. Many gaming keyboards today tend to just go with an all black or silver finish. The Warboard’s design has style. Also, for as sturdy as the device feels, it is fairly light, making it easy to transport.
Its action while gaming is very nice. The keys have a slight softness to them but are not so squishy as to have no spring-back. In addition, the 17 interchangeable keys have little gaming icons on them in case you want to make remembering what key does what a heck of a lot easier. Cyber Snipa’s provided tool makes swapping them out very simple.
The macro program allows gamers to record two different macros to each macro button via a very well-done GUI, making the total number of macro keys come to 20. It cannot record mouse movements as of yet, however. The control array at the top of the Warboard features a center key with the Cyber Snipa ‘Bullseye’ on it as well as media controls. The center key disables the Windows keys on each side of the space bar.
Thanks to the Warboard’s Anti-Ghosting technology, the cavalcade of button mashes we rained down on the keyboard during our Call of Duty IV trials went splendidly. Each key receives its own channel of communication to the computer, making it so that the dreaded Windows Sticky-Keys is not activated and also avoids a PC lock-up while it tries to figure out what keys were pressed in which order.
Function in the desktop environment was more than good enough with the keys providing a good amount of shock absorption if you have to stay up for hours typing out your homework…or a gaming keyboard review. I found myself actually using the media keys on this board unlike many others which feature small buttons. The media controls on the Warboard are robust in size with large, easy-to-understand diagrams on them of their function.
As solid as the Warboard is, there are a couple things that it could feature which would push it out in front of the saturated gaming keyboard crowd. Most notably – internal lighting. Many gaming keyboards feature some sort of internal lighting for dark-condition gaming these days. Without it, the Warboard needs an external light source. Also, the the keyboard could do with a USB and headset pass-through.
Overall, the Cyber Snipa Warboard is a very solid keyboard with many nice features. Its lack of internal lighting does hurt it slightly in the ratings, but with a price point as low as $50 depending on the retailer, it is an excellent mid-range keyboard that performs like a keyboard selling for $30 dollars more.
You can find the Cyber Snipa homepage here.