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This is my first review. In fact it is more of a show and tell, but hopefully I was able to convey some features and concerns that prove to be useful to others.
 
Feel free to post comments,criticism, questions, or requests. Also, If you would like a review of the software, just ask for it below.
 
Hope you enjoy!

 

 

 


Edited by OverK1LL - 8/17/12 at 9:19pm
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Well, the Cyborg logo was driving me nuts. I tore apart the VENOM control module to see if I could insert a custom overlay, but it appears that it is laser etched using the same method as on the keys.

 

I decided that I would black out the logo (using electrical tape) as I would rather see darkness over the Borg. Although the teardown and re-assembly was difficult, resistance was futile; I was able to successfully black out the logo.

 

Things were tight inside the control module. 32 screws held in 3 PCBs, a touchscreen, and multiple buttons within the housing. It appears the control module is powered by a freescale™ 32-Bit Microprocessor (i.MX233 Series).

 

Here are some pictures of the hardware inside the control module:

 

 

     

 

     

 

     

 

     


Edited by OverK1LL - 8/17/12 at 9:19pm
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excellent review. i had been looking around for a detailed run through of this thing and you covered everything. thanks for taking the time to do this. oh, and nice job getting rid of that cyborg logo.
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Hmm would've been nicer if it was mechanical.. But cool looking keyboard tho. If it was mech i probably would've bought it.
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Is there a picture of the keyboard intact?
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Is there a picture of the keyboard intact?

Worst case.. you could go view that on the Cyborg website...
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Man I love everything about this KB....except its not mechanical. frown.gif If it was rocking cherry blues, hell even ALPS, I'd be saving my pennies for one. What a shame.
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Good review, +
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excellent review. i had been looking around for a detailed run through of this thing and you covered everything. thanks for taking the time to do this. oh, and nice job getting rid of that cyborg logo.

 

Thanks!! 

 

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Originally Posted by gordesky1 View Post

Hmm would've been nicer if it was mechanical.. But cool looking keyboard tho. If it was mech i probably would've bought it.

 

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Originally Posted by r4pture View Post

Man I love everything about this KB....except its not mechanical. frown.gif If it was rocking cherry blues, hell even ALPS, I'd be saving my pennies for one. What a shame.
 

 

I know what you guys mean. Cherry keys would have been nice, but I do have to admit that for a non-mech keyboard, it still feels and responds great. Obviously this is just a personal opinion. I wish they sold this in retail stores that way people could use it and decide for themselves.

 

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Is there a picture of the keyboard intact?

 

Excuse the mess, but here you go:

 

 

 

 



 

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Good review, +

 

Thank you! The rep+ is greatly appreciated!!

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i contacted tech support to ask if there was an SDK available so people could write custom applets like on the G15/G19. unfortunately the answer was no, and they don't have any plans to make an SDK available either. this is a huge downside IMHO. i currently have a G19 and i find myself using custom applets all the time (fraps, evga precision, etc).
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