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Fang Gamepad by Ideazon

by Ideazon

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Product Details

  • Item Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000FRW8KS
  • Item model number: ZGP-1000
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 20, 2006

Product Description

Product Description

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From the Manufacturer

The Fang Gamepad has an ergonomic layout with 41 gaming keys to help you unleash might and fury on your opponents. Not only is it a great keypad but it's a notch above the competition thanks to the included Z Engine software. The Z Engine software comes with pre-defined layouts for over 100 games and features like edit, drag & drop, mod customization, selective game updates, and cool command toolbars.

The Fang is the perfect portable compliment to your current keyboard. You have no more excuses because it was made for southpaws and righties alike.

Features

  • 41 tactically placed keys including four thumb-specific keys and 11 weapon keys surrounding a lethal central butterfly layout.
  • Good for lefties or righties
  • Z Engine software included! Comes with 100+ game layouts. You can add new ones or download them from www.zboard.com
  • Space efficient for desktop use and mobile for laptop use
  • Allows up to 7 simultaneous keystrokes while employing phantom keystroke elimination capabilities
  • Connects to available USB port
  • Includes instructions and drivers
  • 1-year manufacturer warranty

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The Fang makes gaming easier.
Carl R. Samuelson
Fits the hand well, button layout great, esp numbers, custom design of key mapping.
John E. Pombrio
You can program any key to your liking.
James O. Boykin

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By R. Albin on December 29, 2007
This is a case where Amazon's review system is not working well - or at least, what it is giving the most prominence to is out of date. When I go to the customer review page, what is currently listed as "the most helpful critical review" is 100% lying to you about The Fang product you'd be buying - it is indeed now fully programmable. There are also several other older (year+) reviews listed prominently (on the first page) stating it's not programmable.

It is programmable on a key-by-key basis, and has been for about a year now. You can whip up all the personally customized key profiles you want.

On the product itself, where the ring, middle and index finger rest in the center - there is nothing better. It's not perfect, but it is far better in that area than anything else being sold right now.

The Fang is weak in the thumb area, this is it's main drawback. The Merc Keyboard (a Fang and keyboard merged) looks like it keeps what is good about the Fang and improves the thumb area substantially. For me personally, I like having a separate device from the keyboard.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A. Donoho on March 24, 2007
I am happy with the Fang and would buy it again. I gave the Fang (...) because it is an average product not an exceptional product. (The Wiimote, the Nintendo Wii controller, is an exceptional product.)

The Fang is a PC-only product out of the box. Mac people, without third party software, will find it mostly useless. I knew this when I purchased it to help me play the World of Warcraft (WoW). The Fang, when combined with ControllerMate by OrderedBytes (...), can be used quite well on a Mac.

The Fang hardware is about what you would expect from a game oriented keyboard - mushy keys and a sometimes intermittent contact when not pressed hard on some keys. I was motivated to buy it when my Apple Keyboard started to have keypress problems on the keys that have the most use when playing WoW. Since I was replacing the main keyboard with one that has a better "key-feel" and was more expensive, I wanted to move my WoW 'work' to something that was less expensive and better for gameplay. The Fang is both.
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52 of 64 people found the following review helpful By M. Martinez on August 1, 2006
Verified Purchase
Seldom would you see military equipment used by civilians but during the past decade, we do see that untested even alien-like equipment come into the commercial market, just like in MIB. The Hummer is actually one of those military vehicles that have made it mainstream. Ideazon makes the claim that the ZNP-1000 Fang is one of those equipment tested by the military and declassified for civilian use. Talk about controlling weapons of mass destruction.

Packaging:

The Fang weighs around 1.5Lb (0.8Kg) it is package. It is protected by a thick box and a solid transparent plastic mold. Encased in its shell is the controller, a wrist rest, one CD containing the Zboard Z-Engine software and two manuals.

The Merchandise:

The Fang comprises of 41 keys which is functional as a regular keyboard. The standard keyboard has 105 keys so don't expect it to replace your regular keyboard. Remember that this is for fragging people away not for typing It has 6 massive keys in a shape of a butterfly, ASWD are part of keys we control our player, the Q & E can be used diagonally or for weapon selection, depending on the games. The buttons surrounding the direction keys are small Skittle-sized buttons. For big hands, this is not what I recommend, the fact big fingers may depress two buttons at one time is a big issue, there is ample space for your fingers but remember, when you game, game in comfort. For players with the right fit, selected Skits (Skittle Buttons) have dimples and some with concaves for identification. I did wish that the buttons could be easier to remember with embedded characters for finger tip reading like mahjong.

Continuing off the last batch of buttons would be the controversial thumb button which takes a little bit of getting used to.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Observer on February 11, 2009
I use this gaming pad frequently and extensively. I've used it for over a year now and here are my conclusions.

The Bad:
* The gamepad button layout is exactly symmetrical. This is great in one respect as it is left-handed / righ-handed neutral. However the downside is that there are buttons in some spots that are definately awkward to reach. They don't get in the way, it's just that those few buttons are not that useful. I just leave them unassigned.
* I wish there was a center button at the same level as the bottom buttons -- directly below the "S" key. It is very natural and easy for the thumb to press a button there if one existed. Adding the button would still keep the unit symmetrical, so it is unfortunate that it doesn't exist.

The Good:
* The hardware is rock-solid reliable. It gets PLENTY of abuse yet has shown more resiliance to abuse than any keyboard would tolerate.
* I can reprogram the key assignments! This wasn't the case when I first acquired the Fang, but has since been added to the configuration software -- which you can download for free from their site.
* Assigning a key to a button will cause the button to function just like the key on the keyboard even when <shift> <ctrl> or <alt> is used as a modifier on a separate input device. I have the thumb button on my mouse programmed to be <shift> and it works flawlessly to trigger a shifted-key by pressing the mouse thumb button and then pressing a Fang button.
* The extra big sized WASD+QE buttons feel very natural and make it very easy to press other Fang buttons without losing your finger placement on the critical WASD buttons.
* It is a bit hard to tell from the picture, but some buttons have scalloped tops and others have rounded tops. This greatly helps with pressing buttons by feel without having to look down at the gamepad. It is somewhat like how the little bumps on a keyboard's F and J keys help the touch typist.
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