Mad Catz Cyborg amBX Gaming Lights (CCB43521E002/04/1)
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- Breathe new life into your games, music and movies with powerful lighting effects in 16 million colors
- Track your enemy's gunfire,enhance atmosphere
- Includes access to Everquest II and Age of Conan - two amBX - enabled game titles,bring the game into your world
- Multi-hinge design allows for flexible positioning to maximize color spread
- Surround lighting - add more lights for a truly immersive surround gaming experience, works alongside all amBX products
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Breathe new life into your games, music and movies with powerful lighting effects in 16 million colors The innovative amBX system helps build enhanced atmosphere to create a truly immersive surround gaming experience. Especially useful for those late night gaming sessions, the amBX lights may even help relieve eye strain by spreading the colour and light beyond that displayed by your monitor. Dependent on the game and its level of support for amBX, the lighting effects range from ambient lighting that matches the game world you're playing in, through status effects light up red to indicate that you're in danger to letting you know which direction you're being shot at from.
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The bad side of these lights is they are a little more expensive units, they are hungry, requiring 2 usb ports, and I have even tried putting them on a usb hub, they don't seem to like it as much as being plugged in directly. The software that comes with them is easy to use, but can be a bit buggy at times to say the least. Once you have started a game or application a couple times, the software will detect it and add it to a list from where you can configure the profile.
I have also had to go in and manually restart the services countless times because the software will occasionally freak out and the lights won't come on. Usually after restarting the ambx saitek hal service, they will come back on and work flawlessly. If they werent such an expensive set, I'd order another and put them in line to have a total of 4 lights running for complete immersion. Otherwise they are great system, if the software was developed to be a little tighter and the price came down, I'd give them a full 5 stars.
I feel like an idiot now--$200 for three working glorified light bulbs and one unwieldy paperweight. The instruction booklet tells you if it doesn't work at first, restart the service manually--this actually didn't work for me because the service hadn't even started, and trying to start it caused an error message saying it couldn't start--and I should have seen that as a sign of a terrible quality product. Can you imagine buying a car that you have to open the hood to get it to start the first time? Or a light bulb you have to replace the filament on before it lights up? Despite all that, I spent three hours trying different USB ports, trying to open the Ambx control panel (which hung every time), and finally got them to work by...I'm really not sure. As far as I can tell, the difference between when they weren't working and started working is one additional uninstall and download of the software updates, after two previous attempts at this.
As previous posters have noted, Madcatz "support" refers you to a forum on Ambx web site that you have to register to even read. Someone else had my exact same problem, and Ambx told them it was a hardware issue and they needed to contact Madcatz for an RMA. Nice to see these two companies working so closely together to see their new technology take off.
EDIT 08/29/2015: Mad Catz web page no longer even has drivers for this device, even though they still sell it on their store. Lowering rating as low as possible and never buying a Mad Catz product again--they are still selling products they don't even support.
The major gripe I have with the gaming lights actually has to do with a registry setting that they could have easily changed during the install. The power saving USB feature causes these to turn off after windows boots.
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