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Saitek PZ08A PC Gamer's Keyboard

3.0 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews

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  • 104-key keyboard with blue adjustable LED backlighting 9 button programmable command pad for left or right handersadditional 27 commands with shift buttonsZero-slope design and adjustable wrist rest for ergonomic comfort
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104 key keyboard with blue LED backlighting, a thin flat design, comfortable adjustable wrist rest and angle adjustment feet. Includes a nine button programmable pad (9 Blue LED backlit buttons) with two shift keys for up to 27 button commands. Saitek's smart technology software is included and adds 27 programmable macro functions.

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Product Dimensions 21 x 2 x 8 inches
Item Weight 4 pounds
Shipping Weight 4 pounds
Manufacturer Saitek
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3.0 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #577 in Computers & Accessories > Computer Accessories > Game Hardware > PC Game Hardware > Gaming Keyboards
#41,588 in Video Games > Accessories
Date first available at Amazon.com August 23, 2004

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I bought this keyboard despite some of the less than enthusiastic reviews I had read, and I couldn't be happier with it. I have no idea what those other reviewers are complaining about. The keyboard is nice and heavy with a detachable wrist rest, and of course the ever popular blue, backlit keys. The board is very stylish, but more importantly, it works flawlessly. Despite what you may have read in another review, the board DOES allow you to use the delete key to access the bios menu at boot up. It is no different than any other keyboard in that respect. It is also completely compatible with Windows XP SP2. Someone else mentioned that you couldn't use the separate command pad and the main keyboard at the same time. I don't know what their problem is, I use both the keyboard and command pad at the same time wihtout the slightest problem. The combination makes this the ideal keyboard for playing games such as first person shooters, as you can programme the keypad with up to 27 commands (9 buttons with three shift modes). Programming using the Saitek software is practically a no brainer (despite what others might have you believe) you simply open the profiler, click on the key you want to assign a function to, and then click on the key on the keyboard which corresponds to that function. It's no different that any other key mapping system. The one drawback is that, as mentioned elsewhere, there is no LED or any other indicator to show what shift mode you are in. It would have been useful had Saitek put the same blue LEDs around the shift mode keys and made it so that they would light up when that shift mode is selected. To me that is not a big enough of a problem to deduct a star for.Read more ›
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Great keyboard(so far) nice moody lights that make the keys stand out even during the day.(great for rainy afternoons in a dimly lit house). Not so great for night if you don't have an overhead light(or dim lamp). The ambient blue light isn't enough to see the letters. The letters should have been machine cut into the buttons for a blueness that could be seen. Works perfect in DOS, however because of the dark screen. Windows has a bright screen anyway. Am "((hoping))" to get a corner office Hutch with florescent lighting but this keyboard lighting will still help as it isolates each and every key and gaming pad button in blue light easing eye fatigue as others have said. Gamepad says it works without software, it does not. You need to install the software and set up a profile to get it to work at all. But it is a great addition. Works in XP SP2 for me, but not for everyone. Be prepaired for a driver hunt across your hard drive and the system32 directory for the .inf files. That is the Saitek way.(didn't have that problem myself).

The keyboard "is" or SEEMS pretty robust(knock-on-wood) and the keys are firm and don't give a flaky click or a loose feel, they are pretty sturdy. The game pad is a bit less firm and the keys do give a click and are not quite as stable as the keyboard but the GP seems some-what durable anyway. Other than the pretty lights and the GP this is just a keyboard, not a specialty gaming device as posted on many review sites like Tom's Hardware or Gamer's Depot or Computer Gaming World Magazine.
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Saitek's PZ08A keyboard with additional Command Pad is for the PC enthusiast who has just about everything. The keyboard is more fun to look at than to use. That's not to say it isn't useful because it makes a viable replacement with a few reservations.

The prominent reservation in mind stands out because the PZ08A is a USB device and at least on my PC, the PZ08A is not immediately activated like my $11 PS2 keyboard. For instance; if you must access your System Bios, you may need to use your old keyboard to do it. *UPDATE ON THIS ISSUE*. In my BIOS is an option to detect USB on start-up. This was turned off by default. Turning it on allows access to this keyboard immediately.

I have a multi boot system managed by Partition Magic. Key presses are not accepted from the PZ08A whilst the PC is displaying boot options. I have kept my PS2 keyboard connected and must use it to access my system BIOS and the Partition Magic menu items before Windows takes over the operating system.

The keyboard is attractive with quality. It doesn't have a sleep or power button like my old keyboard but has a backlight intensity level button and three sound buttons. Of the sound buttons, only one of them applies to me (the mute) because I use headphones and not external speakers. I would imagine the other two are for speakers and perhaps another output sound device of sorts. The rest of the keyboard is standard QWERTY and Windows menu keys. The additional keypad is attached with a two foot cord that plugs into the back of the keyboard.

The PZ08A lies quite flat, even with the fold down lift brackets extended on the bottom surface. The rest of the keyboard is supported with good quality rubber feet.
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