Playing with the Warrior was very comfortable. The ergonomics of stretching out the fingers a bit more while in the WASD position was relaxing, and we literally had the control of everything we needed at our fingertips. The keys are soft, cushy, and quiet. Although we think that 55 buttons is more than enough, we still found ourselves using some of the new buttons. The function keys were handy for quickly saving or loading games, and the volume control was nice as well, especially if your existing keyboard doesn’t have any volume controls.
A major plus of having the unit as a standalone product is that lefties can position the Warrior to the right of their keyboard (if they use the mouse with their left hand). The non discriminatory arc layout can relate to righties and lefties equally, while the lower buttons that seem unfit can be reassigned in the game you are playing. For instance, the vertical spacebar is very convenient for the thumb if you use the pad with your left hand. On the other hand (no pun intended) you can choose from several buttons to substitute for the jump command if you are using the pad on the right hand. It’s nice to see a non-biased input device out there for our southpaw readers.
Since the Warrior is a standalone unit, it will gobble some of your desk real estate. It measures almost 9 inches at its widest dimension. The USB chord is about 6 feet—long enough for us to stretch across and below the desk. Below the unit are two feet you can raise for a little height boost. The boost isn’t very substantial, but it’s better than nothing. Four little pads keep the unit in place, and they aren’t made up of that annoying kind of rubber that stains desks.
ExtremeTech Rating: 9 out of 10