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    Scythe Co Keyboard and Mousepad Reviews
    Authors: Matt and Brian
    Date Posted: July 8th, 2003
    SLRating: Keyboard SLRating: 7/10
    SLRating: Mousepad SLRating: 8/10
    Bottom Line: For hardcore gamers the Scythe Co. Ergo Diver could be just what you need to get the most out of your little pinky. For super slick mouse work the Ergo Diver MousePad is really slick. We put these two products to the test, find out how they rated in our official review...

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    Scythe Co.'s Ergo Diver Keyboard

    This could perhaps be the most interesting keyboard I have ever reviewed, OK, it's the only keyboard I have ever reviewed, but before I introduce you to Scythe Co.'s Ergo Diver, let me introduce you to… the one and only… the eternal… Ronnie James Dio! (cue music)

    Ergo Diver
    You've been down too long in the midnight sea
    Oh what's becoming of me
    Ride the tiger
    You can see his stripes but you know he's clean
    Oh don't you see what I mean
    Gotta get away
    Ergo Diver
    Shiny diamonds
    Like the eyes of a cat in the black and blue
    Something is coming for you
    Race for the morning
    You can hide in the sun 'till you see the light
    Oh we will pray it's all right
    Gotta get away-get away
    Between the velvet lies
    There's a truth that's hard as steel
    The vision never dies
    Life's a never ending wheel
    Ergo Diver
    You're the star of the masquerade
    No need to look so afraid
    Jump on the tiger
    You can feel his heart but you know he's mean
    Some light can never be seen
    Ergo Diver!
    Ahh Ergo Diver!
    Ahhhhhhhh Ergo Diverrrrrrrrrrr!

    Now if that doesn't trip you out I don't know what would! How did Dio know twenty years ago in 1983 that Scythe Co. would release a crazy new keyboard geared for the hardcore of the gaming world? Of course I am referring to the FPS'ers and the MMORPG'ers out there, because that's who Scythe Co. targeted with the Ergo Diver keyboard, available in white and black.

    When I first saw the Ergo Diver I was intrigued because as far as I know, no one has made a special keyboard for gamers that still functions as a regular keyboard for typing things like words or TPS reports. The Ergo Diver has all the normal keys, such as the usual 26 letters and all the requisite punctuation, but they are all in weirdo locations.

    Upon closer investigation I decided that the keyboard just wouldn't work any better than a regular keyboard, because if your fingers are on the arrow keys there are no other keys around that you can reach.

    Upon even closer investigation I discovered the hidden magic in the Ergo Diver keyboard. If you move your fingers about 5 cm (I love the metric system) north-north-east of the arrow keys and back to the oh-so-holy WASD position, you discovery a veritable abundance of keys for your fingering needs. On a normal keyboard your pinky realistically only has access to 2 keys, shift and control (caps lock doesn't count because the LED is annoying), but on the Ergo Diver it's another story completely! I'll be damned if there aren't like 5 freakin keys for your pinky to mess around on: Escape, Control, Tilde, Tab and Shift.

    It might take some remapping of your traditional config file to get used to this key layout. For example you will have to replace the Tilde with Print Screen for your console button if you want to keep the familiar key stroke. Oh, it has blue LEDs too for all you case moding bad boys out there.

    When my room mate first saw the Ergo Diver keyboard he was excited because he wanted a small portable replacement keyboard for the keyboard on his laptop. This might be an appropriate use for some of you. For those of you out there who are looking for a brand new all purpose keyboard I suggest you look elsewhere. For those of you who use the arrow keys for moving in FPS's you will not even notice the lack of buttons around the arrow keys on the Ergo Diver. For those of you with a few extra bucks and a desire to drastically improve the efficiency of your pinky finger I highly recommend the Ergo Diver keyboard from Scythe Co. Ahhhhhhhh Ergo Diverrrrrrrrrrr! For impracticality yet awesome pinky action, me and Ronnie James Dio give the Ergo Diver keyboard a 7/10.

    SLRating: 7/10

    Now all they need is an optional key conversion package for IRC.

     

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