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    PS2 to USB converters: Breathing new life into old peripherals Review
    Author: Lorenzo Outar aka Renz
    Date Posted: November 13, 2003
    Kingwin UPS2C - SLRating: SLRating: 4/10
    Smart Adapter Ez-PU21 - SLRating: SLRating: 4/10
    Pi Engineering Y-mouse - SLRating: SLRating: 9.5/10
    Bottom Line: Whats the best way to have a PS2 keyboard and/or mouse converted to USB? We tested 3 products to find out and found a great way to convert existing PS2 devices to USB. If price is a big consideration then you may be better off with a new keyboard and mouse, read on to find out more......

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    After researching these devices for some time I decided to purchase one by Kingwin. The name is popular and their other devices are of decent build quality. I was quickly reminded of the old saying; past performance is no guarantee of future results. Simply put the device sucked. My biggest gripe was the keyboard lagged in games. During normal usage there was also a very slight lag in response time when typing.

    Next up was a more direct approach that came from an unknown manufacturer. Simple and straight forward design was what influenced this purchase. This device reminded me of the Natural Keyboard Elite USB converter which worked great. This time I was reminded of another old saying, looks could be deceiving. Not only was the lag atrocious when using the keyboard but there was even more lag when playing game like GTA: VC.

    Now being utterly frustrated I decided to buy a keyboard that supported USB naturally, but, not before requesting a device from PI Engineering. Now if you are wondering why I didn't just go out and buy this one too, there are two reasons. The first, I wasn't sure itíll work, and second itís bloody expensive. At $50 you could get several keyboards in several styles and colors. Letís hope you get what you pay for.

    Comparison of the dirty quarter dozen:

    Maker Kingwin Smart Adapter Pi Engineering
    Model UPS2C Ez-PU21 Y-mouse
    Cost $17.00 $8.00 $50.00
    Connectors 2 Color coded 2 Color Coded 2 (mouse & keyboard works on either one)
    Supported OS* Win 98 SE through XP
    USB Version** 1.1 1.1 1.1

    *Note: Tested on XP
    ** Note: all three of these devices were tested on and are compatible with USB 2.0.

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