So after linking a new profile to WoW, the next step is assigning key bindings to the actions your want them to perform in WoW. Using the in game key binder in conjunction with the keyboard's software and some addons that bind your spells, abilities, and macros to a key (see below) is a powerful combo that allows a completely customized tailored WoW user interface. And yes, you can make repeating key presses and macros, but don't abuse this power. A lot of discussion has been had on the legality of keyboards and game pads and if they violate the EULA. (That big legal paragraph you agreed to when logging on to WoW.) From what I gathered on the subject, the use of these tools are perfectly fine as long as you're at your keyboard
. But the split second you go afk with a macro repeating itself you're considered botting and can be banned. We've all heard it, but it bears repeating here: With great power comes great responsibility.
You can assign a variety of functions to the macro
keys. At its simplest you can assign it a keystroke or combination of keystrokes, but the complexity ramps up from there. You can assign key macros, launch a program, have they key type a block of text on one button push, or even get complex by writing functions in the script editor. You can assign your keystrokes or macros two different ways. You can use the software when you want precise control on delays between key presses and assigning how long the pause is in between repeated macro loops. You can also press the record key (MR key) to record your macros on the fly in game. If 18 of these special keys aren't enough you have 3 banks you can flip through using the selector keys above the macro
keys. All of this is plenty enough reason for purchase if you're in the market for gaming keyboard/pad, but the functionality skyrockets when combined with a few addons.Complimentary Addons
Two addons I found that really work well with gaming keypads are OPie and Bindpad
. Actually these addons work great without a special gaming keyboard or peripheral, but really shine when paired with one. Bind pad allows you to bind a spell, ability, or macro directly to a key (or key combination) allowing yo
u to bypass having to put the action on a hot bar. There's a few addons that do that, but to me Bindpad distinguishes itself from the others with its graphical layout. You can quickly see every action you have bound to keys all in one place, so you won't accidentally use the same binding twice. Bindpad also has a tab for general bindings used for all your characters, and a tab specific to a character. And it you run out of the macro slots that Blizzard
provides you, Bindpad lets you make more using its own slots.OPie
was featured in an Addon Spotlight
not long ago, so I won't go into a detailed review (but chances are high I will at a later time as I love this addon). It's easy to see how OPie in combination with a gaming keypad is a winning combination. On my Shaman
for example, I have a macro key devoted to each element which brings up a totem selection ring. Totems that I need to quickly plop down in the heat of battle get their own key. I adore this setup as I can get to everything quickly and efficiently. This is what we interface fanatics live for!Conclusion
Overall I really like the G11 keyboard. It's made me a better player as it's even easier to access all my spells and abilities. And with more on the way in WOTLK
, hot bar space is getting limited so having the extra keys is handy. I don't understand Logitech
's reasoning behind scaling back the amount of macro keys on the G15 Refreshed model. Sure the keyboard takes up more room than an average sized one, but when you factor in the size of a gaming keypad paired with a normal keyboard the space taken by the G11/15v1 is less. Also with having the macro keys being part of the keyboard instead of another peripheral means you have to move your hand less distance to hit the keys, resulting in faster reaction time.
So all in all did you like seeing hardware being featured in today's column? Would you like to see more? I do have several gaming keypads available to me, and if you guys are interested in them being reviewed in the future, let me know in the comments! See you next week!