updated 10:35 am EST, Fri December 8, 2006
MERC Gaming Keyboard
Ideazon has just announced that it will expand its gaming keyboard line with the MERC. As opposed to the company's earlier Zboard, which rearranged or removed the majority of keys and was intended only as a temporary stand-in during gaming, the MERC remains a full QWERTY keyboard while adding a 34-key gaming section optimized for quick responses during first-person shooters and other action games: common interaction, movement, and weapon commands are within easy reach, Ideazon says. Media keys are also built in for navigating music and videos in normal use. The MERC is programmable within games but supports the use of MOD files that automatically define controls for some of the most heavily-played titles. The company is selling its latest keyboard for $32.