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I received a Nostromo N52 this Christmas and really like it. The N52 is smaller than the Wolf King, has a more ergonomic design, and feels more solid. I'll stay with the N52 until something better comes out.
I recently picked up both the Wolf King TIMBERWOLF and the Ideazon MERC. The Wolfking Timberwolf is basically the standalone game pad attached to a standard 104 key keyboard. There is no competition between the two. The Merc key placements are a much better fit and easier to pick up as habit. The placement of the keys on the Wolf king were just too close to each other to keep from pressing the wrong keys and too far from one side to the other for you to stay in a ?home position? or to find keys without looking. I suggest you try Ideazon's Fang, if you?re looking for a gamepad or Ideazon?s Merc if you?re looking for an all in one keyboard. My 2CP's. FYI: No VISTA drivers available yet for the MERC. I had to remove it from my VISTA ULTIMATE box, not only did I loose the "extra" gaming funtionality, I also lost the use of my numberpad. Ah well, thats what I get for early adopting. :(
It's bad enough to play games at the office, but one-handed keypads in general should be a last resort for anyone with a game jones. (That's you if you just have to bring a game pad to work!)