Features & Specifications
With the name Fragpedals, you might expect to see something more like a racing game peripherals than what the Fragpedal Elite USB Gaming Footpedal actually is. What the Fragpedals are is a set of two rectangular platforms with two buttons on each pedal. Each pedal connects via a 24” cable to each other and a five-foot cable to the PC USB port.
The Fragpedal Elite USB Gaming Footpedal is recognized by your system as a mouse and they have a plethora of programmable options that you can use to your advantage. You can map single keystrokes to one button and have it activate any keyboard or mouse key. You can set the Fragpedal Elite USB Gaming Footpedal up so that one command is executed when you press one of the buttons and another command is executed when you release the button.
You can even set up the Fragpedals to send one command on even presses and one command on odd presses if you want to get jiggy with it. To make things really complex you can also use the internal processor of the Fragpedal Elite USB Gaming Footpedal to bind up to three commands to each one of the Fragpedal buttons via a single tap, a double tap and a normal press. Alternatively, you can set one button as a shift key allowing you to program additional commands to the other three keys. Basically, you can bind any single keystroke or macro to the keys in a number of ways.
Once you get the Fragpedal Elite USB Gaming Footpedal set up the way you like it, you can take it with your to your next LAN party as no drivers are needed for it to operate and 32kb of onboard memory holds your programming. 32kb may not sound like much memory, but that is enough storage to hold profiles for up to 30 different games or applications.
Gaming with the Fragpedal Elite
Once the Fragpedal Elite USB Gaming Footpedal were installed and programmed, I tried them out in some of my favorite games. I found that I particularly liked using them in Battlefield 2142. I sometimes have a problem when the action is hot being able to go prone in the game by pressing the “Z” key. Once I am prone, it is sometimes an issue in the middle of a firefight to hit the key and stand up when I need to without taking my eyes from the screen. I programmed both the jump and prone commands to the Fragpedal and saw immense improvements.
It was great to be able to step on a foot button and have my guy go prone on command and stand back up just as fast. I also liked mapping the jump command to the Fragpedal as well. Much more frequently than I would like to admit, I jump from heights in BF2142 and don’t hit the jump button twice fast enough to open my chute. I programmed the jump command to one button so that it executed once with a down press and one on the release, no more whacking the space bar and hoping the chute opens for me.
I don’t play any games where I use complex macros, but I do like Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars. I didn’t use the Fragpedal Elite USB Gaming Footpedal for anything really fancy here, but I did quite like mapping the functions to change to different production queues to the pedals. This did allow me to switch to different production queues without having to move the mouse pointer away from the main portions of the screen, which is particularly useful when your base is under attack and you want to order up reinforcements.
The Fragpedal Elite USB Gaming Footpedal is backed with a rubber like non-skid material that does a good job of keeping the Fragpedal in place during gaming. The entire device is constructed well and should last for a long time without issue. The manufacturer says that the Fragpedal Elite USB Gaming Footpedal is compatible with all versions of Windows, including Vista, as well as Mac and Linux. The Fragpedal Elite USB Gaming Footpedal is available now for a normal price of $79.95, though at the time of this writing the Fragpedal Elite is on sale for $69.95.
The only bad part about the Fragpedal Elite USB Gaming Footpedal is that the buttons aren’t very tactile. When in game that makes them easy to press and you can see your actions on screen, but when not gaming you can’t tell when your pressing the buttons until you get weird keystrokes on screen. For instance, I was typing this review and I kept getting rouge “Z” presses. For a while I thought my rig had gone all HAL on me, then I realized I was stepping on the Fragpedal accidentally. The easy fix is to put them well out of your way or unplug them when not in use.
I found the Fragpedal Elite USB Gaming Footpedal to be a great addition to my gaming arsenal. The Fragpedal is easy to use, has robust programming options and remembers all your settings for use on the road. If you are looking for a great way to give yourself an edge in your games, the Fragpedal Elite USB Gaming Footpedal can do it.
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