IOGear KeyMander Keyboard And Mouse Adapter Review

Ah yes, the endless debate on which is a better form of controls: Keyboard and mouse or traditional console controller. Gamers have battled with this topic since the ancient times, with no real winner and loads of whining. I myself prefer a controller, but I will never say a mouse and keyboard isn’t the better option when it comes to FPS titles. But would I feel the same after spending some time with the KeyMander Keyboard and Mouse Adapter?

After opening the product I found a surprisingly hefty little black box etched with the Keymander logo, along with a load of various cables. Using common sense to hook these up to both my console, keyboard, and mouse, I followed the easy setup software. The downside is I had to download this software from their website, rather than it being included in the box. This might sound like a small complaint, but I just don’t see why this wasn’t thrown on a set up disc, as I imagine some people would have problems during this step.

After I installed the software (and realized I was one mini-usb short of what I needed), I was ready to go. The software is pre-installed with dozens of key mappings for popular games. They were mostly mappings for first-person shooters, but this is the main genre of game I could see anyone wanting to use keyboard and mouse for anyhow. I selected Battlefield 1 and I was on my way. I simply selected that “controller scheme” from the list of devices on my PlayStation 4 and BAM, I was controlling my system via the arrow keys.

After the initial set up, things were smooth sailing. The controls were extremely responsive and actually felt good. As expected, aiming was both faster and more precise with a mouse and keyboard. This would surely give any hardcore players an advantage over traditional controller users.

Overall, once you get past the first set up and all the cords required to use the KeyMander device, it really is the single best option for using a wireless keyboard and mouse for your home console. If you long to play console FPS titles with PC controls, then don’t hesitate to pick one up.


Justin Ortiz

Introduced to video games when he was only five, after dying somewhere around four thousand times while playing Star Tropics, he never looked back. Some of his favorites range from titles like Shenmue and Metal Gear Solid 3 to Half-Life 2, Manhunt, and the Dark Souls series. Justin has a passion for vinyl records, and loves to collect video game memorabilia. If he had one wish, it would be to travel back to 1984 Miami.

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