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    game controllers for key commands

    I'm thinking about getting a game controller for my Windows 8 tablet for key commands. I just wanna know if anybody has tried this and if it works.

    This is the one I'm looking at.
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    I don't know about the game controllers, but I know that These Razer Nostromo Gaming Keypad's work like a charm.
    Matt Kohr, for example, mentioned this in one of his videos.

    With your shown gamepad you're going to have the same problems as I had with my Ps3 controller.
    It's damn unergonomic and your hand starts hurting after a while because these things are made to be held by two hands.

    I couldn't help you directly, but atleast I could drop my own experience so far, haha.

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    I was more curious about mapping the functions. I guess you can judging by the fact you use a ps3 controller. The controller I posted is tiny.

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    ...I've never seen that controller before....doesn't look like it would be that comfy to use, although I do like the small size.

    However...I also have to admit....the Razer Nostromo is a godsend.

    I use Photoshop CS5 on the Samsung Series 7 Slate Tablet PC....I managed for a while without the Nostromo...but once I got it...I just can't use the tablet anymore without it, its just that useful.

    Its also designed for one hand use and it's very comfy to use. Sometimes the long wire is annoying...but thats a very very minor complaint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raoul Duke View Post
    I guess you can judging by the fact you use a ps3 controller.
    I wouldn't guarantee that. To get the Ps3 controller working with the PC, you need to download very unique driver that people coded just for the ps3 controller. It has a lot features like mapping keyboard buttons to it. So I don't know if you can do anything like this within the normal windows interface of a gamepad.

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    To be honest I don't have the extra money for the Nostromo. I also wanted something that I could take with me on the go. So I could draw at the zoo or the beach.

    I drew a diagram so you understand what kind of grip I have available.
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    Haha, sweet diagram but I don't get exactly what you want to show with it.

    If you don't have the extra money, then perhaps try to ask in a random computer geek forum if you can map game controller buttons to keyboard buttons.

    I personally don't have a clue about that, but if it's possible then going with the device you showed above shall be good too.

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    I remember someone using a bluetooth keyboard he attached to his hand. It was on an ep121 video if I remember and the guy was using it for the shortcuts in softwares and probably to tape some text too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8E1G9p4B9lY
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    I've been hunting around for a few days for one myself.

    I plan on getting an x230T for digital painting.

    Anyway, I think this would be okay. It looks a bit tacky, however that's not really the point.
    Just needs the wire cut down and then you can plug it in like a standard USB.

    The buttons can be programmed to whatever you like.
    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Mini-USB-...-/320951390341

    Best part is that it's powered by the USB port and won't need batteries or external power.
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    Just asking, but is Artdock not enough for what you plan ?
    I'm not sure it can handle all key commands for windows but it work great in art application (it need a touchscreen of course but most tablet have one) and can help not having an external device to pick each time you plan to go outside.

    http://konartist3d.deviantart.com/art/ArtDock-283342420
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    Quote Originally Posted by Griffonnage View Post
    Just asking, but is Artdock not enough for what you plan ?
    I'm not sure it can handle all key commands for windows but it work great in art application (it need a touchscreen of course but most tablet have one) and can help not having an external device to pick each time you plan to go outside.

    http://konartist3d.deviantart.com/art/ArtDock-283342420
    Just out of interest, I've seen Artdock around for a while.
    It's only compatible with the S7S and EP121?

    Any idea if it could work with an x230T?
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    That's a very good question, it work basically with the new ativ pro from samsung. It work with surface pro too... But from what I read on the internet, it looks like the lenovo drivers aren't made the same way that the ep121 and samsung slates so artdock is not supposed to work with them.

    Now, maybe a test can worth it. I have no idea if it's difficult to change it to make it work with the lenovo but that would be great !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Griffonnage View Post
    That's a very good question, it work basically with the new ativ pro from samsung. It work with surface pro too... But from what I read on the internet, it looks like the lenovo drivers aren't made the same way that the ep121 and samsung slates so artdock is not supposed to work with them.

    Now, maybe a test can worth it. I have no idea if it's difficult to change it to make it work with the lenovo but that would be great !
    Well I might go ahead and see if I can alter some drivers for it to work on the x230t. Otherwise I'll get the controller which I posted earlier.

    Also, just to highjack for a quick one, what are your thoughts on the x230t, Griiffonage? Really just comparison on the screen and i5/i7 CPU. If you know anything about it. I've found a used one pretty cheap on gumtree.

    This piece was done on the x230t: http://sourgasm.deviantart.com/art/Y...ulpt-357807780

    Raoul, is there a latch or clip or something to hold the controller open or is it loose and folds up in your hand kinda thing?
    I did a bit of googling to no avail.

    RAOUL CHECK THIS OUT!
    http://forum.tabletpcreview.com/ep12...ist-setup.html
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    I never got the chance to use a lenovo, they are super rare here and I sadly don't have any friends around that possess one.
    But honestly, I think looking at the technical characteristic it's a good machine that will provice good service for years and more important you can do serious piece of work on it. The brand have a good reputation, they do sturdy material, honestly it's a very good pick
    About the difference between the core, well, the i7 is better, but I think the i5 is enough to do serious works. If you find one cheap in a good condition with an i5 core, go go go !
    The only point I would say : check the level of ram, 8 go is in my opinion the minimum if you want to do serious works and keep it for years. 4 Go is the actual minimum and it's short for serious task like rendering for exemple.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Griffonnage View Post
    I never got the chance to use a lenovo, they are super rare here and I sadly don't have any friends around that possess one.
    But honestly, I think looking at the technical characteristic it's a good machine that will provice good service for years and more important you can do serious piece of work on it. The brand have a good reputation, they do sturdy material, honestly it's a very good pick
    About the difference between the core, well, the i7 is better, but I think the i5 is enough to do serious works. If you find one cheap in a good condition with an i5 core, go go go !
    The only point I would say : check the level of ram, 8 go is in my opinion the minimum if you want to do serious works and keep it for years. 4 Go is the actual minimum and it's short for serious task like rendering for exemple.
    Thanks, Griffonnage.

    This is the baby I'm after: http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/hurst...old/1014452330

    I emailed the poster and he has send me a heap of pics. Good condition, photo's of it working with my name also written on the screen to confirm.
    I emailed him last night, so hopefully he hasn't sold it.

    Once I receive it (fingers crossed) and get it up and running to my wants/needs (controller for buttons/ArtDock, SSD, Screen protector,backlit keyboard) I'll make sure to do a thorough review here on the forums.

    And yes, it has 8GB RAM! Really wouldn't mind 12 or 16GB though.
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