ACT-LABS USB Light Gun

Review

posted 10/24/2002 by John Yan
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One Page Platforms: PC
If you’ve ever wanted a light gun for your PC, today’s review should please you. ACT Labs, maker of a few light guns in the past, sent over their latest creation to test out. The USB Light Gun has been in the making for three years and will let you play those arcade shooters as they are meant to be. Does it stack up to the test? Let’s find out.

The USB Light Gun consists of a gray plastic gun with a nice cord length that runs into a box. The box holds a VGA input for your monitor and another monitor cord, which attaches to your video card. Finally, a USB cable runs from the box to your computer. Setup was incredibly easy as all I had to do was run the monitor into the box and run the monitor cord from the box to my ATi Radeon 8500 card and plug in the USB cable. All in all it took me around two minutes to have myself a working gun for my PC. Not bad if you ask me.

The feel of the gun is pretty light and well balanced. A soft rubber grip lines either side of the handle making it easy and comfortable to hold. The trigger has a nice strong feeling spring to it giving you a nice feedback when pulled. When you pull the trigger, it sends a left mouse click to the computer. On the left side of the gun is another button that acts as the right mouse button. The other side features a slide that when in one position lets you calibrate the gun. Sliding it back returns the gun into normal mode.

Calibration of the gun is pretty simple. When you put the gun in calibration mode, the computer screen turns white. All you have to do is move the gun from each side of the screen, back and forth and up and down. Afterwards, put the slider back and you’re ready to go. You’ll have to do it for each game you play but it’s not too bad since calibration is quick and simple.
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