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Saitek launches the Pro Gamer Command Unit - The ultimate advantage in FPS, RTS and Role Playing Games

Bristol, 29 November, 2005 - Saitek (www.saitek.com) today announced the launch of the Saitek Pro Gamer Command Unit - a new keypad controller designed specifically for PC gamers.

Designed for use in First Person Shooter (FPS), Real Time Strategy (RTS) and Role-Playing games (RPG), the Saitek Pro Gamer Command Unit offers enhanced functionality by giving the user instant access to an array of ergonomically positioned keys and controls, allowing gamers to play more effectively, more accurately, and for longer periods of time.

The Saitek Pro Gamer Command Unit features a 4-way hat switch and 21 buttons including space and shift function. Keys are quiet and cushioned for maximum comfort, and are backlit through laser etching to give much greater visibility in low light environments - ideal for late night gaming sessions and LAN parties. The thumb button is also adjustable, sliding forwards and backwards, and pivoting up and down to allow gamers to find their optimum position.

The Pro Gamer Command Unit offers a choice of three games modes - Default, First Person Shooter (FPS) and Real-Time Strategy (RTS) - which configure keys to commands specific to these game genres. Casual gamers can instantly set up the controller with the dedicated FPS and RTS modes, choosing from a number of pre-set game profiles to get straight into the game. More experienced gamers benefit from advanced gaming options with full Saitek Smart Technology software support, which offers up to 144 programmable commands.

Commenting on the launch of the Pro Gamer Command Unit, Rob Handoll, Saitek Product Manager, said: "The Saitek Pro Gamer Command Unit represents a major step forward in game controller design, combining comfort, backlighting and programmability with a carefully thought-out approach to ergonomic key and control positioning. The Pro Gamer Command unit is the perfect controller to give gamers the advantage in FPS, RTS and Role Playing games."

The Saitek Pro Gamer Command Unit has an RRP of £29.99 and is available from the Saitek online store (www.saitek.com/uk) or www.amazon.co.uk.

About Saitek:

Saitek entered the Electronic Chess and Intelligent Games Market in 1979 and rapidly became the market leader - a position the company retains today.

In the early 1990s, Saitek diversified into PC Peripherals, developing and manufacturing high-end products with the emphasis on quality, design and innovation. Saitek launched its first PC Game Controller in 1994 and by 2004 had taken the number two worldwide position, dominating the flight simulation sector. The range was broadened to include products such as the award-winning Cyborg joystick, X52 Flight Control System and a range of award-winning PC gamepads.

A further expansion led Saitek into developing a Mobile Solutions range, designed to improve and enhance computing in the home, office and on the move. These products focus on Input, Connectivity and Multimedia.

Building on its experience of interaction with PCs, in 2005 Saitek launched a range of simple, innovative and practical, Hi Fidelity audio products. These products give the user the freedom to listen to music where they want and how they want and, above all, to take control of their digital entertainment environment.

For more information, review samples and images, please contact Geraldine Beaufils, tel: 01454 451900, email: gbeaufils@saitek.com

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