So its been about a month and a half since I purchased the ambx/Madcatz Cyborg Gaming Lights (can you say mouthful?) and I decided to post a little review on this to maybe help possible/future owners and maybe even help out the staff here
So as I said earlier, its been about a month since I got them and so far they have been just about everything I expected. As far as I can tell, with the provided ambx software, the lights each take a sample of half of the screen and display an average of all the colors. If the game is ambx enabled, then more intricate effects can be displayed (like in AoC) but for the most part, the lights are displaying the average background color. This means that in especially bright games like Battlefield 3, the lights are usually only varying degrees of white and dark white. Furthermore, in most RPG games I have tried, the experience is the same. Personally, I was kind of expecting the lights to flash when shooting or change color when casting a spell but I guess that may have been too complex.
Don't get me wrong though, the lights are still great and they do an awesome job of adding a nice mood and setting that helps with the games immersion. However, if the included software was the only program I could use with the lights, I would honestly have been a little unsatisfied due to the high price tag. However, I found the program called Aurora Synthesia on the forums, which I actually discovered at first due to a weird technical problem with installation, and this program really makes the lights come into their own. There are a few different settings on Synthesia. You can either an average of color on the screen (which is actually sometimes better then the official ambx one) or have the lights change lights based on sound, or even do an combination of both. The option to have the lights react to the music is fantastic though, while the reactions may be a bit simple they work especially well with dubstep. Personally, I believe the synthesia program should have been included on the CD instead of the ambx program.
This is where i would like to make a suggestion to any staff who reads this. You guys should really do something about your crappy software. The lights have the ability to do much more then they can with the existing platform. I saw on another post that you saw no need to compete with the synthesia program, but not everyone is going to be devoted to going through the web and finding the program. Like I am honestly surprised you haven't put in a music mode or any non gaming setting yet. I'm sure doing so would garner these a larger market and make you more money.
Thanks for reading