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http://www.geeky-gadgets.com/razer-orbweaver-mechanical-gaming-keypad-unveiled-video-04-01-2013/
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Razer has unveiled a new mechanical gaming keypad this week in the form of their new Razer Orbweaver, which is equipped with 20 mechanical keys and a programmable eight-way directional thumb-pad.
Razer has designed the Orbweaver mechanical gaming keypad to only require50g of pressure to activate a key press, allowing you to execute multiple key commands as fast as possible.
The new Razer Orbweaver will start shipping later this month for $130, for more information jump over to the Razer product page.

That price is hilarious! lachen.gif
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I never understood these keypads, anyone can explain?
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$130! rolleyes.gif

if it was like $65-$75 that would be ok based on similar past models.
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I don't understand why Razer never reveals what switch they are using. They always want everything to seem like "Razer technology" when all they do is buy OEM equipment and slap their badge and some shiny LEDs on it.

FYI 50g actuation force and clicky probably means cherry blue switches. The pad itself is almost identical to the Nostromo pad. I've owned a Nostromo and thought it was fairly nice ergonomic wise, but I ended up trashing it because the keys were terrible, so a Nostromo with mechanical keys could actually be a nice peripheral imo.

On the other hand, there really aren't enough keys to use it for games other than FPSs.

Also, if they are indeed using cherry blue switches, it's probably best to avoid it. I have a cherry blue filco, and while I love the switches, they aren't good for fast paced gaming. The actuation point and release point are at different heights due to the click leaf, which makes high speed double tapping hard to do. You either have to let the key come all the way back up, or you click twice without the key releasing (which you can't do with 100% reliability due to no tactile feedback). Since this keypad would primarily be marketed at competitive level fps play, it's strange to me that they likely include a switch which is, imo, inferior in a very important characteristic when compared even to a rubber dome.
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Am I the only one who wishes they made a left handed model so you could hook up two and completely get rid of the m/kb combo
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I have the Razer Nostromos and paid like $60 for it (doing rate on newegg)
I have to say theres always mixed feeling in the review, but I like it.

Get your favorite game and program it to have everything at your finger tips!
You no longer need to reach across the keyboard.

Its more about convenience, program-ability, and comfort..

BUT $130?! There nuts.. The Nostromos barely sold at $60.. I highly doubt they will bring this type of product back in style, when most people will just get a programmable keyboard.

I mean heck if it was $60 I would just pick that one put to replace my almost brand new Nostromos..

Let hope Logitech responds like they did last time and come out with a better model.
Edited by JMattes - 1/4/13 at 10:13am
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Originally Posted by mechtech View Post

I don't understand why Razer never reveals what switch they are using. They always want everything to seem like "Razer technology" when all they do is buy OEM equipment and slap their badge and some shiny LEDs on it.
FYI 50g actuation force and clicky probably means cherry blue switches. The pad itself is almost identical to the Nostromo pad. I've owned a Nostromo and thought it was fairly nice ergonomic wise, but I ended up trashing it because the keys were terrible, so a Nostromo with mechanical keys could actually be a nice peripheral imo.
On the other hand, there really aren't enough keys to use it for games other than FPSs.
Also, if they are indeed using cherry blue switches, it's probably best to avoid it. I have a cherry blue filco, and while I love the switches, they aren't good for fast paced gaming. The actuation point and release point are at different heights due to the click leaf, which makes high speed double tapping hard to do. You either have to let the key come all the way back up, or you click twice without the key releasing (which you can't do with 100% reliability due to no tactile feedback). Since this keypad would primarily be marketed at competitive level fps play, it's strange to me that they likely include a switch which is, imo, inferior in a very important characteristic when compared even to a rubber dome.

It's most likely blue cherry, that's what they use on their other mechanical keybaords. Razor products are over priced and have low build quality anyways.

Here's something similar by Logitech it doesn't have mechanical keys but it's only 60 bucks and in my experience Logitech is in a whole nother league when it comes to build quality.
Edited by smitty5569 - 1/4/13 at 10:17am
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It's most likely blue cherry, that's what they use on their other mechanical keybaords. Razor products are over priced and have low build quality anyways.
Here's something similar by Logitech it doesn't have mechanical keys but it's only 60 bucks and in my experience Logitech is in a whole nother league when it comes to build quality.

That product has been around as long as Razer's Nostromos has been. This new razer product isnt anything special.. Lets either hope for a HUGE price drop or Logitech to put out another product to the market... OR just forget it all together...
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I never understood these keypads, anyone can explain?
It orients the keys that are most used to a form that better fits the hand. Just as a mouse is meant to fit your hand, as opposed to a track pad.
    
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as someone who owns a notsromo, and uses it 8 hours a day M-F at my job, and that it helps me make money here are my thoughts
( Architectural drafter )

With my nostromo, unless i'm trying an email or a google search, I never have to touch the keyboard ( hands are always on the nostromo and my naga )

Price - Insane. For that amount, I would much rather buy another monitor, an SSD, a new GPU ( office computers are pretty old ), pay my taxes, a very nice high end mechanical board, two cheaper mech keyboards, two nostromos, etc. The most I would pay for this item is $100, and thats only if my nostromo broke, Maybe if I can find it on a store shelf i'll try it for a few days, and return it. ( which i often do with items like this ) the way i see it, if I miss it, i'll go back and buy it, if not, i don't really need it.

Design - I like the additional keys, mechanical is nice ( not sure how annoying it may be in an office setting ) its weight is just under a half a pound, I feel like the original nostromo was way too light, and before I added weight to it, it slid around my desk quite often. I still think that will be a problem with this model. For the price, I would fully expect an option to change the led color, like the naga epic

Worries - Synapse, enough said. No thumb spacebar button, no scroll wheel, the adjustment locks looked weak in the animation video. Extra row of keys may be hard to reach for smaller hands.

Other thoughts - you need a wide desk to fit this, a razer keyboard, and their mouse and mousepads all in one set up.
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