Originally Posted by Credo1970
I just opened one of these Orbweavers and plugged it in.
I've used a Belkin n52te for about 4 years now and it doesn't come anywhere close to the quality of this thing. It's not even on the same planet.
Anyone that called the Orbweaver cheap junk has clearly never held one.
There's not much about this Orbweaver that isn't screaming (fresh new patent) except maybe the Cherry keys that have been around for ages now.
The finish and texturing on the keys and various housing/chassis parts are like nothing I've ever touched before. It looks and feels great.
Sizing this thing for different hand sizes/shapes is superb.
The material and texture on the palm pads....really nice. Someone really did some homework on this material...maybe even won a patent or three. It's that good/different (provided it lasts).
A LOT of research and work has clearly gone into this thing. Tooling up to build it couldn't have been a minor feat either.
On first impression I'm thinking I'd like brown or red MX keys better but I'll definitely give these blues a chance. My primary keyboard uses browns.
Hopefully I get to give it some long gaming trials today. Just making sure it works and piddling around a bit, so far this thing feels great.
After a few days of playing with this thing:
I think the hardware is truly a welcome step up. As much as a game pad helps me with comfort, I'd say it's worth the asking price. On the other hand, I'd have been more inclined to buy something like this on budget (not with gift cards and such) were it priced from $90 - $100.
Synapse has been fine for me thus far. I do like how it integrates all of my Razer stuff and lets me bind across the different devices.
The WoW Orbweaver Addon is crap for me at this time. OK, it might be good if I could figure out how to use it! I can't seem to find any documentation for the addon. It has me confused and I'm having a devil of a time tucking the gaudy thing (or parts of it) out of my way in a hidden state. The key-binding the addon shows out of the box is NOT what is set up in Synapse. I had to switch to a windowed gaming mode and try to compare the maps and punch them in manually. What's the point of an add-on if I still have to manually remap nearly everything on the Orbweaver in Synapse 2.0 to match up with it? What do the various icons in the addon do? I got tired of trying to mash and guess. It's a big mystery to me, and if there are help buttons or readme files...I've yet to find them in the more obvious places. I'll look more into this when I have more time...but so far this addon seems like it needs some serious attention.
On the plus side with WoW...I also use a Naga, and its addon is really nice. I can easily set up the bindings I like for the Orbweaver, and retain a nice visual reference on the gaming UI using the Naga addon. With no addon, or with the Naga addon, I really enjoyed using the Orbweaver with World of Warcraft.
With games like Batman AC and the Assassin's Creed series...these don't need many keys at hand, but the comfort of hand position, less stressful rapid clicking, and crisp and tactile key-response makes me happy. In these types of games timing and getting the right 'number' of clicks in at the right times is important, and the MX blues makes it easy to get into a rhythm and know for sure you tapped, and how many taps were done. I liked the old Belkin for the same comfort reasons, but this type of game play, Orbweaver with the MX blues is even better for me.
Orbweaver First Impressions: Great Device! For the time being I'll skip the WoW Addon.Edited by Credo1970 - 3/21/13 at 11:16pm