Originally Posted by JMattes
I smell fake review! ^^
If you're referring to my comments your nose would be wrong.
I don't work for any segment of the tech or retail industry. I'm not a pro reviewer of any kind. I'm just a school teacher in a small hick town who enjoys gaming a lot in the spring and summer months.
The initial review that started this thread was fair enough. OP simply told us what he thought and feels would make it better for the asking price. Nothing wrong with that...he possessed one and obviously used long enough it to play some games with and form some ideas and opinions about it.
Some of the comments that began to follow worked me up enough to put in my two cents with a few balancing counter points on where Razer has obviously delivered something good here.
My two cents are qualified because I actually bought the thing, am using it, and enjoying it.
I recently got the mechanical keyboard bug after 4 years of daily torturing a Lycosa, Naga, and n52te combo.
At first I got a Cooler Master TK board with blues to see how I liked the Cherry Keys. It's a great little board for $70! It wasn't what I wanted for gaming though, so I sent it to a client of mine (music student who often asks me about computer stuff) to try out for clerical purposes and shopped a bit more.
I whittled my choices down to a Max NightHawk and the BW Stealth, tried them both personally, and I settled on a BW 2013 Ultimate Stealth for a bunch of reasons, and for a little bit cheaper to boot. I definitely don't believe BW is the 'best' mechanical keyboard, nor is it the cheapest. It was however, the keyboard that most closely matched what I was looking for. No other company was making one like I wanted that I could get my hands on for less than $200. Done deal.
I came here looking around for information about various makes and models. What I found ironic was how almost every thread here was full of disinformation (not just opinions or testimonies of bad personal experiences, but blatant slander and false statements) about anything "Razer". I'm sure the same thing happens in threads about other Brands just as viciously. They're entitled to their opinions and it's great they can come here and bash away. I just got in a mood to offer up my opinions and experiences as well....many of which are exactly the opposite.
If my experiences are good ones, that means I'm a faker or a 'Fan Boy'? Fine...I hope the company makes it. They've carved out a number of markets from scratch that most of the world said, "That's stupid...no one will buy it!" A few years later....the markets are flooded with 'competing products' from companies with very deep pockets that can afford to take hits and losses for extended periods of time in order to sop up market share, and the endless Razer bashing to grab those same markets comes out of the woodworks. Go figure.
In the process of shopping for the main keyboard I also learned about the upcoming Orbweaver and wanted one. I even told the company in surveys years ago that I'd pay up to $150 for such a device (and at the time that was not at all out of line for a Cherry board of any type).
I've wanted something like this for a long time and till now no one was making it. Razer took a risk and put it on the market first.
I'd already considered modding my old nt52te with a mix of Cherry browns and blues since it's over 4 years old and is starting to show its wear and tear, and I quickly learned that given my resources it would cost me about as much as I paid for the Orbweaver (if not more) to do so.
The old n52te wasn't perfect by any means, but I did get every penny worth of enjoyment out of it. That's a fact.
I offered supporting material as to why "I" as a gamer do NOT feel like the Orbweaver's first run asking price was a "Rip Off" nor is it "Junk".
I'm not a 'competitive' gamer by any means. I suck at half the stuff I play, but it brings me joy and entertainment that I'm willing to pay for.
I have an Orbweaver sitting on my desk right now, and while it might not be something that fits everyone...it's certainly not JUNK, and the MSRP of $120 isn't terribly out of line in the first stage of this kind of product's life cycle.
I gave a number of reasons WHY that starting price is not terribly out of line. Not as a Razer lacky, but as someone who has first hand experience in working with small companies who carve out new markets, develop and mass produce items for smaller markets, and try to stay above water with very limited cash pools and human/intellectual resources at hand (relative to the much bigger companies that suddenly want a piece of the gaming market pie). They're not going to drop the price much until they know it's a solid product and has all the unforeseen production, supply, and software kinks knocked out of it. Also they're going to hold any advantage they might have in having the only product like it on the market for a short time. This isn't a paid Razer plug...it's a fact of life in branding, production, and international business.
Yes, I do have a lot to say about my recent upgrade in gaming gear.
I did get excited about trying one of these things out.
I do like it.
I do see some minor software/documentation issues that need fixing but I'm confident they will be fixed. Just like it is..it's already a massive step up for me compared to the n52te, which I happened to enjoy a great deal.
If all that is fake fanboy talk...so be it.
The folks who are interested in a Mechanical gaming pad will try one out and make up their minds on if and when to buy it, and at what price to take the plunge.Edited by Credo1970 - 3/22/13 at 4:54am