Wednesday, August 15th 2012

Razer Announces the DeathStalker Ultimate - The World's Smartest Keyboard

Razer, the world leader in high-performance gaming hardware, set a technological benchmark today with the release of its new Razer DeathStalker Ultimate gaming keyboard, featuring Razer’s award-winning Switchblade User Interface (UI).

The Switchblade UI on the Razer DeathStalker Ultimate is the same acclaimed, customizable LCD trackpad and LED keypad combo introduced on the Razer Switchblade concept, which can currently be found in production on the Razer Blade gaming laptop and the Star Wars: The Old Republic gaming keyboard. This unique interface transforms gaming keyboard functionality into a customizable control panel with 10 dynamic, adaptive tactile keys that can be used to bind commands, macros, skills and spells for an unparalleled in-game competitive advantage. Each key can display any image by using Razer’s Synapse 2.0 software, offering gamers the smartest keyboard on the market.

The LCD panel below the keys is capable of two modes. The first setting displays critical in-game information, such as damage dealt and heals-per-second on the new Star Wars: The Old Republic Battle Logger application, or countdown timers that keep track of in-game events with the Razer Gamer Timer application. This display also allows for intuitive multitasking, running external applications like YouTube and most social media platforms, which allows gamers to stay connected to the world by instantly updating their status for friends and followers to see, all on the LCD panel.

The second mode of the panel functions as a highly sensitive, multi-touch trackpad with intuitive gestures built-in, offering an alternative method of navigating games or PC desktops.

The Razer DeathStalker Ultimate features an anti-ghosting infrastructure of up to 10 keys in game mode. Users may actuate as many keys as they have fingers, and have them all register accurately and swiftly in-game.

Powered by Razer Synapse 2.0, the world’s first cloud-based storage software, the Razer DeathStalker Ultimate automatically saves all of a user’s custom settings and profiles for the gaming keyboard on a cloud server. These settings can then be accessed from any computer, with any Razer DeathStalker Ultimate, to ensure the keyboard is instantly ready for use.

“With the Switchblade UI on the Razer DeathStalker Ultimate, we wanted to offer gamers an enriching and intuitive gaming experience built for total game control,” said Robert “RazerGuy” Krakoff, president of Razer USA. “We continue to work closely with independent software vendors to integrate the API of their games on the Switchblade UI, so that you can see more of the game as you play. I’m excited that we are making such cutting-edge technology available to gamers everywhere, and look forward to bringing more game-specific apps.”

In addition to the revolutionary Razer DeathStalker Ultimate, Razer also introduced the Razer Deathstalker gaming keyboard. The Razer DeathStalker maintains a standard keyboard layout, replacing the Switchblade UI with a numpad instead. The Razer DeathStalker features the same unique design and features of the Razer DeathStalker Ultimate – a 10-key anti-ghosting infrastructure, chiclet-style keycaps, and Synapse 2.0 support.

About the Razer DeathStalker Ultimate gaming keyboard
Experience a revolutionary and innovative level of gaming immersion and control with the Razer Deathstalker Ultimate gaming keyboard, designed with Razer’s award-winning Switchblade User Interface. It features 10 fully programmable dynamic, adaptive tactile keys and an LCD panel capable of two modes: one for displaying critical in-game information, and another that serves as a highly sensitive trackpad with natural gesture recognition built-in, making the Razer DeathStealker Ultimate the world’s smartest gaming keyboard.

An anti-ghosting infrastructure of up to 10 keys over the entire keyboard ensures no key is left behind as you orchestrate your multi-key press of destruction. The Razer Deathstalker Ultimate is also Razer Synapse 2.0-enabled, and has customizable multi-colored backlit keys to give this hardcore gaming keyboard a personalized look.

Price: US $249.99 / EU €249.99

Features
  • 4.05” touch screen able to run widget apps
  • Track pad with gesture support
  • 10 dynamic display keys with 80hz response time
  • Chiclet style key caps
  • Tri-colour backlit keys
  • 1000Hz Ultrapolling
  • Fully programmable keys with on the fly macro recording
  • Razer Synapse 2.0 enabled
  • Dedicated Gaming mode
  • 5 additional macro keys
  • Anti-ghosting capability for up to 10 simultaneous key presses
  • Braided fiber cable
  • Fixed wrist rest
For more information about the Razer Deathstalker Ultimate, please visit the product page.
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37 Comments on Razer Announces the DeathStalker Ultimate - The World's Smartest Keyboard

#1
Rowsol
Hmmm... dats a lot of mooney.

Looks sweet though.
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#3
digibucc
i don't even know what to say. i have so much hate for razer due to the sub-par quality of their products, and all the gimmicks. this just tips the boat. ridiculous.
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#4
popswala
wouldn't be bad if it was wireless to use with a htpc setup but that price makes me want to go a whole other route. It does look nice though. I'll just stick with the Eclipse Wireless litetouch k/b
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#5
Chaitanya
now I am spoilt with choices. :rockout:
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#6
AsRock
TPU addict
Gaming keyboard without lefty's in mind which make it any thing but the Ultimate gaming keyboard.. And what the hell is it with that price tag OMG.
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#7
micropage7
nice stuff, but high tech = high price and sometimes it offers alot of features that you (may) use it twice a month
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#8
Sasqui
I've never used a Razer product, but this does look cool. I'd have to try it out for an extended period of time to say if I'd drop $250 on it... I rather use the money for a better video card.
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#9
Octavean
I like it,….although I wish it were wireless,….

I have one keyboard that was about ~$250 at release and is now about ~$170 USD. It’s the Logitech diNovo Edge Bluetooth keyboard / touchpad combo. I’m not daft enough to spend that kind of money on a keyboard though. The only reason I have such an expensive keyboard is because I won it in a sweepstakes and it was part of the ~$1000+ PC hardware / gear prize package.

Who spends that kind of money on a keyboard,….!?!

I don’t even want to spend that kind of money on a video card these days,…..
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#10
Aleksander
by: popswala
wouldn't be bad if it was wireless to use with a htpc setup but that price makes me want to go a whole other route. It does look nice though. I'll just stick with the Eclipse Wireless litetouch k/b
If it was wireless the battery would not last long
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#11
TheLostSwede
And I who thought mechanical "gaming" keyboards were expensive...
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#12
TheLostSwede
by: Aleksander Dishnica
If it was wireless the battery would not last long
Says who? Considering it's a keyboard, you could shove a pretty large battery in there and the screen isn't much bigger than say a Galaxy Note, so you'd be able to get 8-12h battery life easily if done right. That said, it'd most likely add another $100 on the price...
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#13
scazbala86
by: TheLostSwede
Says who? Considering it's a keyboard, you could shove a pretty large battery in there and the screen isn't much bigger than say a Galaxy Note, so you'd be able to get 8-12h battery life easily if done right. That said, it'd most likely add another $100 on the price...
but the whole point of a wireless keyboard is to eliminate wires, that including charging cables. Heck most wireless keyboards these days take 2 or 4 AA batteries and last months on them. No one would buy a keyboard you have to hook up to a charger on a daily basis and no one is going to leave their PC on for an extra hour or two to charge it over USB. :shadedshu
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#14
digibucc
by: scazbala86
but the whole point of a wireless keyboard is to eliminate wires, that including charging cables. Heck most wireless keyboards these days take 2 or 4 AA batteries and last months on them. No one would buy a keyboard you have to hook up to a charger on a daily basis and no one is going to leave their PC on for an extra hour or two to charge it over USB. :shadedshu
but the whole point of a track pad is for mousing on the top of your lap, a lounge chair, or on a small desk space - none of these places being somewhere you would use this keyboard. either it should be wireless with no display or it should be wired with no trackpad - but either way they did it wrong. gimmicks.

and ok argue battery life - you have an argument there, but don't try so hard to make it sound like it would suck were it possible to have the touchscreen and have it be wireless with reasonable battery life at the same time. you are acting as though even if it worked it wouldn't be an improvement, which i totally disagree with.
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#15
TheLostSwede
by: scazbala86
but the whole point of a wireless keyboard is to eliminate wires, that including charging cables. Heck most wireless keyboards these days take 2 or 4 AA batteries and last months on them. No one would buy a keyboard you have to hook up to a charger on a daily basis and no one is going to leave their PC on for an extra hour or two to charge it over USB. :shadedshu
Yet people own wireless gaming mice that only lasts 24h at best... Yes Logitech, I still remember the G7...
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#16
Aleksander
There is a big reason they put the cord on that keyboard.
The battery will last far less than you would expect.
It has LED on all buttons + the screen which is not worth it.
Recharging your battery makes you unhappy too.
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#17
Octavean
by: TheLostSwede
Yet people own wireless gaming mice that only lasts 24h at best... Yes Logitech, I still remember the G7...
I still use my G7,.....great mouse IMO!
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#18
Zakin
Surprised people are even complaining about the price, the two other keyboards I've seen with this concept offer less and costs if I remember right the cheaper one was literally a thousand dollars. This is very respectable, my only issue is I don't trust anything Razer makes outside of their mice, bad experience.
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#19
Kantastic
by: TheLostSwede
Yet people own wireless gaming mice that only lasts 24h at best... Yes Logitech, I still remember the G7...
Razer Mamba is worse.
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#20
mandis
by: btarunr
Price: US $249.99 / EU €249.99
WTF is that??? Why are these idiots asking Europeans to pay more?? That's a bloody scandal.
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#21
CrAsHnBuRnXp
For that price, they can keep it. Ill never pay that much for a keyboard. Ever.
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#22
ensabrenoir
:wtf:......Suddenly everyone making a green keyboard...:laugh: so much for uniqueness.. My mionix still rules :rockout:
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#25
Wrigleyvillain
PTFO or GTFO
The only reason I am using a Razer Deathadder is that pretty much everything else good is stupid overpriced (like Steel Series).
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