Monday, April 8th 2013

Razer Rolls Out Orbweaver Stealth Edition FPS Keypad

Razer rolled out a newer, quieter variant of its Orbweaver FPS keypad. Designed for PC gamers who crave a well-placed WASD cluster alongside their bulky main keyboards, the Orbweaver Stealth Edition uses quieter mechanical switches, which feature 45 g actuation force, and 2 mm key-travel.

The main keypad provides you with 20 completely programmable keys, from which you can configure WASD (up/left/down/right), and other useful action keys around them. In addition to the 20 keys, Orbweaver Stealth Edition gives you an 8-direction analog thumb-stick, and a thumb-button that can take function of your left-thumb controlled spacebar. It features adjustable palm- and thumb-rests. Measuring 154 x 55 x 202 mm (WxDxH), it weighs about 300 g. It plugs into your PC as a common USB keyboard. Available for pre-order on RazerZone, it is priced at US $129.99.
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18 Comments on Razer Rolls Out Orbweaver Stealth Edition FPS Keypad

#1
RejZoR
I still prefer good old arrow keys. Started with them on Commodore C-64 PC and i'm sticking with them. I hate all the other buttons crammed around WASD. Imagine sitting in a car with millions of buttons sticking out everywhere all around you. It just feels weird and so it does on the keyboard. But around arrow keys, there is proper space, basic buttons on left and keypad on the right, 6 buttons in a rectangular formation over the arrow keys and all in a proper range for my "big" hands.
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#2
Dj-ElectriC
The WASD keys have been long burned into my brain... i do not think i could use something else for shooters.
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#4
Octavean
by: RejZoR
I still prefer good old arrow keys. Started with them on Commodore C-64 PC and i'm sticking with them. I hate all the other buttons crammed around WASD. Imagine sitting in a car with millions of buttons sticking out everywhere all around you. It just feels weird and so it does on the keyboard. But around arrow keys, there is proper space, basic buttons on left and keypad on the right, 6 buttons in a rectangular formation over the arrow keys and all in a proper range for my "big" hands.
by: Dj-ElectriC
The WASD keys have been long burned into my brain... i do not think i could use something else for shooters.
Actually, I use WASD as well but have used speedpads like this such as the old Belkin Nostromo n50, n52, n52te and so on,...

Its been my experience that these devices default to WASD on the keys and the thumb key defaults to space bar. And so on,......

So WASD users would be able to hit the ground running with no learning curve,.....
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#5
badtaylorx
but its even better......the "w" lines up exactly with the "s"......
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#6
naraku
I dunno about this. The thumb key (space bar or jump key) is a bit far from the main keys unlike the one on the keyboard. If you're used to the keyboard and use space bar a lot then this might get a little getting to use to.
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#7
AsRock
TPU addict
Other from being left handed which makes this item pointless for me there is not enough keys. Probably breakdown within a year too haahaa j/K or am i.
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#8
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: AsRock
Other from being left handed which makes this item pointless for me there is not enough keys.
You have a right-handed keyboard with WASD keys under your right hand?
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#9
Krneki
Happy owner of the G13 and still looking for something better, this one doesn't look like good enough.

This keyboards are far superior to WASD, sure you need 1 week to get used to it, but since I bought the G13 I don't use the keyboard for any game now, the buttons are much easier to access, and you have 7 buttons under your thumb, much much better then any keyboard.
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AsRock
TPU addict
by: btarunr
You have a right-handed keyboard with WASD keys under your right hand?
Yes'n'No, I have a Right handed WASD keyboard and i have the arrow keys and all keys around that area and + some pending on what game i am playing.
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#11
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: RejZoR
I still prefer good old arrow keys. Started with them on Commodore C-64 PC and i'm sticking with them. I hate all the other buttons crammed around WASD. Imagine sitting in a car with millions of buttons sticking out everywhere all around you. It just feels weird and so it does on the keyboard. But around arrow keys, there is proper space, basic buttons on left and keypad on the right, 6 buttons in a rectangular formation over the arrow keys and all in a proper range for my "big" hands.
Because driving a car is exactly like playing Quake Online. :wtf:

WASD för president yo.
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#12
Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
by: AsRock
Yes'n'No, I have a Right handed WASD keyboard and i have the arrow keys and all keys around that area and + some pending on what game i am playing.
My boss at work is left handed and I see him switching between being right handed and left handed when it comes to using a keyboard and mouse. For a keyboard I can't see it making all that much of a difference but the mouse on the other-hand is another story. I can type just find with my left hand be forget it if you want it to use a mouse. :p

Standard WASD for me.
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#13
RCoon
Forum Gypsy
I still prefer the price and performance of the Nostromo, no way would i pay $130 for that, my old nostromo still works just fine...
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#14
Octavean
by: naraku
I dunno about this. The thumb key (space bar or jump key) is a bit far from the main keys unlike the one on the keyboard. If you're used to the keyboard and use space bar a lot then this might get a little getting to use to.
No actually it shouldn't take any getting used to at all.

The space bar is longer so smaller or bigger hands can adjust easily to WASD on the keyboard but speedpads like this typically have a palm adjustment as well which helps adjust for different sized hands.

Most adult sized hands should have no problems,......none.

Beyond manufactured or Psychological issues thinking it wouldn't work well,....

To be honest these speedpads fell out of favor with me a bit when Windows Vista was launched due to initial poor drivers. However, I dragged one or two out and use them from time to time. Especially so on systems with more delicate keyboards. I won a Logitech diNovo Edge keyboard (was valued at about ~$250 at the time) as part of a $1000 USD prize package. Its a great keyboard but I wouldn't want to beat-up on it playing a game. Those gaming on a laptop might also want to get something like this as well,.....

by: RCoon
I still prefer the price and performance of the Nostromo, no way would i pay $130 for that, my old nostromo still works just fine...
I've broken a couple of Nostromo speedpads,.....

I game hard,... ;)

LOL
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#15
AsRock
TPU addict
by: Aquinus
My boss at work is left handed and I see him switching between being right handed and left handed when it comes to using a keyboard and mouse. For a keyboard I can't see it making all that much of a difference but the mouse on the other-hand is another story. I can type just find with my left hand be forget it if you want it to use a mouse. :p

Standard WASD for me.
Well some people can but even if i could just swap hands i surly would not for that pad it lacks in so many ways. In fact the only pad i have ever liked was the Zboard Pad but it sucked due to cheapness with wrist rest and real spongy keys and failed for not having the F keys on it.

But it served well due to the fact the keys were programmable which i need most with a keyboard to crappy limitations of most games which even games like Fallout 3 and Skyrim and Tomb Raider failed for..

More serous offenders would have to be Sleeping dogs and Rage.

I do a lot of stuff right handed as when i was in school it was forced on the person and now do a lot with either.
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#16
gert
your missing what makes this a great bit of kit

i have a belkin n52te

before i got it i was thinking its just usless bit of kit but it is acctualy amazing bit of kit

an example is i play gw 2 as a ranger
not only can i do all 1-10 skills with it
i can control my pet with it
pick up loot and have full movement control
all on one hand


but the best bit is you become so used to where your hand sits that it becomes 2nd nature you never need to look at it or think what key u need to press

in fact i look where it is put my hand on it and suddenly all fingers are in correct place

and as my hand sits on it in the same place all the time it becomes like a glove

when i use a normal keyboard i lose my position on the keys and am forever trying to find a key or my hand moves and instead of moving i will use a skill by mistake
and i am forever looking at the keyboard

the only worry i have with the orbweaver is its size so i will need to see one in a shop first before i buy one

but i recomend the nt52 or the nostromo

on a side note it wouldnt matter if you used wsad or arrow keys it would still funtion amazing
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#17
Widjaja
Having something like this with a sturdy computer chair attachment would be geeky and nice.
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#18
AsRock
TPU addict
by: Widjaja
Having something like this with a sturdy computer chair attachment would be geeky and nice.
ha, i did not need the geeky attachment as my chair has adjustable back support and different height adjustment which comes level with my table which completely eliminates arm wrist pains.

Which if anyone is interested in a good low priced chair which is on sale at staples atm
http://www.staples.com/Staples-Corvair-Luxura-Task-Chair-Black/product_934100
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