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Razer Intros Orbweaver Mechanical Keypad; Game Controller

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Razer has launched two new gaming peripherals for the PC and Xbox 360 gamer.

While most of the attention Razer is currently receiving is focused on its upcoming gaming tablet (which we will gladly fondle next week), the company has announced two new products over the last two days: the Razer Orbweaver Mechanical Gaming Keypad for the PC gaming audience, and the Razer Sabertooth Xbox 360 Controller for console junkies (you know who you are).

For starters, the Razer Orbweaver Mechanical Gaming Keypad is based on the Razer Nostromo, and lets PC gamers bind an "infinite" number of controls to 20 mechanical keys. Razer claims that only 50g of force is needed to punch in each key, thus the speed of command execution is only limited to the user's finger movements.

In addition to the keys, the gadget also sports a programmable eight-way directional thumb-pad that can be used for in-game movement, or as a modifier for "endless" combinations. There are also adjustable rests for the thumb, palm and wrist which can be slid back and forth or tilted to suit any hand curvature or size.

"The Razer Orbweaver is the ultimate gauntlet of game control," said Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder, CEO and creative director. "The feeling of having every command at hand to destroy the competition in so many different ways is just sublime, and the tactile feedback and fast key actuation from the mechanical key architecture gives you a feeling of satisfaction and an added edge in the games you play."

The Razer Orbweaver Mechanical Gaming Keypad will retail for $129.99 USD when it lands on store shelves worldwide in Q1 2013. For those who can't wait, Razer is selling the gadget directly to customers online for the same price now.

Xbox 360 gamers looking for a good replacement for Microsoft's stock controller can look no further than the Razer Sabertooth Elite Gaming Controller which sports six additional buttons and an OLED screen. This console peripheral will be available at retailers worldwide sometime this month for $79.99 (EU €79.99), but it's up for purchase at Razer's online shop now.

According to Razer, there are two shoulder multi-function buttons, four removable multi-function buttons, and four backlit Hyperesponse "action" buttons. There's also an OLED screen for feature customization, allowing gamers to remap the multi-function buttons, adjust the analog stick’s sensitivity and save profiles – the display visualizes their modified preferences.

"Users are able to reconfigure controls found elsewhere on the device to the multi-function buttons ergonomically positioned at their fingertips," the company said. "Overall, the design of the Razer Sabertooth increases actuation speed, reduces fatigue, and encourages natural hand posturing for a more precise and comfortable gaming experience, giving console players the competitive edge they crave."

This controller, developed with professional eSports teams and players, comes with a fully detachable, lightweight braided fiber cable that securely screws onto the controller, and its own carrying case. Razer said that Team Epsilon, Quantic Gaming and Team Prophecy have been involved in the validation of the controller.

I'd actually dust off my Xbox 360 just to check out this new controller... if I can be pulled away from Dead Island on the PC long enough, that is (read: addiction).

 

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    Estix , January 4, 2013 5:34 PM
    A 360 controller that lets you remap the buttons is a great thing indeed!

    I'm usually not a fan of Razer per se, but that has my Tentative Seal of Approval
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    NuclearShadow , January 4, 2013 6:13 PM
    $80 for a gamepad? Maybe I am just getting old but I cannot find that price to be reasonable.
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    itzsnypah , January 4, 2013 6:15 PM
    Oh my goodness oh my goodness. If I were able to have buttons for my middle and ring fingers while playing CoD I could totally be a panic knifer (I play on tactical) and call in mah kill streaks faster! Maybe bind grenades too (although with the pick 10 system I rarely use more than just a single Semtex).

    Make for PS3 Please Razor. I wouldn't even care if the controller was the size of the xbox one.
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    Ragnar-Kon , January 4, 2013 6:42 PM
    nuclearshadow$80 for a gamepad? Maybe I am just getting old but I cannot find that price to be reasonable.

    My original thought too. But it has another row of keys that most gamepads don't have... and I actually would rather spend $80 for a mechanical key gamepad than $50 for a gamepad without mechanical keys.

    Then again... I'm still trying to give myself an excuse to buy a gamepad in the first place.
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    Yuka , January 4, 2013 6:46 PM
    That re-worked and re-designed Nostromo n52 is still an n52. I like the resizing stuff, but Damn... What's with that price tag? OMG, that's so overpriced! Even more when you think about Razers software and drivers; they're awful!

    I'll stick to my faithful and original Belkin Nostromo n52. Nothing beats the original! hahaha

    Cheers!
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    casualcolors , January 4, 2013 7:50 PM
    YukaThat re-worked and re-designed Nostromo n52 is still an n52. I like the resizing stuff, but Damn... What's with that price tag? OMG, that's so overpriced! Even more when you think about Razers software and drivers; they're awful!I'll stick to my faithful and original Belkin Nostromo n52. Nothing beats the original! hahahaCheers!


    Actually, the re-worked and re-designed Nostromo n52 is not the same as the Belkin n52. Razer botched up the software horrendously. Be thankful you have the original Belkin product.
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    guavasauce , January 4, 2013 8:14 PM
    nuclearshadow$80 for a gamepad? Maybe I am just getting old but I cannot find that price to be reasonable.

    $80 for the xbox controller, $130 for the game pad. very sad pricing.
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    Cy-Kill , January 4, 2013 8:17 PM
    I had the last Razer Xbox/PC controller for less than a day. When I tried to set it up, it didn't work properly, when moving the left stick up & down, the applet within Windows that showed the XY axis, instead of going up & down on the Y axis, it would go left & right on the X axis, same with the right stick. And then going left & right on either the left or right sticks, it would go up & down on the Y axis.

    So, I will not touch a Razer hardware product again as long as I live!
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    lordstormdragon , January 4, 2013 9:04 PM
    The Orbweaver costs more than the Logitech G13, and lacks much of the functionality. Granted, the mechanical keys might be nice... But it has fewer buttons and no display, and no joystick for your thumb? I guess I'd have to try the little d-pad to decide, but this product does not appear to outdo the G13 in any useful way. I've never had the G13's keys act unresponsive; is there any need for mechanical keys on such a device?
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    Anonymous , January 4, 2013 9:05 PM
    Love me some razer stuff for PC but people still play on the crapbox really? Lots of 12 year olds out there I guess...
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    acerace , January 4, 2013 9:34 PM
    Razer, the Apple of gaming peripherals.
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    falchard , January 4, 2013 10:35 PM
    Honestly, I have no idea why anyone would find the XBox 360 controller design so good its a nice starting point for a new controller.
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    ShadyHamster , January 5, 2013 1:00 AM
    guavasauce$80 for the xbox controller, $130 for the game pad. very sad pricing.


    You think that's sad? you should check out the Australian Razer site, $120 for the Sabertooth, $180 for the Orbweaver.
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    ochophosphate , January 5, 2013 2:57 PM
    Love the idea of a revamped n52 with mechanical keys, but wow that's just a ridiculous MSRP. My full sized mechanical keyboard was cheaper than that, they're out of their minds.

    I still have an original Belkin n52, so unless this thing plummets in price I'll just stick to my original.
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    fuzzion , January 5, 2013 3:54 PM
    Razer Mouse = Must Buy

    Razer (Insert everything else) = Optional
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    dscudella , January 7, 2013 1:23 PM
    Considering that a SCUF Controller is well over $100 (plus shipping) and only adds two buttons (non programmable), the price on the Sabretooth is very good. The main problem with Razer and their 360 controllers is durability. The Onza was very disappointing (I didn't own one myself), watching reviews that the sticks died after a month and the button mapping didn't work have the time. If it works, it's a great idea and it WILL sell, if it doesn't, Razers done.