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Razer Launches Tartarus Gaming Keypad

On Thursday Razer launched the Tartarus membrane gaming keypad, the company's successor to the popular Nostromo. It packs 25 programmable keys and an eight-way directional thumb pad, allowing for unlimited macro lengths and an infinite number of game profiles. It's available now locally and worldwide for a mere $79.99 / EU €79.99.

"The Razer Tartarus places an infinite amount of control into a single hand—literally—affording immense flexibility, power and an ultimately free other hand, which is a deadly competitive advantage," says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder, CEO and creative director. "For serious gamers, this keypad can make the difference between victory and defeat."

The device features 15 backlit keys connected to an adjustable wrist rest, and a thumb module mounted to the right. Thus, for anyone who has never used one of these form factors before, your fingers rest on the keypad, your palm on the curved plastic rest, and your thumb on the eight-way thumb pad. The ALT button resides above the thumb pad and a miniature space bar underneath. The LEDs located above the thumb module indicate which key map group is activated.

According to Razer, the thumb pad allows gamers to move with more precision while also acting as modifier keys for the fifteen main keys and the ALT button, multiplying the keyset count by eight, thus generating 128 different command options. The palm rest can be adjusted to accommodate gamers with piano fingers by gripping the level underneath and pulling the palm rest away from the actual keypad.

As for additional specs, the list is small: a braided fiber cable, full anti-ghosting, an improved ergonomic form factor compared to the Nostromo, and instantaneous switching between the eight key maps. There are four thin rubber pads on the bottom, preventing the device from sliding across the desktop in heated gaming moments. Unfortunately, its design doesn't play well with left-handed gamers although it's possible to merely use the 15 keys.

"The Razer Tartarus is enabled to be configured with Razer Synapse 2.0, the proprietary software that functions as the brain of the keypad," the company said. "Razer Synapse 2.0 allows users of Razer products to save custom profiles and sync them from anywhere in the world through the cloud system to be accessed from any computer anytime, anywhere."

For more information about the new Tartarus, head here. Stay tuned for an actual in-depth review of this new Razer PC gaming peripheral.

  • shadowfamicom
    I just want a low profile macro keypad... is that so hard to ask? I don't enjoy these extra grips. Just low profile, macro keypad. 5x4.
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  • naihan
    Don't underestimate the power of these things in RPGs ladies and gents. They're deplorable for anything where the main actions are done on your mouse (FPS, Skyrim, ETC), but for games like WoW, Guild Wars 2, and Dragon Age, it's IMPOSSIBLE to go back after you've used it for a while. It feels so natural.
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  • bystander
    naihan wrote:Don't underestimate the power of these things in RPGs ladies and gents. They're deplorable for anything where the main actions are done on your mouse (FPS, Skyrim, ETC), but for games like WoW, Guild Wars 2, and Dragon Age, it's IMPOSSIBLE to go back after you've used it for a while. It feels so natural.
    There is absolutely nothing wrong with them for any of those games. It just takes the place of the keyboard. The thumb stick takes the place the WASD keys. The only types of games I don't use this type of keypad (using the G13 atm, have used the Nostromo in the past) is strategy games.
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  • falchard
    A Membrane Keypad is not worth $79.99 regardless of how many flashy lights you add to it. On top of this since Nostromo has become a Razer Product, the build quality has fallen to being trash. I fear what kind out atrocities Razer can pull off with their own iteration of it.
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  • amk09
    I don't know about you but I need a lot more than 15 keys for a modern day fps. It's a cool ass idea, but I'm way too attached to the traditional mouse and keyboard setup.
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  • amk09
    I don't know about you but I need a lot more than 15 keys for a modern day fps. It's a cool ass idea, but I'm way too attached to the traditional mouse and keyboard setup.
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  • bystander
    11362961 said:
    I don't know about you but I need a lot more than 15 keys for a modern day fps. It's a cool ass idea, but I'm way too attached to the traditional mouse and keyboard setup.

    They do have shift states, so you can push a single button that changes the hotkeys for everything. You just put the less twitching items on another shift state, and have the primary setup as the twitch stuff. You can also make it so different shift states are setup for different combat scenarios or how ever you want.
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  • kennai
    What kind of keys is the pad using?
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  • StrangeDaze
    I love Razer, but I'll stick with my Wolfking Warrior keypad instead. Unfortunately, Woflking went out of business years ago, but I managed to stock up before they went belly up. A programmable version would be nice, but it still works better than anything I've seen (for me at least).
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  • shin0bi272
    I have a nostromo... its collecting dust because its very uncomfortable to use and while it sounds like a cool idea its crap. This by extension is also crap dont buy it.
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