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When it comes to gaming keypads there are really only a few options on the market. Of those options most, like the G13, have been around forever. Of those gaming keypads, none of them are mechanical. That is until Razer introduced the Orbweaver this year at CES. As a big fan of mechanical keyboards, mice, and peripherals overall I couldn’t wait to get my hands (well hand) on it. After living with it for a while I am finally ready to talk about it and see how the mechanical Orbweaver compares to the G13 and the Razer Nostromo.

Product Name: Razer Orbweaver

Review Sample Provided by: Razer

Written by: Wes

Pictures by: Wes

 

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Specifications

Keys

20

Key Switch

Cherry MX Blue

Backlighting

Green

Size

55 mm / 2.17” (Depth) x 154 mm / 6.06” (Width) x 202 mm / 7.95” (Height)

Weight

395 g / 0.87 lbs

System Requirements

-PC with USB port

-Windows® 8/ Windows® 7 / Windows Vista® / Windows® XP (32-bit)/ Mac OS X (v10.6-10.7)

-Internet connection (for driver installation)

-At least 200MB of hard disk space

-Synapse 2.0 registration (requiring a valid e-mail), software download, license acceptance, and internet connection needed to activate full features of product and for software updates. After activation, full features are available in optional offline mode.

 

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garfi3ld's Avatar
garfi3ld replied the topic: #31794 19 Jul 2013 19:10
Before the weekend we take a look at the Razer Orbweaver mechanical gaming pad
Arxon's Avatar
Arxon replied the topic: #31840 24 Jul 2013 20:26
I like my logitech but would much rather have this.
Hasbeen's Avatar
Hasbeen replied the topic: #31841 24 Jul 2013 21:27
Nice review, but at $130 I think I'll still hang on to my Belkin N52 Nostromo. I've got 2 of them that work just fine for the games I choose to use them on. I'm sure there are features on these newer gamepads that are nice, but the old saying still holds true. "If it aint broke don't fix it."
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garfi3ld replied the topic: #31844 24 Jul 2013 23:21
I would agree, there isn't any reason for you to switch if you are happy with what you already have.

How often do you guys use your gamepads and how do you use them?
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Hasbeen replied the topic: #31846 25 Jul 2013 02:06
Well I've attempted to adjust my usage to almost all of my games at one time or another with varied results. Mostly these days I use it in any MMOs I'm playing. I also use it regularly if I'm playing Minecraft, and I've half way set it up for Star Craft 2.

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