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Whether your passion lies in FPS, MMORPG, or RTS games, the Razer Nostromo gaming keypad is designed to give you the upper hand with cutting edge ergonomics designed for intuitive game control while you play in complete comfort. With an arsenal of tournament-grade controls including 16 fully programmable Hype response keys, 8 key maps that you can switch between on the fly, and an 8-way directional thumb pad all integrated into one dedicated gaming keypad, you're prepared to take on all challengers.
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Whether your passion lies in FPS, MMORPG, or RTS games, the Razer Nostromo™ gaming keypad is designed to give you the upper hand with cutting edge ergonomics designed for intuitive game control while you play in complete comfort. With an arsenal of tournament-grade controls including 16 fully programmable Hyperesponse™ keys, 8 keymaps that you can switch between on the fly, and an 8-way directional thumb pad all integrated into one dedicated gaming keypad, you’re prepared to take on all challengers.
I've had a Nostromo for years when it was still being manufactured by Belkin. They sold it to Razer a while back and stopped driver support for the N52 which became a issue for me under Win7, so I figured since I liked the Tarantula keyboard so much, surely their take on the Nostromo would be golden.
First, the software that comes bundled with the Razer Nostromo is flat out excellent, very solid and stable, and IMO better than what Belkin had going with their profiler. The Belkin profiler was good and easy to use, very intuitive on most levels with programming macros and keystrokes, and allowed you to set up 3 keys for page flipping fairly easily. The Razer version has the same ease of use, but is smoother and cleaner with its layout, it enables *MUCH* smoother profile changes even within a game to other game set ups, something the Belkin version couldn't, and has 8 keymap page options compared to Belkin's 3.
However, when I first got it, I was very annoyed with the thumb directional pad, it had this knob sticking up from the center that significantly interfered with my use of it as a directional movement button. I guess the designers thought it made the directional key more accessible, but I found it very hindering. Fortunately, a closer examination revealed that the knob was removable and the thumb button's slightly dipped design was much more natural. I did find the thumb and space keys to be a bit too tall and slightly stiff compared to my old Belkin model, but after a couple of weeks of steady use they loosened up and I got used to their height, a combination of unlearning what the Belkin model had taught my hand to expect and Razer's keys becoming more responsive with use.
The keys on the keypad are *excellent*, downright sexy.Read more ›
All of these products do what they promise, more or less, why do I recommend the Razer Nostromo n52 over all of them? Let me break it down in a side-by-side comparison: Razer Nostromo Gaming Keypad vs.
- Saitek PC Gamer's Keyboard This might be best described as "The Accountant comes to Gaming" set-up. The keyboard is great, I've owned several Saitek keyboards, but focusing just on the side gamepad, for the moment, this is really not much more than a detached number pad - like accounts use. Its fine for what it does, and you can program the keys and all, but any gamer interested in their game and interested in improving their game with a gamepad will be disappointed with Saitek gamepad.Read more ›
I've used the Razer Nostromo's predecessors, the n52 and n52te, and the Nostromo is a worthy successor and upgrade. I've also tried several of the competing products.. And the Nostromo definitely comes out on top.
The keys require minimal pressure and are short-throw. The dpad is slick and responsive. The scrollwheel adds a welcome optional input, or for scrolling thru the Nostromo's 8 modes. The hardware is up to Razer's high standards, and a pleasure to use for long or intense gaming sessions, especially in comparison to keyboards that just aren't designed for gaming.
The out of the box support is unfortunately weak, and does require some digging to get everything together.. Drivers and firmware updates are on Razer's website, so be prepared to download those and install them rather than from a dvd. Welcome to the online content age. I have a YouTube channel that focuses on using the Nostromo (actually the n52te, but the two are functionally similar).
Once you get past these setup hurdles, the Nostromo is a dream. There are still a couple gotchas, as noted above.Keybindings are single key values.. no shift, ctrl, or alt combos.. However, you can still set these up as macros to bind to.. More usefully, bind Shift to a key on the Nostromo, and multiply the number of keybinds available by using combination presses.. For instance, by binding on shift, ctrl, and alt to the left pinky column, you can multiply the number of keybingds by 4, giving an easy 48 keybinds for any game. With a bit of creativity, it's easy to get up to 100 keybinds, all in one Mode.
The Dpad responds smoothly, and is great for MMOs, FPS, and RTS games. I use it for movement in WoW, SC2, and HalfLife2.Read more ›