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Belkin Nostromo Speedpad n50 10-Button

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  • Adjustable ergonomic gaming device with 56 programmable functions
  • 10 programmable keypad action buttons
  • Programmable 8-way directional pad
  • Throttle wheel
  • Intuitive and easy to use with low learning curve
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The n50 SpeedPad is the first gaming device of its kind, a completely new gaming tool that transcends conventional categories such as game pads, joysticks, etc. The SpeedPad can best be described as a combination keyboard and game pad. The 10 keys on the n50 act as keys on a keyboard with the advantage of being easily accessible and intuitively configured. The n50 also has an eight-way directional pad, much like the d-pad on a standard game pad. It’s an innovative, multipurpose tool that will lift your gaming experience to a whole new level.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 11.6 x 9.5 x 2.9 inches
Item Weight 15.2 ounces
Shipping Weight 15.2 ounces
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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ASIN B00005U2DX
Item model number F8GFPC001
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3.0 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #32 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Computer Accessories > Game Hardware > Mac Game Hardware > Controllers > Gamepads & Standard Controllers
#15,757 in Video Games > PC Games
#26,036 in Video Games > Accessories
Date first available at Amazon.com February 18, 2002

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i loved this device, and had it for almost 2 years... but i've since upgraded to the n52 and will never look back. the n52 is heavier, has more buttons, and has a slicker layout than the n50.
that said, the n50 is a great tool. i used it mostly for fps games (mostly b1942), and it's a champ.
by default, it'll try to map the movement keys to the dpad, which is a total mistake. do yourself a favor and set the keys to something close to your actual keyboard layout (with the wasd keys in the center), then program the dpad to the other functions that you use all of the time but usually have to take your hand off of the home keys to reach (like jump, reload, crouch, prone). with this sort of setup, you'll find that you'll be able to reload on the run, duck, and jump while doing other things - which will greatly improve your game.
some things to remember with the n50 -
the scrollbar is next to useless, and, unless you work for a circus full-time, you'll never be able to reach it. i'd say that the same holds true for some of the keys to the left and right of the 'home' area. also, the rest area on the n50 is somewhat uncomfortable and way too light in comparison to the n52. also, make /certain/ that you install the drivers that are up on their site (3.0), not the ones that come with the cd (which are older and buggier).
anyway, if you're looking at this product, i'd suggest dropping the extra 10 bucks and getting the n52. it's a more refined product, and really works better.
see you on the battlefield.
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By A Customer on October 10, 2002
This is a great FPS game controller, designed to be used with the left hand (think: WASD) while your right moves the mouse. The latest free update (as of this writing) v2.6, allows it to work perfectly on XP machines, plus adds a bunch of new features that some people were whining about. For example: you can now use the D-pad for shift keys! This lets you quadruple the number of functions of each of the ten main keys without sacrificing any of them as shift keys! (That right there takes out most of the user complaints about how it wasn't quite perfect enough for them.) Someone was saying that there are 8 keys, but no, there are 10. Two rows of 5 = 10 last time I checked. Plus the 8-direction D-pad. The throttle control is useless, but so what? It doesn't get in the way, and is easily ignored. The macro programmability is extremely powerful and immenently useful. Oh, another change with the new v2.6 update is the ability to edit macros that you have recorded! Yes! And, as always, you can easily set it up so that a particular key-mapping "profile" is automatically loaded when you start up a particular game -- and you can just leave it plugged into its USB port when not playing games, it doesn't take over any keys on your regular keyboard when inactive. If you play a lot of FPS games, you will LOVE the way this thing handles! You can frag for many more hours now before feeling any fatigue in your left hand. After you get used to it, you will not want to go back to your keyboard. The only thing about it is that southpaws need not apply (unless they use their mouse in their right hand. I know a few that do.)
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The Belkin Nostromo Speedpad n50 is by far the greatest PC Gaming device of it's day. It debuted in 2001-2002, and I quickly bought one for 55.00 dollars. Every penny was worth this little guy. After about 30 minutes of gameplay you will never have to look down at the keys. This device is designed with one thing in mind, to create seamless gameplay between you and the game. You forget you are even using a gamepad, the controls become second nature, and your abilities and scores rise immediately. Now, for some more in-depth rating of this device, see below.

Functionality: Easily 5 out of 5 stars. There is a wrist pad that can be adjusted for different hand sizes to provide a better reach for the keys. 10 total keys are set in the top of the gamepad, designed and angeled perfectly for FPS players' typical controls. There is a D-pad that can be reached by the thumb, as well as a scroll wheel that can be reached by the fore-finger. Every single button can be completely customized on the n50, and three profiles can be created and 'hot-keyed' by a simple switch on the n50, so that you can switch profiles/key-sets 'on-the-fly' without having to re-program it. One of the best features of this device is the software that is bundled with it, and immediate customer support by Belkin. Simply stated, the software allows for immediate customization of any and all keys on the keypad, and get this, you can even create profiles in the software linked to any program in your computer. For example, I set profiles for Counter-Strike, Battlefield 1942, Vietcong, R63: Raven Shield, and Swat 3. As soon as I boot up whichever game, the software recognizes the game, and the gamepad controls for that particular game are selected automatically by the software.
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I'm an avid gamer and I'm always looking products to improve my left hand performance in the games I play. A lot of excellent players in the Unreal Tournament and Quake gaming communities swear by the Nostromo game pad. Essentially, Nostromo weans the user from the keyboard, to a programmable pad designed to provide quick access to programmed sequence commands. For instance, in UT, the complete sequence to translocate involves three commands, 1. Get the translocator, 2. Fire or toss the translocator, 3. And finally hitting Alt Fire completes the translocator command completes the translocation. Notromo allows the user to complete multi-tiered commands, like translocation, in the stroke of one key, instead of three. This sort of shortcut will save time and as every gamer knows time is of the essence in executing a game command.
The more savvy gamer will recogize that what I've just described is a simplified program to write "raw keybinds"; or programmable commands that can be tied to specific keys by accessing the game console and typing the word "preferences". It is admirable that Nostromo is providing a simple keybind program for the novice gamer, who knows nothing of the arcane mysteries of programming keybinds. Every gaming newbie should do everything in their power to level the playing field with the pros and Nostromo helps. The veteran gamer will realize that Nostromo is providing a program to do what he or she can already do themselves by writting and executing their own raw keybinds.
The second advantage of Nostromo is the actual design of the game pad itself. It is designed to replace the keyboard with a compact unit that has ten keys, a directional pad and a throttle to replace often clumsy method of searching for the correct key on a full sized keyboard.
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