Razer Nostromo PC Gaming Keypad
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- 16 fully-programmable Hype response gaming buttons are engineered for rapid key actuation and crisp response
- The Razer Nostromo's all-new configuration software is as easy to use, allowing you to conveniently customize all the buttons with any game command or key binding.
- Nostromo Gaming Keypad
- The Razer Nostromo's all-new configuration software is as easy to use, allowing you to conveniently customize all the buttons with any game command or key binding
- Connects to PC with USB 2.0 port
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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.
Top customer reviews
on February 21, 2011
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. The texture of the buttons, the lighting, and the amount of distance that your finger has to depress them is all spot on and natural in the amount of effort and response. One's hand size is only a minor concern thanks to the palm rest's shape. I have large hands, so the heel of my palm naturally sits on the bottom of the rest, and my fingers find their placement naturally as a result with no feelings of being crowded. I have a small friend who is all of 4'10", she borrowed my unit for a couple of days and promptly ordered one herself, saying that her small hand size was equally supported by the Nostromo's palm rest, allowing her to easily reach all the keys simply by resting the heel of her palm higher on the rest, she also found the knob on the directional pad worth keeping in place (though she too complained about the stiffness of the two buttons just like I did until use loosened them up).
I still possess the unit I purchased in Feb of 2011. Ever since I've gotten this, I play every game using it and should any mishap befall it I would replace it with zero hesitation. Every friend I've recommended it to has bought one refuses to game without it (currently numbering at 8 converts). The durability of this unit is simply outstanding, the keys still have their sexy responsiveness, the back lighting is still the same level of color, and only an occasional air-blasting dusting was ever needed. I hope Razer keeps this product on the market for a long time to come still.
on October 17, 2015
I've been using the Razer Orbweaver for a few years. Stepping down to this smaller version was a new experience. Less keys to map, less functions, smaller hand print, less ergonomic options, but same gaming power/control. The Orbweaver's rubber palm pad got so warm from my hand the glue came loose and the grip fell off. This pad has a solid plastic palm pad. Ive been using it for a few years now and it hasn't failed me yet where the 100$+ more version has. Sometimes... Less is more... This is one of those times.
on January 7, 2013
If you buy this you HAVE to give it a couple of weeks to get used to. It takes about 2 weeks or so to get used to the change in gaming. But once you get used to it, you will never want to game without it again.
Quality: 5 star
Design: 5 star
Button layout: 5 star
Software ease of use: 5 star
Only complaint i have is the thumbpad. I use it for 4 different abilities within MMOs. If you are not very precise you can easily trigger 2 abilities in one motion by accident. This can be annoying if you wish to use the thumbpad in this manner.
If I made one change other than that it would be to add 2 smaller buttons on the semi top/side of the piece that holds the thumb round and direction pad. Something where I could easily slide my index over for a quick hit on 2 buttons which would be in a distinctive and unmistakable location. Thats what sets this pad apart from other gaming pads. There is no mistaking what button you are pushing on many of the buttons.
If you game you have got to buy this. Worlds better than a keyboard.
I cannot understand how anyone could complain about the spinning wheel btw. They clearly do not understand the things that you can do with it. For example in WoW I used the Up direction for Deadly Throw on my rogue. I used the Down direction for Fan of Knives, which really felt natural to the motion btw. Avengers shield was even more awesome on the spinning wheel spin back motion.
I use the round thumb button as my oh S**t or CC button. Rogue- Blind, Paladin-HOJ
Some use the thumb flat button for 'shift', while I use it for jump. I use the upper left pinky button for shift. What i lose in finger shift options i gain on thumb direction/round/flat/wheel. For example - Pinky+spin wheel back= drink heal pot
on September 12, 2012
I recently brought Guild Wars 2. To make a long story short I am horrible with a keyboard and new to PC gaming. I needed something that would allow me to only use one hand and not have to move it. The Razer Nostromo came through 100%. The reviews tht speak on the D-Pad are slightly true. Not good for movement but I keybinded my menus to each direction. The macro system is beautiful. I not only use it for gaming but on my desktop. With one button I open wmplayer to my fav song, bing homepage with 3 tabs..(facebook, youtube and soundcloud). It signs into all three. ONE BUTTON!! Give yourself a moment to get use to it and canines will have a hard time being ur best freind for now on..lol
It doesnt come with the software..i found tht in a forum or just bing it. Go to youtube for reviews. But Im telling you it is worth it. Each profile has 8 different keymaps. Meaning you can set a profile for GW2 and each keymap within it can be for a different character. For the desktop i set my volume buttons, bring up new tabs, play, ff, rw, stop, anything. You set buttons to open files, programs, and start games. It also has an option so when you switch/open a program..the nostromo will switch its profile to match the program if you set program with tht particular file.
One more thing.. Amazon is amazing! I dont like shopping online but they make it easy. The only place I can trust my card number and they deliver with care. OVER AND OUT!
Most recent customer reviews
Bought in 2012 and is still working in 2017 only thing starting to wear out is the scroll wheel
bought it few years ago when it was still in production for a LOT less- $45 or so and still use it regularly. very good product.
bought this back in 2013 and still using it and works fine absolutely worth the money
The Razer Nostromo is perfectly designed in my option, easy to press, no stick buttons, reliable contacts, excellent Key assignment program and automatic key-mapping or transition...Read more
Love this thing! Great for games that require more of a ASDF type movement (like LoL or HotS). Works great when you don't require typing on a regular basis as well.Read more
This changed the way I game. A must have, will buy again, it's 2016, the lettering has been rubbed off and the black is actually coming off of the keys from so much use.Read more
I have been using the Nostromo for years and bought a several right before they went out of production. It is hands down the best video game hand controller on the market.Read more
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