|Item model number||RZ07-03110100-R3U1|
|Item Weight||12.8 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||5.95 x 7.96 x 2.5 inches|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||5.95 x 7.96 x 2.5 inches|
|Date First Available||October 24, 2019|
Razer Tartarus Pro Gaming Keypad: Analog-Optical Key Switches - 32 Programmable Keys - Customizable Chroma RGB Lighting - Programmable Macros - Variable Key Press Pressure Sensitivity - Classic Black
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- The #1 Best-Selling Gaming Peripherals Manufacturer in the US: Source - The NPD Group, Inc. U.S. Retail Tracking Service, Keyboards, Mice, PC Headset/Pc Microphone, Gaming Designed, based on dollar sales, Jan. 2017- Dec. 2019
- New, Pressure-Sensitive Inputs: Razer Analog Optical Switches register various levels of pressure similar to an analog joystick-like experience on a keypad
- 32 Keys for More Hotkeys and Actions: Perfect for gaming or integrating into creative workflows with fully programmable keys
- Thumbpad for Improved Movement Controls: The 8-way directional thumbpad allows for more natural controls for console-oriented players and a more ergonomic experience
- Fully Programmable Macros: Razer Hypershift allows for all keys and keypress combinations to be remapped to execute complex commands
- Ultimate Personalization & Gaming Immersion with Razer Chroma: Fully syncs with popular games, Razer hardware, Philips Hue, and gear from 30+ partners; supports 16.8 million colors on individually backlit keys
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32 Programmable Keys
Take hold of your game with the Razer Tartarus Pro—a gaming keypad that will never let victory escape your grasp. From its measured, nuanced inputs to its 32 programmable keys, experience a level of control and customization made for the most demanding of MMO gamers.
Razer Analog Optical Switch
Registers variable levels of input in the same keystroke, providing a deeper degree of control similar to analog controller thumbsticks
Have the Razer Tartarus Pro calibrated for speed, control, or a balance of both by tuning the keypad's sensitivity
8 Quick-Toggle Profiles
Enjoy more convenience and utility with a button on the side of the keypad that changes your profile instantly
Bind two functions to each key—one that triggers on a partial keystroke, and another on a full keystroke
What is analog input?
Analog input allows you to have scaling levels of input (i.e. 0 to 255) rather than just 0 and 1. The most common type of analog input in gaming can be found in analog thumbsticks on controllers, where they are mainly used for character movement
How does the Razer Tartarus Pro read analog input?
The Razer Tartarus Pro has Analog Optical Switches, which measure how far down you press. Razer Synapse then translates these measurements into analog input for games
What games will work with analog input?
Games with controller support will work with analog input out of the box. This includes Fortnite, Rocket League, FFXIV, World of Warcraft, and more
Is the wrist rest adjustable?
Yes, the Razer Tartarus Pro wrist rest can be adjusted between two positions
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The ergonomic fit is absurdly bad. It was designed by a non-human, or at least least by someone with tiny hands and short fingers. It has sliding parts that are apparently intended to allow some level of user adjustability, but this "feature" doesn't work and merely adds more parts to break while simultaneously driving up the price. Also, it rattles and flexes in use.
The old Nostomo came with a driver/config tool that was compact and unobtrusive. This POS requires me to register on Razors frelling marketing page, create an account, download some fraking stupid, chatty, bloated cloud thing that tries to force open a connection to its mystery server every. damm. time. I want to use it, and I cannot use it without this effing stupid application.
This crap appeared on my doorstep less than 24hrs ago, and it is going back today. This is the sort of garbage that drives people to making fantastical threats and Tourette's-like outbursts of profanity. I'm going to try to fix the old one again and contemplate messy ends for the sort of cretins that design hardware this bad.
I've been a longtime buyer of Razer products, but unfortunately it looks like their quality control is not what it used to be, and it is absolutely apparent that their help desk / customer service is much, much worse. As a longtime user of the Tartarus game pad (all the way back to the Belkin N52), I was super excited to see the Tartarus V2 come out...especially since they brought a true D-pad back to the V2 like the old Nostromo had. I pre-ordered the V2 in NOV17 and received at the end of DEC17. By mid-FEB18, one of the d-pad switches failed (it stopped clicking, felt 'mushy' and would either not work, or be stuck on). I emailed Razer support and waited for over a week. I re-emailed them asking for a status update, and finally received an email back asking to see a movie of the issue and to fill-in a form. I sent the movie and form the same day and continued to wait another week with no response. I sent 2 more emails asking for a status and finally just called their help-line. After an ~45-60 min call with a help desk agent I was told that they would send me a label (~1 week), I would need to ship back my broken product and wait for their staff to inspect it/etc. (~1-2 weeks) and then they would ship me a new one (~1 week). I pushed back and said that I've already been waiting nearly 3 weeks to get this fixed so they offered up the "non standard" replacement approach, but that could only be done by their Tier 2 help desk...who would get back to me within 24-48 hours. Two days later (this morning 3/1/2018), I received an email that said they would send me a new product and a shipping label, but would require that I pay them first ($79.99 +tax) as a 'guarantee', and would hold my funds until they received the broken product back, plus an additional 10-15 business days. At this point, it's looking like it will be ~1.5-2 months since my product broke for me to receive a replacement and I'll have to pay twice for it and *hope* they reimbursement my funds in a timely manner.
I'm not sure what has changed at Razer, but my only other experience with their help desk and replacement process was completely different. I had a switch fail on one of my Black Widow Ultimate keyboards a few years back and was contacted by a rep in less than 2 days, was told they would send me a new keyboard out the same day, and all I had to do was send them a picture of my keyboard cable being cut in half. I was super impressed with how easy it was and had a new keyboard in my hands within days. It's clear *something* has changed, and unfortunately, not in favor of the customer.
I didn't buy this to game with, though I'm looking forward to trying it out in the future. My goal for this purchase was to streamline my workflow, both for ergonomic and speed reasons. Working with a wacom + keyboard setup on my small desk was wreaking havoc on my shoulder, and because I do this professionally, I can't afford to miss work thanks to pinched nerves or sore arms. On top of that, I use a variety of programs throughout the day and I have trouble remembering all those shortcuts. I considered buying just an average keypad but I didn't much care for the idea that I'd have to switch up my shortcuts for everything, especially since I don't always work from home with my own setup.
Enter... the Orbweaver.
As a woman with fairly small hands, I worried that this device would be too large for my needs; Now that I have it with me, I can see why some reviewers struggle with its size. My fingers don't quite reach the top row, and the bottom row can be a little on the awkward side to use. But because I'm not using this for gaming, I don't really see this as an issue. I've assigned my top row for things I don't typically need all that often (Save As, New Layer, etc) and it's worked out just fine.
As for comfort, I found the default configuration to be best for my needs. I've suffered no pain when using it (well, at the fault of the device anyway; more on that later) and I have yet to have the glue seepage issue arise (but I'm keeping an eye out for it). My thumb can reach the side buttons fine, though the SPACE button is out of reach; again, since I didn't buy this for gaming, it hasn't been much of a problem. I imagine if/when I do pick up a game, I can always reassign that button to one I can actually reach if need be.
This thing has completely changed my workflow for the better. I'm using it for three apps right now (one at a time, so I can get used to my key layouts -- more on that later) and aside from some minor things here and there, it's been a dream to use.
I love that I can change the backlighting per profile. Esoteric Spine is set to red, PS is blue, CSP is currently lilac. I'm able to create countless profiles, each with a bunch of keymaps if I need it, and I've got half a dozen already! I do have some tips at the end of this review to help you create your own layouts, so check that out if you need it.
Yes, there are cons... as much as I love this device, I'm disappointed by a few things. These things are pretty much all SYNAPSE related. Synapse isn't a terrible app; I'm pretty okay with it, to be honest. Still, the hiccups and compatibility issues have given my Orbweaver quite the... uh, personality, and while I can find workarounds and fixes for some of its quirks, I'm still annoyed by its failings sometimes. Most of these things are issues that probably won't plague others, except for maybe the Mac version of Synapse: the biggest drawback I think we Mac users can all share in here is that one cannot change the color of the individual keys like advertised. Not a dealbreaker, not even really a big issue, but it's still an ability I would have liked to have.
Okay, now for the fun part my write-up... TIPS!
When I first considered using the Orbweaver for my art needs, I combed the internet looking for recommended layouts and everything, and I found... NOTHING. I know, I know... a layout is a personal thing, based on one's own preferences; what works for one person isn't going to necessarily work for someone else. Still, I wish I at least had a list of suggestions I could go by.
TIPS ON GETTING STARTED:
(Now, I'm still working on my layouts. Don't be frustrated if you don't have the perfect setup right away; it takes time to figure out what feels right. But here is what I've picked up so far.)
-My BIGGEST tip for you? Create an OFF mode! Disable every key for every keymap on this profile. Whenever you create a new profile, do so by duplicating this profile; that way, you have a clean slate every time you make a profile. This saves you SO much time, since Synapse doesn't seem to have a disable all option.
-Whenever you start a new profile, give it a version number. (Example: Clip Studio Paint v1.) When you decide to make changes, duplicate that profile and make changes to your new version. That way, if you decide you prefer the old layout, you can just switch back. (I test out the new layout a few days and then delete the old one if I prefer the new one.)
-I have found that 8, 12, and 14 are best used for my most frequent keys, since my fingers naturally rest on them. In Esoteric Spine, for example, I have these keys set to translate, rotate, and scale -- everything one needs to animate a character. I radiate out from these three keys by importance of other tools: copy/paste, play, save, etc. (Personal preference tip: 19 is great as undo! It's within quick reach, but you aren't going to accidentally hit it.)
-Utilize multiple keymaps. You don't need to fill out one keymap completely before starting on the second! Like I said before, I assign my keys starting from where my fingers rest and radiating outward from that based on importance/frequency of use, but instead of sending certain shortcuts out of reach, I make them share keys with other shortcuts by using keymaps. (Brush is assigned to 8, for example, but so is brush size, because it's easier to remember for me. I can toggle between keymaps using left Alt, easy peasy!)
-Assign harder to reach keys to things not so important/frequently used. (01 is assigned to Save for me. 03 is new layer. 05 is delete. etc.)
-Either hunt down someone's lineart of the Orbweaver or make your own and print out a dozen or so copies to keep on hand. You can use these to visualize a layout plan and/or to put together a cheat sheet while you're learning to use your new keypad. Bust out some colored pencils and make a nice chart for yourself.
-Seriously, you have to spend like... a week using the orbweaver and ONLY your orbweaver when it's time to make some art. Place your keyboard somewhere terribly inconvenient to you so you don't end up using it out of habit. You will be slow the first hour or so, but you'll be back to your usual speed by the end of the day; as you get used to it, you'll find yourself going MUCH master than before. Do this ONE PROFILE AT A TIME! You'll have a hard time remembering everything if you're switching between your profile for After Effects and your profile for Photoshop. Trust me, I tried. One program at a time, one profile at a time if you can.
Good luck! If you have any questions about how I use the orbweaver, just drop me a line in the comments.
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Well first, I'm a big guy, 6'5" 220pounds and I guess my hands are big. My first problem is that my palm don't really rest on the "palm rest" because of that, even when I adjust everything to the biggest setting.
Second problem : I read this problem in another review and I didn't think much of it, but finnally I think Razer really missed out on this one. The rubber pads underneath this thing are uther garbage. It's so sllippery I can almost move the thing on my desk as if it's a mouse. I consider it a nitpick because you can search for "non slip pads on amazon and order that stuff for 2-3$ and solve the problem.
Also, it takes some time to getting use to. The keys aren't aligned like on a regular keyboard, some muscle memory needs some work. At first I wasn't sure I was going to like it but the more I use it the more I like it.
I included a photo to show how my palm clears the palm rest. In the picture I use anti slip material I had laying around while I find a more permanent (see esthetic) solution to the slippery problem
The other problem is it requires the use of the Razer Synapse V3 software which is in beta, so if you have products not supported by this beta, you'll have to run two separate Synapse software simultaneously. So if you don't like redundant background processes, this is a pain. The V3 software seems ok, but I really don't think Razer should be beta testing software as a requirement for purchasing their equipment. At least they should get all of their devices supported before springing the new software on customers. Here's looking forward to when I can uninstall my V2 software. Hopefully sometime this year.
Es importante mencionar que TartarusV2 necesita de Synapse3 para poder programar las funciones: Macros, iluminación y creación de perfiles por juego, etc.
Synapse3 es el único software disponible para utilizar Tartarus V2 por lo tanto, es parte del producto que compré y esta lleno de errores y problemas.
Decidí conservar el remplazo del producto que me dio Amazon, porque conservo la esperanza de que en algún momento Razer solucione los problemas de su software Synapse3 y cuando esto ocurra TartarusV2 será un buen dispositivo.
Razer ha actualizado Synapse3 corrigiendo la mayoría de los problemas que me molestaban de este producto, ha funcionado casi al 100%, sin embargo una direccional de D-PAD ha comenzado a fallar a solo 12 meses de uso. Este problema ya lo había leído en algunas valoraciones; que el Dpad tiene mala calidad y que en poco tiempo falla.
No compres este producto, amenos que tengas dinero y voluntad de comprar uno nuevo cada 12 meses.
My main grip with it is Razer Synapse. This unit doesn't have onboard memory, so you have to have Razer Synapse running. It has minimized games while I was playing them to let me there's an update available. I find that very annoying. Also, I can't just take it and plug and just have my keybinds setup the way I want them. I have to install Synapse on that machine and configure it.
- Key feel is much better than on the Tartarus. I'm not generally a fan of mechanical keyboards, so was pleasantly surprised by this
- Extra row of keys is useful
- Good placement of the thumb "button", which is why I bought this over the Tartarus v2
- Slides around a LOT. It looks as if the base of the thumb section isn't aligned with the rest of the unit. As a result, the thumb section has the most grip, and the rest has very little.
- Razer Synapse - must login to their cloud account just to use the driver software
- Razer Synapse - doesn't consistently save and restore the profiles you've synced with their cloud service
- Razer Synapse - Small text in a thin font makes for terrible readability, especially on high resolution screens
- Razer Synapse - installs two permanently running services for Chroma, even if you disable lighting
- Soft touch paint picks up dust really really easily. Good luck if you have a pet in the house
- The only reason to buy this is if you need the additional thumb buttons.
The latest versions of Synapse do not work with the orbweaver. According to Razor support, they are 'planning' to support it in the near future. Since I see posts several months old about issues, I can only assume that they aren't really in any rush to fix it.
I removed synapse, installed synapse 2.0 (found it on a razor site) and then tried the Orbweaver - no joy. Sure it saw it, but I couldn't program the thing. So it's just a nice brightly illuminated paperweight.
I returned it.
I picked up a Tartarous V2 at a nearby store (had to have something to game with) and it instantly was recognized by Synapse 3+ and works great - though I wanted the ergonomic features of the Orbweaver.
Oh well, seems that the cheaper option here is the better one folks.
Don't waste your money until you see that Razor has updated their software to support THEIR product.
Also, their site promises profiles but the repository is empty. Such a shame, so much potential and good hardware.
A lot of online reviews said that the keys make a lot of sound and stuff but it's not so noisy that you'd put your headset aside and stand up surprised. It is totally bearable and one involved in a game would not notice it that much.
Coming to the key setting, Razer prompts to install its proprietary key configuration interface the moment the device is plugged into the system. That is where we can set up different profiles and key mappings per profile. I created one for Diablo 3 and felt a different key setup was needed for the Mass Effect series so I was able to setup the keys as needed by creating a different profile. You can switch between profiles on the go (you can search online if you couldn't figure it out). you It doesn't take more than 10 minutes to get a hang of the setup process and it would do a lot of good if every user were to setup the keys as per their need. Now there might be reviews where the user was not able to use the directional key for w-s-a-d but I guess they didn't explore the Key config yet because I setup the keys and it worked perfectly fine for me, no hassle.
I tested out the D-pad and it is mapped to the up-down-right-left keys by default. It can also go into an 8 directional mode - user based. I made my Shepard character run round in circles till I was satisfied that the d-pad was functioning exactly as expected and I am very happy for this.
Unless you're new to games, it shouldn't take more than maybe 15-30 minutes for you to get used to the device and it's interface - which should be the average speed for any seasoned gamer.
Además se siente de bastante calidad y el software cuenta con muchas funciones para configurar a gusto los controles y la iluminación.
Puede ser frustrante al principio, me gustaría una tecla extra del lado derecho, requiere dedicarle un par de horas a cada título para agarrarle la onda bien.
Conclusión: me tomo un par de horas buscarle la vuelta para jugar Apex Legends, además los efectos chroma son muy vistosos y le dan un plus al juego.
Gane varias partidas ayer con el dispositivo, en resumen es una buena compra pero hay que dedicarle algo de tiempo para sacarle provecho, después obtienes gran velocidad en el juego.