Razer Orbweaver keypad offers one-handed MMO macro mastery

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razer-orbweaver-side.jpgRazer, quickly becoming the premier manufacturers of madcap PC gaming peripherals, have revealed a new gadget designed to up your game. The Razer Orbweaver is a one-handed keypad, aimed primarily at macro-obsessed MMORPG players.

The Orbweaver is a mechanical keypad that comes complete with 20 programmable keys, each supporting eight different macros which can be swapped between using a thumb pad. That adds up to a potential 160 macro commands, each accepting an infinite number of key press steps. Each key requires just 50 grams of force to trigger, making for speedy spell casting or ability use.

The whole unit (comprising thumb, palm and wrist rest modules) can be adjusted to your comfort, with all keys backlit for improved night-time gaming. The thumb pad too can be used as an eight-way movement controller in-game, which could be useful for beat-em up fans – just imagine assigning macros for all the biggest moves in Street Fighter, while controlling your brawler with the thumb pad?

“The Razer Orbweaver is the ultimate gauntlet of game control,” said Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder, CEO and creative director.

“The feeling of having every command at hand to destroy the competition in so many different ways is just sublime, and the tactile feedback and fast key actuation from the mechanical key architecture gives you a feeling of satisfaction and an added edge in the games you play.”

Due out before the Spring, the Razer Orbweaver will set you back $129.99, or roughly £81. Click here for more info.

Full specs are as follows:

Full mechanical keys with 50g actuation force
20 fully programmable keys
Adjustable thumb, palm and wrist rest modules for maximum comfort
Programmable eight-way directional thumb-pad
Razer Synapse 2.0-enabled
Instantaneous switching between eight key maps
Unlimited macro lengths
Stores unlimited gaming profiles
Backlit keypad for total control even in dark conditions
Width: 154 mm / 6.06 in.
Length: 214 mm / 7.95 in.
Depth: 55 mm / 2.17 in.
Weight: 300 g / 0.661 lbs.

Gerald Lynch
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