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OrbWeaver vs Tartarus

Discussion in 'Keyboards' started by venturePinkLacespot810, Jun 8, 2016.

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  1. venturePinkLacespot810

    venturePinkLacespot810 Active Member

    I'm interested in the OrbWeaber, it looks like it would be very useful for RPGs like Skyrim and Fallout. $130 though seems pretty costly though; that's more than most of Razer's keyboard it seems. That's when I noticed the Tartarus for $50 less, which leads me to ask, is there a difference other than the one less row on the Tartarus?
     
  2. Overtask

    Overtask Well-Known Member

    The Tartarus uses a membrane keyboard, whereas the Orbweaver uses Razer mechanical switches (green - clicky or orange - silent). Additionally, the Orbweaver is also adjustable so you can set it to fit your hand better. If Chroma is your thing it should also be noted that the Orbweaver has individually backlit keys, whereas the Tartarus functions as a single zone and therefore having limited chroma effects (no wave).
     
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  3. venturePinkLacespot810

    venturePinkLacespot810 Active Member

    Hm, thanks. Now I just have to figure out if those details and additions are worth the $50 or not...
     
  4. Overtask

    Overtask Well-Known Member

    I think it should be about $20 cheaper, as currently it costs exactly the same as a Blackwidow X TE.
     
  5. Gr8orangeone

    Gr8orangeone Active Member

    I was debating the orbweacer but I think that it would be more trouble than its worth in my situation as desk space is already at a premium. But the ad vantage to the mechanical keys is that they will last longer
     
  6. mike89conde

    mike89conde Member

    I bought the orbweaver to help preserve the longevity of my razer blade's keyboard. Having used both before, I believe the orbweaver to be superior in all aspects. imo, the price difference isn't much.
     
  7. venturePinkLacespot810

    venturePinkLacespot810 Active Member

    Yeah, it looks really nice, but over $100 for a sort-of-keyboard is a lot for me
     
  8. SuijinZero

    SuijinZero Active Member

    You get that nice little joystick on the side of that means a lot to you =))) the extra row of key actually helps a lot, especially of you play MMORPG. I dont play MMORPG but i still find it useful to hotkey taunts and emote and selfcast abilities on the row above my regular quick cast keys. Its really good, plus the Orbweaver have a nice hand resting feel to it.
     
  9. gaykob7

    gaykob7 Well-Known Member

    Don't go for the tartarus, the Orbweaver is a lot better in every aspect
    Also it's hard to describe, but the Orbweaver is much more than a small keyboard, it's much like a controller with the functions of a keyboard
     
  10. Psyjin

    Psyjin Well-Known Member

    Overtask summed up everything quite nicely. Orbweaver is mechanical, adjustable, and has true Chroma. Tartarus is membrane, non-adjustable, and does not have individually programmable Chroma keys so you can only set all the keys to a single same color at any given time. In addition, it's obvious but just in case you missed it, the Orbweaver has an extra row of keys.

    As for the price, mechanical is pretty much always more expensive than membrane because of the cost of switches. I wouldn't pay $130 for it because it frequently goes on sale. I was able to grab the Orbweaver + Nabu X + Insider Headset earlier this year for $90 free shipping, so yeah, time your purchase wisely.
     
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  11. venturePinkLacespot810

    venturePinkLacespot810 Active Member

    Could you give me any tips on when Razer sales usually happen/when the best time for me to get an orbweaver would be?
     
  12. Psyjin

    Psyjin Well-Known Member

    Hey dicemaze, of course. No problem at all.

    I would recommend the US holiday season (November-January). This year Razer held a multi-week long holiday sale and the Orbweaver Chroma was always at $90 during that time. Also during this time other retailers usually discount Razer products too, such as Newegg and Best Buy (especially during Black Friday and Cyber Weekend). Another nice chance is during CES - if Razer wins Best of CES (and they pretty much do every year), they do a 50% off sale, so you can get the Orbweaver for $65.

    Hope that helps :)
     
  13. DieselLag

    DieselLag Active Member

    apart from the features listed about i found that because of the orbweavers size it can get quite uncomfortable to use even with the adjustment settings but hey for that epic chroma options i deal with it-all depends if you got the money to splash
     
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  14. highwaysx

    highwaysx Member

    i think if you use it long enough, you will be comfortable with it...
     
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  15. DieselLag

    DieselLag Active Member

    Do you think so? Because i dont wanna waste my money
     
  16. highwaysx

    highwaysx Member

    it just like my first time to touch blackwidow, I didn't get use to it at that moment.
     
  17. highwaysx

    highwaysx Member

    so i am pretty sure when you are use to it, you will be just fine.
     
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  18. DieselLag

    DieselLag Active Member

    okay thanks
     
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  19. highwaysx

    highwaysx Member

    no problem :)
     
  20. squeeze88

    squeeze88 Active Member

    if i am not wrong, one is tactile while the other is mechanical keypads.
     
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