Same old Razor ? Upgrading keyboard and keypad

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by daimz, Nov 20, 2018.

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  1. daimz

    daimz New Member

    Open inquery to Razer marketing and support.

    Years back I had Razer Lachesis as a mouse. After having some serious problems with it and it's firmware I never really looked back to Razer.

    Now that it has come time to upgrade my Keyboard and especially Keypad (such as Tartarus/Orbweaver) I was looking back to Razer products as I would wish to find a replacement for my old Belkin n52te (pretty much same as Tartarus) which have served me for years and is still working pretty well and I find keypad quite superior to keyboard while gaming (my preference).

    So naturally I looked into Tartarus and almost bought Orbweaver already. Luckily I looked into some reviews and these forums as now I found myself in a bit of a dilemma when it comes down to driver reliability and product quality.

    Orbweaver seems to have some problems with some sticky glue that goes loose after a time under your palm and uses old Synapse legacy drivers - so that tells me it's not going to be around much longer.

    Tartarus seems to have some D-Pad issues but newer Synapse drivers - which apparently are bugged as hell.

    Now I was going to get Orbweaver (I guess I could get some better glue and fix the damn thing myself if the rubber pad gets loose at some point) with Blackwidow v2 keyboard but then I would need to install 2 seperate Razer driver versions, if I'm not mistaken ? I mean wth? Doesn't sound that convinsing ..

    Thinking that the Orbweaver has pretty much the premium price one could ask for such device (same price range as high-end keyboards) and I'm just wondering what I'm paying for if I don't get premium stuff with a premium price ?

    I really would want to buy these things but I have some serious doubts.
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  2. BlackFireDragon

    BlackFireDragon Well-Known Member

    You can use synapse 2 and 3 at the same time and it will not get you any issue the only downside of this is chroma. You cant sync light between to seperate softwere.
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  3. xxXiexie

    xxXiexie New Member

    I ditched Synapse 3 and just run Synapse 2. If Synapse 3 won't let my Orbweaver come play, then my Naga Epic Chroma and Blackwidow Chroma and Firefly will stay behind and keep it company!

    I love my Orbweavers...rubbed off 07 and 08 w/ no replacement keys available and slippy glue mess and all. Despite those issues, they are well built and have never broken or failed me. Bought the Stealth in 2014 and the Chroma only cuz I wanted the pretty lights. I don't care for the new Tartarus, b/c who needs the extra scroll wheel? I adore the clicky mech feel and can't imagine gaming without one! If they came out with an updated version w/o jacking with the functionality, I'd probably buy it, too!
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  4. daimz

    daimz New Member

    Cool. Good info. I didn't find the wheel on my old Belkin totally useless as it gives me 3 buttons (i've assigned home, end and return keys on it), for scrolling i've never used it much.

    Nevertheless I went for new Logitech Craft as a keyboard as I do quite a bit graphics designing and damn I'm happy to have it so far. And I don't need a gaming keyboard anyways as there's no need for one when you have a keypad.

    Still looking into Orbweaver though for gaming :)

    Oh btw have they kept the quick profile toggle ?
    I mean when you assign a button to one of the profiles and keep the button down it will keep that profile until you release the button ? So the functionality is pretty much like with the Shift/alt/ctrl button but you can quickly change custom keymaps instead.

    I don't know what they call it these days... hypershift ? It's pretty important feature and if it's gone I rather keep my old Nostromo.
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  5. kajira

    kajira Mother of Gaming

    There have been issues with the glue sticking the rubber bit to the palm rest, but you can either tuck it back in or just re-glue it yourself if you're so inclined. Mine took 2.5 years before it was an issue, so it's not like it starts happening immediately. As for the drivers, they're now on Synapse 3, so you don't need the legacy stuff from Synapse 2 any longer.
  6. daimz

    daimz New Member

    Received Orbweaver today and I'm surprised how fast the delivery was (only two days from the other side of the globe), I missed DHL delivery though and our internal post office took 5 days to get it to me afterwards which was a bit funny.

    Looks good though, I like how it fits to my hand. Only gripe is the thumb part of the device which is a bit wobbly, although securely attached it still wobbles annoyingly a few millimetres. I was also worried how the thumbstick would work but seems to be ok if not even better than the one on Tartarus, will see. Also the far end keypads are unreachedble unless I move my arm - but that was expected. That's only the negative though, otherwise it feels much as I hoped.

    Please tell me how you got it to work on Synapse 3 as mine got only recognized by Synapse 2.
  7. BlackFireDragon

    BlackFireDragon Well-Known Member

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  8. daimz

    daimz New Member

    Agree - Just wanted to clarify it in case someone else happens to read this thread. Doesn't matter much to me as long as Razer keeps Orbweawer supported. Synapse 2 does everything I need it to do.
  9. kajira

    kajira Mother of Gaming

    I haven't actually had the chance to be at my own desk in a month or more, I could've sworn I saw it on the list in my Synapse 3 the last time I did sign in there, but maybe I'm just crazy. Truth be told, I'm kind of hoping that this means there will be a newer version in the foreseeable future that will be on Synapse 3 immediately upon release...
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