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Should I buy an Orbweaver?

Discussion in 'Keyboards' started by FiendRiver, Jan 9, 2017.

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  1. FiendRiver666

    FiendRiver666 Active Member

    So with the Razer Sale coming up, I was wondering if I should buy an Orbweaver Chroma.
    However, I know very little about the Orbweaver, what it is for or how it feels to use.
    I have only recently gotten into PC gaming and have been using controllers and joysticks for most of my gaming career, if that information helps.

    So what I wanna know is what the orbweaver does that my BlackWidow doesn't, what it is mostly for, why I should buy one, etc.
     
  2. gaykob7

    gaykob7 Well-Known Member

    the orbweaver is one of those things you think you don't really need, but the second you actually own it you wonder how you could have got so far without one
     
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  3. Oskin

    Oskin New Member

    I agree with j. My friend has one and I don't really get it, but he swears by it.
     
  4. Fre4ked

    Fre4ked Member

    I have one, and I only use it for games that feature an action bar. It stands besides my blackwidow, which I prefer for FPS games. I'm absolutely positive that, if I take the time to adapt to the orbweaver, I would prefer it over my keyboard as well for FPS games.

    Beware of its very steep learning curve, and be amazed when you're done.

    Edit: grammatical error. Shame on me.
     
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2017
  5. Psyjin

    Psyjin Well-Known Member

    Keyboards were designed for typing. The Orbweaver is designed for gaming.

    This Orbweaver has a more ergonomic shape for your hand to rest on compared to WASD or whatever you're using to play games. All your keys are in one place so you don't have to move your hand around to reach them. For example, some games require you to use the function row while others need you to press a random letter like "i" to open your inventory. Your left hand needs to leave "home" to perform those actions. Orbweaver solves that.
    More comfortable than using a keyboard.
    Honestly you probably shouldn't buy something you don't know the function of. Do some more research to find out if this is really something you need; that will help you improve your experience.

    With that said, I think everyone in the gaming community can benefit from improved ergonomics. The gear we use right now and the way we use them can cause RSI. I think at the very least, buying an Orbweaver can help you defend against those problems. The vertical 'handshake' mouses are way better for preventing carpal tunnel too.

    Hope that helps. Gl!
     
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2017
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  6. SuijinZero

    SuijinZero Active Member

    Maybe it depends on what type of game you play, I can see it being very useful for MMORPG and the sort, but for anything else I dont really know. I own one myself but Ive never use it for most of the game ive played, it's pretty good for moba as the key line up straight so its easy to use active items and the likes.... Other than that, I havent really make it worth the purchase... lol
     
  7. timb1007

    timb1007 New Member

    I have a Tartarus (smaller version of the orbweaver). Thought it was the coolest thing ever and used it for like 2 weeks. Haven't touched it since. I'm way too used to using the keyboard to change.
     
  8. LeeFenix

    LeeFenix New Member

    Lately I've mostly been Playing Overwatch, Skyrim, and Titanfall 2 and my old secondhand Tartarus feels so much better than using a keyboard (I have a blackwidow). The position it keeps your wrist in is very nice. I am wanting to upgrade to the Orbweaver stealth for the extra row of keys, but hoping to get a deal on it soon.
     
  9. kajira

    kajira Mother of Gaming

    This is precisely how I feel about my Orbweaver! My oldest daughter's boyfriend had one and I used to make fun of him for thinking he needed two keyboards. Well, the joke was one me, because my husband bought one for me last year for Christmas (2015) because I was always grumbling about having to reassign so many keys in my games. Once I started using my Orbweaver my problems were solved and life became so much easier, and more comfortable, for that matter!!

    I highly recommend that you go for it - if you have even the inkling of an idea that you might want one, I really think you ought to just dive in and go for it.
     
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  10. Fre4ked

    Fre4ked Member

    Also: a great pro for the orbweaver is its useability on surfaces other than your desk. Whenever I'm feeling really lazy, I take my laptop, orbweaver, mouse and mousemat and play calladoody while laying in bed.. It works like a charm, because of its smaller form factor. Compared to a regular keyboard that is.

    Some people might use a controller for this, but I can't stand playing shooters with a controller.

    If you haven't already, I suggest you try it out.
     
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  11. LeeFenix

    LeeFenix New Member

    I never thought of that. Definitely will give that a go once my orbweaver is delivered
     
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  12. pillowism

    pillowism Active Member

    im also looking into buying one, but not sure if i should buy a GPU because most good ones are higher price than the orbweaver, but on that note i don't have a 6-pin or 8 pin power, or even mordex to PCIe converter. But also a Orbweaver can top up my razer setup :D
     
  13. LeeFenix

    LeeFenix New Member

    I'd always do a rig upgrade before a periphreal upgrade
     
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  14. DragoNate

    DragoNate Active Member

    I agree with you, but just wanna say for myself, a rig upgrade would be WAY too much. I don't want to keep getting just slightly better hardware than what I have. I want the best or keep what I got.
    That's just me lol
     
  15. pillowism

    pillowism Active Member

    Can you send a link for Mordex to PCIe converters? can't even seem to find them Mordex doesn't seem like the name of it, its like 4 holed plug thing.
     
  16. Fre4ked

    Fre4ked Member

    You probably mean Molex :smile_:
    However, I've read that using molex to pci-e isn't exactly safe. Not sure if it's true, but I thought I'd at least let you know what I found.

    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/answers/id-2569145/safe-molex-pin-pci-adapter.html
     
  17. pillowism

    pillowism Active Member

    Does any one know why i can't find the orbweaver stealth chroma in any of the stores?
     
  18. Fre4ked

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  19. Razer.Elli

    Razer.Elli New Member

    For me you need to buy one because I use my Orbweaver for gaming (I dont use my Blackwidow Keyboard for gaming) and the good thing is when I travel or visit my friend, I can easily take my orbweaver rather than carrying my Blackwidow Keyboard. It's handy
     
  20. pillowism

    pillowism Active Member

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