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Razer Tartarus Gaming Keypad

  • Tartarus
  • 25 Fully programmable keys including an 8-way thumb-pad
  • Instantaneous switching between 8 key maps
  • Improved ergonomic form factor
  • Adjustable soft-touch wrist pad for remarkable comfort
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The RAZER Tartarus Gaming Keypad places an infinite amount of control in a single hand. It packs 25 programmable keys and an eight-way directional thumb pad. Fifteen backlit keys ensure total control, even under dark conditions. Ergonomically designed, the Tartarus also comes with an adjustable soft-touch wrist pad for remarkable comfort. Other features include a braided fiber cable, full anti-ghosting, Razer Synapse 2.0 enabled, and instantaneous switching between the eight key maps. 

  • newegg 25 Fully Programmable Keys, Including an Eight-Way Thumb Pad Get an infinite number of commands right at your fingertips with 25 fully programmable keys. Bind all your preferred skills, macros, and hotkeys for a highly personalized gaming experience. The eight-way directional thumb pad not only lets you move with precision, it also can act as modifier keys.
  • newegg Improved Ergonomic Form Factor The Razer Tartarus membrane gaming keypad features redesigned ergonomics to ensure your hand feels snug as you destroy, whether in the first or tenth hour of gaming. The adjustable wrist rest can be customized to two different positions, so you get the exact angle of comfort you require.
  • newegg Razer Synapse 2.0 Enabled Razer Synapse 2.0 is cutting-edge exclusive software that functions as the brain of the Razer Tartarus gaming keypad. Save your custom profiles and sync them from anywhere in the world through the cloud system. Automatically download driver and firmware updates easily through this unified configurator software.

Learn more about the RAZER Tartarus

Model

Brand
Razer
Model
Tartarus

Details

Color
Black

Spec

Specifications
25 Fully programmable keys including an 8-way thumb-pad

Instantaneous switching between 8 key maps

Improved ergonomic form factor

Adjustable soft-touch wrist pad for remarkable comfort

Full anti-ghosting

Unlimited macro lengths

Unlimited game profiles

Backlit keys for total control even under dark conditions

Braided fibre cable

Razer Synapse 2.0 enabled

Approximate Size
- Width: 153mm/6.03"
- Height: 186mm / 7.32"
- Depth: 54.8mm/2.16"

Product weight: 370g/0.66lbs

System Requirements
- PC with USB port
- Windows 8/ Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP (32-bit)/ Mac OS X (v10.6-10.8)
- Internet connection (for driver installation)
- At least 200MB of hard disk space
- Synapse 2.0 registration (requiring a valid e-mail), software download, license acceptance, and internet connection needed to activate full features of product and for software updates. After activation, full features are available in optional offline mode.

Features

Features
25 fully programmable keys including an 8-way thumb-pad
Get an infinite number of commands right at your fingertips with 25 fully programmable keys. Bind all your preferred skills, macros and hotkeys for a highly personalized gaming experience. The 8-way directional thumb-pad not only lets you move with precision, it can also act as modifier keys.

Improved ergonomic form factor
The Razer Tartarus membrane gaming keypad features redesigned ergonomics to ensure your hand feels snug as you destroy, whether in the first or tenth hour of gaming. Its adjustable wrist-rest can be customized to two different positions so you get the exact angle of comfort you require.

Razer Synapse 2.0 enabled
Razer Synapse 2.0 is cutting-edge proprietary software that functions as the brain of the Razer Tartarus gaming keypad. Save your custom profiles and sync them from anywhere in the world through our cloud system. Automatically download driver and firmware updates easily through this unified configurator software.

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Kenyon L.
  • 12/5/2014 9:57:02 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsOkay

Pros: First off, I love the concept of the gaming keypad and Razer makes a fine product. The construction quality was good. The key lighting was good.

Cons: I used this one for about a week. It doesn't have enough buttons for the gamer who uses his or her pinky to hit the ctrl key on a regular basis AND has to use the escape key on a regular basis, this isn't going to be the solution for you. There are only three rows of keys so, in a typical WASD hand position nothing feels right when your hand goes looking for CTRL, TAB or ESC. If you are playing FPS games this will get you killed. I sent this back and I almost never send things back.

Other Thoughts: Of note, I decided to Razer Orbweaver Gaming Keypad a try (at a higher price than this model) and I love it!!! Spend the extra $$ to get something you will like.

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  • gladys g.
  • 10/9/2014 5:23:23 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsOkay

Pros: I was in the market for a replacement for my Belkin Nostromo n52te which the key paint was starting to wear out due to excessive use. So I opted for the Logitech G13 game pad which took up way to much real estate on my desk, that game pad was huge! It also broke about a week into it. Yes the right thumb space bar just stopped working so I returned that and opted for the Tartarus. Well a few things I noticed compared to the G13 was that the Tartarus was waaay more responsive in game. I usually play FPS and I could definitely can tell the difference. Another being it's size the Tartarus is smaller and IMO alot more comfortable. I have medium size hands and the feeling is perfect, might be different for someone with large hands though. The palm rest has a two position slider that adjusts to I'm assuming a medium and large hand. Which was better than the n52te which you had to remove the palm rest off and place it into the second position. I also personally love the lighting option it gives you through the software as from the previous generation it had a switch on or off. In this case the green light brightness can be adjusted manually or even set to pulsate. They also replaced the thumb space bar which from a button to a click lever would be the best way to explain it but it feels natural so that is a plus and the directional joy stick also feels natural with clicks for registering as well also a plus. I thought the green would be an awful choice for key lighting but it's grown on me and my blue themed gaming PC and no there is no option to change the lighting color.

Cons: So cons and the main reason I only gave it 3 eggs. First no polling rate! Call it a placebo affect but I really feel like it made a difference from the previous generation which would give you the option of adjusting it. As a matter of fact in the newegg review on youtube I think they even mention this version having a polling rate which it DOES NOT. Second they removed the scroll wheel from the n52te version. So you may ask "who needs a second scroll wheel!?!" Well it's not that I need it but the fact is that scroll wheel acted as 3 seperate buttons and they only replaced it with one!?!? The middle scroll push button was one, second and third being scroll up or down. Remember you could reassign all 3 options to what ever you wanted. They also removed the internal storage for a cloud type memory why not both?! Does that very little megabits of storage save them that much money! The feel and texture are also almost identical to the previous generation which means I will probably get the keys wearing there black paint off in no time. One last gripe I get the dreaded key sticking from other reviewers as well and it just happens to be the key I designated alt to. So when I hit tab in game guess what happens.......Yup I scroll through all my open applications and I have to manually deselect my profile and select it again to correct the issue temporarily, because it does happen repeatedly.

Other Thoughts: For me it was purely cosmetic my old n52te edition was getting old buttons where sticking but very rarely not as much as this new Tartarus game pad. Although the changes are minimal I do like the new Tartarus it looks nice and feels better then the Logitech G13 if FPS is what you are playing. Would I purchase this again? NO I would have kept my old n52te given the price of this keypad non mechanical keys for 70.00 and even though I had a bad experience with logitech at least there 70.00 game pad came with a LCD display which I thought was extremely useful and software that worked. The only fault in that was that the thumb space bar broke and it's size was limiting my desk real estate. Hopefully I touch on one of the subjects you may have had a question about but as for me if I had a do over I would have stayed with my old but fully functional n52te.

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  • Alexandre L.
  • 10/2/2014 1:37:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid for the price you pay

Pros: -Easy to setup
-Razer
-The fact you can adjust the wrist rest is very nice
-Took only 2 days to receive
-Green backlight is epic
-Buttons dont feel cheap at all

Cons: -Space button seems a bit fragile
-Small for a person with big hands
-Kinda hard to use the directional stick effectively

Other Thoughts: Overall, Razer has satisfied my needs once more. For the price it costs, you should definitly consider buying it (got it for 60$ after a 20% discount). There's not many keypads out there on the market so this keypad is one of the best among the few I saw.

Would reccomend to any razer fan or casual gamer.

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  • ralph h.
  • 9/4/2014 3:41:01 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggswas great for 3 days then

Pros: button layout great for MMO's like GW2.

Cons: within 3 days one of the side buttons and the thumb pad quit working

Other Thoughts: After having bought 2 nostromo's I thought I would give the Tartarus a try. unfortunately it didn't even last a week. If you are going to buy Razer products I suggest that you buy the extended warranty. I have owned several and if its not he cord shorting out it is the buttons quitting working.

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  • James R.
  • 8/30/2014 9:46:37 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsFair successor to the Nostromo

Pros: Plenty of buttons and configuration options to satisfy MMO/FPS/RTS/MOBA gamers! Green backlighting is adjustable and visually attractive. Adjusting the palm rest does not require a heroic feat of strength. New D-Pad is a huge upgrade compared to the Nostromo, and provides tactile response that requires less pressure.

Cons: Lack of QA on the construction of the unit. After ~3 weeks of very mild use, experiencing some minor key sticking for the 01 and 02 buttons. Synapse 2.0 software is okay when it works, but has been traced to the root cause of a few system hangs.

Other Thoughts: As a long time user of the various Nostromo iterations and their inherent build caveats (e.g. Belkin D-Pad that squeaked, multiple iterations of the Belkin/Razer TE/v2), my muscle memory has become exceptionally dependent on these peripherals to execute across a number of games. As the Nostromo appears to have reached its end of life, my primary "like-sized" options were reduced to the Tartarus and the Orbweaver. The additional keys on the Orbweaver would have required additional time to master, so I hedged with the safe move of selecting the Tartarus. While keystick is still an issue in this line of controllers, Razer appears to have remediated prior concerns over the D-Pad, and the new unit does not exhibit sticking.

The Synapse 2.0 software for configuration is a nice idea in concept, but continues to be of questionable value. I have had the program hang my system when configuring custom keymaps for various entertainment titles. While it's not absolutely necessary to bind the map to a specific executable, the effort ensures that you have the settings you want on a game-specific basis. The software works well when you don't touch it, and can result in power cycles to restore operation when you do touch it.

In summary:
-1 egg for Synapse 2.0
-1 egg for continued construction issues that are not vetted via internal QA

Still a great design. Hopefully, the next iteration can fix these glitches. Failure to do so will result in a meeting with the Bobs.

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  • Brian G.
  • 7/21/2014 8:38:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Like having all the keys in one location that my fingers can reach

Cons: after a couple of weeks I had configured all my keys to my specialty's in WoW and I lost 2 buttons the 11 key and the button right over the top of the Hat button . tried everything right down to uninstalling everything and doing a fresh download still the same so I live without 2 buttons

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  • Jordan B.
  • 7/15/2014 7:16:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Just bought the Tartarus as an upgrade/replacement for my Nostromo. A couple things that I liked about it were how comfortable my rested on it and that it replaced the rarely used mouse wheel with another button. I also liked the responsiveness of the space key versus its counterpart on the Nostromo. I also liked how Synapse immediately informed me that I could import my old Nostromo profiles. However it wasn't surprising for me that I would be able to import them since Synapse 2.0 has had support for the Nostromo for a while now.

Cons: A couple things I didn't like about it were the rubber feet which seem to want to slide around a lot on the right side of the gamepad under the thumb stick. Upon closer examination and some playtesting, the rubber feet just seem a little sub-par in quality. I also found that the thumb stick was really a little too small. It also felt that there was no real tactile feel to where my thumb was moving the stick in relation to the direction to I was going. On my Nostromo, I pulled off the little thumb stud so that I could have better access to the lower profile of the d-pad control under it. Maybe it'll take some getting used to, but I feel that Razer should have kept the old d-pad thumb stick the Nostromo had as the Tartarus certainly has the room for it in it's design.

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  • Christopher A.
  • 4/28/2014 7:33:47 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAwesome!

Pros: Love the mechanical feedback. Perfect # of buttons for any MMO / FPS game.

Cons: Razer Synapse 2.0... unnngh.

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  • Yelm B.
  • 4/24/2014 6:23:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNOPE

Pros: The key layout would work well for me, if the keys worked.

Cons: Dead keys, defective.

Keys feel like a cheap $5 keyboard.

Thumb stick is not really usable by human hands.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/9/2014 9:41:17 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: The design appears to be well thought out and certainly feels as such. I have rather large hands and it fits perfectly with the palm rest extended. The keys are nice and mushy (in a comfortable sense) to where they require just the right amount of force to press without killing your fingers. The key parallel key layout, as compared to a keyboard's standard skewed layout, was a lot more comfortable and accessible than I thought it would be. The synapse program is also nice to really setup the board in a way that works for every user. My favorite feature is the ability for synapse to activate a certain keyset when a chosen program is running. This allows the program to switch key sets on the fly without having to alt+tab out of a game to switch setups.
As an artist by trade, this also works well for keyboard shortcuts while drawing in Photoshop and SAI. My graphic tablet is rather large, so I don't have room for a full keyboard. Now I can just set synapse to detect my graphic program and give me a full range of easily accessible commands to swap brushes, change layers, and the like.

Cons: The extendable palm rest isn't nearly as customizable as it appears. Just like a car seat, you can actually only adjust it till it clicks back in place. This means that it only has two settings for size: normal (for small and normal sized hands) and fully extended (for large hands like mine). There is absolutely no in between. However, this won't be seen as a con for most. Also, you can't really use synapse without an internet connection, as it relies on this. So if you're taking your pad to a tournament or friend's house, you better pray there's a stable connection there. As with most keypads, it takes a while to adequately get used to the feel. The rubber grips on the bottom of the device also don't do a very good job on materials like glass (which is what my desk's top is made of) especially if they get dust on them (ie. the device may slide around like a baby in an ice rink).

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