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Razer Tartarus Gaming Keypad

  • 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
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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.

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Model

Brand
Razer
Model
Tartarus

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.

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Warranty

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


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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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  • Joshua W.
  • 4/7/2014 8:13:28 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome

Pros: I always preferred a controller for moving around while gaming but they never have enough buttons to keep up. With this you still get enough buttons for most games plus a joystick. I also prefer this since I'm not wasting 3 fingers to move, instead just a thumb. Build quality is solid and technical issues.

Cons: Small if you have big hands... Go run to b*stbuy and try it out if they have one on display, then come back and buy it off newegg =]

Other Thoughts: I modified mine by taking the sliding palm rest off the tracks and superglueing it behind the lever so it's further back. If you are worried that it is too small, this mod is very easy and still looks stock. pretty sure I voided my warranty though...

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  • Kevin C.
  • 3/28/2014 3:12:10 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsGood ole Nostromo

Pros: Good gamepad. Been using it since the original Belkin Nostromo. Razer just added the backlit keypad. That's it. It's very good gamepad. Otherwise Razer would have added something to it or changed something.

Cons: The "W" key will wear out on you after a couple of years if you play a lot of games that use it as the forward key. The biggest flaw is that Razer owns it now. Pray it doesn't break. You'll get no help from Razer. I've purchased 3 things Razer and had problems with all 3. Razer went out of their way to tell me tough luck and they would not help me. So as long as you don't need customer support you will love this pad.

Other Thoughts: I don't know if they still make the palm rest adjustable for bigger hands. Both of my Nostromos do.

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  • Joshua G.
  • 3/10/2014 5:53:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Product

Pros: This item is a good buy in my opinion. It was very easy to use out of the box. The only button I had to change was the spacebar. It has a very comfortable grip on it, letting you play with ease for many hours. The backlit keys are easy to read and have a good feel to them when pressed.

Cons: My only problem with this pad is that the hand rest doesn't go back very far to accommodate for larger hands.

Other Thoughts: I really didn't know what to think of this product or how it would impact gaming. After using it for a while I have to say that it is a good peripheral to use. I like using it much more than using an actual keyboard. I find it very easy to change the buttons around, if necessary, and I also like the way that the buttons are laid out. To me they seem to match the natural way the hand want to rest. My only regret about getting this kepad is that it isn't the mechanical one.

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  • Eric P.
  • 3/2/2014 12:56:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Lights up and software runs smoothly without crashing
Thumb buttons are well laid out

Cons: Awkward to get use to and somewhat difficult to reach all buttons without moving hand around even with large hands

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  • Christopher D.
  • 2/19/2014 7:52:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsRazer Tartarus Gaming Pad

Pros: -Ergonomic
-Smooth texture
-Great feel to keys
-Palm adjustment

Cons: -Button layout
-Joystick layout
*This is more of a personal thing, but longer learning curve than expected. This will not apply to everyone being that there are different learning curves for different people.

Other Thoughts: First off, the pros. It feels great, everything just works and feels right in your hand. The feel of the game pad is very smooth, and very soft. Its extremely comfortable even for long gaming sessions. The keys are fantastic, as far as response time and pressure required.

Now, to the cons.
I feel like the button layout is odd. The arrow keys or the WASD keys are not where the feel they should be. At least as far as gaming goes. Yes, you can change it through hotkeys and profile mapping, but I feel like out of the box it should be where the WASD keys are on the bottom row rather than the top. The same goes for the joystick, the up is not actually forward but left. I feel like up should be the default direction for forward rather then right for forward.

*Back to my learning curve, I usually pick up quickly on new peripherals or gaming gear fairly quickly, but this was a whole new thing to me and was rather difficult at first. By a week's time It feels natural and continues to do so to the point where it feels weird to grab my keyboard.

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  • Samuel F.
  • 2/4/2014 3:35:43 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice Ergonomics

Pros: Feels nice and is very comfortable, not that expensive and i got it on sale when it was 50 i previously owned a razer Nostromo but it went dead on me after a few month and this new keypad is better and i like the pulsate option in the brightness setting

Cons: The space bar is too thin and can easily break if you apply to much pressure and the pads on the bottom tracks up dust and doesn't keep the keypad steady

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  • James S.
  • 1/24/2014 1:17:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat

Pros: I love it. It is great for MMOs like WOW or FF. I have used it to play games from CnC, RA3 to Dead Island, L4D and Magicka. Super easy to change the keybinds on the fly.

Cons: You have to minimize the game you are playing to change the keybinds. I have found somethings that if you don't start your pc with the keypad already plugged it, and you plug it in after the pc is on it doesn't bring up the software and you have to log off windows and restart for it to show.

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  • Thomas J.
  • 1/22/2014 2:23:54 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsRazer Tartarus

Pros: Very comfortable. I prefer using keypads because they're usually much more ergonomic / comfortable than any keyboard I've tried. I like the non-staggered layout of the keys on the Tartarus, the even "pool" of green light under the backlit keys, the snappy action of the low-profile membrane keys (yes, even coming from an Orbweaver) and the overall matte finish. Very programmable, although I don't really use it for that (it's mostly a comfortable replacement for WASD for me).

The device itself is comfortable, attractive, and feels like an upgrade over most (if not all, especially in regards to comfort) keyboards. Even though it loses a scroll wheel from the n52te (potentially three buttons), it gains a more "normal" key layout and seemingly-better build quality.

Cons: I just...don't...like Synapse. It wouldn't be so bad if the Tartarus had a sensible default key layout, but why Caps-Lock?? I needed the software to change the bottom-left key (#11) to Ctrl (from default of Shift) and the one above that (key #6) to Shift (from Caps-Lock). The "space bar" thumbrest button is a bit of a reach for me, so I remapped Space to the smaller button above the D-pad (much more comfortable, and I've done the same on the Orbweaver and Nostromo before this).

To be fair, Synapse DOES do a decent job if you have lots of Razer peripherals, I just think on-board memory is a VASTLY better solution. I've had too many weird scenarios with Synapse (resetting keymaps, constantly checks the "enhance pointer precision" box in mouse properties) that wouldn't be an issue with on-board memory.

Other Thoughts: I currently have a Razer Orbweaver and Belkin n52te (along with a Saitek Command Pad and Microsoft Sidewinder Strategic Commander), and for FPS games especially I like the Tartarus. The D-pad for the thumb is easier to use than the one on the Orbweaver (I use it to switch weapons in Battlefield, 1-4 in other games) and it is much more comfortable overall. Some may balk at the idea of spending a full keyboard's worth of $ on half a keyboard, but the comfort for me is very worth it. It fits on a desk easier, it can allow for comfortable game play AND a nice typing experience (by allowing a dedicated typing board) and looks nice too. It's nice to see Razer return to their signature green, but other LED color options would be great.

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  • shawn m.
  • 1/17/2014 3:07:08 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsnice but could be better

Pros: nice for smaller hands unlike the orbweaver. nice response from the keys and not to loud

Cons: the thumb D pad is hard to hit in the right direction without hitting another direction if that makes since(Nostromos had an X is you took off the toggle on top it made for precises hits on the pad). anoter thing is the space bar button if you have the controller to close to your keyboard your keyboard can go over or under making the key either not go down or be stuck going down not that big of a deal unless your in the middle of a important fight and it happens. also when i got this in the home it wobbled like it is not flat not much but enough to be annoying. and last my biggest issue some might find funny but here it is. there is no scroll wheel on it i found that for MMo's the scroll wheel is a heaven sent on the Nostromos i use it like this scroll forward is auto run, push down for calling mounts and scroll back for a multitude of other things

Other Thoughts: my first game pad was a belkins N52, then the n52te then razer took over and called it the nostromos and now it has evolved into this. it is sleek and pretty like a stealth fighter but not and functional as the Nostromos in my opinion but still a good controller

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