Razer Orbweaver & Tartarus Chroma Gaming Controllers Review

Introduction


Not all gaming keyboards are created equally. Some are full-size, some are TKL and then some are so compact, they’re to be used with just one hand, such as the Razer Orbweaver Chroma and Razer Tartarus Chroma we have in the eTeknix office today. For many games these days, you actually don’t need the full keyboard. Short of playing full-blown simulations games you can get away with a smaller key set, but don’t think that because it’s shorter on keys, that these two controllers don’t offer a huge amount of features, because they’ve got a lot to offer to you and your desktop gaming setup.

We’ve got both models in today to take a look at what they have to offer, the Orbweaver features twenty main keys and Razer’s own design mechanical green switches. The Tartarus features a membrane switch and fifteen main keys, offering a slightly more affordable solution, but still packing the bulk of the features of the more expensive model, such as Razer’s Chroma 16.8 million colour RGB lighting engine, an 8-way thumbpad, a pair of thumb switches, multiple profiles, macros, adjustable ergonomics and more!

Both devices are quite similar, with great specifications, so let’s jump right in and take a closer look at what they have to offer.

The packaging for both controllers is nicely designed, with a clear image on the front as well as a few of the main specifications. Of course, the Orbweaver also has the details about the Razer Mechanical switches, clearly highlighting it as the premium model of the two.

Around the back, a more detailed run down of the spec in multiple languages, but we’ll get them out the box and take a closer look ourselves.

In the box for the Orbweaver, you’ll find the hard-wired controller, as well as a small collection of documentation.

The same again for the Tartarus.

Razer Mamba 16,000 DPI Gaming Mouse Review

Introduction


Razer, one of the biggest and most recognisable gaming brands on the market, are back once again with their latest version of the popular Mamba mouse. The Mamba comes equipped with a range of extreme features that are said to put it far above the competition, making it ideal for competitive gaming, but also just as versatile for day-to-day at home use and work.

“Boasting the world’s most precise 16,000 DPI gaming mouse sensor, the Razer Mamba provides you with unsurpassable accuracy, so you’ll have an even greater edge over your competition. With its ability to track 1 DPI increments and a lift-off cut-off distance as precise as 0.1 mm, the Razer Mamba helps you to react instantly while you skillfully maneuver your way to victory.”

The 16,000 DPI sensor is going to provide some interesting benefits for gaming, as you’ll be able to swap DPI and quickly navigate even the largest RTS/MOBA maps with extreme precision. Being able to tune in your own DPI settings in 1DPI increments is also pretty special, as it frees you from the constraints of some mice, which only allow you to pick various levels, such as 200/400/800/1600/etc. Not content with a fully customizable sensor, the mouse buttons can also be tuned using an included tool, allowing you to pick from a lighter response, or a more distinctive click, and everything in-between.

Still not enough features? How about extensive RGB lighting customisation, or the choice to switch between wireless and wired modes with a 1ms response time? Plus the cable means you can use it in wireless mode, but continue using it while it is changing, so there’s no excuse to stop playing.

The packaging is nice and simple, with a great image of the Mamba on the front, as well as a few specs on the side detailing the adjustable switches and the charging system.

Around the back, an image showing off the charging dock, which also comes with RGB lighting effects.

The box opens out to reveal a quote from Razer, as well as a steel tin presentation box.

The box is the perfect safe house for the Mamba, helping you protect your investment when ever you need to store the mouse between uses.

In the box, you’ll find the usual documentation, the charging dock, a black braided cable and, of course, the Mamba mouse.

Blizzard and Razer Reveal Official Overwatch Gaming Gear


If the news of the new Razer Chroma Naga Chroma 12-button MMO gaming mouse wasn’t enough for you today, then you will also be pleased to hear that Razer has joined forces with Blizzard Entertainment to release a set of officially licensed Overwatch gaming gear!

Blizzards new 6v6 first-person shooter looks set to take the competitive gaming world by storm, which means there will be demand for some equally action packed peripherals. The new range of Razer hardware comes fully equipped with the Razer Chroma RGB lighting engine, adding the ever popular BlackWidow keyboard, DeadAdder gaming mouse and the Goliathus Extended Mouse Mat, all kitted out with a kick-ass Overwatch theme.

“Overwatch is one of the most sought-after titles out there and it’s a blast to play,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “We’re excited to bring Blizzard players, our own fans, and PC gamers everywhere the preferred FPS peripherals of eSports athletes from world-leading teams. Clad in a custom-designed theme and with in-game Chroma lighting effects created by Blizzard specifically for the keyboard and mouse, these peripherals add another layer of immersion to the Overwatch experience.”

Not only that, but the Chroma API has been tweaked too, allowing Overwatch to offer up dynamic lighting effects and changes based on the in-game action. Actions such as your heroes colour, cooldowns, Ultimate ability readiness and more can be represented directly on the peripherals lighting system.

“We’re excited to be working with Razer to bring Overwatch players and FPS fans a line of high-quality gear to take into battle,” said Matt Beecher, vice president of global consumer products at Blizzard Entertainment. “The development team has come up with some cool ways to integrate Overwatch’s gameplay with Razer’s technology, giving Blizzard gamers a whole new way to customize their experience.”

The release date isn’t known yet, but I expect it will be very soon to catch the Christmas rush. Prices are detailed below.

  • DeathAdder Chroma Overwatch: $79.99/99.99EUR
  • BlackWidow Chroma Overwatch: $179.99/219.99EUR
  • Goliathus Extended Overwatch: $34.99/42.99EUR

Razer Announce Naga Chroma MMO Mouse


Razer is undoubtedly one of the most popular brands when it comes to PC gaming hardware and the latest addition to their lineup looks set to be one of their greatest yet. The Razer Naga Chroma, a high-end gaming mouse designed for the MMO market, comes equipped with the new Razer 5G laser sensor, which is capable of tracking up to a true 16,000 DPI, and is adjustable in 1 DPI increments. Designed to tackle ultra-high resolutions and multi-display setups, the high DPI is certainly attractive, and the precision control over the tracking speed is certainly a welcome addition.

“People thought we were crazy when we invented the MMO gaming mouse — and the Razer Naga went on to surpass even our own expectations — but now, many of our competitors are trying to recreate the design of this game-changing device,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “We’re confident that the sensor technology we are utilizing will keep Razer Naga users a step ahead of their competition.”

With 12 concave mechanical thumb buttons, the Naga Chroma joins the Naga Epic Chroma, and there’s also a wireless option available for those who desire it. Those who want to complete their Razer hardware setup will also benefit from pairing other Chroma devices, as you’ll be able to synchronize other devices RGB lighting configurations. Furthermore, the Chroma SDK and hardware API will allow developers to tailor visual cues to the Chroma lighting system.Availability:

  • Razerzone.com – 6 November 2015
  • Worldwide – November 2015

Product features:

  • Total of 19 MMO optimized programmable buttons
  • 12 button mechanical thumb grid
  • True 16,000 DPI 5G Laser Sensor, with 0 interpolation
  • Chroma lighting with 16.8 million customizable color options
  • Tilt click scroll wheel
  • Up to 210 inches per second / 50 G acceleration
  • 1000 Hz Ultrapolling / 1 ms response time
  • Inter-device color synchronization
  • Razer Synapse enabled
  • Zero-acoustic Ultraslick mouse feet
  • 2.1 m / 7 ft braided fiber USB cable
  • Approximate size : 119 mm / 4.68 in (Length) x 75 mm / 2.95 in (Width) x 43 mm / 1.69 in (Height)
  • Approximate weight: 135 g / 0.30 lbs with cable

The Naga Chroma MMO Mouse is set to launch in the US with an MSRP of $79.99.

Razer Announces Naga Chroma With 16,000 DPI Sensor

The Razer Naga has been an incredibly popular choice for MMO enthusiasts requiring a huge array of programmable side buttons. Given the success of this device, Razer decided to launch the Naga Epic Chroma which features RGB lighting, a 1000Hz polling rate and 12 buttons. While this is a fairly recent mouse, Razer wants to up the ante and offer a similar model with an improved 16,000 DPI sensor.

As you can see from the technical specification, the Naga Chroma utilizes an ultra-precise sensor with a lift-of cut-off distance as precise as 0.1mm. Additionally, there is 0 interpolation and up to 50 G of acceleration.

Other notable features include fully customizable RGB lighting, a braided cable, and tilt scroll wheel.  In terms of pricing and availability, the Razer Chroma will cost $79.99 and should start shipping from November 16th. I’m not entirely sure who needs a mouse which supports extreme sensitivities, but the overall package is pretty impressive. 

On another note, I expected the price to be slightly higher considering the sensor’s huge range and Chrome lighting. I can see this selling incredibly well among MMO and MOBA players. The mouse is also aesthetically pleasing and should suit palm, and claw grips.

Are you currently using a high-DPI mouse?

Razer Begins Taking Pre-Orders On Mamba Tournament Edition Mouse

Razer announced a refresh of the extremely popular and highly revered Mamba gaming mouse during E3 last month. This device utilizes a gigantic 16,000 DPI sensor and sports two variants; a wireless and wired edition. The wireless version features Razer’s in-house Adjustable Click Force Technology which allows the end-user to manually alter the pressure required to actuate the left and right mouse buttons. In contrast to this, the wired or “Tournament Edition” mouse opts for a standard clicking motion despite being targeted at professional eSport players. However, the  Tournament Edition’s retail price is $90 while the wireless model will cost a staggering $150.

Each version of the Mamba contains Razer’s RGB Chroma lighting system to create an ostentatious look. Razer is so confident about the Tournament Edition’s widespread appeal that they have opened pre-orders, despite targeting a release in mid-August. Please note, pre-orders have a very limited window between July 23 until July 31st. While the Tournament Edition is the budget variant, I doubt many consumers will be overly concerned about the lack of Razer’s adjustable switches. It does seem strange though giving the wireless option a better switch type as it’s more susceptible to latency.

Would you recommend Razer peripherals to a friend or loved one? Will you be getting the new Mamba?

Thank you Digital Trends for providing us with this information.

Razer Releases BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma TKL Keyboard

Razer is about to release a new and more compact version of the pretty popular BlackWidow Chroma keyboard, the new BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma. The more compact size originates from the TKL, or ten-keys-less, design where the num pad has been left out. Technically TKL is a completely wrong description as there are 17 keys less on these keyboard compared to an ordinary PC keyboard, but that’s the term it goes by.

The new tournament edition still holds all the great features of the original keyboard, including the 16.8 million customizable colour backlight option and the detachable USB cable. The compact form factor and removable cable makes it easy to carry and take with you to LANs and tournaments, and that’s where the name comes from.

Users can define their own key zones with individual coloured backlighting and the colours and areas shown in these press images are just one way it can look. You could easily create a setup where you just highlight the buttons you need for the game you’re currently playing. The keyboard is using Razer’s own mechanical switches with optimised actuation and reset points for improved performance and with a distinct tactile feel. Each of these switches is built to last up to 60 million keystrokes.

The new Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma Keyboard will be available in the Razer online store starting April 16th for a price of $140 or April 22nd for €169.99 in Europe.

The bad news for most of us is that this is another US-layout only keyboard. Razer has a tendency to release their top-tier and best-featured keyboards with just the US-key-layout. It’s beyond me why they insist on keeping it this way, or why they don’t offer a localized add-on package for purchase so I can replace the keycaps myself. It can not be that hard for a company like Razer to laser-engrave a couple of keys with a different print. Well, it is their loss as I’m heading to my favourite online shop now to order a Ducky Shine 4 instead.

Razer Peripherals Chroma Range Adds Full Spectrum Colour Customisation

Razer are preparing to launch their new Chroma series of peripherals, although I use the term “new” with a pinch of salt as these new peripherals are in fact their current range with a new lighting kit installed. The new Chroma series allows full-spectrum colour customisation lighting on a range of Razer peripherals such as the DeathAdder gaming mouse, BlackWidow ultimate Keyboard and the Kraken 7.1 gaming headset.

The lighting can be tweaked on a per-device basis, or even synchronized via the Razer Synapse software, allowing colour flow and change effects between your devices to match, perfect for those who like to customise their desktop appearance, but also like to keep everything nice and uniform. This also means your keyboard won’t be flicking from red to yellow while your mouse is going blue to green.

“Our new range of peripherals that feature Chroma customizable backlighting is another step towards full personal customization and to interconnect our gaming tech,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “Chroma represents more than just multicolor, it opens up limitless personalization options for gamers to play with and we even have a Chroma Software Developer Kit for game developers to integrate their games to provide even more customization in the future.”

  • Spectrum cycling: Slowly cycles through the entire spectrum of colours for a subtle yet visually stunning look.
  • Breathing: Gently pulses in a colour of choice every 7 seconds, replicating the steady breathing pattern that is distinct to all Razer mice.
  • Static: Pick any colour from the selection of 16.8 million options to illuminate the ear cups on your Kraken 7.1, the scroll wheel and Razer logo on your DeathAdder or each individual key on your BlackWidow Ultimate Chroma
  • Custom (For BlackWidow Ultimate Chroma only): Effortlessly set the colour for each individual key on your Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Chroma through Razer Synapse with your mouse cursor, and create your own kaleidoscope of colours that is unique to you.
  • Custom – Preloaded Templates (For BlackWidow Ultimate Chroma only): Preloaded custom lighting templates optimized for FPS, MOBA, MMO and RTS games that give you the unfair advantage regardless of which game you’re playing.
  • Reactive (For BlackWidow Ultimate Chroma only): Lights up upon actuation and stays lit in short, medium, or fast mode for a trailing effect, that makes the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Chroma brighter the faster a user types.
  • Wave (For BlackWidow Ultimate Chroma only): Animates all colours in a continuous wave of rainbow lights, for a truly energetic and vibrant display of constantly changing colours.

The Chroma SDK will allow game developers to take advantage of the multitude of lighting options available for Chroma-enabled devices. For example, custom lighting alerts can be created that flash red when a player is killed or when a base is under attack. The Chroma-enabled Razer peripherals will be available starting September 2014.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

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