Razer Orbweaver Mechanical Gaming Keypad Review

Posted February 7, 2013 by Sam Chen in Reviews
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A Closer Look at the Razer Orbweaver

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Here’s a look at the familiar Razer green/black themed packaging.

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Inside we get some documentation along with the usual Razer stickers.

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Documentation aside, we get the Orbweaver itself. Oh my it looks so cool. Let’s take a closer look.

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Starting at the connector here, we’ve got the usual gold plated USB connector Razer is oh so famous for. As for the cable however, it seems like Razer has decided to not go the usual braided cable route, so all we’ve got is the unusual thin plastic cable. For a  mechanical gaming keypad that costs the same as a mechanical gaming keyboard, it’s odd that Razer decided to cut costs here.

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Alright, so plugging the Orbweaver in, we can see that the unit is green backlit. This is the only backlighting color, which seems to be the theme for all recent Razer products. The main keypad has a total of 20 programmable keys along with an adjustable wristrest and adjustable palmrest as well.

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Moving to the right side of the keypad, there’s also an 8 way d-pad, a button above the d-pad, and a wing-like button below the d-pad. Like the keys on the main section of the keypad, these buttons are fully programmable as well.

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Above the d-pad on the right side, there’s a profile indicator that lets you know which keymap is activated. A total of 8 different keymaps are available and an unlimited number of profiles are available as well to pretty much create an unlimited number of key combinations given you want to spend the time programming it.

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As mentioned earlier, the palmrest is adjustable by pulling out the pin shown here. Once the palmrest is adjusted, it can be locked back into place by pushing the pin back in. If it’s more comfortable having the palmrest loose, you can simply keep the pin pulled out as well.

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The palmrest is adjustable by pushing on the button as shown here. The palmrest may be pulled out or pushed in to increase or decrease the length of the Orbweaver.

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Finally, the thumbrest may be adjusted as well.

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Here’s a look at the bottom of the Orbweaver with everything adjusted to the maximum length. Also notice at the bottom that Razer has included a ton of large rubber feet to keep the Orbweaver from shifting during intense gaming sessions.

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Removing a couple keycaps on the Orbweaver, we can see that Razer has gone with Cherry MX Blue keyswitches which are both clicky and tactile. This should be familiar for anyone who owns a Razer BlackWidow. Additionally, each key is individually backlit as well which allows backlighting to be both bright and even.


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  • Russell Robinson

    tooo expensive! It costs more than my full mechanical keyboard

  • Alex Potts

    i’ve got one of these from the early 00′s before razer aquired nostromo, still use it to this day. one of the best periferals around in my opinion.

    that said, it doesn’t work with the new drivers (or the synapse software from my experience) and the price has gone waaaay up

  • HughJundys

    Thank you for the information. Despite not being a user of the device it was informative, I’d love to see this reviewed by a Nostromo user. It is fun to see a review from someone who always uses a k/b mouse combo but it is more helpful to me to get one from someone who regularly uses this type of device. Kinda like, but not the same as, a review from someone who doesn’t drive cars isn’t a useful as a review from someone who has.

    I love the nostromo and rarely play without it. If I couldn’t use it I’d probably leave computer gaming. I love that thumbpad for many different games. At this point it feels so much more natural for me to use that thumbpad to move around than the 4 keys on my kb.

    This new device is interesting to me because of the mechanical switches. I wonder if this makes the thumbpad better than the older devices I have here, They did not need the extra row of buttons and I think addition impacted the look of the device in a negative way.

    • Talon

      I don’t mean to Necro but this needs to be said. As a nostromo user i could instantly tell that the orbweaver was much more precise and faster. with the Nostromo there was a chance you could press a button and not get a response, with the orbweaver the keys are very easy to touch and use. especially the space bar. The nostromos space bar sometimes felt like it was grinding and hard to press, the orbweavers is a huge upgrade. To comment on your ” extra row of buttons”. coming from the nostomo, i think the extra row is what makes this a winner. it was very hard for me to touch the 12 and 13 key on the nostromo, the orbweaver feels very natural, no matter what i button i press. And really the look isnt what im worried about on the game pad, its the practicality and usefulness over a gaming keyboard. The orbweaver is a game changer. I would recommend it over a Nostromo. But do not forget, people are not kidding when they say this thing is loud. I was surprised. Get the stealth version if possible if not either way you’ll love it.
      by the way. who cares about the cord anyways? its rubber. just like everything else i have, i don’t need it for a survival mission like everyone else who complains its not braided. hope this helps future buyers/researchers.
      As far as cost goes. i would buy this over a top dollar full keyboard everyday all day.
      Make the switch you wont reget it.