Razer Orbweaver Mechanical Gaming Keypad Review

Posted February 7, 2013 by Sam Chen in Reviews
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Razer Orbweaver Software

Like most Razer products out there these days, the Razer Orbweaver is designed to be used with the Razer Synapse 2.0 software. No software is included in the packaging, but it can be downloaded through the Razer website.

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Despite how complicated the Orbweaver looks, it’s nothing more than a giant keypad for programming keys and macros, so there’s not much to the software. If you’ve ever used the Synapse 2.0 with any Razer mouse or keyboard, you should feel right at home with the Orbweaver. Simply create a profile on the left, choose a keymap on the right, and click each button to program them individually. By default, the keypad is programmed to act as the left side of the keyboard where you’d normally place your fingers. For example, button 8 is w, button 12 is a, button 13 is s, and button 14 is d. Get the picture?

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The d-pad along with the two buttons on the side of the keypad are programmable as well. It’s interesting using your thumb to walk around in Battlefield 3. Feels different compared to the usual WASD configuration. With the Orbweaver, the options are pretty limitless.

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As mentioned earlier, the keys on the Orbweaver are backlit, so you do have the option of changing the lighting settings as well. The options here are fairly basic as you can choose between a couple LED brightness settings along with an option to have the lighting pulsate.


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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.