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Razer Tartarus Membrane Gaming Keypad Review

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Testing & Results

Testing Methodology

To test the performance of the Tartarus in some real-world applications, two popular games were selected and custom keypad profiles were created for each game:

  • Outlast is a new popular first-person horror adventure game with the standard WASD movements.
  • Far Cry 3 is a current first-person shooter with WASD movements and customized keyboard commands for inventory and specialized operations.

Results

The Tartarus feels comfortable on the desktop or resting on your knee. Compared to a full-sized keyboard, using the thumb keys for jump and crouch operations feels much more intuitive and ergonomic. As with any dedicated game pad, the biggest drawback is remembering what keys are assigned to the generically labeled numeric key matrix. It is a good idea to keep the Synapse program open and available for a quick refresher on which keys have been mapped in the keypad matrix.

Another option is to keep a web browser open and use an online service for keypad testing. There are a few good online resources for checking your keypad operation, as well as determining if multiple key rollover is performing as expected:

http://www.keyboardtester.com/tester.html http://www.microsoft.com/appliedsciences/content/projects/AntiGhostingExplained.aspx

Both of these test webpages show that the Razer Tartarus is capable of multiple key rollover including the use of the thumb switches in combination with the keypad.


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