|Item Model Number||RZ07-02270100-R3U1|
|Product Dimensions||5.99 x 20.27 x 15.29 cm; 349.27 Grams|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||6 x 20.3 x 15.3 centimetres|
|Item Weight||349 g|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Date First Available||14 April 2018|
Razer Tartarus V2 Gaming Keypad: Mecha-Membrane Key Switches - 32 Programmable Keys - Customizable Chroma RGB Lighting - Programmable Macro Functionality
|Price:||+ $17.00 Delivery|
|Number of Buttons||20|
About this item
- High-Performance Mecha-Membrane Switches: Provides the tactile feedback of mechanical key press on a comfortable, soft-cushioned, membrane, rubber dome switch suitable for gaming
- 20 Mecha-Membrane Keys for More Hotkeys and Actions: Perfect for multitasking during gaming and everyday use with fully programmable keys
- Thumbpad for Improved Movement Controls: The 8-way directional thumbpad allows for more natural controls for console-oriented players and a more ergonomic experience
- Fully Programmable Macro Support: Razer Hypershift allows for all keys and keypress combinations to be remapped to execute complex commands
- Immersive, Customizable Chroma RGB Lighting: Includes 16.8 million colors w/ included preset profiles; syncs with gameplay and Razer Chroma-enabled peripherals and Philips Hue products
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The Razer Tartarus V2 provides endless commands at your fingertips with 32 fully programmable mecha-membrane keys, including an 8-way directional D-pad and 3-way scroll wheel. The keypad also features individually programmable backlit keys with 16.8 million color options, all easily set through Razer Synapse. And with its improved ergonomic form factor and adjustable palm rest with two positions, you get the exact angle of comfort you need. Razer Synapse 3 (PC) / Razer Synapse 2 (Mac) enabled.
From the manufacturer
For Gamers. By Gamers. It's not just a tagline. It's a mission. It's exactly what drives Razer to create products which constantly tilt the competition in your favor. From behind the drawing board all the way to the tournament stage, each step is controlled by the undeniable desire for all gamers - to always win.
Infinite Commands. Endless Possibilities
The Razer Tartarus V2 provides endless commands at your fingertips with 32 fully programmable mecha-membrane keys, including an 8-way directional D-pad and 3-way scroll wheel. The keypad also features individually programmable backlit keys with 16.8 million color options, all easily set through Razer Synapse. And with its improved ergonomic form factor and adjustable palm rest with two positions, you get the exact angle of comfort you need.
- Razer Mecha-Membrane Switches
- 32 Fully Programmable Keys
- Razer Chroma Customizable Backlighting
- Ergonomic Form with Detachable Palm Rest
- Razer Hypershift Functionality
- Razer Synapse 3
Razer Mecha-Membrane Switches
Meet the best of both worlds. The Razer Tartarus V2 combines the soft cushioned touch of a membrane rubber dome with the crisp tactile click of a mechanical switch. Each key is actuated at mid-height for an instantaneous response. Now you can command faster than ever.
32 Fully Programmable Keys
Equip yourself with a complete arsenal of 32 fully programmable keys for skills, hotkeys and macros right at your fingertips. The 8-way directional thumb pad can also be used for easy movement or to expand on commands.
Razer Chroma Customizable Backlighting
Featuring individually programmable backlit keys and 16.8 million color options. Choose from preloaded lighting effects or create your own unique palette of colors for a gaming experience that’s truly yours—all set easily through Razer Synapse 3.
Ergonomic Form with Detachable Palm Rest
Thanks to advanced ergonomics, you’ll feel nothing but a comfortable fit whether you’re gaming for an hour or ten. Comes with a detachable palm rest with two adjustable positions to suit your preferred angle of comfort.
Razer Hypershift Functionality
Start by binding a button on your keypad to Hypershift. Upon clicking and holding it, you enter 'Hypershift mode', which opens a secondary set of commands for everything from macros to windows shortcuts, on top of your current controls. This doubles your device’s capabilities.
Razer Synapse 3 (Beta)
Take your customization further with this unified hardware configuration tool. With advanced customization options like assigning macros to personalizing device lighting—you can transform your gameplay just the way you want it.
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Synapse3 is too simple/broken/beta only
Update 2 March 2019
Uninstalled Synapse (as per the CSM suggestion) and am now using a free script that is available on the AutoHotkey forums. Other solutions are also available at AutoHotkey.
Update late Feb 2019
Poor and confusing customer support. Seems like the US customer services are using shoddy translation software to communicate with English speaking customers.
After I asked about reverting back to the previous version software/driver, enquired about on-board storage, and requested a copy of the updated (or any) manual, I was informed that I could just use the device without their software (reverting to a generic half-a-keyboad), without responding to questions asked.
Looking at AutoHotKey (c/w AutoHotInterception and AHK-CvJoyInterface libraries) to script a smaller and better way to interface with the hardware.
Update 4 Feb 2019
Had the Belkin N45, N50, N52 for 20 years and had zero issues, even considering upgrading Windows a few times.
Had the Razer Tartarus V2 for 2 months and...
Well, just did the update for Synapse to discover it broke everything.
What they did was update the driver for a hidden device (Razer Control Device), as per a MS directive supposedly, but not the other two specifically for the Tartarus V2. To be fair, they are just trying to work within the MS environment, but I don't update with certain MS updates for this very reason - updates are known to break older equipment. So if you attempt to use Razer products within a Standard Operating Environment (business, gov, edu, etc), if you get it working to an acceptable standard, lock it in place = no updates! Definitely no smegging automatic updates!!
This is also a good time to bring up the subject of "Hybrid on-board and cloud storage". This is the "spin" for Synapse 3, and would make anyone think that it is a standard with Razer products. This "on-board" does not exist on the Tartarus V2 or any/many other of their products. This is "Spin" referring to the standard functionality of these "plug and play" devices eg. a mouse operates as a mouse, a keyboard as a keyboard, a Tartarus V2 as half a keyboard, etc. So, for personalised settings anytime, anywhere, not so much.
NOTE: User configuration is applied only after connecting and logging in to Synapse3 over the internet.
(this may change with future development of Synapse3 Beta)
Looking to replace the device now after looking at the Razer forums/Reddit and noticing the depth of the issue.
Also, looking for an alternative to Synapse (every version) that works with the hardware.
4 Dec 2018
I have been using similar devices for the best part of 20 years, starting with the Belkin Nostromo N40 to my just replaced/augmented N52. I have also been using an application called Xpadder for at least 10 years to control my gaming/productivity devices.
How does it compare with the old N52?
At about $80 Australian it was about the same price...not counting for inflation or anything else over the last 10 to 20 years.
It has 5 more keys - always better. 5 keys doesnt sound like a lot but I can get each key do do 2 (or more) different tasks depending on how long I tapped/held the key for, or cycle through zoom settings with each press of the single key, etc.
The top 3 rows of keys are very level so your fingers slide effortlessly over them. The old N52 has each row raised so that the keys are better defined when using your finger tips to look at the keys.
Key 20 ("Spacebar Actuator") is raised higher so it accidentally gets pressed when pressing down on the D-pad.
It is lit by RGB lights that bleed in to each other. Turned them off.
Scroll wheel and scroll button are not as programmable as I'd like, but these are rarely used anyway.
Mecha-membrane - why make the keys with a clicking sound if they are membrane keys? Modding this when warranty is up.
As far as the hardware goes thats it. Only minor issues that will be sorted over time, and the extra keys give me so much more power at my finger tips.
Chroma is really good if you are the type of person who enjoys watching the light-show on the keyboard rather than watching the screen, you know, where the game is.
For simple gaming Synapse works. (toggle, turbo, repeat, keyboard, mouse, joystick, simple macro, profile & keymap, program launch, multimedia, shortcuts)
For more advanced gaming on a device like this use Synapse to set each key (1-20 and the thumb button) as a joystick button (possible 24 only), D-pad as joystick axis (x/y +/-) and use Xpadder (or similar) - Synapse is better for other simpler stuff. Notice I didnt give any advice concerning the scroll wheel and scroll button? Thats because it isnt detected like the other buttons on the device. So, if you use an advanced or complicated macro on the scroll you may be disappointed.
What is meant by advanced or complicated? Think short tap (under 0.50 sec) and long tap (over 0.50 sec) on a single key(tap = toggle crouch, long tap = crouch until released), a held key that continues to issue different commands the longer its held, cycling through 5 different commands (eg. up, run 3 paces, roll to prone, crawl, roll left/right, aim, zoom in, repeat) with a single key but many key presses. Synapse currently (in version 3 beta) does not support such advanced functions.
As a person with a bit of a history with these types of devices and related software, I can say that the hardest thing is getting used to where you have put all those commands and macros, and Synapse doesnt make it any easier. Xpadder does make it easier but it isnt the best thing. My advice is to use LEA Extended Input on your PC and a cheap little/large tablet. LEA is a client/server setup. Server on your Windows PC and the client on your tablet. By using it to its fullest the tablet also becomes a controller as well as graphically showing what keys are allocated to what (think Elgato Stream Deck without the tactile definition of the buttons).
How could they make a better "Gaming Keypad"?
Take an Elgato Stream Deck, a Steam Controller, and an Orbweaver and force them to bread. Hopefully getting "fully programmable" buttons that act as individual screens, a scroll wheel, a D-pad that is also a trackpad, and two thumb buttons that are also either triggers or trackpads. If it can be made modular for both left and right hands, as well as offering a choice of attaching hardware, I would rob a bank, if need be, to purchase two for myself.
RGB backlighting is great, keys feel good (although not mechanical, but mecha-membrane). The scroll wheel I find not all the useful and I'm removing one start for cheap-feeling plastic in a couple of spots and just sad amount of customisation compared to Orbweaver.
I love the wrist cushion though, the device is comfortable, Synapse 3 software is fine (though hopefully will be improved). Cable is nice and braided.
Can definitely recommend
The ‘pressure sensitive’ optical switches are useless, plagued by sticky-keys and an inability to practically use the 2nd pressure sensitive function due to a lack of feedback and crazy short articulation distance ( sure, I dare you to try controlling the difference between a 1mm press and a 3mm press for a different function.) pure marketing hype without practical benefit. Coupled with terrible synapse 3 software (c’mon Razer, stop calling it ‘beta’ as an excuse for buggy software) - Buy an Azeron instead.
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Reviewed in Canada on 28 February 2019
Es importante mencionar que TartarusV2 necesita de Synapse3 para poder programar las funciones: Macros, iluminación y creación de perfiles por juego, etc.
Synapse3 es el único software disponible para utilizar Tartarus V2 por lo tanto, es parte del producto que compré y esta lleno de errores y problemas.
Decidí conservar el remplazo del producto que me dio Amazon, porque conservo la esperanza de que en algún momento Razer solucione los problemas de su software Synapse3 y cuando esto ocurra TartarusV2 será un buen dispositivo.
Razer ha actualizado Synapse3 corrigiendo la mayoría de los problemas que me molestaban de este producto, ha funcionado casi al 100%, sin embargo una direccional de D-PAD ha comenzado a fallar a solo 12 meses de uso. Este problema ya lo había leído en algunas valoraciones; que el Dpad tiene mala calidad y que en poco tiempo falla.
No compres este producto, amenos que tengas dinero y voluntad de comprar uno nuevo cada 12 meses.
ACTUALIZACIÓN NOV. 2020
He comprado Tartarus Pro, con la esperanza de que tenga una mejor fabricación. Adquirí el producto en Marzo del 2020 y en Noviembre del mismo año ya presenta fallos en el Dpad igual que el Tartarus v2 que compre en 2018.
No recomiendo invertir un centavo en este producto, Razer me ha demostrado fabricarlos con mala calidad.
My main grip with it is Razer Synapse. This unit doesn't have onboard memory, so you have to have Razer Synapse running. It has minimized games while I was playing them to let me there's an update available. I find that very annoying. Also, I can't just take it and plug and just have my keybinds setup the way I want them. I have to install Synapse on that machine and configure it.
The other problem is it requires the use of the Razer Synapse V3 software which is in beta, so if you have products not supported by this beta, you'll have to run two separate Synapse software simultaneously. So if you don't like redundant background processes, this is a pain. The V3 software seems ok, but I really don't think Razer should be beta testing software as a requirement for purchasing their equipment. At least they should get all of their devices supported before springing the new software on customers. Here's looking forward to when I can uninstall my V2 software. Hopefully sometime this year.
Great colours, nice software for syncing everything up.
Very customizable, lots of options including your own macros.
Lots of button options, I like the thumb space bar.
Like the Pro, this thing is HUGE. If you have small hands, you might have to take the adjustable hand rest right off. Not as pretty but it still works that way. Even then, it's still HUGE.
Because of the size, I found it difficult to use effectively. My main steering is WSDF. That leaves the top two rows to be spells/abilities. The first row is ok to reach but still a reach with small hands. The second row? I have to lift my hand to get it up there and I can't keep my hands on the WSDF keys or I have to lift my palm. Because this isn't conducive to fast paced game play, I ended up buying the MMO mouse instead. I use the keys on the mouse for spells/abilities and then I use the game pad for movement/jumping and a shift modifier. It's not totally redundant but that really defeated the purpose of getting it. I could probably just stick to the keyboard.
Also, I didn't find the joystick useful in MMO, I could not get used to steering that way, but someone else might. It can be used for spells or other abilities at least.