Razer Nostromo Gaming Keypad Gets Cutting Edge, Again

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The Belkin n52te SpeedPad set the bar for one-handed gaming peripherals that looked like they could control alien spacecraft. It's successor, the Razer Nostromo keypad, maintains the look, and it's been updated to support more instantly-switchable keymaps and gaming profiles.

The Razer Nostromo's got all the new chipsets and drivers that have cropped up since the Belkin Speedpad came out back in 2007, bringing it up to speed with today's cutting-edge competitive gaming (and maintaing its crazy-ass, highly intimidating look.) In addition to its 16 fully-programmable buttons and eight-way directional thumb pad, the Nostromo can now support eight full keymaps (up from three) and twenty gaming profiles (up from ten).

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The new chipset does away with previous limitations on programming, so now all macros can be as long as you want them to be, and a new configuration software makes programming them easier than ever. The Razer Nostromo is available now for $69.99 at Razer Zone. I don't play many PC games but I wouldn't mind just having one on my desk, not plugged into anything. [Razerzone.com]

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I picked up the Belkin n52te SpeedPad when it was out and sadly, it was nothing as I expected. Just my opinion of course but the plastic feels cheap, the interface for setting up your macros was glitchy and messy, finally I came to realize there wasn't enough keys on it for the range of games I played. This newer version of it doesn't seem to have changed any of the physical build so I wouldn't pick this up nor recommend it.

The next day after I purchased Belkins SpeedPad, I returned it. The cons outweighed the pros.

I researched and found many posts and recommendations for gamepads and then found the Logitech G13. I play a load of FPS's along with a few RTS and MMO's. The G13 has 25 customizable keys over Nostromos 16. You can have a ton of profiles, it has custom backlighting, and the best part? It has onboard memory (something the n52 also has) which lets you save your profiles and take it on the go to any machine you want. Truly a great gamepad which I highly recommend. Btw, it's also $60 at amazon ;]