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Razer Tartarus Pro: The first gaming keypad with analog optical switches

Razer Tartarus Pro: The Gaming Keypad with analogue optical switches. (Image source: Razer)
Razer Tartarus Pro: The Gaming Keypad with analogue optical switches. (Image source: Razer)
In our opinion, keypads should complement keyboards while gaming or be able to replace them completely. The Tartarus series of compact gaming keypads have a long tradition at Razer, and now the company has released one with analog optical switches. The Tartarus Pro is available to purchase now for US$129.99 and comes with free shipping.

Razer has introduced the Razer Tartarus Pro, the latest member of its Tartarus family. The keypad is the first to hit the market with analog optical switches, which Razer promises will deliver more precise and nuanced in-game control. The branded optical switches allow you to vary the pressure applied for given commands, unlike conventional keypads and keyboards that only register a single input when a key is pressed. Essentially, this gives each key on the Tartarus Pro the same flexibility as analog sticks have on games controllers. Additionally, Razer has included adjustable actuation for each key, which you can change from 1.5 mm for fast keystrokes up to 3.6 mm for deeper, more precise inputs.

Another benefit of using optical switches is that each key can be assigned two functions. A partial keystroke triggers the first function, while the second function is only activated with a full keystroke. The Tartarus Pro has 32 programmable keys, including an 8-way D-pad that can be used for navigation or assigned to other commands. All keys support macros and customised key bindings too. Razer has also included the option of creating up to eight quick-change profiles, which you can cycle between with a button on the side of the keypad. As per most Razer products, the keypad supports Chroma backlighting and is Synapse compatible. It comes with a braided fiber cable too.

The Tartarus Pro currently retails for US$129.99 and is available to order now. Razer offers free standard shipping in the US and will follow the black version that it currently sells with a Mercury edition at the end of the year.

Buy Tartarus Pro now on Amazon

(Image source: Razer)

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Alex Alderson, 2019-10-26 (Update: 2019-10-26)
Alex Alderson
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Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.