Razer Nostromo n52te Gamers Keypad
|Razer Nostromo n52te Gamers Keypad|
|Features and Specifications|
|Software Setup and Testing|
Today we are looking a great little keypad that had its humble beginnings solely with Belkin and has now been elevated to the product list over at Razer. This is the Razer Nostromo n52te "Tournament Edition" gamepad that puts a whole lot of control and customization into your left hand. First and foremost, it is for right-handed gamers as they will be using their right hand on the mouse and the left hand on this shiny new product. Stick around and see if it's more than just a gimmick or if it actually holds up under the hand of an avid gamer and has what it take to improve the game.
If you haven't heard much about Razer before - it's time you took a look at their full company profile over here. Still, the clip below should give you an idea as to what they are about.
We were founded in 1998 in San Diego, California by our CEO Min-Liang Tan and our President Robert “Razerguy” Krakoff in a tiny shared office with a couple other gamers. We have grown today to hundreds of employees worldwide with offices in seven cities, including San Francisco, Hamburg, Seoul, Shanghai and Singapore.
Our vision from the very beginning was to be the world's greatest gaming brand and we've set out to achieve that by designing the best gaming products that any gamer has ever seen.
First Impression & Bundle:
Since Razer has gotten behind the Nostromo, things have taken a turn for the better. This gamepad always was pretty slick, but with the Razer "Tournament Edition" Branding, they do take it to the next level. It comes in a great retail box with just enough material in the box to make you think you are getting a full bundle - when all you are getting is the gamepad, a driver CD that includes a configuration tool as well as a quick install guide.
The Nostromo is a pretty slick piece of hardware that fits very comfortably in your left hand. There is a comfortable "D-Pad" as well as a mini spacebar that works very well for the default "jump" action in many FPS games. You can remove the joystick from the D-Pad or leave it as-is if you like a bump instead of the depression left once it is removed. I find it much easier to keep my hand where it needs to be with the little thumb-joystick removed.
Now that you know what it looks like, let's take a look at the product features and specifications on the next page before we jump into testing.