“Razer”, the company famous for its exceptional gaming peripherals continues to impress us with its line of products. Previously, we tested the Blackwidow Ultimate mechanical gaming keyboard and liked it a lot. We believed that Razer had achieved something ahead of its time but it looks as if Razer never believed the same. Razer continued its research and development in keyboards and at Gamescom 2012 they announced the DeathStalker Ultimate keyboard equipped with a 4-inch touchpad-integrated LCD display and promised us to give a new level of game interaction and control.
Costing $249.99, this keyboard belongs to the highest category. Keyboard with integrated LCD displays are becoming quite common with time. Recently Mad Catz unveiled their STRIKE 7 keyboard with a touchscreen. Razer Blade gaming laptop also features a similar LCD integrated touchpad. Razer DeathStalker Ultimate has the award-winning Razer Switchblade UI capable of displaying critical game data, character information. It can also be used to check emails, watch YouTube videos without disturbing your gameplay. Razer Blade laptop had this and it got mixed reviews by the critics.
Today, we have the DeathStalker Ultimate keyboard with us in our lab. Featuring a 4.05” touchpad-integrated multi-touch screen, 10 fully programmable dynamic LED display keys, Chiclet style keycaps, 1000Hz UltraPolling rate, five programmable macro-keys with on-the-fly switching, Razer Synapse 2.0 support for synchronizing DeathStalker to a cloud server, multi-color backlighting and a braided fiber cable with USB interface this keyboard is bound to provide a wonderful experience to any user.
For those of you who are unwilling to spend $249.99 for a touchscreen on a keyboard should not be disappointed and should continue reading as Razer has also released a simple variant costing only $79.99. It’s pretty much the same keyboard with the conventional number-pad instead of the LCD touchpad. Another minor difference is the backlighting color, the simple variant has only green color backlighting whereas the DeathStalker Ultimate has multi-color backlighting.
- 4.05” touch screen able to run widget apps
- Track pad with gesture support
- 10 dynamic display keys with 80 Hz response time
- Chiclet style key caps
- Multi-color backlit keys
- 1000Hz Ultrapolling
- Fully programmable keys with on the fly macro recording
- Razer Synapse 2.0 enabled
- Dedicated Gaming mode
- 5 additional macro keys
- Anti-ghosting capability for up to 10 simultaneous key presses
- Braided fiber cable
- USB Interface