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Razer's Tartarus Pro keypad sports pressure-sensitive optical switches

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What you need to know

  • Razer today launched the new Tartarus Pro keypad.
  • The Tartarus Pro includes analog optical switches, allowing it to detect how deep you've pressed a key.
  • The Tartarus Pro is available now at Razer for $130 (opens in new tab).

Razer today debuted a significant update to its Tartarus keypad, the new Tartarus Pro. The keypad now incorporates analog optical switches for the keys, giving it pressure sensitivity that you mostly find on analog game controllers.

With the new switches, you can assign two functions per key because of the Tartarus Pro's ability to sense how deep you've pressed. One action will trigger on a partial keystroke, while the other can trigger on a full keystroke. That duality can come in handy for more granular movement controls in FPS and racing games.

Down to the bare specs, the Tartarus Pro comes with 32 programmable keys, and eight-way directional pad, and supports up to eight profiles that can be toggled on the fly depending on the game you're playing. What's more, the analog input is compatible out of the box with all gamepad-supported games, Razer says.

Of course, there's also Chroma RGB lighting here, as well as a braided fiber cable, support for unlimited macro lengths, and more.

The Razer Tartarus Pro is available now in black and "Mercury White" colors for $130 at Razer's web store (opens in new tab).

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the Editor in Chief for Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl. Got a hot tip? Send it to daniel.thorp-lancaster@futurenet.com.

2 Comments
  • Interesting, but not worth upgrading over the regular. Maybe next year with a good black Friday sale.
  • I'm not going to lie, outside of triggers I do not notice, or utilise, any kind of pressure sensitivity in controller buttons.