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Razer Pro|Type Keyboard

Makaveli    -   June 19, 2007
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Specifications:


Razer Pro|Type™ Technical Specifications
  • Sleek, Streamlined, Functional
  • Universal iPod dock
  • 10 programmable hot keys for storing macros and keystrokes
  • Normal keys can be programmed to act as other keystrokes
  • Line-out for audio peripherals
  • Media center keys including volume controls
  • Two USB ports for convenient peripherals plug-ins
  • Gold-plated USB connector for maximum conductivity

Package Contents
  • Razer Pro|Type™ Keyboard
  • User Manual
  • CD-ROM
  • 2 x iPod dock adapters*

* For the 20GB / U2 Special Edition and 40GB iPods with click wheels.

--Taken from Razer's website

 

Testing:


To test this keyboard, I set up profiles so that I could really test every button and option on this keyboard. The first profile I set for media usage; I set the L keys to launch different media programs and the R keys to open up office programs such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel, etc. This actually worked great until I forgot which keys opened which program. During this test, I set my iPod on the dock and it started to charge – it didn’t open up iTunes. When I opened iTunes, the iPod was instantly shown as being connected and it began to sync my music like normal.

Test System:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Processor
  • ASUS P5N32-SLi SE Deluxe Motherboard
  • Mushkin XP2-6400 (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 Memory
  • eVGA 7950GT KO Video Card
  • Cooler Master 750watt Power Supply
  • Western Digital 250GB IDE Hard Drive   
  • Western Digital 160GB SATA 3.0GB/s Hard Drive
  • Seagate 80GB IDE Hard Drive
  • LG DVD-R DL Burner
  • Windows XP Media Center 2005
  • Turtle Beach Montego DDL Sound Card
  • Enermax Uber Chakra ATX Full Tower Case

The only down side that I found while testing this keyboard was that the media keys aren’t universal. This means that you have to go to the Razer driver control program and change the default media program or image editing program every time you want to use the buttons with a different program.  You can also set a different profile to have that default media program you want so that kind of bypasses the problem but it still stuck out to me as an issue.

All through testing, I found that I was constantly cleaning the keyboard because it got dirty so easily being white.  Even while I thought it was dirty, all of my friends kept saying how slick the keyboard looked and how cool they thought it was with the blue backlight.  

As far as how the buttons feel, I definitely feel as if I slide over the keys while typing and it’s not like my old Logitech G15 where I had to put all the weight of my fingers on each key to push it down.

For more information on how to set macros with this keyboard, please see the Razer Macro Guide written by Robert "Razer Guy" Krakoff for OCC. You'll notice that it's for the Tarantula keyboard, but setting the macros is almost exactly the same for the Pro|Type.




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (Continued)
  3. Installation & Configuration
  4. Specifications & Testing
  5. Conclusion
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