I know what you’re thinking, a keyboard, with a built in touch-screen? It sounds too good to be true, but the Razer Deathstalker Ultimate proves otherwise. Using Razer’s Switchblade User Interface, this keyboard provides users with a dynamite gaming experience, along with a bunch of extra features.
So let’s look at the specs for this monster of a keyboard.
- 4.05’’ Touch Screen
- Track Pad with gesture support
- 10 dynamic display keys with 80hz response time
- Chiclet style key caps
- Tri-color backlighting
- 1000Hz Ultrapolling
- 5 Additional Macro Keys
- Razer Synapse 2.0 enabled
- Anti-ghosting capability for up to 10 simultaneous key presses
This keyboard is a little bigger than average, due to the extra row of macro keys, but it still fits onto any decent sized desk. It will also take up two USB slots in your computer, so make sure you have room. This keyboard will instantly become the gamer’s best friend, with the ability to program macros on the fly, via the dedicated macro button or the touchscreens virtual macro creation user interface. The touchscreen also has the ability to run applications that may be released to allow for better in game immersion. The Deathstalker Ultimate is not, however, without its faults. Let’s break things down a little bit.
The size and key style of the keyboard may take some getting used to, if you are coming from a standard keyboard, and the lack of actual buttons for the number pad makes it a little difficult to use quickly.
The touchscreen is quite responsive, and is perfect for being used as a touchpad mouse. Beyond that, the extra features only add to the usefulness of this touchscreen. It is capable of playing videos at around 20 frames per second, which isn’t the best for a lot of videos with a lot of things going on, but it is, in most cases quite enough for watching small tutorials without needed to stop what you are doing on the main screen.
The chiclet style, non-mechanical, keys take some getting used to, if you aren’t coming from a keyboard with that style of keys already. That said, they are quite responsive, and with the ability to accept up to 10 simultaneous key presses, it gets my seal of approval. Then there are the 10 mechanical keys above the touchscreen. These keys each contain a small screen of their own, allowing for personalized displays on the keys, which is a really nice feature. These images also are placed through a special blurring method, which allows them to be viewed perfectly when seated, but appear blurry, if looking at them from directly above.
The backlight uses multiple tri-color LEDs to create any color your mind can come up with. You can also use the keyboard software from Razer to allow the keyboard to scroll through the color spectrum. The only thing I can say is lacking in this keyboard is the presence of zones.
The keyboard comes with quite a bit of software, actually. It uses the Razer Synapse 2.0, but that is an entire review of its own. Here, I will be looking at and briefly going over the apps that come standard with this keyboard.
This is, as you can probably guess, an app that shuts down all other features of the touchscreen, and allows it to simply act as a touchpad. It also converts the 10 mechanical keys into macro keys.
A built in clock application that can also be used as a stop watch.
Youtube, Gmail, Twitter, and Facebook Apps
Just like a smartphone application, this allows you to sign in to any of these services, and use them to their full extent, without the need for stopping what you are doing on your main monitor.
Allows you to record macros, while the touchscreen will print out a graphical display of what buttons you are pressing, and the timing between presses.
Number Pad App
Turns the touch screen into a number pad. This is handy, however it isn’t quite the same as having the actual buttons.
Gaming Mode App
Allows you access to the keyboard gaming mode, which allows you to turn off features, such as Alt+Tab and the Windows key to make sure that nothing interrupts your game time.
Media Player App
Just like any media player, listen to your favorite music, or watch videos all from the comfort of your keyboard.
Allows you to take a screenshot on the fly showing you the instant picture, and allowing you to save it for later.
The Razer Deathstalker is definitely the ultimate gaming keyboard, and does a multitude of helpful things to make sure your gaming experience is top notch. That said, the touchscreen is a bit of a gimmick, albeit a shiny one that sure worked in attracting me. In terms on key presses, and macros, this is one of the best keyboards I’ve ever owned, but sometimes I do feel that the lack of the number pad is a killer. That said, I do use the touchscreen, I’ve watched guides and tutorials on it, while playing the game they were meant for, which has helped me out a lot. If you have the money to spend, a staggering $250, then I recommend this keyboard for sure