Once you go mechanical, you'll never go membrane again.
I like to think of myself as a keyboard enthusiast, though you're free to call me a typing snob if you wish. Either way, I view typing on a membrane keyboard a second-rate experience that pales in comparison to the sweet sensation (and, depending on the key switch, audible clicks) of a mechanical plank. So, I'm more than a little intrigued with Razer's Orbweaver mechanical gaming keypad.
Keypads aren't really my cup of tea, but for those that use them, I imagine the use of mechanical key switches levels up the experience the way it does a traditional keyboard. According to Razer, only 50g of force is required to trigger each key.
In addition to mechanical keys, the Orbweaver allows gamers to bind an "infinite number" of controls to 20 keys. There's also a programmable eight-way directional thumb-pad, which can be used for movement or as a modifier for "endless combinations."
"The Razer Orbweaver is the ultimate gauntlet of game control," said Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder, CEO and creative director. "The feeling of having every command at hand to destroy the competition in so many different ways is just sublime, and the tactile feedback and fast key actuation from the mechanical key architecture gives you a feeling of satisfaction and an added edge in the games you play."
The Orbweaver is available to order now direct from Razer for $130, so it's a bit on the pricey side. That said, here's a question for you gamepad users: Are you interested in mechanical key switches on a gamepad?