With the first person shooter market on the
PC one of the most popular gaming franchises, there have been quite a
few accessories available to make this style of gaming more accessible
and enjoyable for the user and Belkin’s n52te is the latest
mouse/keyboard to cause an uproar.
The n52te is an ergonomically designed
"keyboard" with a limited number of buttons suited to a first person shooter,
RTS game or even MMORPG with a stylised mouse wheel to assist with
gameplay. The “te” in the title stands for
Tournament Edition that although may be aimed at the more professional
gamer, is quite accessible to everyone.
- Backlit keypad and
scroll wheel for total control in dark conditions
- Enhanced tactile
feedback and button responsiveness for rapid key presses
- 15 fully programmable
keys built for speed
- Adjustable soft-touch
wrist pad for maximum comfort and endurance
- Programmable 8-way
thumb pad with removable joystick
- Nonslip rubber pads
grip in place for aggressive fragging
- Easily toggle between 3
- Razer software
- Personalization of
multiple player profiles
- Razer Synapse™
onboard memory enables plug-and-play versatility
with no additional software installation
customization tools for intuitive setup and
Although the design the n52te is quite stylised and futuristic in
appearance, the creation of the unit was a joint endeavor with Belkin
and Razor which is visually quite impressive. You can even use the
unit for dark conditions via its backlit keypad that almost likes like
something out of Star Trek.
Unlike its predecessor,
this current incarnation also allows you add a removable joystick to the
device that neatly fits into the digital d-pad and was actually quite
responsive when we tested it with a variety of different games.
the n52te does take a little to master due to its design and almost
revolutionary appearance but after a few hours of using the device, even
the most novice of gamers will appreciate the facets of this device.
While playing a variety of games that included first person shooter,
racing simulations and even a flight simulator, the controls was quite
responsive as mentioned earlier, however where the unit dose excel is
through the use with first person shooters that made it quite a
comfortable experience without it being too convoluted. In other words,
everything was in the right place!
software for the device is quite straightforward to use as the user can
program a variety of macros, ensuring for better gameplay. With 15 fully
programable built keys, an easy to use mouse wheel, everything was
designed perfectly from the start, although our only concern was left
handers versus right handers. So if possible, you may
want to test the device at a store before purchasing the device.
end of the day, the Belkin n52te may not be the accessory for all
gamers, however if you are a fanatic at first person shooters or gaming
in general, than this
device may give the added edge to push you over to victory. Easy setup
and installation, good software and quite intuitive to use, another
great gaming idea from Belkin and Razor!