Move over Razer, there’s a new hardware manufacturer in town. They’re called WRAEK and from what I’ve heard (and seen), these boys might just be able to talk the talk and walk the walk. Their new WRAEK Tactonic Keyboard and Pad seems poised to innovate (or at the very least, add an alternative way to play), for gamers and non-gamers alike.
WRAEK’s the brainchild of these guys.
They met in NUS, found out that each of them were hardcore gamers and decided to band together and create something new in the form of the WRAEK Tactonic Pad (and the accompanying keyboard).
So what exactly is the WRAEK Tactonic Keyboard and Pad?
WRAEK showed us exactly that at their event yesterday.
First let’s talk about the WRAEK Tactonic Keyboard.
Here are the specs for that bad boy.
You’ll notice that it’s a TKL (Ten Key Less, meaning the Numpad is removed) mechanical monster, with all the bells and whistles gamers are used to.
Despite it not being on the spec sheet, WRAEK’s presentation yesterday also mentioned that there’s N-key rollover too, so fast typists shouldn’t worry. WRAEK also promises that they’ll have their own custom software suite ready by release so that you can customize the keyboard’s presets to your liking.
It’ll go for US$149 when it releases later this year.
While the keyboard looks good, it’s just the appetizer to the main course, which is the WRAEK Tactonic Pad.
It might look like a simple trackpad, but it’s much more than that.
You see, the WRAEK Tactonic Pad is actually meant for your palm. Yup, the palm.
The pad functions as a WASD key substitute or a mouse cursor (you can toggle the functions) so that you can use it for pretty much anything you can think of.
Here are the specs for the pad.
Its main purpose is obviously for gaming, as WRAEK showed off the pad being used with Final Fantasy XIV, Overwatch and Valorant but it can also function as a creative tool used in Adobe’s products or other similar apps.
Since the pad just remaps keys or functions, compatibility shouldn’t be much of an issue.
I got some hands on with the WRAEK Tactonic Pad yesterday and it was a bit weird and awkward to use honestly. It’s understandable, it’s a totally new way to control stuff and I wasn’t used to it at all.
I was able to perform better after some hands on time with the pad. Not as well as I’d like but noticeably better.
The pad’s made of acrylic so there’s still some friction on it. Your palm won’t be slipping and sliding all over the place. Sweat (or water spillage) can be easily wiped away with a cloth too.
The sensitivity for the pad’s adjustable as well, though it remains to be seen how well it’ll do with somebody wearing gloves. The WRAEK Tactonic Pad will be available for US$119 when it launches.
One thing to note, the pad works without needing the WRAEK Tactonic Keyboard. It’s a standalone product that can be comboed with pretty much any keyboard you have so you don’t need to splurge for both products.
If you do want to get both (you know, to match the look), you can hit up WRAEK’s Kickstarter page that’s going live tomorrow. There, early birds can get both the keyboard and pad bundled together for a discounted price of US$259, a discount of 35%.
Not a bad deal eh?
We’ll have a review of the products when they’re nearer to release.