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Belkin n52te Tournament Edition SpeedPad
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Product Description

Whether for FPS (First Person Shooter), MMORPG (Mass Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game), or RTS (Real Time Strategy) games, Belkin's n52te is built to dominate with swift execution. Gain a competitive edge with fully customizable keys, portable player profiles, cool blue backlighting, and Razer's killer performance tools. Bring on all challengers and see why your n52te won't be the only thing that's lit up. Enhanced tactile feedback and button responsiveness for rapid key presses Backlit keypad and scroll wheel for total control in dark conditions System Requirements - Windows XP, XP 64-bit, Windows Vista, Vista 64-bit, Mac OS X v10.2.8 or above, USB port, CD or DVD drive, 35MB free space and DirectX compatible video card



The n52te is an innovative keyboard and gamepad with incredible personalization options powered by Razer. View larger.


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The Belkin n52te offers:
  • Keyboard and gamepad functionality
  • Adjustable soft-touch wrist pad and backlit keypad and scroll wheel
  • 15 fully programmable keys built for complete customization and speed
  • Personalization options powered by Razer


Dominate your opponents with Belkin's n52te. View larger.
Dominate your opponents with Belkin's n52te, an innovative gamepad and keyboard that integrates crucial gaming functions into one, sleekly designed device. Whether your passion is rooted in FPS, MMORPG, or RTS games, Belkin's n52te is built to deliver wicked-fast response to whatever mayhem comes your way.

Keyboard and Gamepad Functionality
The n52te puts keyboard and gamepad functionality into one small and easy-to-use unit, delivering more tools for customizing your game than ever. Using feedback from hundreds of gamers, Belkin's engineers designed the n52te's intuitive nature and stylish versatility to give you easy access to your arsenal of deadly maneuvers.

An adjustable soft-touch wrist pad offers maximum comfort and endurance, while the backlit keypad and scroll wheel give you total control in dark conditions. Gamers demand speed and instantaneous response, so the n52te features enhanced tactile feedback and button responsiveness for rapid key presses. Non-slip, rubber stability pads keep the device in place so you can concentrate on firing, bobbing, and weaving.

Supreme Customization
Need to custom tune your device to match your unique fragging needs? Not a problem with the n52te. Fifteen fully-programmable keys and three keymaps are built for complete customization and speed, giving you intuitive setup and performance. The 8-way thumb pad is programmable, as well, and it sports a removable joystick.

Powered by Razer
Thanks to Razer Synapsea? embedded memory, you can personalize multiple player profiles for all your games and access killer performance tools. The inclusion of onboard memory also means that you get plug and play versatility with no additional software installation.


What's in the Box
Belkin n52te, quick start guide, and Nostromo Array Programming Software.

Features:
  • Gaming accessory incorporates keyboard and gamepad functions into one easy-to-use device
  • 15 fully programmable keys built for complete customization and speed
  • Programmable 8-way thumb pad with removable joystick
  • Adjustable wrist pad and backlit keypad and scroll wheel
  • Embedded memory powered by Razer allows you to personalize multiple player profiles for all your games

Customer Reviews:

  • Great Gamepad
    Over many years i've owned a few game pads and even a few N52s. My last N52's dpad was starting to get squeaky and the wheel was starting to have some problems. So I decided to upgrade to the N52TE, which I really like the new feel of it. The dpad feels better, the buttons feel better with less depression needed to register a key press, the mouse wheel operates better, and the button above the dpad seems easier to press (the n52's button seemed harder to click).

    Outside of that my only gripe is the software which I havn't had much time to play with yet, but I preferred the N52 software over the N52TE software. I'm also not sure that the auto profile switching seems to be working correctly, but as I said I havn't spent much time trouble shooting it.

    If you are looking for a gamepad this thing is the way to go, I recommend them to my friends all the time. If it's WoW, FPS, or really any game at all I use this puppy and I would never go back to a keyboard use for gaming ever again....more info
  • More than I had expected.
    I'm a college student who's always busy shuffling my free time with school and work time. For a moment I thought, maybe I shouldnt purchase this, only cause I'm not a hardcore gamer that I'd like to be. But I have to say....this piece of equipment is pretty awesome even if you dont have a chance to play games all day.
    I purchased it with the idea of playing a few MMORPG games and Unreal Tournament, but it also works well with simple Windows shortcut keys. It works great!
    My only issue (which I have read prior to purchasing it) is the awkward thumb button. Its not that it feels unnatural, its just odd when you press it because there is hardly any force applied when your thumb moves in that direction. Its a bit tough to know when you've actually pressed the button or simply just budged it. regardless...all the keys are programmable, and there are many keys available for its substitution.
    The software it comes with takes a while getting used to, but thats not too hard to iron out. Other than that, the device looks sleek, feels sleek, and its just way to cool not to have if you like MMOGs haha. Despite that one button, I highly recommend it!
    ...more info
  • The right stuff!
    I am an avid WoW player and this device has seriously improved my game. I believe it's going to be a love/hate thing for most people, either you'll never play w/o it again or you just wont be able to get used to the new play style. It did take me a couple of weeks to get used playing with a game pad instead of a keyboard....more info
  • Better than everything else
    I am a veteran of computer gamepads, having tried Saitek Cyborg Command Unit and Logitech G13, even oldies but goodies such as the Thrusmaster Tactical Board. I play mostly real time strategy games such as the Total War series and Civ-IV. The n52te, even with several poor choices made in updating it from n52, is still the best choice out there for a game pad in my estimation.
    The Bad (in hopes that someone in power will read this and get it right next time):
    1. Clunky Software: Someone should tell Razer they do not know **** about what makes a good programming interface for a game pad. The old Belkin software for the n52 (before Razer introduced its mouse software) was much better. Nonetheless, you can get what you want done with the Razer software, even if takes longer than it should.
    2. Fewer Shift States: Razer in its wisdom decided that eliminating the default shift state (or one of the four shift states) from the old n52 would not be missed. Bad idea. Eliminating 25% of the button options is not a good upgrade.
    3. Faulty thumb bar: The thumb button/space bar (button15) is unreliable on the n52te - sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. You cannot assign anything important to it. At least this is not an essential button (unlike the faulty thumb control and sometimes other buttons on the Saitek Cyborg Command Unit).
    The Good (these features are keepers):
    1: Periscoping thumb control: The new n52te comes with an optional extension of the thumb d-pad control, to give it a more joy stick feel. I don't know if this was by design, but the optional extension can actually be pulled out only partially to rest sturdily at a quarter of an inch over the d-pad to give it even more leverage. This extension competes very well with the Saitek and Logitech thumb-joystick gamepad designs, and still allows the pure d-pad aficionado to dispense with it.
    2: Good layout: The keys are not too many and easy to reach and locate by touch without making mistakes (unlike the Logitech G13). Another row of buttons above or off to the side somewhere (e.g., Saitek Cyborg Command Unit) might not hurt, but more buttons are not really that useful when you want to concentrate on the screen not your fingers.
    3. Sturdy and Reliable: Aside from the thumb button, this pad works reliably with repeated use over a year in my experience.
    4. Not a big thing, but the new soft-touch wrist pad is slightly more comfortable than the old n52 plastic design. ...more info
  • N52te a letdown
    I bought a Belkin N52 about 2 yrs ago and loved it. I used it quite a bit and when I felt like it was getting a bit long in the tooth I looked for a replacement, but the N52 was no longer being produced. I bought the N52TE expecting the same product with some cosmetic differences and perhaps some minor improvements.

    What I didn't know was Belkin had been bought out in between products, and new designers took over the project. And boy did they botch it. The software was different and inferior. For those that enjoyed multiple key states...well, you get one less. The D-pad has issues, and macro functionality has been reduced. Basically their next generation product took a giant step backwards.

    I will say the product hardware is improved. Ergonomically it feels great, and slightly better than the older N52. But banking on style over substance wasn't what I had in mind when I bought one.

    I'd recommend anyone seriously considering buying an N52TE head over to Belkin's community forums. The forums for the N52TE are a graveyard of unanswered posts asking about (previously promised) driver updates and requests to have old functionality reinstated. There are more reviews of alternative game pads than responses from Belkin. It's probably a bad sign when a product's message boards basically serve as an advertisement for competitors.

    If you just want basic, basic functions this may suit your needs. But if you're looking for an upgrade/replacement for an N52 I'd suggest scouring eBay to try to pick up an original instead....more info
  • I love my n52te!
    I was very sad the day my old n52 finally wore out. It had provided me with years of great game play, and had made my game playing easier across all different genera of games (I am definitely an entusiast, and play all game types out there, including, but not limited to, fps, rts, mmorpg, turn-based strategy, and simulators). I was even more dismayed when I logged on to Amazon.com and saw all the negative reviews people had written here.

    Because of all the bad reviews, I almost passed on purchasing this new version of the n52 when my old n52 wore out, but on the off chance that it might not be as bad as the reviews were leading me to believe, I decided to order three pads, including the n52te, with the expectation that I'd return the two I least liked. The n52te stayed with me, and the other two went back. Hopefully the following review will give some indication why.

    What I ended up discovering was a game pad which was in most ways an improvement over the old version. I know my opinion is a minority view, but as a person who games for at least eight to ten hours a day, I believe it is a well tested and well founded view. In this review I will discuss some of the issues others have had, and how those have differed from my experiences. In addition, I'll talk about some things that few (if any) other reviewers have discussed, but which can be useful for the n52 novice and maybe some old timers too.

    Much has been made of the quality of the build of the n52te. My experience has not upheld those findings. While some people have commented that the key directly under the thumb (usually referred to as the "space bar", but which can be programmed both on the n52 and the n52te to do anything you want it to do... game wise that is... I have yet to find a way to get it to do the laundry or wash the windows). Other users have complained that the thumb button felt "mushy" to them. I have not had any problems with either key, and have to wonder if maybe the users who had units which had that problem were in some way defective. The other possibility is that something about my touch is different from theirs, and that therefore the buttons work correctly for me even though they don't for them, though I rather doubt that this is the case since no matter in which way I push those buttons do I have any trouble with them. Further, they keyboard buttons have a much better feel to me than did the old n52. The n52 had a plastic on plastic feel, whereas the n52te has that slight click that good keyboards have.

    Many people have complained that the n52te has fewer modes than the n52 had. This is true. The n52 had four modes, whereas the n52te has only three. But in all the years and through all the games which I have played since the n52 came out, I have never used four modes. For some games, such as World of Warcraft or Everquest and Everquest 2, I have used three, but for the fast majority of my games I use one or two. People who have been using four either aren't being creative enough with programming the n52 series pads, or haven't been making use of in game key binds. Using in-game key binds it is quite easy to program the pad such that by pressing two or three keys together you will come up with an entirely different result than if you pushed just one or two keys. The idea here is to bind one key as a shift key, one key as a ctrl key, one key as an alt key, etc., then define different key actions in the game to be, say for instance "p", "shift-p", "ctrl-shift-p, or any combination you can think of. Also you can set up the D-pad to act either as a second mouse (good for using mouse-look in games where you use the mouse to move around and can use a second mouse to look in a different direction than the direction you're moving in), or as eight different buttons. Becoming proficient at using the d-pad takes some practice, but once you get good at it you can program it in many different ways with equal success using it no matter how you program it. The scroll wheel doesn't have to be used exactly like a mouse's scroll wheel. Unlike the n52, the n52te's wheel has can be clicked like the "middle button" click available on many mouse scroll wheels. That means that the wheel can be used as three different keys, or if you'd rather, like a standard mouse wheel. I often program the wheel to shift between the three modes, such that up is red, click is blue, and down is green.

    The software and memory of this unit is provided by Razor, the same company which makes the high-end gaming mice. For those familiar with programming Razor mice the programming interface will be as familiar as air since it is identical to the mouse programming software, except on steroids to accommodate for all the keys and buttons. For those who have used only the old n52 software it will be like starting all over again, but if you take the time to learn it, it will be no harder, and perhaps a bit easier than it was to learn the n52's programming software when you first started off with it. For those who are new to programmable devices, it's not that hard to learn. You simply click on the key you want to program, then choose what you want that key to do from a drop-down menu. If you choose "macro" from the list, you'll need to type in the letters you'd type in if you were doing the same thing on your regular keyboard. The advantage is that you can chain together commands to have them execute rapidly (or slowly if needed) in succession with only one key press, rather than many. The n52te also can be programmed to automatically load when you start a program, and can also be programmed to quit doing anything when you exit (this is accomplished by programming all the keys to "off" when you start any program other than one of the games you use the n52 on).

    This is getting quite long, so I'll rap it up, but before I do so, I'd like to clue everyone in to an undocumented feature which few people know about. It is a feature which works both on the n52 and the n52te. Most people who have one of these two devices don't realize that the palm rest is adjustable, when in fact it actually has three positions. If the position it ships in isn't right for your hand, all you need to do is pull the palm rest off (its on quite snuggly so that it won't fall off during a game). Once it's off, you'll see two sets of holes in what looks like a second smaller palm rest. If your hand is bigger than the default position is, simply move it back to the last set of holes. If your hand is smaller (as mine are) simply leave the palm rest off and use the one which is molded into the body of the unit.

    As a final disclaimer I'll state that I usually use a multi-button programmable mouse such as one of the better Razor mice or the Logitec G9 (which is the mouse I'm using at the time of this righting. That may be part of the reason why I never used the fourth mode on my old n52. If you have need for more buttons than the n52te has, or even if you don't, I strongly suggest that serious gamers buy a multi-button programmable mouse if for no other reason than their optics tend to be better (especially true with the high-end mice). There are one or two multi-buttoned mice out there which are more of a hinderance than a help, but if you read the reviews you'll know which those are.

    Hope this has helped, and that it has perhaps put the n52te in an honest, exhaustive, yet perhaps more positive perspective.
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  • SpeedPad
    Easy installation & setup. Very responsive. It lacks keys for numbers 1-4, which is the only negative....more info
  • Belkin n53te
    Great item, it improved my gaming aibility 10 fold. I am very pleased with the simple set up, ease of use and quality! Well worth the cost to improve the agility and speed my "toon" accomplishes in PVP. I now top the list in damage done on our battlegrounds. Thanks to my gaming partner for finding it for me too!! I think he just wanted a better "wing man" ...more info
  • Good PC gaming control
    I specifically bought this contol for gaming with the game Battlefield 2142. At first I had difficulties setting the keys. I am not sure if it is the Razor software that made it difficult to set the keys, but I was able to set keys through the software on settings BF2142 provided in game.The Belkin forum was not much help, niether was the Razor Forum. But over all this contoller has helped me respond better than a normal keyboard. I will admit that it is comfortable with the hand rest. I never have any cramping of my fingers, definitely a plus, because I play the game for hours. Amazon 2 day shipping was execellent, received product before expect delivery time! I definitely recommend to other MMRPG and FPS players!...more info
  • Great for gaming...
    I bought this mostly for first person shooters and it's been great so far... I can't say it's improved my gaming at all but it's MUCH more comfortable than using the left side of a keyboard. ...more info
  • Be ready to relearn your controls
    This is an extremely powerful gaming tool. However, be ready to relearn how to play your games. Its pretty involved. The Joystick is a bit cumbersome in my opinion. The ability to make macros with pauses in them is awesome, even if you can't handle actually using this as your main controller, which is the case with me. Too much to relearn....more info
  • Recommended for Hardcore PC Gamers - Excellent Build, Great Tactile Surface
    I just bought the n52te yesterday after so many people loving it, and I overnighted it with amazon prime (god I love that service)... I have the thing sitting in front of me and I'm already loving it without even playing with it yet. Very ergonomic.. and will go nicely with my Razer Lycosa keyboard. I almost think they designed the n52te and the Lycosa as sister products... because they are very similarly made in their design and aesthetic. Overall, great so far, and my only complaint is that the spacebar feels less bouncy then I would like....more info
  • solid.
    Personally, I find that 15th button below the d-pad hard to reach. Only complaint.

    The power of the pwn, in the palm of your hand....more info
  • Not worth the money
    I am not a hardcore gamer, but wanted something more comfortable than my regular keyboard. When I saw the n52TE I thought this might be the answer. However, once I set it up and started using it some initial impressions immediately jumped out. The tactileness of the keys feels cheap and flimsy like cheap keyboards made 15yrs ago. The space key is in accurate and I find I have to tap it 2-3 times before it works.

    Very poor in game play is the worse thing about this device though. Often times there is significant delay between input and action. This delay often results in herky jerky motion when you change directions. Also, keys sometimes seem to stick after they've been released completely.

    I've used this device now for several days just to give it a fair shake, but it's going back to Best Buy today. I am now considering the Ideazon Merc Stealth keyboard. ...more info
  • Works Well; Takes Getting Used To
    I bought this to play with Warhammer Online. I programmed the thumb button to control my movement (W-A-S-D) keys. The software was very straight forward to use, but it wouldn't let me directly program a key combination. I could program a single key or write a macro, which admittedly I didn't play around with long enough to figure out how it would work for a two-key combo. What I did find is that if you program W, A, S and D to North, West, South and East, and choose "disabled" for NE, NW, SW and SE, then it automatically assigns the W-A combo to NW, A-S to SW and so on. It's a little touchy to control at first, but I'm getting used to it. I am, however, considering super-gluing a small extension onto the actual thumb pad to give better control (more like a mini joystick.) The rest of the keys range from easily accessible to nearly impossible to press (the button closest to the thumb on the lowest line of keys, in particular, is very hard to hit reliably.) I'm also thinking of getting some textured tape to help my fingers differentiate the keys when I get into a real fight.

    All in all, I really like the design, but could suggest a few minor tweaks to make it even better....more info
  • This Thing Rocks
    I use this for FPS exclusively, especially FPS+Z, as in Fallen Empires:Legions. I also have small hands.

    By utilizing/remapping the D-pad alone I have eliminated the need for several keys(8), thus freeing my fingers. Far less need to move my hand.

    Traditional WASD puts the forward key (W) slightly offset from the rest - not on the Speedpad.

    And the keys are distinct and separate, no need to take your eyes from the monitor, ever. The action of the keys is crisp an clean.

    The last row of keys is set back and lower; so far unusable for me save for the far left key. (My pinkie likes it)

    The space bar is also too low for my tastes with the hand rest in place.

    The thumb wheel is to the left of the D-pad and button section, so to use it you must lift your thuumb, move left and set your thumb down. No thank you.

    Perhaps I will remove the hand rest to utilize the last row of keys and the space bar. At least the unit is versatile enough for that.

    I had absolutely no trouble installing the drivers (2.12), nor updating the firmware from 1.02 (1.04). The updates rectify timing/pause issue with macros not registering as well as duration.

    It is rather expensive.

    It works as advertised. It fits my hand rather well. The complaints I have read in other reviews have not been borne out by my observation....more info
  • More than I had expected.
    I'm a college student who's always busy shuffling my free time with school and work time. For a moment I thought, maybe I shouldnt purchase this, only cause I'm not a hardcore gamer that I'd like to be. But I have to say....this piece of equipment is pretty awesome even if you dont have a chance to play games all day.
    I purchased it with the idea of playing a few MMORPG games and Unreal Tournament, but it also works well with simple Windows shortcut keys. It works great!
    My only issue (which I have read prior to purchasing it) is the awkward thumb button. Its not that it feels unnatural, its just odd when you press it because there is hardly any force applied when your thumb moves in that direction. Its a bit tough to know when you've actually pressed the button or simply just budged it. regardless...all the keys are programmable, and there are many keys available for its substitution.
    The software it comes with takes a while getting used to, but thats not too hard to iron out. Other than that, the device looks sleek, feels sleek, and its just way to cool not to have if you like MMOGs haha. Despite that one button, I highly recommend it!
    ...more info