The macro setting is a nice touch, and you can switch manually as well by holding down the Profile button and pushing the corresponding function key. As ever, many people may find little recourse for making macros but for those that do the Pro|Type will do the job nicely.
Currently the Pro|Type is only available in North America via Razer’s online store for $129.99, but Razer will ship worldwide to those that are interested. Naturally this will mean a US style keyboard layout, as found on our review sample. No specific UK pricing has been announced, though Razer has told us it will retail in Europe at €129.99 and be available from June this year. It’s also worth noting that, for a limited time only, Razer is giving a 50 per cent discount on other Pro|Solutions products when ordering a Pro|Type keyboard.
At these prices it certainly isn’t cheap, and neither is it small measuring 51cm wide and 22cm deep. These two factors are probably the main stumbling points. To begin with for the price you must want the iPod dock, because you are paying a premium for that feature, but for me bulkiness is the more pressing concern.
It has often been the case that this, not the smart styling, has been the first thing to catch people’s eye while the keyboard has been sitting on my desk. This is especially applicable to Apple users, who found the domineering stature at odds with the normally small and tidy Apple products they prefer. It’s a shame too because if you can get past the size, the Pro|Type is undeniably a stylish and well made piece of kit.
There’s much to like about the Pro|Type, but the domineering size and high price mean it won’t be for everyone. That said if the idea of an iPod dock on your keyboard appeals then this is a great option because despite its size, it’s still a great looking and well made keyboard with some solid features.
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