Nostromo N52


The learning curve is steep but the speed makes it worth the investment of time and money. Imagine not having to look at your keyboard or having to mouse click a talent on screen. I’ve got Deadicus, lvl 57 warrior all set up with three stance modifier keys and all his talents accessible with my left hand. My right hand is on the mouse for click and double clicking. My eyes never leave the screen and I don’t have to grab those quick glances at the keybindings. Since it’s only day 1.5 with the N52 I’m still messing up in ultra fast 2-3 mob pve but I figure another 3-4 weeks and I’ll be as good as ever.

6 Comments so far

  1. Thomas (unregistered) on April 15th, 2006 @ 6:08 pm

    Hey, I have an early model of one of these in my office closet. I got it a couple of years ago and decided that it just didn’t cooperate with whatever I was playing at the time, but maybe it’s time to blow off the dust.

    Thanks for the reminder.

  2. rev (unregistered) on April 16th, 2006 @ 10:53 am

    Been using mine for a while now, I’ve found that familiarity with the N52 doesn’t compromise play when its not available. I can happily downshift to keyboard only on a laptop.

    It has taken me a while to find a single n52 layout that works across multiple classes, since overloading multiple layout just lead to frustrations and a bunch of mis-casts. Also, the 3-state toggling and matching LEDs is more effective than I would have guessed.

  3. Michael (unregistered) on April 16th, 2006 @ 12:42 pm

    I’m still fine tuning my N52 layout as I play. Buttons that I thought would be more difficult to reach are ending up easier than my first choices. I am utilizing all four states and may actually increase button usage per state and only use three.

  4. Marcus (unregistered) on April 16th, 2006 @ 5:29 pm

    My n52 hurt my thumb something awful the first few days, but since then it has really sped up my gameplay. My “02” key is faded now from over-zealous roguing. :)

  5. Mike (unregistered) on April 23rd, 2006 @ 6:07 pm

    Could any of you post your actual key layouts? I’m trying to set mine up right now, with little success.

  6. Michael (unregistered) on April 23rd, 2006 @ 8:48 pm

    Mine is rather complicated. I play a warrior w/ three stances + skills/attacks that are usable in all stances. It took me two days just to figure out how to group and make everything fit. In addition to the N52 I use DAB for my button layout and I have two tap macros for every stance specific skill.

    1. I thought up four groups of skills/attacks based on frequency and sililarity.
    2. Assigned each individual skill/attack a key binding. Each skill must have it’s own keybinding set up in your “WoW Keybindings” section before you mess with the N52. I used all the F1-F12, 1-0 AND the number keypad before I had each skill with it’s own key.
    3. Assigned three groups to red/green/blue and the fourth group is “no shift”.
    4. Assigned three directions on the 8-way pad. One for red, green and blue. When I hold the direction pad it enables either re/green/blue.

    What I do is hold the direction pad with my thumb to enable the red/gree/blue shift state and press the key on keypad. By enabaling the red/green/blue shift states I get three times as many individual keybindings out of the fourteen keys on the keypad.

    Make sense? Probably not. It has taken about a week but I no longer need to look at the N52 to make the proper key taps. Once agaqin, the learning curve is huge and frustrating but when you have all those keys committed to memory you can fly through numerous attacks.

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