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Razer Tarantula Gaming Keyboard
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- Anti-ghosting capability for up to 10 keys
- 32KB Razer Synapse onboard memory
- On-The-Fly Sensitivity profile switching
- 10 programmable gaming hotkeys
- 1000Hz Ultrapolling / 1ms response time
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Razer Tarantula Gaming Keyboard
From the Manufacturer
From the Manufacturer The Razer Tarantula is the first definitive keyboard created for gamers by gamers in Razer's suite of advanced gaming peripherals. The sleek design and fully customizable functions are specially engineered to empower competitive gamers with seamless control and unparalleled flexibility.
With the Razer Tarantula's anti-ghosting capability,
An integrated USB hub, as well as headphone and microphone jacks, add to the convenience.
Customize the 10 keys flanking the keytop.
Hyperesponse gaming keys.
BattleDock: A modular docking station for gaming keyboards.
Customize the 10 keys flanking the keytop to optimize your gameplay. Now you can execute up to a series of 8 keystrokes with the touch of a single macro key! You can also add delays ( up to 200ms ) for a superb degree of customization.
Profile Switching with Ease
Using the software drivers provided, you can now effortlessly store up to an unprecedented 100 profiles to handle any game that come your way. The On-The-Fly profile switching automatically detects and activates your preset game profiles once that particular game is loaded.
Fully Interchangeable Keys
Customize your keytops with the Razer Tarantula's unique feature to remove and add on keys! The Razer Tarantula Tool included in the package enables you to swap any of the standard keys amongst themselves or replace them with the extra 10 gaming hotkeys included! Now you can have each of the keys on your keytop customized to your preference.
Ten Gaming Hotkeys
We've included 10 custom FPS keys with popular icons such as Armor, Knife, Zoom In/Out, Pistol and Rifle with your Razer Tarantula. Watch out for more customizable keysets to be released for other popular FPS, RTS and MMO games.
32KB Onboard Memory
Embedded memory powered by Razer Synapse enables you to store up to 5 onboard profiles for different games onto your Razer Tarantula gaming keyboard.
Relish in the ease and speed of switching to different sets of keys by configuring up to 2 keymaps per profile! Now you can change between your regular QWERTY keyboard layout and your customized keymap with just the press of a button.
Optimized Hyperesponse Gaming Keys
Unique membrane keys reduce key latency and maximize response for critical actions during competitive gameplay.
The Razer Tarantula features the world's first modular docking station for gaming keyboards! Now you can add on accessories to your Razer Tarantula for extra features and added functionality! Included with your keyboard is the Razer Tarantula Tool to remove your BattleDock cover each time your want to add on a new Battledock accessory.
Let there be light! Illuminate your keyboard with an iridescent glow to enhance your gaming experience. Equip your Razer Tarantula with the BattleLight and gain that unfair advantage over your rivals in low light conditions.
Eyeball your enemy! Perfect your gameplay with the BattleEye, a webcam that docks with your Razer Tarantula to provide real time visual feedback with your opponents. Let them witness your triumphs and feast on their anguish as they get fragged.
What's in the Box
Razer Tarantula Gaming Keyboard, BattleDock cover, quickstart guide, 10 hot keys with icons, Razer Tarantula tool, user's guide, and CD-ROM.
Top customer reviews
Some of the things I do not like have been noted before but should be reinforced for other potential buyers.
1. Need firmware to update the board to work in bios. After the update, it works fine. However, the process of updating the firmware was a pain in the rear. I did the steps at least 20 times and failed and then finally it updated. I have no idea why it finally worked or what I did differently. However, I remember needing to reboot each time to try again since I came up with an error when I tried to update more than once without a reboot. I hope I never have to do that again.
2. Software - Looks good at first, but then some things occur to you. First, why does the program have to be so darn small. The keys that you click to reassign keys (important for me so I can use the numpad enter key in some games) are tiny. Then the profile button does not seem work the way I thought it was supposed to. My understanding is that there are two profiles per profile (A + B). If I have A re-mapped and B normal, hitting the button should bring me to a clean B slate. It shows up on the screen that it switched, but my keys are still re-mapped. Not sure what is going on there. The macro ability is not too bad. I do wish that I could link a mouse key with it too, but that does not work in my experience.
3. LED lighting - Come on, make the whole thing light up. I did not think I would miss it from the G15, but I do. I have low lighting by my computer and it is a little hard to see the keys. I am a decent typer, but every now and then I need to look for something.
4. Keys - As noted above, I am uncertain how long they will work based on the change in feel. I have read user reviews who say that the keys can stop working pretty quickly. I took the gamble since the layout was what I am looking for.
In summary, a decent keyboard. I would rate a 3 if it was the more typical layout. I rank it a 4 because it is different, but fits my needs perfectly. In use, I have more usable keys bound and this keyboard has helped me in games because of this. However, it is not perfect even though I have been a razer fan (not exclusive) since the original boomslang 2000 came out.
*** Update ***
As noted above, I do have an issue with one key I use regularly. I need to press it down quite hard to have it work properly. This is a pain since the others seem fine and it messes me up in gaming. Using the tool to take keys off, I pressed down on the suction cup inside and the key works well and pretty easily. I have determined that the key does not fit correctly and that there is a gap between the bottom of the key and the contact suction. As a result, I need to push quite hard to make the proper contact happen. I have patched this by using a piece of cotton to fill in the gap by wedging a portion into the key and balling it up on the other end. It works well for a time, but needs to be replaced often as it flattens. I plan to work on a final fix (guessing that crazy glue will be involved ;-) ), but I have not had the time to do so or think about how would be the best way.
Overall, I am still pleased with the keyboard. As noted above, it really works well for my style of play. However, due to the key issue, I think I would rate a solid 3 overall now since a keyboard at this price range should not give such a basic problem like this.
One of my biggest problems with this keyboard is the fact that Razer went to all the trouble to put backlighting effects on some parts of the keyboard but couldn't be bothered to backlight all the keys. There are plenty of keyboards out there that do, and when I'm playing games in the dark I sometimes wish I had.
Oh, but I could get the light attachment you say? I could I suppose, but that would mean plugging a device into the battle dock, also known as the 2nd thing I dislike about this keyboard. So far there have been no good uses for the add-on port.
In my opinion Razer attempted to match its competitors gimmicky gaming keyboards with the Tarantula but did not actually bother to go the distance with any of the gimmicks they chose to include, with the exception of the re-bindable keys.
I do like the additional buttons to be mapped, and the media controls. The software is decent and the fact that it has speaker/microphone jacks built in is nice for LAN parties, as is the built-in USB hub.
The biggest thing though, and the reason I gave this keyboard 4 stars, is the fact that the keys feel nice and respond nice, and the board as a whole just feels very solid and nice to type on. It feels and performs well enough as a keyboard that I can overlook some of its shortcomings.
I'm a gamer(fps, mmorpg) and when it comes to it this is a good keyboard. Not too big and cluttered like some I have used. Very responsive to the gaming controls and comfortable. I'v used both USB ports with the headphone/mic jack all at once without a problem. My Razor Deathadder is always connected to one of the USB ports at all time. That's the good part.
Now the bad. Not all the keys are has backlighting and I play in the dark. You have to get purchase the Battlelighting and it gets annoying when using it in the dark. Too bright I think. When it comes to typing, well, that's why I titled it "Gaming Only" because for some reason the keys have a hard time responding during game chats or just typing in general. Either you have to press the bottons at least twice to get a character out or you tap once and 3 characters comes out. Kind of like the problem I'm having now while typing up this review. I guess it's trying to prevent me from doing it. LOL :)