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Razer “Tarantula” Gaming Keyboard Review

Former staff writer    -   February 1, 2007


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Installation:

Looking at the keyboard things might get confusing. The keyboard has two USB connectors and two connectors for sound?


The USB connectors are set as primary and secondary and provide power / lighting to the keyboard. The other two connectors are so you may plug your headphones directly into the keyboard. One for your microphone the other for earphones, there are also two additional USB connectors.

After connecting the keyboard to your computer insert the driver install disk into your CD/DVD Rom drive and follow the on screen instructions. This is the simple part; your next step will be tweaking the keyboard to your desired preferences. (See Testing)


Configuration;

Razer has produced a Power Point presentation for the software configuration; I will be using their presentation and commenting on my own experiences. The Power Point presentation is very thorough and I found it as a useful aid when I was learning about the Tarantula Keyboard. If you have read any of my other input device reviews you are aware that I normally go through the configuration with my own screenshots, I will use some of my own but due to the complexity of the keyboard and since Razer has provided the presentation, I feel it will be easier to explain using their images.

Graphic User Interface (GUI) of the "Tarantula"

Looking at the keyboard it appears slightly larger than a normal keyboard but it also contains a few extra keys and some media controls.

While in the GUI you will have options to set which media player, graphics program and profile you would prefer. These are some of the many options that can be set.

 


 




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look, Continued
  3. Installation and Configuration
  4. Configuration Continued
  5. Configuration; Key Options to Profile Customization
  6. Configuration; Keymap Swapping, QWERTY Keys and Specifications
  7. Specifications Continued & Testing
  8. Conclusion
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