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Razer “Tarantula” Gaming Keyboard Review

Former staff writer    -   February 1, 2007


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Technical Comparison
RAZER TARANTULA™ STANDARD KEYBOARD
ANTI-GHOSTING CAPABILITY KEYBOARD GHOSTING (MAX 3 SIMULTANEOUS KEYPRESSES)
OPTIMIZED HYPERESPONSE™ GAMING KEYTOP WITH REPLACEABLE KEYS N/A
32KB ONBOARD MEMORY POWERED BY RAZER SYNAPSE™ WITH 5 ONBOARD PROFILES N/A
100 PROFILES WITH DRIVERS N/A
10 PROGRAMMABLE GAMING MACRO KEYS N/A
10 HOT KEYS (WITH ICONS) TO ADD ON KEYTOP N/A
PLUG AND PLAY WITHOUT DRIVER N/A
BATTLE DOCK FUNCTION N/A
ON-THE-FLY GAME DETECTION N/A
EARPHONE-OUT, MICROPHONE-IN JACKS N/A
FULLY INTERCHANGEABLE AND PROGRAMMABLE KEYS FIXED KEYS WITHOUT PROGRAMMING FUNCTIONS
CONVENIENT MEDIA KEYS CONVENIENT MEDIA KEYS

You can also download the "Hardware Guide Power Point" from Razers Site.


Testing:

Testing the Tarantula was probably the easiest part of this review. After I configured my profiles, set my macros and installed my new macro keys it was, to coin an expression a "piece of cake".

When I opened Photoshop the macros in the photoshop profile worked like a charm, no more moving my mouse around the whole screen to copy and paste or resize an image. When i wanted to listen to my iTunes, I just hit my media button and I was ready to listen to my new favorite song. Adjusting the system volume and forwarding to the next song were just as easy.

What about gaming? Nice! Launch a game and the autoswitch changed my profile to whatever game I was playing. What really impressed me was that I could assign any key on the whole keyboard to anything. All keys are totally programmable and bindable.

If you remember back in closer look one of the pictures had extra keys and a funny looking ring. These keys are used to replace other keys that can be removed by using the key remover ring. Just snap the ring over the key you want to remove pull up and replace it with your desired extra. For me the new keys are visual reminders of what I binded to them, I'm using them in my Call of Duty 2 profile and now I don't have to mentally think of what I binded, I just have to look.

Razer will also be releasing accessories for the Tarantula, a "BattleLight" which will further Illuminate the keyboard and a "BattleEye" which will have a built in camera. These accessories will connect to the keyboard itself in it's top docking port. This review will be updated when they come available. (Both not pictured)

 

 




  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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