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Razer ‚ÄúTarantula‚ÄĚ Gaming Keyboard Review



I’ve used many other programmable gaming keyboards, including the Z-Board and Saitek Eclipse II, none have compared to the Razer Tarantula. While the others may have glitzy backlights or multiple keyboard inserts, they are not as programmable. They do not have the ability to be portable. Since the “Tarantula” uses Razer Synapse (onboard 32kb memory), I’ve stored 5 profiles on it and when I go to a friend’s house or at work my settings are just keystrokes away. I like the fact that every key is programmable and the keys are at the right sensitivity so I don’t have to hover over them anymore. With the keyboard being ambidextrous, I could set macros on either side, unlike its competitors. I’ve been using the Tarantula for a month now and every day I am learning something new. Just be sure to download the hardware and software guides, these are to the Tarantula what the Bible is to religion.

Razer is also forming a Tarantula Community; you will be able to download profiles to games and applications, as well as macros. I was told by “The Razer Guy” himself that there will be at least fifty professional gamers loading profiles to the community. Also if you think you might have a good setup or just to have it up, not to lose it, anyone in the community can upload a profile or macro. This might well give the average gamer a competitive edge.


  • Fully programmable
  • 100 profiles
  • On-Board Memory
  • Community Coming Soon
  • Replaceable keys
  • Two rear USB Connectors which are USB 2.0
  • On-board Headphone In-Puts


  • Requires some Knowledge of Programming


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  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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