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Razer Tarantula Gaming Keyboard Review

Nov 20 2006, 12:00am CST | by , in Reviews | Peripheral

Razer Tarantula Gaming Keyboard Review
 
 

Benchmarks

One glance at the all black Tarantula and you can see the Razer family resemblance. From the pulsating Razer logo to the blue backlight for some of the keys the Tarantula is a good-looking keyboard. Razer sends an extra set of gaming key tops with the Tarantula to replace the generic black keys on the left and right side of the keyboard. The extra keys are gamer specific blue ones that are backlit and feature icons for things like weapon change, chat and more.

Razer Tarantula Game Keys Right Side

You can also bind complex macros to the ten extra keys along each side of the keyboard for use with both games and office applications. You can record macros using specific time delays between key presses and use multiple keystrokes at once in a macro, as you would need to activate the Ctrl-Alt-del function on a Windows PC.

Razer Synapse Macro Record

The cool part about the Razer Synapse drivers the Tarantula uses is that you can remap every standard key to a different function as well. If you want your “R” key to be the “P” key you can do it. Setting up profiles for the keyboard is a snap and you can have up to 100 different profiles for games and applications. Once you have a profile associated with an application that profile will launch automatically when the game or app is launched on your computer. You can also use the included tool to rearrange all of the standard keys, say you prefer to use DVORAK rather than good old QWERTY you can do it with the Razer Tarantula. Typing feel on the Tarantula is very good as well.

Razer Synpase Profiles

Razer used membrane keys to reduce latency and give better response during gaming. However, the keyboard is very good for normal everyday typing as well thanks to the membrane keys. Typing feel is very good and provides tactile feedback, without the keys being overly clicky which can be annoying.

Verdict

Conclusion

Pros
  • Programmable keys and macros
  • USB ports and audio ports on keyboard
  • Great drivers

Cons
  • Main keys not backlit
  • Requires two USB ports on your computer
  • USB ports not full speed

8.0
10
 

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