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Razer Tarantula Keyboard

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"Absolutely amazing."
5 stars"

I've had issues with keyboards for years – the feel, the layout, the length of the cable, bugs… Don't worry about the fancy lights, this one is great.

Three things really stand out in my opinion: the keys have a responsiveness normally associated with laptop keys, but they have a reach halfway between a laptop keyboard and a normal keyboard. i.e.: they're not soggy like your standard keyboard, but you're not going to type a letter by accident just by looking sideways at it, or brushing off a bit of toast.

Second, it's USB2, and has a built in USB2 hub. That's great. I prefer having computers under the desk, but frequently need to recharge my phone, download images from a camera, plug in an external usb2 hdd or flash drive. With this keyboard that's all just right there behind the numeric keypad. And right next to that is the headphone / mic sockets, which is handy too.

Third, it's solid both in terms of weight/size and in terms of software drivers. It sticks to the desk, and there aren't any dopey problems with the software in any operating system I've tried it on to date (win xp, linux, mac os X).

The keys are a little more compressed than I'm used to. But it doesn't take long to readjust.

If you play RTS games then you will love this keyboard. You can more or less shove complete build orders into any key, and/or use the ten custom keys (five on each side of the keyboard). The battle dock thingy is a bit weird. I haven't seen any peripherals for it, but it looks like a standard mini-usb connector to me. Razer do seem quite keen on getting you to buy more proprietary gear… :)

Basically: reliable, quite expensive, more than decent performance.

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.
"one nice gaming keyboard"
4 stars"

this is a one fine keyboard for gaming. but it does have some good and Bad

good : nice layout(love it, love it, love it!). nice responsive keys. easy to pull off the keys(buttons) to clean the keyboard (dusts etc)

bad : sorta too wide(big), macro's aren't so good. (macro keys don't work while pressing other keys. for example, while playing fps games, you press foward key to move foward and if u press macro key while moving foward, the macro key don't work.), and requires 2usb slots to connect. (not sure why, thought maybe it's to give enough power to it's built-in usb hubs, but they still lack sufficient power to connect high powered usb componenets, such as webcams or gaming mouse etc.)

despite it's bad sides, i just love the lay out and it's so easy to clean the keyboards. once it's cleaned, it looks like a brand new keyboard! and it's why i'm still using this keyboard.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

While the Tarantula doesn't look too bad, the driver support is terrible, with macros barely working, an inability to set any of the hotkeys to more than 3–4 applications that the drivers support, with no ability to customise them with support for other applications, and while the keyboard doesn't appear too large, it is in fact enormous, not quite as large as the Logitech G11/G15, but still much larger than a standard keyboard, and for some ludicrous reason they decided to make it out of stupidly shiny plastic that reflects the light annoyingly, and on which any smudges show up clearly, and cannot be wiped away. The keyboard will also completely freak out if you try to use it with a KVM, and basically I'd rate it as completely overpriced at $100, so $229 is just plain ridiculous. Having used hundreds of various keyboards in my time, including many gaming ones such as the Logitech G15, Saitek Eclipse, Wolf Claw, etc. I'd rate this as the worst keyboard it has ever been my misfortune to use, and I'd take a plain old generic keyboard over this any day of the week.

Having said this, many gamers will probably love this keyboard, as its perfect for the mindless FPS player who just wants a fancy looking keyboard that others will envy, and the ability to script in a couple of very simple macros for buying a certain weapon in CS, or somesuch. However, even so, its very obvious that the keyboard was designed NOT to offer things like backlit keys, simply so that they can then sell you an additional product that then shines light on them. Personally I find this sort of profiteering to be completely reprihensible, and it discourages me from buying any more Razer products.

4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.


The Razer Tarantula is the ultimate gaming keyboard, complete with media controls, programmable buttons, onboard memory, interchangeable keys, USB ports and even headphone and microphone outputs!

The Razer Tarantula keyboard features:
  • Anti-Ghosting capability to prevent key jamming when multiple keys are simultaneously pressed.
  • Optimized Hyperesponse Gaming Keytop for reduced key latency and maximum response
  • 32kb onboard memory Powered by Razer Synapse with up to 5 onboard customizable profiles
  • 10 programmable gaming hot keys for storing macros and keystrokes, storable in each profile
  • On-the-fly gaming profile gets activated automatically once a program/game is loaded
  • Fully interchangeable keys to allow different key placement around the board
  • Normal keys can be programmed to act as other keystrokes
  • Headphone-out and microphone-in jacks for convenient access
  • Media center keys to control media programs like Windows Media Player
  • 2 USB Ports for convenient peripheral plug-ins
  • Ergonomic Design
  • Gold plated USB connector for maximum conductivity
Release date Australia
October 30th, 2006
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