Summary: Razer Tarantula passed all of out tests and showed perfect result for a keyboard. The only negative side is that its price is approximately 100 dollars, which is pretty steep for a keyboard. A great feature which this keyboard offers is the ability to add the Razer Battlelight for a better gaming experience. It costs approximatelly 20 dollars. So, if you're a hardcore gamer with a 100 dollars to spare ...
Pros: - On-The-Fly Sensitivity™ profile switching, - 1000Hz Ultrapolling™ / 1ms response time, - 10 programmable gaming hotkeys, - Razer Battledock™ for add-on accessories, - Lifespan of approximately 10 years
Summary: here are very few true gaming keyboards on the market and many of these are not for the hardcore gamer. Serious gamers need a serious keyboard and the Razer Tarantula Keyboard definitely falls into this category. With great looks, a stylish design, great tactile response, interchangeable keys, programmable macro keys, over 100 profile keys, etc., this keyboard is sure to please. Watch the Video to find out more...
Excerpt: 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.
Excerpt: The subject of this week's review is the Tarantula keyboard from Razer. The company describes this as the ultimate keyboard for gamers - they say it's created for gamers, by gamers. The Tarantula is Razer's first attempt at creating a keyboard, in this review I'm going to take a look whether it's worth your hard-earned money.
Summary: I must say that I was really impressed with the Tarantula, the sleek design and a nice feature set. When it comes to performance this keyboard won't let you down, I've been using it for a couple of weeks now and I have grown quite fond of the short traveling length keys that are medium high.
Pros: Performance, Design, Extra special keys, Drivers, Build quality
Cons: Expensive, Gloss finish easy to scratch, Macro length is limited
Conclusion: Razer has made a nice entrance to the new scene, even the Tarantula may not blow your mind off with new features, it's a very sleek looking, high quality and very good-to-use keyboard. No major issues were found in the board itself or in the software and if you just can afford one of these boards, I bet you won't regret. Even how I liked the touch and the overall quality of the keyboard, unfortunately it all just doesn't seem to justify the high price.
Pros: Good "touch", Multiple configurable keymaps, High quality and cool looking
Conclusion: The Tarantula is one step ahead of any other gaming keyboard in the market and it is truly a next generation keyboard. Razer did a great job with the Tarantula and everything from the top-notch packaging to the software was impressive. The high-glossy keyboard surface makes the Tarantula appear as the one of the nicest and shiniest keyboard in the market, but this also means that you have to take extra care of the keyboard to keep it looking shinny.
Pros: Glossy finish, 32Kb memory onboard, True plug and play, Store up to 100 customizable profiles, Fully customizable, Swappable keys, Dual USB and mic/headphone jacks onboard, Battledock system, Ability to press 10 keys at one go
Cons: Pricey, Bag not included, Unfamiliar key layout, Takes time getting used
Conclusion: It’s not quite the home run we were expecting from Razer but the Tarantula is certainly a solid first effort in the gaming keyboard business. We were impressed with the amount of options it gave us out of the board in terms of customizing our keyboard, both in software and in actually offering options to remove keys with game icons. The large size, the price, and other small flaws did bring our score down a bit, however.