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
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: 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: There isn’t a huge difference between this keyboard and a generic version. The differences are subtle; like the reaction speed of the keys and the tactile feel. The macro keys, and removable buttons – including the 10 swappable icon keys – all add more value and the option for personal customisation. It’s sexy, it’s big and it’s well-made.
Pros: Looks great, Nice to type and game with, Swappable keys, A horde of media keys