Pros Nice tactile feel to the keys.
Cons Non existant tech support!
Summary Well gang, broke down and bought a “Razor Tarantula” Gaming keyboard.
Loved the tactile feel of the keys….
Built in wrist support is a bit narrow for we gamers that use the lower keys…..
Has programmable keys, macro’s…… Pretty blue back light on some keys…..
So you’d think I’d be happy, right?
Think again….. Ok there is a key (denoted by a note) to bring up your favorite music program. All the favorite programs are listed, well except those of us that use Music Match (back before it was loaded with tons of adds) Well keys are suppose to be programmable…. Well note this one, so the note key is useless to me and others that do not have their software pre-programmed into it.
I wrote tech support asking if there was a way to add Music Match to the note key.
I didn’t stop there. I saw there was a firmware update on their web site. So hoping maybe it added more music programs to the note key, downloaded & installed it…..
Nope! No new music programs.
Went into the game I’m currently playing and guess what? …. I no longer have sound control (Vol, up/down or mute)
No problem I thought, went to the add/ remove programs and removed the firmware. Rebooted, and loaded the firmware that came with the keyboard….. The update does not remove!........ I wrote tech support asking how I can remove the update as I can’t control sound in ANY game since the update……
Been 3 weeks since the first tech request and 2 since the last….. No reply, nothing!
Wrote Razors customer support about the lack of tech support….. They haven’t responded.
So here I sit with a $70.00 ‘gaming’ keyboard that does not fully function in games, no clue if there is anything I can do about it as the company, once it gets your money, ignores you.
Do I like my new Razor Tarantula?
I pulled out me old one….....
At least it works!!!
Pros Great macro functions, Anti-ghosting is perfect, Sleek, Very Cool
Cons Expensive, Need Large Area on Desktop
Summary I own the Logitech G15 and the Saitek Eclipse and the Razer Tarantula owns them all. The onboard macros are only for real hardcore power users though and while it doesn't have the bling of some of the keyboards out there, the Tarantula's anti-ghosting and keypresses are frigging advanced.
Top notch keyboard!
Pros Excellent build, customization, stylish
Cons Big, glossy surface shows smudges, !!! Not all keys are illuminated !!!
Summary This keyboard, despite its drawbacsks, is still very nice. It's a joy to type on, and is allmost completely silent.
The customization is fantastic - any key can be changed, or configured - the board even supports profiles that can be switched with one custom button. Very useful - especially for MMORPG games where you are struggling for more macros on your keyboard.
The problem I found was that the extra functions (such as standby and homepage) are NOT modifyable. Id like the option to have hibernate/shutdown instead of standby, or the ability to change which browser to use when i pressed homepage.
Another dissapointment is that not every key is illuminated. I was shocked they didn't add the option. In disbelief i searched for an "on/off" switch to turn on the glowing keys, but no luck. It wouldn't be hard to include this feature, but Razer is a business. If the keys were illuminated, the battle dock light would be pointless, and they want more of your money.
The last problem I have is the extra USB ports included (a nice idea to include). The ports are usb 1.1, and even though I was able to shrugg off that setback, my Memorex USB key wouldn't work. Windows poped up telling me that the hub inside the board wasn't able to provide sufficient power to run the USB drive. How embarassing...
Having the headphone and microphone jacks near the board are VERY nice - I can use my headphones without having to stretch them out across the table.
The build is very nice - aside from the glossy finish that is vulnerable to smudges - and the keyboard hugs VERY well to your table.
The tool that removes individual keys is genius.
Pros Pics in the link below
Cons Video coming in December
Here's a link to some 'unboxing' photos of the Razer Tarantula..
http://www.neo-fight.tv [The TV Show for The 'Not-So-Geeky']
Pros 10 out of ten for design/looks
Cons doesnt perform as advertised
Summary I have three problems with this keyboard.
1. keystrokes o not always register when typing normally (note the missing "d"!!)
2. headphone port is not shielded and so there is a load of interferance noise when using this
3. worst of all, during games, when im holding down "w" and try to press a or s to wieve, there is a noticable delay.
Its taken me longer than it should to type this due to keystrokes not registering. This board is all marketing and no substance. I really wanted it to ork , it looks so nice! its going back though.
Also very disappointed that these issues were misse by the cnet review