Razer Anansi MMO Keyboard Review

By on February 24, 2011
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The MMO champion.

Good: Clean layout, Matt finish, Full LED color keys, Thumb modifier keys, On-the-fly macro recording
Bad: Requires two USB plugs to power itself
Price: AED 400
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

Using the Anansi was quite a pleasant experience; nothing out of the ordinary, just good to use. The keys are membrane based, and as such are nothing remarkable. The matt black finish is rather good as there’s no chance of fingerprints all over it. During day, the white print on the keys are very bright and easily legible, while the three levels of brightness for the LED backlights are equally potent during dark. Keep in mind that that full functionality of the Anansi keyboard (much like all of Razer’s other new products) will only be unleashed once you download the drivers.

Much like the Black Widow Ultimate, the Anansi records on-the-fly macros very easily, and the drivers allow the setup of multiple profiles which can have macro keys set for any game and program, making this handy in both Photoshop and WoW.

Now the 7 thumb modifier keys is where the Anansi comes into its own. Setting macros or commands on your 12 numeric keys (from 1/! to =/+) is simple and easy to use, but using each of the 7 thumb keys allows you to add additional commands to those 12 keys, meaning you have a potential of up to 84 different commands on tap. So imagine all of your attack commands in WoW assigned to your original keys, and then pressing T2 for any healing spells (if any). T3 could be assigned for PvP related spells, so on and so forth. The T7 keys are amazing to use once you realize their full potential, and then, the Anansi will be your new favorite MMO keyboard.

So the Razer Anansi doesn’t set out to break new grounds, it’s treading a path already created by its higher-end predecessrors, but it walks the walk with utter confidence. The T7 keys really add a new dimension to your MMO needs, literally making you more competitive. The backlit keyboard is bright and clear, and the full color gamut is very nice to play around with. My only complaint is that the Anansi has two USB plugs to power itself; no extra USB ports on the keyboard, nor any audio connectors (not that the latter is a big deal). All things considered, the Razer Anansi is well worth the price if you’re planning to take full advantage of the T7 keys.

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