Razer Marauder StarCraft II Keyboard Review

By on February 16, 2011
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Packing a punch, like a real Terran.

Good: Small size, Heavy and sturdy feel, Rubberized keys, Backlit keys and board, APM Lighting System, Elevated keys
Bad: Can't change default lights, Combined navigation and numpad keys
Price: AED 495
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

The Marauder’s main features are its elevated (and well-spaced) keys, its on-the-fly macro recording capability (which is a now common feature in all high-end Razer keyboards), as well as the APM Lighting System. While the former two are pretty self-explanatory, the APM Lighting System is what I would like to delve into a little.

Speed, calculated decisions and aggressive performance is what StarCraft II’s competitive multiplayer is all about, and Actions per Minute is a very fundamental way to judge a player’s performance. The APM Lighting System basically changes the whole color of the Marauder keyboard depending on the player’s APM, changing colors in every 50 APM bracket increments. Obviously both color and bracket sizes can be increased as your performance increases, but for someone like me, seeing the Marauder go from yellow to orange to the occasional red was quite heartening.

Apart from APM Lighting system, the Marauder can also be customized to light up various colors (and flicker speeds) for other alerts within StarCraft II, further utilizing the full spectrum colors of the keyboard.

Full Specifications:

  • Full keyboard layout with integrated number pad keys
  • Ergonomically optimized wrist rest
  • Reduced desktop footprint
  • APM-Lighting System
  • Laser-etched keys
  • Optimized Key Travel & Spacing
  • Ultrapolling (1000Hz Polling / 1ms Response)
  • Braided 7 Foot USB Cable

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