Razer Anansi Keyboard review 
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Garth Holden
April 3, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Are you an MMORPG junkie? Do you spend as much time in Azeroth as you do at your day job? Maybe you know Tyria better than your own neighbourhood? If you spend a lot of time performing the same string of button presses, or know how horrible a missing an ability or miss-pressing your keys can be, this keyboard could be your saving grace.

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+7 to modified pwnage

So you use 1-0 for your basic commands, with alt+1-0 for the next 10, right? What about alt+shift+1-0? Or alt+shift+ctrl+1-0? Unless you are a contortionist, or you play your MMOs without a mouse, this probably isn’t the most efficient key combination. What if you forget which does row two and which controls row four of your hotkeys? The Anansi has seven ‘thumb modifier keys’ situated just below the space bar. If you don’t need that many rows of spells or abilities available, the keyboard uses a nifty piece of software to allow you to change what various key presses do. Thorny issues of whether you are breaking any ToS or EULA by using these features aside, you can teach your keyboard to use one button to enter in a series of key presses, complete with delays down to the millisecond. Personally I thought this would be great for say, popping a shield, drinking a healing pot and activating a trinket, but there seems to be some contention about the use of these features. Use your own discretion kids.

At this point I should point out that this keyboard isn’t really left-handed friendly, as the thumb keys sit exactly where you want to rest your wrist.

100+ programmable keys

Maybe you have a pile of programs that you keep running on your machine? Set M1 to open your e-mail, or the ever handy calculator. The usefulness of the keyboard isn’t limited to MMORPGs. In Dota 2, I had a macro that made T7 activate Lifestealer’s Rage and Armlet of Mordiggian for six seconds, allowing for an intense burst of damage. You can also switch between profiles at the touch of a button, reducing the time you need to switch between your healing setup versus your DPS key presses.

Mood lighting, baby

Because this is a gaming keyboard, you can disable the pesky windows key by pressing the function button and F11, which puts your keyboard into gaming mode. Now if only it disabled work as well. Keeping with Razer aesthetics, the Anansi has a 16 million colour backlight, which can be set to either slowly move through a range of colours, or make it glow to suit your mood or the rest of your computer’s lighting scheme. For all this lighting power, the Anansi uses two USB ports, something to be kept in mind, depending on your peripheral count. The backlit keys shine through a custom font, adding that little extra of feeling of something unique.

Extra large, slightly alien

The Anansi feels massive. At 515mm wide by 190mm high, this keyboard is not built for sitting on a retractable keyboard tray. I found the footholds to not offer enough resistance on my wood desk, but it sticks in place on my glass desk. At a hefty 1020g, this isn’t really a problem unless you push weights as often as you grind dailies.

As with any slightly different layout or setup, allow time for acclimatisation. One thing I noticed, is that I reorient my hand by finding the left CTRL button, which is generally the key at the bottom left corner. Instead of pressing CTRL though, my hand would be resting over M5, which was one of my macro keys. Needless to say, this can lead to disasters in a dungeon, so get used to the keyboard in a safe environment before trying to main tank that new hard dungeon.

Get a keyboard that works as hard as you do. The Razer Anansi costs about R1000, and it will make you a much better gamer (maybe)!

Conclusion

N/A

Razer Anansi MMO Keyboard was reviewed by Garth Holden


  • Admiral Chief Erwin

    Epic review about an epic product by an epic dude

    • Admiral Chief Erwin

      Hmmm, not so epic downvote :P

      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        rectified with an upvote

        • Admiral Chief Erwin

          Right back at ya

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            Have another for that!

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            Ditto, uhhh, tritto?

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            This upvote. I like it…. ANOTHA!!!!

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            NICE!

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            Indeed!

          • Deon Steyn

            Moar upvotes!

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            YES! BRING THE UPVOTES!

          • Deon Steyn

            Our upvotes are stronger!

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            I sense upvotes in the Force

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            Inderdaad ou maat

          • Ultimo_Cleric_N7

            ME TOO PLS! Upvotes are all that matter to me. trolololol

          • Deon Steyn

            LOL

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            ….

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            Have an upvote!

  • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    Great review dude.

    Looks like an amazing product. Although I will admit the M keys could have been better placed. I just know I will be hitting one of those keys while going for ctrl at some point hehe.

  • DaxterZA

    Nice review, but I would much rather recommend a Mechanical keyboard like the Razer Black Widow…

    • Admiral Chief Erwin

      I need to play on mechanical one first to be able to discern, but very curious to do so!

    • ElNicko

      also have a Black Widow – only problem with a Mechanical kb , its very loud , especially during something like WOW with constant key pressing. The thing is sturdy and strong though

      • Admiral Chief Erwin

        How loud is very loud?

        • ElNicko

          it will probably keep up people if youre playing late at night.
          and on another note – I see Skippy the Downvote Troll has returned to plague us once again

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            Kill it with fiiiiiire

          • ElNicko

            will that be enough ?? Better bring some extra napalm along too

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            Yeah, one can hope

        • DaxterZA

          Depends on what switch you decide on. The “Cherry Blue” switch is used on the Black Widow, it responds and types very nicely, but is also the loudest switch type.

          If the loudness bothers you, rather get the Cherry Red or Cherry Brown switches, they all respond in different ways, so its up to the user to decide what he/her prefers.

          Take a look at the Cooler Master Mech keyboards, they are cheaper than Razer and offer more switch types.

          http://www.rebeltech.co.za/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=4&sort=3a&filter_id=30

        • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

          normal keyboard: tap tap tap click tap tap

          Mechanical KB: CLICK CLICK CLANG CLICK BANG CLICK CLICK CLICK

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            XDXD

          • ElNicko

            that sounds about right

    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      Mechanical KB’s are great until you try to play quietly lol :)

      • Admiral Chief Erwin

        • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

          Nee! Ek sien wat in jou mind nou an gan! Nee!

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            (don’t think your spelling mistakes in original post went unseen….)

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            Drat!

  • http://twitter.com/Kikmi Slade Boender

    haha ^maybe^. Good Review

  • Admiral Chief Erwin

    We have some trolls on this page…Skelm downvoters

    • FoxOneZA

      I concur, good Sir p_0

      • Admiral Chief Erwin

        monocle enabled!

  • Sir Captain Rincethis

    Great review man. The sad loser downvotes will cometh! Bring it, bring it on NOW!

    • Admiral Chief Erwin

      I suspect its the 4/10 dafuq trolls still bearing a grudge

      • Sir Captain Rincethis

        Hahah! What NOOBS!

        • Admiral Chief Erwin

          The funny thing is disqus counts up AND downvotes as a vote, so vote away you ignorant fools!

          • Sir Captain Rincethis

            Yeah, I didn’t know that when I had Gumpy my Troll. I don’t know what happened to him. I fear he may had had an accident under his bridge. Very sad :(

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            Not a tear shed by me, every time a troll dies, a fluffy unicorn is born…

            SO FLUFFYYYYYYYYYY

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            Whahaahahahaha!!!

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            EpicFluffyNess10k

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            No. I think he spawned kids with the amount of upvotes lately. He was on maternity leave. That’s all

          • Sir Captain Rincethis

            NoooooooooO!

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            “maternity leave”
            Hahaha.

            Don’t you mean spawning season?

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            Spawn camping?

  • Admiral Chief Erwin

    I roll with a diamondback and a lycosa, the diamondback is now almost 8 years old, and still in bewdiful condition, the lycosa is now 4, and has seen the face of war.

    Looks like it might be time to replace…….

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    lol, ok why are you guys downvoting each other?

    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      We aren’t. There be downvoters among us.

      BUT HAVE NO FEAR!

      THE #UPVOTERSQUAD IS HERE!

      • Admiral Chief Erwin

        OVS, deploy!!!

    • Admiral Chief Erwin

      The ones commenting, are the ones upvoting, haha, BANANAAAAAAAAAAAAA

      • Deon Steyn

        The cowards are the ones down voting, say something damned trolls!

        • Admiral Chief Erwin

          Its above their capability

  • Admiral Chief Erwin

    Looks like the troll passed out, haha

    • Sir Captain Rincethis

      I think its camping…

      • Admiral Chief Erwin

        BACK UNDER THE BRIDGE

        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          It might think that it has an overwatch position from within a sewage pipe…

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            We woke it up XD

  • Sir Captain Rincethis

    Who knew Garth would pull in so many comments! lol! ;)

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      lol so much spam! hahahaha

      • Sir Captain Rincethis

        Haha! The comments here have about as much substance as the inner workings of a downvoting trolls mind!

        • Admiral Chief Erwin

          Oi, I resent that you silly sausage! Some of them have quite the content :P

          • Sir Captain Rincethis

            Haha! Ya, if you consider the contents of the new KFC Double Down as quality ;) trololol!

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            Have you had one yet? Whats innit? Only heard about it on radio

          • Sir Captain Rincethis

            Ya, had one last week. 2 deep fried breasts, with cheese, sauce, fake bacon round thing, near instant heart attack!

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            I was going to get one this weekend, but when I saw another dude eating one (it was practically drowning in oil and fat in the wrapper), I thought… “hell no” and got a box meal instead.

          • Sir Captain Rincethis

            Here is picture, placed on black plate to look classy…

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            No bun?

          • Sir Captain Rincethis

            No, the actual chicken IS the bun! 0_O

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            How doth one ship it?

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            It comes in this weird denim-style wrapper… lol. It’s very weird. When I saw that I thought.. “Naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhh…. box meal it is”

          • Sir Captain Rincethis

            Yeah, though I must say it was pretty nice, I think I gave it a 7/10 on twitter, with a 100% chance of maiming you if more than one is consumed in one sitting…

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            ROFL

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            #MoerseHungryNow

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            What a weird and wonderful world we live in. Chicken, as buns….BUNS OF CHICKEN!!!

            WOOOOOOOT

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            LOL you are a messy eater…SAUCE ON FOOD

          • Sir Captain Rincethis

            Actually, sauce on right I added! Sauce in middle was there from when the KFC staff member dipped the whole monstrosity into a boiling vat of UBER-USED OIL 0_O

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            So they dip the WHOLE THING???

            #AwesomeHeartBomb

          • Sir Captain Rincethis

            Hehe, nah, they deep fry the outside ‘bun’ and the stuff in the middle is added later. Not sure what the round pinkish stuff is supposed to be… In the good ol’ USA it’s two pieces of deep-fried, saturated bacon! MOAR!

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            Bacon wrapped in bacon deepfried XDXD

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            Stil hungry for this!

          • Sir Captain Rincethis

            I think I’ll send one out to you man! Just talking about this is wroth at least 50 comments… That way when your loved ones want to look back at who you are, and why led you to the fatal heart attack, they’ll know who to blame. And my work shall be done!

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            Nah, strong healthy heart this side!
            I’ll just nomnomnom my provitas with cheese and imagine them to be this beastie

          • Sir Captain Rincethis

            I had a strong heart, until I took one of these to the… 0_O

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            pfff….EATING COMPETITION CHALLENGE RAISED

      • Admiral Chief Erwin

        73 already!

  • Admiral Chief Erwin

    This article, and the comment thread, was super fun!

    Thanks to all that contributed POSITIVELY!!!

    The rest, go suck lemons :P

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    If we get this to 150 comments, Garth is going to shave his beard and head…

    • Deon Steyn

      Really?

      • Admiral Chief Erwin

        quite rly

        • Deon Steyn

          Bwahahaha

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            XD

    • Deon Steyn

      150?

      • Admiral Chief Erwin

        ja 150

        • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

          We not there yet. This comment makes it 105 comments. 45 more needed

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            Methinks the Star Wars thread will soon overrule

    • Deon Steyn

      Doesn’t seem like much

      • Admiral Chief Erwin

        meh, we’ll get there

    • Admiral Chief Erwin

      CHALLENGE ACCEPTED

    • Admiral Chief Erwin
  • http://twitter.com/MatthewFig Matthew Figueira

    LIFESTEALER OP! :P

    • Admiral Chief Erwin

      Is that ALL you took out of this?
      :P

      • http://twitter.com/MatthewFig Matthew Figueira

        No :P but it did stick out for me!

        • Admiral Chief Erwin

          Liar, you bloody Dotaslut :P

          • http://twitter.com/MatthewFig Matthew Figueira

            RUN! SAVE YOURSELF! Its too late for me I’m afraid :P

  • Admiral Chief Erwin

    You know what I hate? This article was so damn good. The product and the company is ACE in my book (Admiral Chief Erwin, get it? :P), the trolling, the fun, all was so damn epic…

    The feeling is now all gone, replaced by sadness for the whole Disney Lucasarts thing.

    IR SAD