Razer’s Anansi MMO Gaming Keyboard is the peripheral maker’s first MMO keyboard. In fact, this year is a huge year for Razer, after revealing the Switchblade, and practically announcing the release of the Onza Xbox 360 controller, Ferox portable speakers, and the Hydra motion controllers. Thing is, we have no idea when the rest will be available…but the Anansi is in my office right now.
Hit the jump to watch our first look video on the Razer Anansi.
I’ve been playing with the Anansi for about a week, and as far as MMO keyboards go, it’s solid and sleek. If it weren’t for the M1-5 keys on the right and T1-7 keys below the space bar, the Anansi would look like a standard keyboard with contoured sides and a decent backlighting system. Of course, even with the 12 program-specific keys, every single key on the keyboard can be programmed, as we learned a few months back.
As shown in the video above, the Anansi has seven media keys that overlay the F1-F3 and F5-F8 keys, and work when pressed in tandem with the function key. Surprisingly, there is only one function key, beside the right Alt key. The F11 key cuts off the Windows start key, but not the Windows drop-down. In fact, before installing the drivers that key functioned properly, but after installing drivers it now acts as a mouse right-click. This can of course be adjusted.
Installing the drivers is easy, and only requires going to Razer’s website and downloading them (or by clicking here). The installation process takes just a minute, but does require a reboot.
So far, I like the keyboard, but it’s not the best for typing. My measure of a good gaming keyboard is how good it is all around, and not just for gaming, because we all use one keyboard per computer (ironically, I use two normally, or three when testing a new one). The keys are high profile and very springy, but spongy, as is expected with rubberized keys. The backlight system is weak for the keys but too intense for the Razer logo, which sits in the center of the keyboard, directly below the right hand when typing.
I do like the design, for the most part. The glossy sides look stunning. The clean look of the light-up Razer logo does too, as does the LED display on the top right. I almost want to keep Caps Lock, Scroll Lok and the G-key all active just to keep their symbols lit up. The Anansi does require a second USB for lighting, which I find odd, and was problematic for me because I already had 5 of 6 USB ports taken.
However, I still need to play around with the Anansi a bit more before giving a full review, so stay tuned! A full review of the Razer Anansi MMO Gaming Keyboard is coming soon.