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Razer Anansi MMO Gaming Keyboard

  • Black
  • USB Wired
  • 7 Thumb Modifier Keys
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Robert A.
  • 7/24/2014 4:36:54 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggsGaming, Si! Typing, No!

Pros: The programmable gaming keys are excellent, a real boon to any serious gamer. I find the back lighting pleasant: not too bright or too dim and the color adjustment has a broad spectrum and is easy to use. The on-screen programming in the Razer Synapse UI is very simple and intuitive. For gaming I couldn't be happier.

Cons: As happy as I am with this keyboard for gaming I absolutely detest it for typing. I find it virtually impossible to find a correct, constant typing pressure. I'm not a super-fast typist but the number of keystrokes that fail to generate a character on my screen would slow down my typing to a snail's pace regardless. Keys will fail to engage and activate their character if pressed lightly or hard and sometimes in between. Capitals seem to have the worst problem which may relate to the fact that the lighting color changes when one presses the shift key. That's just a conjecture but the near certainty of a dropped initial cap has to have some cause. As an example, I typed the "I" that begins the second sentence here 3 times before it registered.

Other Thoughts: I got this keyboard as a gift from a very dear friend after my cat upset a mug of tea in my old keyboard. I've had a Razer Naga mouse for several years and can't say enough that's good about it. I also am a storyteller who tells several stories about the trickster spider, Anansi so I was primed to love this keyboard on several levels. If it were simply a game pad it would have a 5-Egg rating. I am a very serious gamer so the dedicated keys are a serious help. Unfortunately the problems with typing are so frustrating that I could not recommend this keyboard to anyone. I wish it were otherwise. I really do but when it takes minutes to type a few simple sentences due to the dropped letters 2-Eggs is a gift.

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  • Carmelita L.
  • 7/18/2014 4:59:44 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice keyboard for almost every use

Pros: To start off i can use this keyboard for every use i have for it. I can play MMORPG's on it FPS games and i can edit easily. This keyboard has and extra 12 keys for your customization. Also you can link a program to it so once you open said program it automatically changes all the key board settings to that program. Honestly this is a great keyboard and i would rather have it than a mechanical any day.

Cons: One con is that the adjustable heights are to far apart. What i mean is that its hard to go high and then straight flat is to hard to type so its just a personal issue.

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  • Bakkr S.
  • 7/7/2014 7:39:39 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot bad, but could be better

Pros: *RGB backlit, allows you to customize colors to your liking
*Buttons are sturdy and well placed
*Doesn't feel cheap

Cons: *I don't like the fact that the media buttons are not separate, there are cheaper keyboards that have the media buttons separate.
*The backlights aren't the best, I can't replicate the blue lighting on the Deathadder mouse.

Other Thoughts: I wish I bought the Corsair K70; it's perfect.

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  • Regina W.
  • 5/21/2014 5:00:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsBest Keyboard I've Owned

Pros: Just about everything!

Cons: The one and only complaint is the thumb keys use a laptop style mech and while cleaning (removing keys) the small plastic tab can break easy. The lighting could be a touch brighter, but not a deal breaker.

Other Thoughts: The Dual USB plug while takes up an extra usb slot, I've had no issues on a full pc having it take one extra up. It wouldn't work well with a laptop. I've owned this one for over 6 years, and would only replace it with a newer Anansi or maybe a BlackWidow Ultimate.

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  • Jack R.
  • 4/16/2014 9:55:16 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat keyboard

Pros: I use it for my desktop, and although I'm not a gamer, it's great. The keys are smooth and the keyboard itself is sturdy. I spilt water on it and it still works just fine.

Cons: It seems to have the keys spaced out more than most keyboards, not too big of a deal though.

Other Thoughts: I don't use the keybindings, but I use it with a linux machine. There doesn't seem to be a linux version of the software that does keybinds and color changing, so it just does the default spectrum shift.

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  • Michael M.
  • 3/18/2014 10:57:09 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsRazer, 3 strikes your out!

Pros: Looks and works good for a while

Cons: I bought one for my wife, an occasional MMO gamer and it is acting up. The "2" is intermittent. it is out of 1 year warranty. The Razer website says they dont repair them, buy another one........I dont think so! I had a Razer Lycossa Keyboard and it worked over a year and when GW2 came out it started ghosting, after trying everything, I had to use my old Logitech (no lighting).
My son-in law also has an Anansi that he says it is to the point that you cant hardly enter a password, TrasH.
3 strikes your out Razer.

Other Thoughts: We all have Razer Mice devices that work reliably, but stay away from Razer keyboards, unreliable.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/27/2014 10:47:37 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsNot happy whit it

Pros: Kyboard font looks awesome (anoyying for my cousin)
7 thumb keys are more useful then you think
"M" keys are good if you can reach it
volum controls are good

Cons: shift key is really hard
only 3 backlight brightness level
space bar and keys starting to wear out (get bright) after 1 week of use
requires 2 USB ports
hard to clean and gets dirty easily
backlight isnt bright
had some wasd keys problem (my char keep running for itself)

they say "Designed for gamers" but i dont really think this is usable for games really !

Other Thoughts: the WASD keys problem fixed by Upgrading the firmwares but it was kind of dissapotion to see a gaming keyboard has such problem.

keys start to wear out super fast , and M keys are hard to reach for me ! (i play violin from when i was kid ! so my little finger is long !)

the keybaord sceen also is super hard to clean

takes time to boot at start, i ahve dualboot and somtimes i need to restart my pc to get to the BIOS

overall it looks cool! and im not that dissapointed.

also dont really get interested in backlight, it was cool only for a day and got normal for me and i almost never used it.

shift key is hard ! also keys make loud sound

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  • Thomas L.
  • 1/8/2014 8:04:01 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggsKeys didn't work from the start

Pros: The keyboard looks great, the thumb keys are awesome for a game like Star Wars Republic Commando even though it isn't an MMO, just because I can bind them to F1-4 to tell my squad mates to form up and stuff.

The backlight uses different colors which can be set in Synapsis 2.0.

The keys feel like they were for a laptop, which I actually really like, and they seem extremely easy to type on.

Cons: The first game I tested on was Republic Commando to make use of the thumb keys. Within a few minutes of playing, one of my squad mates was incapacitated, so I went to revive him. When I tried to revive him, it would go in, then out, then in, then out as though I was reviving and would stop. I first thought I was just getting hit and whatnot, and then it happened when I tried to heal myself. PLUS, it would call an order, and recall the order, so no one would revive anyone because it told them to, and then to back off.

Turns out, the "E" and "B" keys are both broken. They will occasionally work, but most of the time they either don't register at all, or register twice ( hitting E once = ee). This REALLY sucks when I need to type out an essay or something like that (which I tried to do to get the feel of it) and I'm constantly having to mash the "B" or "E" keys, and then backspace when it registers it multiple times (even when only pressed once).

Another con is that the backlight is VERY dim. I had to turn off all the lights near me just to see them well, and they still looked purple rather than blue.

Like everyone else says, it uses two USB ports which I don't necessarily mind, except that I only have two USB 2.0 slots on the back of my case (where I plug in my peripherals), so I have to waste a 3.0 slot with my mouse. This isn't as much of a problem, I actually knew it was going to need two slots but I purchased it anyways since I have six ports on the back (four of which are 3.0), three on the front, and then four on my monitor.

The last problem is not so much the keyboard itself, but more the Synapsis 2.0 program. I tried to use it and was displeased at the fact that you can't set one profile to be used in different .exe files. This is a problem because I play Skyrim with SKSE, but I want the profile to load when either syrim.exe OR skse_loader.exe are run. This downside is something that Logitech actually allows you to do, as I have the Logitech G500s mouse that I can allow one profile to be used in multiple .exes (which is great if you don't remember which .exe is the one you actually use).

Other Thoughts: Overall, I was very displeased with this keyboard, and I am sending it back to Woot (where I purchased it) to HOPEFULLY get it replaced. But, because the deal has ended over at Woot, I will most likely have to just get my money back, and switch over to Logitech because then I only need to use one software for my keyboard and mouse.

If I can get another Anansi out of this, and I get one that ACTUALLY works and I don't have to keep correcting it's errors, I will come back and change my review to a 4 Egg (-1 for the dim backlight even on full brightness).

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  • Kevin D.
  • 1/7/2014 4:32:38 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWow!

Pros: LCD key lighting in ANY color. Great response. Any key can be remapped as well as it has 5 macros down the side and 7 on the thumb making complex in game tasks easy and in quick reach. Spacing between the keys is gaped enough to allow easy access with a can of spray air or key removal for heavy cleaning.

Cons: The layout takes some getting used to. Keys have this forward, away from you feel, with the board laying flat. Letter keys feel kind of close together when you type so a lot of miss hit keys at first. Not really an issue as this is on me not the keyboard. After some time with it you start to adjust.

Other Thoughts: I picked this up as a bundle with the Razer Naga 2014 for use in Mechwarrior Online. I had synapse installed already through their promotional offer and it picked up this and the new mouse easily. Overall it was worth the $150 for the combo this site offered and it arrived here in Las Vegas the very next day.

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  • Patricia D.
  • 12/29/2013 5:47:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggsDecent

Pros: Cool looking keyboard, and great while it worked like it was supposed to.
I didn't buy this off Newegg and forgot to read reviews.

Cons: After about a month of minecraft, bf3, etc, the left shift key began to stick. I realized that if I push down in a specific area, it works slightly better. If I can, I'm going to see if I can return the keyboard. If the key failure can get fixed, i'll say this is a decent product.

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