Arachnid is one of the best known names in the industry. Having started making electronic dartboards back in 1975, they have over 40 years of experience and name recognition.
So, with this company, you know you're getting something good quality.
The Cricket Pro 800 electronic dart board is high quality, durable, and regulation sized. So, it's great for enthusiasts and pros who are looking for something to have tournaments with, either at home or when out. and perfect for tournaments.
It's also great for beginners because the quality reduces bounce outs and reduces the learning curve.
Arachnid Cricket Pro 800 Video Review
Specifications For The Arachnid Cricket Pro 800
We'll dive into all the specifications in this section. Let's first compare it to the other models of the Arachnid Cricket Pro.
Dimensions & Weight
The Arachnid Cricket Pro 800 has approximate dimensions of 30x22x3 inches which is decent sized for electronic dart boards. It's a bit bulkier than both the Arachnid 750 and 900 - it has more features than the 750 (so it's bulkier) but it isn't as well built as the Cricket Pro 900.
It's weight is at about 10lbs, which you'll notice comes in between the Cricket pro 750 and 900.
This electronic dartboard has a regulation size 15.5" target area, so it's perfect for tournaments or to practice on the same size board that you'll be playing on in a tournament or in competition.
Games and Variations
You'll notice this is the biggest difference between the 3 models. The 750 has the fewest and the 900 has the most.
The Arachnid Cricket Pro 800 has a solid showing with 40 games and 179 variations for all skill levels.
There are also 7 cricket games to satisfy everyone. Here's the full list of games the Arachnid 800 comes with.
There's even a solo feature that lets you play against the board.
The Cricket Pro 800 electronic dartboard has a 3-level heckler feature.
You might like this feature (this reviewer does not). But, it could be entertaining when there are a lot of friends and copious amounts of alcohol involved.
It comes in 3 levels from mild to unforgiving. it works by harassing players for bad throws and praising impressive scores. The Heckler option is thankfully optional and can be turned on or off during the game.
Dividers and Bounce Outs
Soft tip / electronic dartboards are notorious for bounceouts. They just can't work as well as a traditional board. So, having a good board that reduces bounce outs is key.
The Arachnid Pro 800 uses square hole technology. Because the round dart has to push and spread the square hole, it creates more friction and allows the dart to be caught and held better.
It also has micro segments which increases the overall area and reduces total bounce outs.
The Cricket Pro 800 helps you get better at darts by calculating the average point per dart (PPD) at the end of each round.
So, you can improve your overall scoring and strategy as you play.
This feature requires absolutely no calculations by you, so you can just focus on playing.
If you are a lot better than your friends and have a hard time getting people to play, the handicapping feature is for you.
By setting the handicap, it can balance the game out and make it a bit more enjoyable for everyone. They have a shot at winning and improving their game while you have someone to play darts with.
Reasons to Get The Arachnid Cricket Pro 800 Electronic Dartboard
Reasons to Not Get The Arachnid Cricket Pro 800 Electronic Dartboard
Overall, this is an excellent electronic dart board for both serious and occasional players. It has all the great features you'd want in your mid to higher ranged electronic dartboard.
It reduces bounce outs, has a ton of games, is well built, and is from a top brand.