Razer BlackWidow Review

If you're a gamer you know every advantage can make a difference. Razer has been assisting gamers for years with their hardware, designed to help you reach your maximum potential no matter what you're playing.

Especially known for their cutting-edge gaming technology, Razer have delivered us another amazing product with the BlackWidow Ultimate keyboard. With all the innovations you can expect from a Razer product, the BlackWidow is great in helping you take your game to the next level.

The design is very sleek, coming entirely in black like most Razer PC peripherals. It's a study piece of equipment, with a glossy exterior and it looks great. Razer are consistent with their quality hardware and the BlackWidow makes no exceptions.

The biggest difference from a traditional keyboard with the BlackWidow are its mechanical keys. Most cheaper type of boards are known as Membrane keyboards, because each of their keys are positioned over rubber domes.

These keys are the fastest type to degrade, losing their springiness over time with extended use. It can make keys harder to press, and provides a more inconsistent feel to the keyboard as a whole, as keys will degrade at different rates depending on how often there used.

A mechanical keyboard like the BlackWidow eliminates the rubber doming under each key, providing tactile feedback with every touch. Since there is no rubber there is no degrading, meaning the BlackWidow is built to last, with each key feeling fresh even after consistent use. This is important for a gamer, because feedback and weight to every key is crucial when giving commands.

Response time is just as critical as the feedback each key provides, and the BlackWidow certainly doesn't disappoint here. Optimised with a reduced actuation of 2mm, and a 1ms responds time, you will be able to input commands fast, providing a clear advantage over as standard keyboard in most games.

The key fonts are laser inscribed so there is no fear of them scratching of wearing off. Of course, the entire keyboard is backlit compatible with five levels of lighting, so playing in the dark is no issue whatsoever. They are very easy to see thanks to bright blue colour used, which is also very aesthetically pleasing.

Just like with their gaming mouse products, Razor has included five separate macro keys on the  side of the BlackWidow, programmable for custom use. This is a massive boon for gamers as it gives more versatility, allowing you to perform different functions with less hassle. Every key can also be customised as another key, giving even more options.

You can record up to 10 profiles with the BlackWidow. Each profile will keep all the customisations made by you, making it ideal for someone who needs to change set-ups between different games.

Alternatively, profiles can be switched immediately on the go, even when a game is running, which allows you to completely have another set of adjusted keys if a game calls for it.

The rest of the BlackWidow just makes life easier. There's a USB port included on the keyboard, as well as headphone and microphone jacks.

Little other neat additions include Gaming Mode, which disables the Windows key to ensure you never leave a game at the wrong moment by accident. There is even multimedia functionality built into the BlackWidow such as pause, play, and volume control.

There are a few drawbacks with the BlackWidow and how big of a drawback they are will depend on you. The keyboard itself is very loud, especially with consistent typing. This can be attributed to the mechanical keys, but it's something you should be aware of if you' plan to use it in a public setting.

It's also a large, heavy keyboard, which while giving it a sense of weight, can be a hassle if you plan on carrying it around with you a lot. The size can make it inconvenient to pack away, particularly if you go to LAN events that require you to bring your computer.

Being one of the best gaming keyboards on the market means it does have a premium price tag attached to it. While it certainly lives up to its cost, it's certainly not suited for someone looking for a budget solution.

Razer has provided us with another amazing gaming product. The BlackWidow Ultimate can really give you an advantage through its mechanical keys, providing great feedback and weight with every stroke. Having more buttons for whatever functions you desire is mighty helpful, as is being able to change keyboard profiles instantly for any situation.

Specifications from Razer:

- Full mechanical keys with 50g actuation force
- Individually backlit keys with 5 levels of lighting
- 1000Hz Ultrapolling / 1ms response time
- Programmable keys with on-the-fly macro recording
- Gaming mode option for deactivation of the Windows key
- 10 customizable software profiles with on-the-fly switching
- 5 additional macro keys
- Gaming optimized key matrix for minimized ghosting
- Multi-Media Controls
- Braided cable
- Audio-Out / Mic-In Jacks
- USB-Passthrough
- Approx. size in mm: 475(L) x 171(W) x 30(H)
- Weight: 1.5kg