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Razer BlackWidow Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

by Razer
4.2 out of 5 stars 245 customer reviews
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  • Mechanical Key Architecture for superior tactility and faster response,USB Wired
  • Fully Programmable Keys + 5 Additional Gaming Keys - With On-The-Fly macro recording
  • 10 Customizable software profiles - With On-The-Fly switching
  • Mechanical Key Architecture for superior tactility and faster response
  • Fully Programmable Keys plus 5 Additional Gaming Keys with On-The-Fly macro recording
  • Mechanical Key Architecture - For superior tactility and faster response
  • Fully Programmable Keys + 5 Additional Gaming Keys - With On-The-Fly macro recording
  • 10 Customizable software profiles - With On-The-Fly switching
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Razer
  • Model Number: RZ03-00390100-R3U1
  • Color: Black
  • Hardware Platform: Pc
  • Width: 10.25 inches
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Product Description

Product Description

The Razer BlackWidow is the first mechanical gaming keyboard designed to pave the way for a whole new feel and accelerated gameplay. A full mechanical key infrastructure delivers distinctive tactile feedback, superior gaming-grade response, and unsurpassed actions per minute with an extended lifespan of over 50 million keystrokes. Its five additional macro keys with on-the-fly recording and optimized key matrix allow you to stay in complete control of every frenzied battle as you outmaneuver your adversaries.

From the Manufacturer

The Razer BlackWidow is the first mechanical gaming keyboard designed to pave the way for a whole new feel and accelerated gameplay. A full mechanical key infrastructure delivers distinctive tactile feedback, superior gaming-grade response, and unsurpassed actions per minute with an extended lifespan of over 50 million keystrokes. Its five additional macro keys with on-the-fly recording and optimized key matrix allow you to stay in complete control of every frenzied battle as you outmaneuver your adversaries and perform back-to-back assaults.


    Features


  1. Fully programmable keys + 5 additional gaming keys
  2. Mechanical key architecture
  3. 10 Customizable software profiles
  4. Easy access media keys
  5. Gaming optimized key matrix
  • Full mechanical keys with 50g actuation force
  • 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
  • Approx. size in mm: 475(L) x 171(W) x 30(H)
  • Weight: 1.4kg




Full Mechanical Keys for Superior Tactility and Faster Response
The Razer BlackWidow�s mechanical key technology provides a distinctive tactile feedback giving you an entirely new feel to your keyboard. With its optimized actuation force of 50g and a reduced actuation distance of 2 mm, the BlackWidow�s keys allow you to actuate your commands faster than on any other standard gaming keyboard.

On-The-Fly Macro Recording & Profiles Allow Effortless Configuration
Record unlimited macros on-the-fly without having to take your eye off the game and immediately change between up to 10 profiles without the hassle of going into complex driver menus. With the simple click of two buttons you initiate and end the recording.

Macro-Keys & Gaming Mode ensure an uninterrupted gaming experience
Expand the amount of easy-to-reach commands with the additional 5 Macro keys on the side and avoid any distractions by turning on the Gaming Mode.


    Package Contents


  • Razer BlackWidow (Mac) Gaming Keyboard
  • Certificate of Authenticity
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Master Guide



      





       
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 19.7 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B003ZJ1VD8
  • Item model number: RZ03-00390100-R3U1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (245 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 18, 2010

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

I purchased this keyboard direct from Razer since you can't seem to get it anywhere else at the moment.

The Razer Blackwidow is definitely quite different from any standard keyboard I had previously used. The keyboard I was using previously was the Razer Tarantula, which is Razer's first gaming keyboard. Compared to the Tarantula, the keys are much more tactile and make a significant noise when pressed, but quite honestly I enjoy it. Overall, it is a breeze to type on as long as you are not coming from a laptop. In that case, you may need some time to adjust to the way the keys feel when depressed.

Things I enjoy:
-Tactile feel
-Keyboard is hefty and feels like it will never break.
-Keys are easy to depress and really prevents mistypes.
-Keyboard size is much more portable for LAN's than other gaming keyboards i've seen.
-On-the-fly macros could come in handy, I just don't have a use for them yet.

My only gripes with the keyboard so far are:
-Compared to the Razer Tarantula, this keyboard has much smaller keys. This is more of an adjustment I must make on my part though.
-Razer advertised the MX Blue keyswitches as having a very small actuation distance which is true. But seeing as I depress the key all the way down in most cases, this doesn't make me any faster while gaming. If fact I almost seem slower, since I cannot press the keys as fast since it travels. I'm told thought that with practice you can learn to double tab keys without the need to fully reset the key, so I may just need a new technique.

Overall, I am rating this a 4 out of 5 with some room to grow. The keyboard feels great albeit different, there are no accidental button presses like some mechanicals, and Razer did a nice job building this product.
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Warning! There seems to be a real problem with Razer's Quality Control and Razer does not care.

We ordered 2, within a week the "S" key stopped responding on one keyboard, Amazon replaced it in their usual excellent way. Then almost immediately the replacement started experiencing the exact same problem. At the same time the second keyboard in the original order developed a problem; the "S" key started sticking in the depressed position.

Three keyboards delivered, three keyboards defective in very similar ways, all problems with the "S" key.

As it is my understanding that Amazon does not return defective items to the manufacturers, which was later confirmed by Razer, I thought I would do Razer a favor and give them a chance to examine the 2 defective keyboards in my possession. After spending much time on the phone and a week sending and resending emails describing the problem and my offer to help keep these units out of the trash pile at Amazon, they refused to spend a few bucks in shipping to return the keyboards to Razer support for evaluation.

If Razer is not interested enough in examining defective keyboards, then I am no longer interested in Razer.

This sucks, because other than the obvious fact that Razer has a serious QC problem, which they do not seem interested in investigating, these keyboards are amazing. However, we just can't take a chance on the hit or miss quality.

So, now that we are approaching the end of our thirty day return window with Amazon, we are trying to find replacements that play as well as the Razers.

Sadly, we will select keyboards from a different manufacturer.
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I bought a Blackwidow to replace my broken Unicomp (in fairness to the Unicomp, I think it broke when I shorted out a USB port, which broke several things on my computer). Unicomps use buckling spring key switches, which are similar to the Cherry MX Blue switches used in the BlackWidow. While I loved the tactile feel and and audible feedback of the buckling springs, the nature of their noises somewhat annoyed me. For this reason I seriously considered spending the extra money to get the BlackWidow Stealth, which can only be ordered directly from Razer in the United States. The Stealth uses Cherry MX Brown switches, which make it less noisy. While discussions of noise comparisons between switch types can be found on the internet, I was only able to find out that bucking springs are similar to Cherry MX Blues. Since I have experience with both, I will share what I found.

Both switch types have, as everyone says, very audible key strokes. The MX Blues, however, are somewhat quieter, and they do not annoy me at all. Make no mistake, these keys make a sharp clicking sound that cannot be ignored (which is the point), but I strongly prefer them to buckling springs because the noise is more subdued. To be more detailed, I am not sure that buckling springs make louder noises than MX Blues, but they certainly make more of them. The MX Blues make very sharp clicks that are somehow smooth at he same time, and there is little other noise (although there can be a bit of a background clatter added if you are typing fast and hard). They sound rather like advancing the lead in my Pentel P205 pencils, only sharper. The buckling springs make springy clatters with less defined clicks and the noises lasts longer.
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