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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.
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
I bought the black widow because I play a lot of SC2 and more recently COD:BO. I'm by no means a professional gamer, but this keyboard blows my old one (Saitek Eclipse 2) out of the water for both gaming and typing. I do a lot of writing as well and this keyboard is a dream to type on. I don't mind the noise of the CB keys because I mainly wear a headset while gaming and listening to music while typing other things. If you are averse to the noise of your keyboard be warned, the keys can be quite loud if you aren't used to mechanical keyboards. I had a really old IBM so I'm more or less used to/expecting it.
The keyboard has some major pros over membrane boards, but it isn't really a step forward in terms of mechanical keyboards either. The main selling point of the black widow is price. Consider that a really good Daskeyboard or other mech. brand could be had for upwards of twice the price of the black widow and you have yourself a great product here.
The cons of the black widow are mainly personal preference. The cherry blue keys have a deadzone that is not present on the cherry brown mechanical keyboards often found on other mechanical keyboards marketed toward this area (gamers). The black widow is also not NKRO, but you wouldn't expect that at this price either. The one major personal con that I can think of is the glossy surface, which is a really effective dust magnet. I'm a clean freak kind of guy, but after a day it is already dusty.
In conclusion a great keyboard at an unbeatable price. Superb value and what can ultimately be considered the best entry-level mechanical keyboard for those looking to get one for gaming and don't want to spend $100 on the 6vG2 or $150+ on a das/other.
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