The RAZER RZ03-00380100-R3U1 BlackWidow Ultimate Mechanical Gaming Keyboard 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.
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he Razer BlackWidow Ultimate takes you full speed into combat with a full-fledged mechanical key infrastructure delivering crisp, tactile feedback with every actuation. Bringing an entirely different feel and faster keystroke actuation to the table, this revolutionary fully backlit gaming keyboard is rounded off by its additional macro keys and unlimited on-the-fly macro recording.
I really wanted to like this keyboard. I also never thought I would be making a review on this keyboard. Not only that, I never thought it would be a negative review. Most of the time, when I check out reviews, I usually end up thinking "Oh, look at the couple of bad reviews, haha. Poor raging people about a little bit of bad luck." But either I am incredibly unlucky, incredibly picky, or this keyboard really is crap.
So I got this keyboard online. After two weeks of waiting, I finally got my box in the mail. Man, I was so excited! I played with it a lot and really enjoyed the feel of the keys. About a day into my joy with the keyboard, I realized the spacebar was really hard to press, and sometimes stuck. I examined it and noticed that the spacebar was bumping the alt key. I did a quick google search and found that it was a common problem with this keyboard because Razer doesn't use consistant models for their keys. Oh well, return it and try again!
Second time I bought it, I picked it up from a nearby store. I quickly took it out in my car and checked the spacebar. It was fine, yay! I took it home and started gaming. I don't generally look down at my keyboard, but as I typed in something I glanced down to make sure I was hitting my G key. But it wasn't the G key, it was the S key. Yeah, that's right, my G and S keys were swapped. Wtf? I looked it up, no info on it. But I did find out that if I removed the keys and swapped them, I would void my 1-year warranty I get with Razer for the product. Soooo...I couldn't do the simple solution. I couldn't stand waiting a year to switch my keys, so I went off to return it.Read more ›
I would like to apologize for any troubles you have had with your Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Keyboard. Having any problems with a unit you just purchased can be frustrating and having more than one problem is certainly not acceptable and beyond frustrating. As you mention in your review the unit looks and feels great, but having the problems you mentioned puts a major damper on the fun factor.
Razer Support can certainly help with any issues you may be having and they will quickly remedy any problem. We know you want to get back to your gaming and do not want any downtime because your keyboard is not working the way it should. You can reach the Razer Support Team at www.razersupport.com/email or by phone at 888-697-2037. The team will make sure any problem you are having is promptly resolved. We want you to enjoy your keyboard in the same way the other positive reviewers are.
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This is supposed to be ultimate gaming keyboard, but it is best for programming, or if you type a lot like for instance a screen writer or a novelist. Remember back in the nineties IBM made mechanical keyboards model M? The feel of this one is reminiscent of those. It is hard if not impossible to find those classic IBM mechanical keyboards. If you find one for sale in excellent condition chances are the price tag is around $200 if not more.
Razer BlackWidow is a good alternative.
I am an old school, 16 years in computer industry, lots of programming, lot of typing. I know a good keyboard when I feel one. This one is it. It is heavy MECHANICAL board with real mechanical keys! It scores 5 stars on all accounts that I consider important and those are as follows:
1) It has standard layout with windows and menu keys. It has full and standard right hand keys such as arrows, the insert, delete, home, end, page up and page down as well as complete number pad. The F keys are grouped. If you are a programmer like me no doubt you use shortcuts in your favorite development environment or text editor and heaving the F keys grouped in standard way is important.
2) It has mechanical keys. Yes they are mechanical and they "clutzy". They have that all important resistance and mechanical feel. This is a lost trend in manufacturing keyboards. A responsive set of mechanical keys that provide proper resistance.
3) It is straight and not ergonomic which is another big plus, at least for me. Personally I can't stand those curved atrocities with rubber mats for keys instead of real metal spring.Read more ›
First off, I want to say that Razer did an amazing job with this keyboard. Everything with the keyboard is almost flawless. The only thing that I *sort of* dislike is the gloss finish around the body. It attracts dust and finger prints but I don't really mind them that much as I usually play in the dark.
On the fly macro recording. Its simply amazing. Fn + G. Hit a key to record it to. Type what you want to record. Fn + G. And its saved. You can also use the software from Razer's website to record macro's and set the delay between keystrokes. One really great thing is that the computer recognizes the macros as individual actions instead of a program interfering with your game; this means that your macros are undetectable in game and can be used in secured servers such as VAC and gamehack.
Cherry MX Blue key switches. Feels like sex when your fingers hits one of these bad boys. Theres nothing else to say. Simply amazing to type on.
Adjustable back-lighting: You can adjust the brightness of the keys to whatever you want. You can even turn them off or set them to glow (although really annoying). No more sore eyes from your glaring keyboard.
Back-lit keys: I can play in the dark... SWEET!
Laser-etched keys: Unlike the regular version, this keyboard has laser etched keys meaning that they don't wear out. Well they do, but unlike other keys, they will wear out at the same rate as your overall key. This means that you will never lose sight of the character on your key until it snaps in half.
Mechanical: This keyboard may be the last keyboard you ever have. Just like any other mechanical keyboard with Cherry keys on it, its rated for over 50 million key-strokes.Read more ›