Razer BlackWidow Chroma: Clicky RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - 5 Macro Keys - Razer Green Mechanical Switches (Tactile and Clicky)
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|Included Components||Razer Blackwidow Chroma RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, Owner's Manual|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||7.17 x 18.52 x 1.54 inches|
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- Multi-Award winning Razer Mechanical Switches - Razer Green Switch with tactile bump and audible click for the best overall gaming performance
- Extreme Durability- Razer mechanical switches are rated up to 80 million keystrokes and come with a 2-year warranty
- Powered by Razer Chroma – Individually programmable backlit keys with 16.8 million color options
- USB 2.0 and Audio pass through for easy cable routing
- 5 additional dedicated macro keys
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Bearing the distinct Razer BlackWidow design, the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Chroma gives you the unbridled freedom to truly express yourself, not just with an impressive spectrum of colors but with personalized lighting controls as well.
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For Gamers. By Gamers. It's not just a tagline. It's a mission. It's exactly what drives Razer to create products which constantly tilt the competition in your favor. From behind the drawing board all the way to the tournament stage, each step is controlled by the undeniable desire for all gamers - to always win.
Razer Blackwidow Chroma
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The Razer BlackWidow mechanical gaming keyboard was first launched in 2010 and quickly became the most popular and highest selling gaming keyboard worldwide, making its mark as the primary choice for esports athletes.
Four years later, the Razer Mechanical Switch was introduced, giving the Razer BlackWidow an even greater advantage with the world’s first mechanical switch designed from the ground up specifically for gaming. This enabled gamers to take their skill to the next level with more speed and precision than ever before.
- Razer Mechanical Switches with 50g actuation force.
- 60 million keystroke life span.
- Razer Chroma backlighting with 16.8 million customizable color options.
- 10 key roll-over anti-ghosting.
- Fully programmable keys with on-the-fly macro recording.
- 1000Hz Ultrapolling.
- Braided fiber cable.
Razer Mechanical Switches
Designed specifically for gaming, Razer Mechanical Switches actuate at an optimal distance, giving you speed and responsiveness like never before. Razer Mechanical Switches have been lauded as the new standard for all mechanical gaming keyboards since their introduction.
Engineered for Durability
Razer Mechanical Switches have consistently proven themselves to be the best for gaming, delivering both top-notch performance and reliable durability without compromise. This very same Razer technology and design is now being manufactured in-house end to end, ensuring even stricter requirements are met for each switch produced, resulting in a life span of up to 80 million key strokes.
Razer Chroma Backlighting With 16.8 Million Customizable Color Options
The Razer BlackWidow Chroma features individually programmable backlit keys with 16.8 million color options, all easily set through Razer Synapse. From preloaded lighting effects for different types of games, to your own custom uniquely programmed palette of colors, you can effortlessly enhance your gaming experience in a way that is unique only to you.
Inter-Device Color Synchronization
Whether it’s your favorite shade of green or your guild colors, Razer Chroma gives you the freedom to decide. It could be one, three or even thirty-seven colors, with a spectrum of visual effects featuring 16.8 million colors; the possibilities are whatever you can imagine. With inter-device color synchronization, your Razer Chroma enabled Razer gaming weapons will always go together perfectly.
Razer Chroma SDK
All Razer Chroma enabled devices come with an open SDK that will allow game developers to take advantage of the multitude of lighting options available for Razer Chroma by integrating these advanced lighting effects to create in-game lighting alerts or actions per minute lighting features.
Custom Lighting Controls Via Razer Synapse
Razer Synapse is a cutting-edge, intuitive software that functions as the Razer BlackWidow Chroma’s brain. Sync your personal lighting settings – ranging from Spectrum Cycling, Breathing, Custom, Preloaded Templates, Reactive, or Wave – automatically with this unified cloud-based configurator.
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|Switch Type||Razer Green / Razer Orange||Razer Green||Razer Green||Razer Green / Razer Orange / Cherry MX Blue||Razer Green / Cherry MX Blue|
|Construction||Metal top mounting + top cover||Exposed metal top mounting||Exposed metal top mounting||Metal top mounting + top cover||Exposed metal top mounting|
|Illumination Style||Contained - Brightest||Exposed - Bright||Exposed - Bright||Contained - Brightest||Exposed - Bright|
|Additional Macro Keys||✓|
|USB/Audio Pass Through||✓||✓|
|Cable Type||Multi cord / Braided||Single cord / Braided||Single cord / Braided||Multi cord / Braided||Single cord / Braided|
|Size||Full size||Full size - smaller footprint||Compact layout - smaller footprint||Full size||Full size - smaller footprint|
Reviewed in the United States on January 1, 2019
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I needed the 5 macro keys and the per-key RGB customization. However, the biggest attraction for me were those Razer green keyswitches (they're all so deliciously clicky and tactile). The Razer BlackWidow Chroma can also be purchased with Razer’s Orange keyswitches, which are tactile and silent (similar to Cherry MX browns). The Razer mechanical keyswitches are virtual clones of Cherry MX keyswitches. These Razer keyswitches, branded as "Kailh" keyswitches by their manufacturer, Chinese firm Kaihua Electronics, were simply copied from the Cherry design exactly (Cherry's patents expired a while back). Kailh, by-the-way, is pronounced "Kale," like the cardboard-inspired, flavorless, lettucelike vegetable. The Kailh green keyswitches might as well be Cherry MX blue keyswitches with an additional 30 million keystroke lifespan added to them (80 million keystrokes versus Cherry's 50 million keystrokes). They feel and sound EXACTLY like Cherry MX blue keyswitches, which happen to be my favorite type of mechanical keyswitch. Kudos to Razer for using this wonderful alternative to the more expensive Cherry keyswitches, thereby keeping their keyboards more affordable for us working stiffs.
There was one other reason I wanted the Chroma. The newer Chroma V2 (or ANY newer Razer keyboard) would probably be a better choice for everyone else. The Chroma, however, had a feature I not only wanted, but desperately needed. Up until the Chroma V2 was introduced, Razer used what some people called an "alien," or "gamie gamer's" font on their keycaps. It's a weird font, with a weird "@" and "&" and a lowercase "r" when all the other keys have uppercase letters. This was perhaps because the "A" looked like an "R," among other oddities, so the "R" had to look different. Let's face it, it’s a poorly designed font, but I found it charming. More importantly, however, this "alien" font is very bold, which lets a lot of light through the keycaps in comparison to the V2's skinny, normal font. The corner of the room where my computer is located, is very dark and poorly lit. A bold, "alien" font on a brightly back-lit keyboard like the Chroma, is exactly what an older gentleman with poor eyesight needs—especially at night, when the older gentleman does most of his work. Let's face it, I work in complete darkness and my other high-end keyboard, the Corsair K95 (which also sports a bold font) is much dimmer than the Chroma.
I know what you’re thinking: "Hey dummy, why not buy a lamp instead of all these expensive RGB keyboards?"
I like working in the dark. It helps me concentrate. And speaking of price, I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw that a new Chroma cost more than the K95! (Yes, a few of these older, discontinued keyboards are apparently still available “new.” Maybe they sat in their unopened boxes for years in a warehouse somewhere)? Amazon came to the rescue again by offering refurbished Chromas for only $109.
I know what you're thinking: Refurbished...Ugghhh!
Of course, I was expecting the Chroma to arrive in generic packaging, not the original box, all scratched up and with the "minor cosmetic imperfections" I was warned about all over the place. The instruction manual would probably be missing, too, along with a few keycaps. During a chat session with a Razer customer service person, I was told that Razer is officially the only entity authorized to refurbish Razer keyboards, not the supplier, Ocean Reef Electronics (or Amazon). Also, all Razer refurbished products come with a 90-day warranty! That was encouraging, at least. With any luck, all the keycaps would be there, but the "minor cosmetic imperfections" I was warned about, would probably still be there along with sloppy, inelegant brown cardboard generic packaging.
The package from Amazon arrived a few days before the scheduled arrival date. You can imagine my surprise and shock when I opened the package and saw that the keyboard had come in the original manufacturer's box. This was a welcome sight because Razer is known for having some of the best, most beautiful packaging of any company, anywhere. But what about all the scratches and "minor cosmetic imperfections?" I gingerly opened the box, expecting the worst. My jaw dropped all the way to the floor...the keyboard looked to be in pristine condition! I turned it over, carefully examining the back and all surfaces. Not one scratch! But would it function? I plugged it in and reveled in the clicky, tactile sound and feel of the Razer green switches. This couldn't possibly be a "refurbished" keyboard, I told myself. It showed no sign of prior use. It was fresh-from-the-factory sparkling clean. As far as I could determine, this was a NEW keyboard, not "refurbished." It even looked better than my BlackWidow Ultimate 2016, which I had bought new at Micro Center. It had the usual molded-plastic shield over the keyboard, the instruction manual, the congratulatory “welcome” card, the “Exclusive Rewards” card and the obligatory Razer “three snakes” logo stickers (that I can never figure out where they should go). No…as far as I’m concerned, this is a brand new keyboard. It doesn’t smell of “used,” “pre-owned,” or “refurbished.” It copiously exudes “newness.” The unboxing experience had proven gratifying and pleasurable. SHHHHHHH! Don’t tell anyone that a mistake has been made and that a new Chroma was sent to me instead of a refurbished one.
I closely compared the Chroma to my Corsair K95, often called the “Rolls Royce” of keyboards. Many consider the K95 to be the best keyboard in the world. If the K95 is a Rolls Royce, then the BlackWidow Chroma is a very high-end Bentley. The K95 has six macro keys, the Chroma only has five. But this hardly matters because ALL the keys on both keyboards can be remapped. The Chroma’s L.E.D.s are MUCH brighter, have more vivid colors and are easier to read in the dark than the K95’s. The Chroma is a little more humble and less ostentatious than the K95, but still beautiful nonetheless. Razer’s Synapse software is much easier to use, more elegant and intuitive than Corsair’s ungodly mess, iCue, which is so seriously flawed, you'll want to take it out to the barn, shoot it and put it out of its misery. You will find numerous complaints about the Rolls Royce of keyboards in Corsair's own User Forums, on Reddit, many of the specialty computer websites and all over the Web. In fact, if you Google: “K95 disconnects and freezes often,” you’ll discover perhaps thousands of dissatisfied Corsair customers, many of which ended up uninstalling iCue (the source of the problem) and refusing to ever use it again. Of course, they can’t assign colors or macros to any of the K95’s keys without iCue. They would give up these features just to be able to type on the K95 without it disconnecting from the USB port and freezing the keyboard. What they’re left with, is a $50 mechanical keyboard, not the $179 or $200 keyboard they paid for.
The Chroma has no such issues. It’s downright easy to assign multi-colored lighting patterns, macros and key remaps to the Chroma with the included Synapse software. Unlike the K95, the Chroma simply never freezes nor behaves badly. I can compare the Chroma to the K95, point-for-point and the more antiquated Chroma holds its own very nicely, thank you. Oh, and did I mention, you can assign on-the-fly macros with the Chroma? So even if Synapse were as crappy as iCue, you could still have macro keys that work! A BIG advantage over the K95. The sad fact is that no one at Corsair has the slightest idea about what causes the K95’s problems or how to fix them. Reading the Corsair User Forums clearly confirms this point. Perhaps one day, Corsair will rewrite iCue in order to fix the problems and have it work on ALL Windows platforms. Until then, K95 owners will have to continue to RMA their brand new keyboards back to Corsair, which is a pointless exercise since the hardware is impeccable and not at fault.
So, would I recommend the Razer BlackWidow Chroma over the Corsair K95? As I mentioned at the beginning of this review…as good as the Chroma is, it’s an older keyboard. Unless you have keyboard needs and wants identical to mine, I would hesitate to recommend it. It would be like buying a five year old Toyota over a brand new Yugo because you know that even an older Toyota is going to be a better, more reliable car than a brand new Yugo.
There’s another factor here I haven’t yet mentioned. Although Razer makes incredibly great products, Corsair has one thing Razer doesn’t: mystique. The Corsair mystique will cause perfectly rational people to make perfectly irrational buying decisions. For many, the Corsair mystique carries STATUS other brand names simply can’t measure up to. Once they purchase a Corsair product, however, they notice that no one “ooohhs and aaahhs” just because they own a Corsair product. And then there are the potential headaches that come with owning some Corsair products. For some people, however, the Corsair mystique and status are worth it.
Razer, on the other hand, is fighting an uphill battle. The reviewers that hail Corsair as the “Rolls Royce” of the computer world, don’t have to live long-term with faulty software like iCue. In addition, they rarely give Razer any of the high marks it deserves. In fact, I think it should be the other way around: Razer should be the one with the mystique and status, NOT Corsair.
Pulling the keyboard out of the box (which is well designed and holds the keyboard very firmly), it felt heavy, like a textbook. It came with a cord attached to the keyboard that has a block which divides into audio, mic, and two usb inserts. I'm nit sure how long it extends, but it does reach from my lap to my pc on the ground in front of me without undoing the twist ties on the cord. Everything on the keyboard seems to be plastic, which some may find cheap, but I rarely ever have problems with it. The keys have a strange minimalistic font, which may take awhile to get used to. The letters, and other keys are probably lazer cut, so light shines through them. Icons under the function keys don't light up and are nearly invisible in the dark, so I don't know what thet do. I plugged in one usb and nothing happened, but the other one worked, so there's only need for the primary unless you want to plug things in the side. Theres 1 usb a headphone out and mic in on the right side of the board only.
By default the color profile is the full spectrum cycle. I find this kind of distracting, but at the same time it's like you're own personal light show. After drivers installed, i got a prompt to install razer synapse, which I always had to download from the website, but now it's on the keyboard or something. I didn't bother installing it, mostly because I just wanted to use the keyboard, but I really like the razer software for how simple it is to use.
Pressing on the keys was somewhat of a let down, but maybe I don't know how to use them or something, as mechanical keys are much different than membrane keys. This keyboard is loud, like ten mechanical pencils clicking simultaneously, so you will annoy yourself and everyone around you. Pressing down, theres multiple things that'll happen. You'll hear a click, feel a bump, and then you can press the key into the board, and you will most likely hear the spring rubbing against the edges. I hear that if you take off any keys, the springs might be next to impossible to replac, so be careful. Holding down keys is a battle against the spring loaded mechanism, but I hope that in time my fingers will strengthen or something. These are basically Cherry Mx Blue, and seem to have more resistance than membrane keyboard. Most people don't consider blue switches to be gaming switches, but razer does for some reason. Unfortunately the other competitors like corsair have buggy software that makes their keyboards unusable. Logitech basically has the same switches as razer, but people seem to prefer razer switches.
The size and shape of this keyboard is much different than what I'm used too, the keys feel taller, and I sometimes worry that I wont hit the right function key or something. I seem to be able to use it flat on my lap, but it does come with legs.
The stealth version with orange razer switches (mx brown), comes out almost a week from now, which I would rather have for being quiter and less resistant, but at the same time, I bought this one like new for 130$ , and the new keyboard will likely be 170$.
I still use this all the time, my fingers don't get tired or anything, infact the only thing that bothers me about this keyboard is the fact that it's easy to press down a key accidentally, or two at a time when hitting the other on the edge. The macro keys confuse me slmetimes when I want to reach for lctrl, I end up hitting the m1 key. Considering what I payed for this, it's a great investment.
This is my second BlackWidow keyboard, and although my first one had Cherry MX Blue switches, these Razer Greens are pretty great. The click different makes a different sound, but they seem to be just as accurate with similar actuation as my BlackWidow 2013. The only complain I have is that it has taken quite a long time break in some of the keys in the few weeks that I've had this keyboard, with my backspace key still feeling a bit stiff, although according to the Razer configurator, it is one of my least used keys.
The configurator (Razer Synapse) that works with this and all Razer products keeps getting better. When it was first released it was a mess to work with and made it difficult to configure even their non-RGB hardware. At this point, it is probably the best option on the market as far as customization. Although it's not as robust as the Corsair configurator, it is actually easy to use and doesn't require reading a 100+ page manual in order for you to use it. Very easy for you to set up your own profiles and lighting to your liking. You can even download profiles from the Razer forum.
It's only been a few weeks with this keyboard, but I'm glad I didn't listen to the haters and picked it up. Will update review if there's any problems in the near future.
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not to mention that when you fire up Overwatch, everything is color coded to the character you are using. You'll want to look at your keyboard more often when this is going on which isn't easy when your focusing on the game.
So, yeah, I'm not disappointed in my purchase, even if it was what some would consider to be a ridiculous amount of money to spend on a keyboard. If you're worried that this won't feel like a premium product I would say you have nothing to worry about there.
Reviewed in India on March 20, 2022
- El envío (al igual que siempre) fue rápido al punto de llegar antes del tiempo planeado y en perfectas condiciones. Pedí que hicieran el envío por DHL y que llegara directamente a una sucursal de DHL, puesto que es más seguro y te dan 5 días para que vayas a recoger tu pedido antes de que lo regresen al remitente.
El teclado es una maravilla. A mi punto de vista es más un capricho de un PC Gamer que una verdadera necesidad, pues puedes usar cualquier teclado para jugar, pero si quieres verte cómo todo un galán al jugar debes tener un Razer Chroma.
- Es un teclado mecánico, por lo cual no se traba y hace el sonido característico de un teclado. (Que por cierto es hermoso)
- Tiene LEDS en todas las teclas del teclado. (A excepción de la tecla FN y la Barra espaciadora, por obvias razones...)
- Puedes diseñar tus propios patrones de color a través de Razer Synapse, y de igual modo, puedes tener varios patrones de colores disponibles para usar en cualquier momento, los cuales puedes cambiar usando FN + "El número del Patrón que quieres".
- Todas sus teclas son programables, es decir, puedes darle el valor que tu quieras, que ejecuten macros, lanzen aplicaciones, etc.
- Tiene al lado derecho del teclado una entrada USB y puertos para audífonos y micrófono.
- Tiene teclas exclusivamente para el uso de Macros (Aunque claro, le puedes dar otro uso si quieres, es tu desición)
- Tiene efectos que se ejecutan exclusivamente en algunos juegos, cómo por ejemplo en: The Rise of Tomb Raider, Overwathch o Blade and Soul.
- Utiliza dos puertos USB (Normales, no necesariamente deben ser 3.0)
- Si quieres usar los puertos de Audífonos y Micrófono del teclado, debes conectar unas entradas de AUD y MIC que están junto con los conectores USB.
- No trae diseños prefedefinidos el Teclado, por lo que tendras que crearlos tu mismo o entrar a la Chorma Workshop de Razer.
- Y como dije en un principio, más allá de las 5 teclas extras para las Macro, el teclado en sí es meramente decorativo y un capricho para algún Gamer de PC, a nivel personal valió la pena, pero la opinión difiere de persona a persona.
What is a mechanical keyboard and why are they so much? Well, basically it clicks... it is very similar to the keyboard I used to have in 1988 on my 8088. That also clicked and was mechanical but was only $30.00 (no lights). Like so many things, what was once old is now in and cool again.
The clicks are not insanely loud but for sure more so than the previous 'membrane' keyboards I've used lately. The key board defaults to a specific light scheme unless you install the drivers. These require 200mb and a connection to the internet for their 'cloud'. Remember when you could just plug these in and that was it? :)
The software I didn't find that bad, but having the keyboard profile stored online is a little odd. Perhaps I am mistaken, but I do not believe they can be stored locally on the keyboard. Maybe the newer keyboards will have ram and cpu as well and they can store local data.
Now all kidding aside, it really does feel nice to type on and the lighting effects are great. Control colours, brightness, effects (pulse, wave etc.) and I'm glad I made the purchase. It also has 1 USB pass through port on the right side as well as mic / headphone jack. I can't give it 5 stars because it was so bloody expensive for a keyboard but mainly because of the 200mb of software and internet connection. Mine also seems to be working fine, no keys fell off, no cracks in plastic etc.. looks great.