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Razer BlackWidow Chroma, Clicky RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, 5 Macro Keys - Razer Green Switches
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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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From the manufacturer
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
Feel the Difference
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|
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|Are Batteries Included||No||No||No||No||No||No|
|Are Batteries Required||No||No||No||No||No||No|
|Color||RGB V1||Razer Green Switches||RGB||RGB||Backlit||RGB|
|Hardware Connectivity||USB 1.0||USB||USB||USB 3.0||USB||USB|
|Item Dimensions||18.52 x 7.17 x 1.54 in||1.59 x 18.56 x 9.93 in||7.17 x 18.08 x 1.58 in||6.7 x 17.6 x 1.57 in||7.5 x 17.6 x 1.75 in||6.67 x 18.24 x 1.3 in|
|Item Weight||3.31 lbs||3.88 lbs||3.11 lbs||2.65 lbs||3.3 lbs||2.1 lbs|
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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Razer peripherals break too frequently, and Razer support and RMA is far too inconvenient for such expensive peripherals. Bought a chroma mouse keyboard, and RMA mouse after a years use, now, keyboard after two. Also, unless you are good about daily maintenance and can stomach a background app killing PC performance and advertising, I advise avoiding Razer peripherals. There are plenty less-expensive alternatives that operate similarly or better. There are also better premium keyboards.
The long story:
I bought a Chroma mouse and keyboard. I was quite please with both at first, but that then realized several blemishes. Like hard/software failures and maintenance problems. The soft/hardware blemishes will be discussed later, but the maintenance blemish is fact that there is no good way to clean the keyboard given that the key caps were not made to be removed. That does not sound serious but when you begin to notice the crap ton of dust, hairs, and filth at the base and sides of the cap, it becomes unnerving. Literally have to clean it daily.
Razer peripherals require a background app to run. At first, it seemed harmless, but then the app began to advertise software products, company events, and effect PC performance. The performance issue is significant because my machine is a performance rig with quad core i7, SSD for software, and sixteen gig quad channel RAM. Imagine the background app running on a lesser machine.
Initially had issues with the software configured LED and drivers. The matter required a lot of emails between me and Razer technicians with slow response times on the company's part. The troubleshooting methods become trite really fast and Razer often has you repeat them several times. For this particular issue, the fix was also tedious. Considering that I did not have the same issue the last time I reloaded my rig, I suppose Razer patched the issue but after several months to more than a year into ownership.
I also had an issue with the keyboard spamming letters. I would tap a key and the character would spam even when I was not holding the key. This problem was remedied by holding the backspace key or power cycling the keyboard but who expects a buggy defective product that is marketed as high-performance premium product. The issue was irregular enough to not allow troubleshooting with switching machines indefinitely.
Recently had issues with their RMA policy. Razer forces a deposit for the full retail value of the defective product to initiate an advanced replacement. This does not seem like a problem but since buying the mouse/keyboard combo, the mouse has since required RMA and, now, the keyboard after a key cap fell off. Given the frequency Razer peripherals seem to fail, the deposit gets old really fast and the only alternative is to pay for packaging to send it back to Razer and wait for them to feel like sending you a replacement. I also hate how they make you enter S/N, model, and purchase information for every support ticket when they have you setup a profile upon install. This is like my tenth Support ticket and they still made me reenter everything again.
Overall, Razer peripherals seem short-lived given that keyboard/mouse failed in a little more than two years, ongoing issues experienced shortly after purchase, and first RMA after first year. The customer support is difficult and untimely. I really recommend avoiding Razer.
The Blackwidow is wonderfully straightforward in terms of key layout and functions. There are only 5 multi-function keys (fully-programmable using Razer's Synapse software) and a full-sized number pad. The media control functions must be activated by pressing and holding down the FN key. This is different than many keyboards where the media controls are either direct access, or usable sans the FN key. My former keyboard, Microsoft's excellent Sidewinder X6, had analog-style knobs to control volume as well as keyboard lighting. For me, this remains the most elegant solution...
This being a Chroma version of the Blackwidow, I would be remiss if I didn't mention the RGB lighting effects. Bright, vivid and dramatic, they really make this keyboard stand out from the rest of the premium/gaming category. Both Razer and Corsair have the most powerful RGB features on the market, with both companies lighting each and every individual key. But what sets Razer apart is that they use a white membrane to "back" the keyboard switches, making the lighting effects much more powerful and giving the colors added "pop". The Synapse software may not be as customizable (currently) as Corsair's, but it far easier to use in both customizing the lighting effects, and more importantly, customizing the key functions as well as setting up user and gaming profiles.
So, there you have it. The Razer Blackwidow Chroma is an excellent choice as a premium keyboard that can satisfy the PC gaming/enthusiast crowd. The construction and parts used are first-rate and the Chroma RGB lighting is best-in-class, IMHO. If you're looking for a keyboard to compliment that high-end, custom PC rig you've built (and want performance to match it's looks), you should have the Blackwidow Chroma at the top of a very short list...