Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
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- Mechanical Key Architecture - For superior tactility and faster response
- Fully Programmable Keys + 5 Additional Gaming Keys - With On-The-Fly macro recording
- Individually Backlit Keys - With 5 additional gaming keys
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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.
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on April 15, 2016
I purchased this computer to use on my desktop computer. I have been very happy with the keyboard after using it for over a year. I love the feel of the mechanical keys as I am typing. I think the feedback is outstanding and comfortable when typing as opposed to some of the newer keyboards and laptops. Even though it takes more pressure on the keys, I believe that the feel and feedback actually improves my typing speed. The keyboard is black with a very sleek finish that looks very nice on my desk. I also really like the backlit keys. The Razer software allows you to customize some shortcuts/combos and map them to the five additional keys on the left side of the keyboard. Additionally, this unit has a USB input and audio/microphone inputs that run through the main cable to the back of the computer. Overall, this is a great keyboard for gaming or casual use. It is nice looking, easy to use, and easy to install. Definitely recommend.
on September 15, 2012
I've been eyeing this keyboard for a while now and, after talking to many satisfied customers, finally decided to bite the bullet and get one.
First impression: WOW! The FEEL of the keys is like no other keyboard I've ever used. The sound they make when you press them down is fantastic. It almost doesn't feel like you're typing, but rather playing with the button on a classic arcade machine. It's actually satisfying to type each individual letter instead of being just something you do every day. It's almost reminiscent of typing on an electric typewriter. What I find most striking (and totally amazing) is how the keys take noticeably less effort to press down than other keyboards I've used. On other keyboards, the keys closest to your index and middle fingers seem to be easier to press, because those fingers press a higher percentage of the keys and thus you perceive the effort required to operate the keyboard relative to those fingers. However, when you use keys operated by your ring finger or pinky, since those fingers aren't as strong, you can sometimes mis-judge the amount of energy required to press the key. Bottom line, this can lead to missing letters in the middle of words - then, having to navigate back to those and correct them, every 5-8 words, is a huge pain in the neck and kills your typing efficiency and momentum. This keyboard does not exhibit this problem in any capacity - the keys all press down with minimal effort from all fingers, and even in writing this paragraph I've made virtually no errors in typing. Fantastic!
The keys themselves are individually back-lit; there's a small LED behind each one that delivers a ghostly, beautiful blue color. I have them at 3/5 brightness levels and they're easily visible in a sunlit room. The LEDs are so bright that they actually reflect off the underside of each of the keys, illuminating the bottom bed of the keyboard and slightly illuminating the space in between the keys. It's a joy to look at. At night, with the lighting on my PC case and "gaming lights" in my bedroom, it's lovely. The keys are also coated in a rubbery material that prevents slippage and feels great when your finger makes contact. DOS prompts used to instruct the user to "strike the F1 key"; using the BlackWidow Ultimate feels like each keystroke is a definitive, deliberate strike - not a mushy faceroll.
The keyboard itself is heavy. Surprisingly heavy, several pounds at least. It does not feel cheap or structurally unsound at all. Parts of my G15 would flex or warp slightly when I'd rest my hands on it, but this keyboard does none of that. It has a smaller footprint than the G15 and frankly looks a lot sexier on my desk. Mine sits perfectly level on my desk and the rubber pads on the bottom ensure that it stays put - I really have to push on it for it to slide. It has no palm rest, but I haven't found this to be an issue (I'm gaming mostly, not writing books :P). I never really used the LCD on the G15 (since few games I played supported it) and often found that a bright orange rectangle was distracting and made a "hot spot" on my vision when I was concentrating on something. The BlackWidow Ultimate has no hot spots or bright spots at all in its backlighting; it's there when you need to see in the dark and doesn't detract at all from doing other stuff.
The only thing I've noticed so far to tarnish an otherwise flawless product is that the black glossy body of the keyboard is very prone to collecting fingerprints. This is hardly noticeable when using the keyboard, because you're not looking at the body of the keyboard when typing or gaming. Then again, with something you use exclusively with your hands, fingerprints are bound to happen. I gripe a lot more about the fingerprints on my phone - those actually get in the way. Fingerprints on the BlackWidow Ultimate are like mud on a mountain bike - they happen, and arguably are more of a sign that you're getting as much use as you can out of your equipment.
on February 9, 2014
I don't usually write reviews, and I usually hate people's angry reviews. This isn't one.
I got this state of the art keyboard about a year and a half ago, and I love every second using it... when it worked (or should I say, "when *they* worked").
A little bit of a back story, I'm a programmer and I use this keyboard for work. So if you're looking for their synapse driver's review, you won't get it here. I don't use any drivers.
Saving the best for last, I'll start with the reason why I decided to write this review.
As some other customers have mentioned, these keyboards break. In my case, it happened twice.
First time was around 5 months after I got it. Since I type for a living, it became very annoying really fast when the C-key decided to stop responding one day.
I contacted Razer Customer Support right away, and they were great about responding to you within 24 hours, when they're just guiding you through the troubleshooting steps. When it comes to issuing you an RMA, however, it took them several days to get it to me (with several reminder emails from my end). I sent the keyboard back right away, and a few later, there comes my new shiny keyboard! Joyful day!
The second time happens a few days ago, which was less than a year after I got my replacement keyboard. This time the keyboard went on a seizure, and wouldn't send any signals to my machine!
Again, I contacted Razer Customer Support, and again, they responded within 24 hours. Of course, they, again, told me to go through the troubleshooting steps. This time, however, they couldn't issue me an RMA, because it has been more than a year since my original purchase. So.. no new shiny keyboard for me this time.
So, the reason why I decided to write this review a year and a half after my purchase, was because when I decided to spend a lot of money on this keyboard, I was hoping for a durable keyboard that I could use at work forever (or at least until I get to use 50 million key-strokes on my Cherry MX Blue switches like they advertised it). So if you're someone who's also hoping for that durable keyboard, I want to make sure to tell you:
"Look for another product. I've tried two of these, and both of them last for less than a year."
And now.... Here comes the good part!
As I mentioned, this keyboard is a state of the art keyboard. It looked very slick, the back light's intensity was adjustable to my comfort, it included 1 USB port, a microphone jack as well as a headphones jack for my convenience right there on the keyboard!
The cable was really long, so whenever I wanted to sit back with this really beefy keyboard on my lap, I could do just that!
A few people have come to me and asked me if the back light bothered me at all. In all honesty, it didn't.
I know this is subjective, but as a programmer, I need to type a lot of symbols, and having them light up on my face really helped me find those symbols with so much ease, even in dark rooms.
Did I mention, this keyboard was beefy? Well, I'm telling you it was! And I loved it!
I put it on my desk, and I could type without ever looking, because I knew my keyboard wouldn't move or slide like one of those flabby keyboards.
Last but most importantly, Cherry MX Blue switches... Mm hmm!
Anybody who uses keyboard extendedly should really consider using one of these. You'd type for days without feeling it. You might actually enjoy your typing experience better! And you might not even notice it, but you'd actually type faster once you get used to these switches. The tactile response was so amazing.
It's unfortunate that you won't use all 50 million key strokes that these switches can handle on this keyboard, because it will stop functioning before you even get close to a million!
It has been a really great fun using Razer BlackWidow Ultimate!
Now it's time for a DAS. Hopefully, I can actually use 50 million keystrokes!
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forgot what seller I got this from but I wanted the blue back lit one (as shown). But they gave me the 2013 edition witch is green. But the keybord it self is pretty good.
Satisfying, loud, and full-featured but overpriced and seemingly cheap (typical Razer, really).
Wonderful keyboard! Happy I finally got to get a Razer keyboard, they are amazing. In my opinion, I like Razer's green switches a little more over the cherry mx blues.Read more
I actually bought this board at Best Buy because they were trying to get rid of them. This was back before the mechanical gamer hype, when everyone HAD TO HAVE chiclet keys that...Read more
I hate the M5 button. Every time my pinkie goes for control, I hit M5. I had to pull it.
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