Rowell Gaming – Razer BlackWidow Chroma Keyboard Review

Rowell Gaming Reviews the Razer™ BlackWidow Chroma keyboard. Reviewer: Richard. The reviewer received no product or compensation for this post. All opinions expressed are those of the reviewer.

After using my Logitech G19 keyboard for the last few years it took a dive on me. As I’m a heavy duty gamer, this was unacceptable. High on my priority list for keyboards are programmable macros, keys that are placed well and easy to reach without constant hunt and pecking, and price. After researching and looking for a while I decided to buy a Razer BlackWidow Chroma.

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With unboxing the Razer BlackWidow Chroma the heavy duty construction and excellent quality of the build itself are apparent in the weight and feel. This keyboard was specifically designed with durability in mind and features mechanical switches which gives gamers like me a much faster response time. The switches give you speed and responsiveness unlike other keyboards by actuating at an optimal distance. Strict requirements and in-house manufacturing result in an 80 million keystroke life span.

Razer BlackWidow Chroma Tech Specs:

  • Razer™ Mechanical Switches with 50g actuation force
  • 80 million keystroke life span
  • Chroma backlighting with 16.8 million customizable color options
  • Razer Synapse enabled
  • 10 key roll-over anti-ghosting
  • Fully programmable keys with on-the-fly macro recording
  • 5 additional dedicated macro keys
  • Gaming mode option
  • Audio-out/mic-in jacks
  • USB pass-through
  • 1000Hz Ultrapolling
  • Braided fiber cable
  • Approximate size: 475mm/18.72 in (Width) x 171mm/6.74 in (Height) x 39mm/1.54 in (Depth)
  • Approximate weight: 1500g/3.31lbs

System Requirements:

  • PC or Mac with a free USB port
  • Windows® 10 / Windows® 8 / Windows® 7 / Mac OS X (v10.8 – 10.11)
  • Internet connection
  • 100 MB of hard disk space
  • Razer Synapse registration (requiring a valid e-mail), software download, license acceptance, and internet connection needed to activate full features of product and for software updates. After activation, full features are available in optional offline mode.

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After plugging in the USB and starting it up, I installed Razer Synapse software which allows you to connect all of your Razer products with ease. I use a Razer Naga mouse. That takes a quick registration with your email. This software is also where you change the color of your keyboard to whatever you like. The Razer BlackWidow Chroma features individually programmable backlit keys.There are 16.8 million different color options you can use. In fact, you can change every single key to be a different color if you like. You can save your profile to use multiple color schemes. I personally think each key being a different color is too time consuming, but I appreciate the availability to do so. Create your own style or choose from pre-sets such as Wave, Spectrum Cycling, or Reactive. There are also template options meant for FPS, MMO, RTS, and others.

 

As I mentioned I wanted a keyboard with multiple programmable macro keys. I want to be able to customize my keys to perform actions in whatever game I’m playing such as targeting, casting spells, etc. I currently have my mouse configured for my macros, but I want to be able to use the keyboard in addition. There are multiple macro keys to program pretty much anything you would ever want. Gamers will be very satisfied with the options for macros. On the right side of the keyboard you have a USB 3.0 slot as well as audio jacks for your mic and headset – also important to gamers.

My verdict: the ease of use and the options on this keyboard are endless. I would highly recommend this keyboard to any serious gamer.

The Razer BlackWidow Chroma is priced around $150 and can be purchased directly through Razer or stores such as Best Buy (where I bought mine) or Walmart.

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Comments

  1. Many people think a keyboard is a keyboard but if you actually pay attention, there are a lot of minor (and major) differences that make some better than others for different tasks. My computer has a keyboard with a focus for accounting while my husband has one that is good for gaming. I haven’t tried a Razor. I’ll have to see if our Best Buy carries it so I can check it out.
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  2. Oh man do I need a keyboard and this one looks (and sounds) really cool!
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  3. This is on my 15 yr old’s Christmas list.

  4. Whoa! Talk about an awesome keyboard!
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  5. Good job Billie,
    Thanks for this awesome article. I am having a good experience with Razer Ornata Chroma and Razer Blackwidow Chroma. I really love the keyboards built by Razer.

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