Razer Blackwidow 2013 Keyboard

Blackwidow stands it ground on your desk with it’s weight behind it, the matte finish denies any smudges, and blinks smoothly with it’s big Razer logo in attempt to seduce you.

Testing consisted of a handful hours of playing a shooter, and writing a text for a couple hours. Listening to the sound of the keys, feeling the surface of the keyboard, checking out the enclosed software and gather thoughts and forming opinions about the design and feel.

Razer is serious about their products and the target audience is gamers. Not only that, they make gamers test out their products, thus making their motto “For Gamers, By Gamers” something they live up to. And every single product from them confirms. They listen to the people using their equipment.

The target

With currently 6 different active keyboards in their line-up, this keyboard looks to be for the simple and serious gamer. Blackwidow represents a stylish, sleek and timeless design that will match most setups. I’d even go as far as saying it oozes of wanting to hide in a dark corner and let the screen be in the spotlight – just as most the most serious gamers out there would say it should. Unless they, of course, want something to show off – these are the types that want backlight in their keyboards, LED lights in the cabinet and probably more. The lack of backlighting will make these gamers look elsewhere.

The packaging is a mix of black, green and silver, and the feeling of it ranges from matte to full gloss – and with a peephole to what’s inside. Though, this is only shows the arrow keys which is a shame, as it would have been more useful if the part of the keyboard with the buttons that represents my language (I live in the Nordic Region, we have additional letters) had been shown.

You can check out the official website about Blackwidow right here. (be aware of different versions like Ultimate, Stealth and Tournament)

Specs
Full mechanical keys with 50g actuation force
1000Hz Ultrapolling
Fully programmable keys with on-the-fly macro recording
10 key rollover anti-ghosting
Razer Synapse 2.0 enabled
Unlimited customizable profiles
Gaming mode option
5 additional dedicated macro keys
Audio-out/mic-in jacks
USB passthrough
Braided fiber cable
Approximate Size : 475 mm / 18.72” (Length) x 171 mm / 6.74” (Width) x 20 mm / 0.79” (Height)
Approximate Weight : 1500 g / 3.31 lbs

Mechanical wonder for the gamer

Razer proclaims that this is THE mechanical keyboard. Website describe it “Full mechanical keys for superior tactility and faster response”. I must say, the keys definitely “pops” differently from what I’ve experienced what non-mechanical keyboards – and I like it, but the sound of clicking the key might get to you, especially if you’re working in silence.

The keyboard also features a gaming mode; disabling the windows button (and others, like TAB) to avoid any mishaps during a firefight, AND 10-key roll-over which means you can press a key with each of your fingers and the computer knows that you’re pressing each and everyone of them. Making for a more effective gaming experience, and giving you an advantage over your opponents.

Take your settings with you

All keyboards made by Razer in recent times get accompanied by their Synapse software. Basically it will download updates in the background and store your settings in the cloud, so that you painless can go to that LAN Party or tournament and get your personalised settings just by logging in and download them via Synapse 2.0.

I’m used to low profile keys on my laptop, so the tall keys on this keyboard was troubling for me, but it’s only a matter of time before my fingers are moving in normal speed, with the same amount of typos that I usually do. The design and shape is timeless and classic; square, round corners and medium sized wrist rest. The additional keys consists of macro keys, media buttons and profile buttons. This makes for both a fluctuating and useful keyboard, yet it doesn’t go overboard and grabs the spotlight.

This keyboard is showing off a rather special font, not the usual “Times” which appears on most keyboards these days (readable, and no letters can be mistaken for others) and while this is kind of cool and makes the keyboard rather unique, it does not come without problems. This model doesn’t have backlit keys, so if you need this you have to choke up a little more money for the Ultimate Edition.

Pros
– The heavy weight of this keyboard simply makes it impossible to shove it by mistake
– The feel of the keys is fenomenal
– USB ports
– Audio in & out, marvelous for those with short wires on their headset

Cons
– Sound of keys is quite high, might be disturbing with time
– If you’re not into using macro keys, they might be more annoying than helpful when playing as you have to keep your eyes on the screen, and you’re using the edge of the keys to know where your hand are on WASD or using ctrl (for example crouching in Team Fortress 2)
– Font on the keys is special, but certain letters don’t differ from each other, especially when turning them 90 or 180 degrees

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Getting sucked into games by Super Mario as a kid, gaming got on hold during her teens. Lured into gaming with the 7th generation by GTA IV, and a few years later intrigued by reviewing games, and now she's running gamingirl since 2009.
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