If you are in the market for a new keyboard then there are literally thousands available today which use membrane technology – but this won’t be the first choice for the discerning enthusiast user as they can often feel ‘spongy’ when typing. Where we really see a step up in performance is when manufacturers integrate mechanical switches into them.
Adding a quality mechanical switch design can often double or triple the price of a product, so not many manufacturers are willing to release models with this technology. One of the only gaming keyboards around for the last few years that used mechanical switches was the SteelSeries 7G that we reviewed last year. This was a very impressive product but commanded a price of around £100, limiting the audience.
Until now, Razer haven’t had any mechanical keyboards in their lineup, however, with the release of the affordable Black Widow and Black Widow Ultimate, they are clearly trying to bring this technology to the mass market. Today we are going to look at the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, which boasts an impressive feature set which should really enhance the overall experience.
- Full mechanical keys with 50g actuation force
- Individually backlit keys with 5 levels of lighting
- 1000Hz Ultrapolling / 1ms response time
- Programmable keys with on-the-fly macro recording
- Gaming mode option for deactivation of the Windows key
- 10 customizable software profiles with on-the-fly switching
- 5 additional macro keys
- Gaming optimized key matrix for minimized ghosting
- Multi-Media Controls
- Braided cable
- Audio-Out / Mic-In Jacks
- Approx. size in mm: 475(L) x 171(W) x 30(H)
- Weight: 1.5kg