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Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Rating: 9.0.

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.

Specification

  • 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
  • USB-Passthrough
  • Approx. size in mm: 475(L) x 171(W) x 30(H)
  • Weight: 1.5kg

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  • Nester

    very nice indeed, I can only see 5% even contemplating this however due to the price,. thats more than I paid for my case!

  • Minni

    Ezcellent, i like the 7g, this shold be great

  • Steve

    Looks great but thats a hel of a lot of money for a board

  • Glynn

    I have one already and i loved it, u til the space bar broke!

  • Cliff

    Yeah its great my buddy has one, he uses it for clan gaming. I am saving up for one too

  • grok23

    Razer build quality is legendary for being terrible. I’ve not had a single one of the 5 Razer mice I’ve owned last more than a year, with most dieing within 6 months.

  • mononymous

    I have one…most of the buttons are decent… except one… the space bar…bloody annonying, sometimes in the game it doesn’t gets registered and I get killed or when I am typing, the space bar resists my press midway