Razer BlackWidow keyboard

Razer's new BlackWidow mechanical keyboards have been designed to give you faster key presses during gameplay.


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Mechanical keyboards quickly became a trend in the peripheral world and they are now leaking over into the world of PC gaming with Razer's introduction of the BlackWidow mechanical gaming keyboard.

Mechanical keyboards use a different technology to register key presses. Rather than using the common membrane and scissor-switch-style key designs, each key uses its own mechanical switch underneath the cap to actuate the stroke. Mechanical keys require less vertical travel distance to register a press, and therefore add speed and accuracy for the touch typist.

According to Razer, it designed the BlackWidow's key architecture to deliver half the throw action of what you'll find on other mechanical keyboards, giving you faster key presses during gameplay.

Razer offers the standard BlackWidow for AU$189.95 plus the Ultimate Version for AU$239.95, which nets you a full spread of backlit keys with five levels of lighting configuration, a set of microphone and headphone jacks, as well as an extra USB port. Both models let you program unlimited macros with the capability to switch between 10 profiles with the press of a button.

Both will be available in Australia in late September.

Via CNET.com



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jrggv posted a review   

The Good:solid, good mechanicals

The Bad:keycap design is unreadable

Remember the goal is to make a keyboard that helps you work faster? Well, this keyboard is perfect, for a perfect touch-typist. But if you ever need to look down to see which keys you're hitting, it's got two big problems. The first is the font they use for the keycaps. Try to pick the difference between U and Y in a hurry, or E and R. you can't. The second is that they use a subtle grey for the second functions of the numbers - you can't see the { } and [ ] and () in low light, so you'd better know where the dollar sign is.
Other problem is the caps lock key, which doesn't have the rebate on the right hand side that everyone else has these days. Never have I spent so much time typing in BLOCK CAPS by mistake.

 

Brodie337 posted a comment   

Oops, my comment was too long...

I think I'll stick to my Filco, though if you are interested in a mechanical keyboard, take a look at www.geekhack.org or this thread on Overclock.net:
http://www.overclock.net/computer-peripherals/491752-mechanical-keyboard-guide.html

 

Brodie337 posted a comment   

"According to Razer, it designed the BlackWidow's key architecture to deliver half the throw action of what you'll find on other mechanical keyboards, giving you faster key presses during gameplay."

The Razer is no different to any other mechanical keyboard that uses Cherry Blue switches. The same switches are used in at least five other keyboard that I can think of off the top of my head, Such as the Filco Majestouch Tactile Click.

Unlike the Filco, however, it lacks N key rollover, which is the ability to press any combination of any number of keys at the same time and have all of them register, a far superior alternative to a "Gaming optimized matrix" (

 

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Plz make more gaming mouse reviews




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  • jrggv

    jrggv

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    "Remember the goal is to make a keyboard that helps you work faster? Well, this keyboard is perfect, for a perfect touch-typist. But if you ever need to look down to see which keys you're hitting,..."

  • Brodie337

    Brodie337

    "Oops, my comment was too long...

    I think I'll stick to my Filco, though if you are interested in a mechanical keyboard, take a look at www.geekhack.org or this thread on Overclock.ne..."

  • Brodie337

    Brodie337

    ""According to Razer, it designed the BlackWidow's key architecture to deliver half the throw action of what you'll find on other mechanical keyboards, giving you faster key presses during gameplay...."

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