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Review: Razer BlackWidow Keyboard, outstanding choice!

The Razer BlackWidow is a very decent keyboard. It is primarily designed to be a gaming keyboard and is an outstanding choice for this. Each key is macro-programmable, has full RGB backlighting, and the Razer Green switches have a low pre-travel distance. Unfortunately, it is not ideal for long typing sessions, as the lack of a rest on the wrist can cause fatigue quickly. On the plus side, it’s a well-built keyboard and the keys are mostly stable.

The Razer BlackWidow is the basic keyboard of Razer’s BlackWidow line. It is thought to be a cheaper option for the BlackWidow Elite and does not come with a rest on the wrist or dedicated media buttons. However, it remains an exceptional gaming keyboard with Razer’s patented clicky green switches, which have a low pre-travel distance, ideal for players. You can set macros to any key either via the Razer Synapse 3 software or on the keyboard itself, and it has full RGB backlighting. Unfortunately, it doesn’t offer much in the way of ergonomics and its high profile can lead to writing fatigue. Finally, this keyboard is compatible with Windows, macOS and Linux, but the dedicated software is only available on Windows.Razer BlackWidow Keyboard

The Razer BlackWidow is outstanding for the game. Patented Razer Green switches have a low pre-trip distance, don’t require much force to operate, and provide good clicky feedback. It has full RGB backlighting and can set macros on any key, either through the dedicated software or on the keyboard itself. Unfortunately, you don’t have a break in your wrist, which can cause fatigue during long gaming sessions.

The Razer BlackWidow is well for office use. It offers good writing quality with good tactile feedback, but the switches are too strong to be used in an open office environment. It doesn’t offer much in the way of ergonomics, so you may feel tired of writing about it for long periods.

The BlackWidow Razer is good for programming. All keys are programmable macros either through the dedicated software or the keyboard itself. It has a good writing quality, but without a rest on your wrist, you can feel exhausting typing on this keyboard for long periods. On the plus side, it has full RGB backlighting, ideal if you’re working in a dark environment.Razer BlackWidow Keyboard

The Razer Synapse 3 software allows for great customization. You can set macros, reprogram any key, and customize the RGB backlight. You can save up to five profiles to embedded memory, but you can save only macros and not backlight settings, similar to Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition. Fortunately, there is a cloud sync option, which makes it easy to transfer the configuration to another computer.Photo:Razer

BlackWidow Razer TECH SPECS:

SWITCH TYPE Razer™ Green Mechanical Switch
KEY FEEL Tactile and Clicky
SIZES Full Size
LIGHTING Razer Chroma™ customizable backlighting with 16.8 million color options
WRIST REST None
ONBOARD MEMORY Hybrid onboard storage – up to 5 profiles
MEDIA KEYS None
PASSTHROUGH USB 2.0 and audio
CONNECTIVITY Wired
KEYCAPS ABS plastic
OTHERS
  • 80 million keystroke lifespan
  • Cable routing options
  • N-key roll-over with built-in anti-ghosting
  • Fully programmable keys with on-the-fly macro recording
  • Gaming mode option
  • 1000 Hz Ultrapolling
  • Instant Trigger Technology