Razer Blackwidow Chroma keyboard review
How much do you like bling and bright lights? Apparently, given the number of these devices that land up on my desk, we all LOVE colourful rainbow waves and explosions of colour. Meet the Blackwidow Chroma, an update to the Blackwidow Ultimate. Its sleek and durable, two very important features to me. Its also bright enough that I no longer need to switch on the lights or open my curtains.
I love compact, simple designs for keyboards, because I don’t want an entire desk taken up by an odd wave shape or funny extra bits that make packing it away take up even more space. It has a pretty short wrist-rest built in, which might not be enough for gamers who spend a lot of time on their keyboards, or those with weaker wrists. If that isn’t a problem though, you are in for a treat thanks to the Razer Green switches. With the same actuation force (50cn) of a Cherry Green, this clicky keys give a healthy clack off, with a small bump so that you can feel when a keypress has been registered. Its a slight sensation that can feel slightly odd while typing, but the peace of mind it gives during gaming is unbelievable. Having that haptic feedback that tells your brain, yes, you pressed the key properly is a boon for those who play with large headsets on, who might miss the telltale clack. This affect happens regardless of if you are pressing the keys frantically in a game of Dota, or a much more controlled pace, like Evolve.
The macro keys, as well as lighting effects, reassigning keys and the like are done through Razer’s Synapse 2.0 software. The program is pretty easy to use except when you want to record new macros. Instead of using a button in the interface to start recording you need to press [FN] + [F9] then you can start pressing everything that you want recorded. By this time your hands are completely out of position for doing the recording you wanted to do and things just go downhill from there. The light customisation options are also pretty spartan, though that might be a perspective after using the K70 with its crazy programmable lighting options.
When it counted though, the keyboard is almost perfect when it comes to gaming. The presses are comfortable and that little bump that confirms registration takes very little downward movement to trigger, making double-tapping of keys very comfortable and quick. Justifying the price tag all depends on how important colours are to you. If you want crisp bright colours with very little leakage and feel that’s worth R500 bucks, then grab the Chroma. If not, find the Ultimate instead, because the Blackwidow is pretty solid for gaming.