Razer BlackWidow Mechanical Keyboard May Be "The One"

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We have a distinct love for mechanical keyboards around here, and we're always on the lookout for any new competitors. They aren't nearly as easy to locate as membrane keyboards, but the ones that are available are generally top-notch and built for gamers. But Razer claims that the units already out there simply don't live up to their new pair of mechanical keyboards, and while we would obviously need to test out one to confirm or deny it, there's no question that these two sound fantastic on paper.


Debuting this week at the GamesCom event in Germany, the Razer BlackWidow and BlackWidow Ultimate are two of the most fully featured mechanical keyboards that we've seen. Razer claims that most mech boards on the market today are stiff and hard to operate, and they have worked for 3 years in order to create one that's elegant and easy to depress. To quote the company: "The Razer BlackWidow features a uniquely tactile mechanical key architecture that provides each key on the keyboard with a crisp response and tactile feedback similar to a mouse click. Coupled with a unique key actuation point halfway through the full travel distance, the optimized mechanical key structure found in each of the Razer BlackWidow's keys provide for greater precision and accuracy versus other traditional mechanical keyboards."


So, light on your fingers but precise like a mechanical keyboard should be? We're in. And if the standard version isn't enough for you, the Ultimate version adds individually backlit keys with 5 levels of lighting, 3.5" audio and microphone out jacks as well as an additional USB port, all of which is on top of the fully programmable keys with on-the-fly macro recording as well as five additional gaming keys (available on both models). Razer plans to ship these two next month for $79.99 and $129.99, respectively.

The World's First Mechanical Keyboard Designed for Gaming Launched at Gamescom 2010
 
Razer BlackWidow™ Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Available Worldwide in September 2010

COLOGNE, Germany, Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- GamesCom -- Razer™, the world's leading manufacturer of high-end precision gaming and lifestyle peripherals, today announced the Razer BlackWidow™ mechanical gaming keyboard engineered for gamers who demand superior tactile feedback and comfort while playing.

Most mechanical keyboards in the market today are standard mechanical keyboards rebadged as gaming keyboards that feature stiff keys that cause key actuation fatigue. Such keyboards are inherently worse off for gamers as it actually decreases gameplay performance as opposed to enhancing it. As a result, most professional gamers eschew such marketing gimmicks for regular membrane keyboards.

For the past 3 years, Razer's design and engineering teams have been working on a mechanical keyboard – developed for gamers from the ground up, resulting in the Razer BlackWidow.

The Razer BlackWidow features a uniquely tactile mechanical key architecture that provides each key on the keyboard with a crisp response and tactile feedback similar to a mouse click. Coupled with a unique key actuation point halfway through the full travel distance, the optimized mechanical key structure found in each of the Razer BlackWidow's keys provide for greater precision and accuracy versus other traditional mechanical keyboards.  

The keys on the Razer BlackWidow also feature one of the lightest actuation forces for all keyboards. The key actuation force has been optimized by the Razer design team from readily available components but sorted with the rigorous quality standards that Razer is known for.  As a result, this enhanced key force allows gamers to type and click much faster than other mechanical keyboards in the industry.

"The Razer BlackWidow is the world's first mechanical keyboard that has been engineered from ground up for gaming," said Robert "Razerguy" Krakoff, president, Razer. "Imagine every single key on the keyboard with the precision of a mouse click – no more pressing of keys without knowing for certain if they have been actuated. Precision clicking coupled with an optimized lighter key actuation force, this changes the way gamers will play from now on."

The Razer BlackWidow is the only mechanical keyboard that features fully programmable keys with on-the-fly macro recording as well as five additional gaming keys, further leaving other mechanical keyboards in the dust when it comes to gaming compatibility and performance.

The revolutionary Razer BlackWidow mechanical gaming keyboard will be available in September 2010.  Also available in the same month is the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate, a step up from the original edition with the added features of individually backlit keys with 5 levels of lighting, 3.5" audio and microphone out jacks as well as an additional USB port.

About the Razer BlackWidow

The Razer BlackWidow's full mechanical key architecture provides a distinctive tactile feedback that simulates the experience and precision of performing a mouse click, giving gamers an entirely new feel with this keyboard. With its optimized actuation force of 50g and an actuation point halfway down the full travel distance of 4mm, the Razer BlackWidow's keys deliver crisp response with exceptional actuation speed.  An ultra robust construction, fully programmable keys, 5 additional macro keys, and on-the-fly macro recording round off this revolutionary gaming keyboard.

Razer BlackWidow

PRICE: US $79.99 / euro 79.99

AVAILABILITY:

Razerzone.com – September

Worldwide – September

Product Features:

    * Mechanical key architecture for faster actuation and extended lifespan
    * Fully programmable keys + 5 additional gaming keys with on-the-fly macro recording
    * 10 Customizable software profiles with on-the-fly switching
    * 1000Hz Ultrapolling™ for a blistering fast 1ms response time
    * Gaming optimized key matrix
    * Easy access media keys
    * Gaming mode option
    * Approx. size in mm: 475(L) x 171(W) x 30(H)


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About the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate

The Razer BlackWidow Ultimate is a step up from the original edition with the added feature of individually backlit keys with 5 levels of lighting, so players will never miss a step in the dark while giving them the cutting edge to launch assaults and flank foes even in low light conditions.  Its full mechanical key architecture with an actuation point halfway through the full travel distance of 4mm, combined with its distinct tactile feedback that simulates a mouse click, allows the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate to provide gamers a keyboard that responds like no other.  The ultra robust construction, fully programmable keys, 5 additional macro keys, and on-the-fly macro recording round off this revolutionary gaming keyboard. The Ultimate keyboard also includes 3.5" audio and microphone out jacks as well as an additional USB port. Now, the fate of your game is all at your fingertips with the BlackWidow Ultimate.

Razer BlackWidow Ultimate

PRICE: US $129.99 / euro 129.99

AVAILABILITY:

Razerzone.com – September

Worldwide – September

Product Features:

    * Mechanical key architecture for faster actuation and extended lifespan
    * Individually backlit keys with 5 levels of lighting
    * Fully programmable keys + 5 additional gaming keys with on-the-fly macro recording
    * 10 Customizable software profiles with on-the-fly switching
    * 1000Hz Ultrapolling™ for a blistering fast 1ms response time
    * Gaming optimized key matrix
    * Easy access media keys
    * Gaming mode option
    * Audio-out / mic-in jacks
    * USB pass-through
    * Approx. size in mm: 475(L) x 171(W) x 30(H)
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Very interested in this. Wonder what switches they are actually using.

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Click? Precision? . Does this mechanical key architecture make it better for typing or gaming? Can someone explain this to me.

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Love the backlit one! Dont really want to pay a buck thurdy for some fancy packaging like they use:P

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3vi1 replied on Fri, Aug 20 2010 8:53 AM

>> and while we would obviously need to test out one to confirm or deny it

Yeah - would love to hear how Marco feels about it. The price is not too insane, so I'd be willing to give it a try.

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Marco C replied on Fri, Aug 20 2010 12:15 PM

Don't know enough about these yet, but I'm going to try and get my hands on them. From the info in the release, it seems like they're using either Cherry Blues or clicky Alps copies.

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Inspector replied on Fri, Aug 20 2010 1:58 PM

like the looks, The keyboard sounds great. i would be looking froward for Marco's review on it :D.

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rapid1 replied on Fri, Aug 20 2010 8:36 PM

I second that for sure I have been thinking of grabbing one of the DECK models, but these at Razers highest price as well as DECKS lowest beat the price line by 30 dollars. If you get anything but the blue key DECK unit (IE red, green etc) that extends by another 20 bucks above the Razer units at the least.

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3vi1 replied on Sat, Aug 21 2010 2:45 PM

>> I'm going to try and get my hands on them.

Coolio. I'm considering this for my next upgrade (going to try something with a non-ergonomic form-factor for a change), and will be interested to hear how you think it compares to the alternatives.

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rapid1 replied on Sat, Aug 21 2010 8:55 PM

That makes sense both of the DECK Key switches seem to be of the black variation in Linear or Tactile. The Cherry key sets of the MX version seem to come in Black, white, Blue in Linear, and Black, Blue, Green in Tactile version. From what I can tell Black seems to be the top end product of the MX series either way so maybe I will just stick with DECK when I do get a mechanical keyboard. Marco got any input on brands here for me or is DECK a respectable manufacturer of mechanical keyboards? Everything I have been able to find out suggests so, but you seem to be the resident expert on the subject..

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I petition Marco to get this thing.  I got an email about this keyboard, and it looks good.

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I game pretty well with my 7$ keyboard. I think this is just useless hype.

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crowTrobot replied on Wed, Aug 25 2010 10:47 AM

I was really happy when I saw the $75 price tag but then realized its not the backlit version, although 129 still sounds pretty good for a mechanical keyboard so I'll probably end up getting this.

 

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Hey Marco. Ever get your hands on one of these? A friend of mine is in the market for a mechanical keyboard and is looking at the blackwidow.

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realneil replied on Fri, Nov 12 2010 8:54 PM

Razer BlackWidow is at NewEgg for $81.00. I put one on the list and will try it out. Let you know how it goes.

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realneil:

Razer BlackWidow is at NewEgg for $81.00. I put one on the list and will try it out. Let you know how it goes.

You don't have to do all that. A lot of the guys in my TF2 community know I use a mechanical keyboard. At least the ones in Ventrillo Stick out tongue So one of them is looking for a new keyboard and was asking me about the Steelseries G7 and the Razer Blackwidow. I explained the two types of keys in them and he said the Razer sounded good since he wanted the tactile keys. But I finally found Marcos mechanical keyboard writeup here, which I posted on the forums for him.

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realneil replied on Fri, Nov 12 2010 9:28 PM

bob_on_the_cob:
You don't have to do all that.

I'm just wanting to try one out. Was gonna post about it later. I'll be getting it either way. Big Smile

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