The keyboard, which is targeting gamers in the Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) and First Person Shooter (FPS) genres, is the logical progression of the original BlackWidow, which was released in 2010 and its many offspring. For starters, the BlackWidow Chroma V2 now includes a magnetic wrist rest, which is ergonomically beneficial during extending gaming sessions. If you’d prefer not to use it, simply detach the wrist rest and take advantage of the smaller keyboard footprint.
Razer continues to offer its Green and Orange switches, but a third option is now available. The Razer Yellow switch is both linear and silent, and features a reduced travel distance for faster key engagement. Razer’s Yellow and Orange switches require 45g of actuation force compared to 50g for the Green switches. The Yellow switch is rated for 80 million keystrokes, which is equal to that of the Green and Orange switches.
As you might expect, the BlackWidow Chroma V2 includes individually-backlit keys, which offer a staggering 16.8 million colors per key thanks to Razer’s Chroma lighting technology. You can of course customize the Chroma effect using the Synapse software and share your creations via the Razer Chroma Workshop. Other features include 1000Hz ultrapolling, a 10-key roll-over with anti-ghosting, on-the-fly macro recording, USB-pass through, and a 3.5mm audio pass through jack for your headphones.
The Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2 is shipping right now with a price tag of $169.99.