Razer BlackWidow Chroma Clicky Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Fully Programmable and 5 Macro Keys - RZ03-01220200-R3U1
- Fully programmable keys Plus 5 additional gaming keys with on-the-fly macro recording
- Individually backlit keys with improved lighting
- Easy access media keys for convenient volume control and media playback
- Mechanical key architecture with distinct tactile feel and faster response
- 10 key rollover for extreme Anti-Ghosting
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Amazon.ca Product Description
Bearing the distinct Razer BlackWidow design, the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Chroma gives you the unbridled freedom to truly express yourself, not just with an impressive spectrum of colors but with personalized lighting controls as well.
From the Manufacturer
View larger Razer Black Widow Chroma -Feel the Difference The Razer Black Widow mechanical gaming keyboard was first launched in 2010 and quickly became the most popular and highest selling gaming keyboard worldwide, making its mark as the primary choice for eSports athletes. World's First Mechanical Switch Designed For Gaming. Four years later, the Razer Mechanical Switch was introduced, giving the Razer Black Widow an even greater advantage with the world’s first mechanical switch designed from the ground up specifically for gaming. This enabled gamers to take their skill to the next level with more speed and precision than ever before. By redefining the limits of performance, this elite mechanical gaming keyboard left the competition in the dust, even faster than before. Color it Up Now with Chroma customizable backlighting, this gaming icon is raising the bar once again by introducing individually controlled multi-color backlit keys that allow for extreme customization. Bearing the distinct Razer Black Widow design, the Razer Black Widow Chroma gives you the unbridled freedom to truly express yourself, not just with an impressive spectrum of colors but with personalized lighting controls as well. All-new Razer Mechanical Switches Designed from the ground up specifically for gaming, the all-new Razer Mechanical Switches have an optimized set of actuation and reset points that improve your gaming performance by giving you speed and responsiveness like never before. Inter-device color synchronization Whether it’s your favorite shade of green or your guild colors, Chroma gives you the freedom to decide. It could be one, three or even thirty-seven colors, with a spectrum of visual effects featuring 16. 8 million colors, the possibilities are whatever you can imagine. With inter-device color synchronization, your Razer Chroma enabled Razer gaming weapons will always go together perfectly. Greater durability No matter how intense your gaming marathons get, each Razer Mechanical Switch is engineered to withstand up to 60 million keystrokes, so you’ll enjoy the Razer advantage for longer. Razer Chroma SDK All Razer Chroma enabled devices come with an open SDK that will allow game developers to take advantage of the multitude of lighting options available for Chroma by integrating these advanced lighting effects to create in-game lighting alerts or actions per minute lighting features.
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For Gamers. By Gamers. It's not just a tagline. It's a mission. It's exactly what drives Razer to create products which constantly tilt the competition in your favor. From behind the drawing board all the way to the tournament stage, each step is controlled by the undeniable desire for all gamers - to always win.
Razer Blackwidow Chroma
Feel the Difference
The Razer BlackWidow mechanical gaming keyboard was first launched in 2010 and quickly became the most popular and highest selling gaming keyboard worldwide, making its mark as the primary choice for esports athletes.
Four years later, the Razer Mechanical Switch was introduced, giving the Razer BlackWidow an even greater advantage with the world’s first mechanical switch designed from the ground up specifically for gaming. This enabled gamers to take their skill to the next level with more speed and precision than ever before.
- Razer Mechanical Switches with 50g actuation force.
- 60 million keystroke life span.
- Razer Chroma backlighting with 16.8 million customizable color options.
- 10 key roll-over anti-ghosting.
- Fully programmable keys with on-the-fly macro recording.
- 1000Hz Ultrapolling.
- Braided fiber cable.
Razer Mechanical Switches
Designed specifically for gaming, Razer Mechanical Switches actuate at an optimal distance, giving you speed and responsiveness like never before. Razer Mechanical Switches have been lauded as the new standard for all mechanical gaming keyboards since their introduction.
Engineered for Durability
Razer Mechanical Switches have consistently proven themselves to be the best for gaming, delivering both top-notch performance and reliable durability without compromise. This very same Razer technology and design is now being manufactured in-house end to end, ensuring even stricter requirements are met for each switch produced, resulting in a life span of up to 80 million key strokes.
Razer Chroma Backlighting With 16.8 Million Customizable Color Options
The Razer BlackWidow Chroma features individually programmable backlit keys with 16.8 million color options, all easily set through Razer Synapse. From preloaded lighting effects for different types of games, to your own custom uniquely programmed palette of colors, you can effortlessly enhance your gaming experience in a way that is unique only to you.
Inter-Device Color Synchronization
Whether it’s your favorite shade of green or your guild colors, Razer Chroma gives you the freedom to decide. It could be one, three or even thirty-seven colors, with a spectrum of visual effects featuring 16.8 million colors; the possibilities are whatever you can imagine. With inter-device color synchronization, your Razer Chroma enabled Razer gaming weapons will always go together perfectly.
Razer Chroma SDK
All Razer Chroma enabled devices come with an open SDK that will allow game developers to take advantage of the multitude of lighting options available for Razer Chroma by integrating these advanced lighting effects to create in-game lighting alerts or actions per minute lighting features.
Custom Lighting Controls Via Razer Synapse
Razer Synapse is a cutting-edge, intuitive software that functions as the Razer BlackWidow Chroma’s brain. Sync your personal lighting settings – ranging from Spectrum Cycling, Breathing, Custom, Preloaded Templates, Reactive, or Wave – automatically with this unified cloud-based configurator.
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|Switch Type||Razer Green / Razer Orange||Razer Green||Razer Green||Razer Green / Razer Orange / Cherry MX Blue||Razer Green / Cherry MX Blue|
|Construction||Metal top mounting + top cover||Exposed metal top mounting||Exposed metal top mounting||Metal top mounting + top cover||Exposed metal top mounting|
|Illumination Style||Contained - Brightest||Exposed - Bright||Exposed - Bright||Contained - Brightest||Exposed - Bright|
|Additional Macro Keys||✓|
|USB/Audio Pass Through||✓||✓|
|Cable Type||Multi cord / Braided||Single cord / Braided||Single cord / Braided||Multi cord / Braided||Single cord / Braided|
|Size||Full size||Full size - smaller footprint||Compact layout - smaller footprint||Full size||Full size - smaller footprint|
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- USB and audio in/out jack on the right side of keyboard.
- I love the clicky sound
- the lighting
- looks slick
- USB and audio jacks on right side so it invades the area of your mouse if you have something plugged in.
- I keep pressing the M5 button thinking it is the CTRL button. I keep pressing the ` button instead of 1
- the numlock/capslock are dimly lit.
- the function button is on the right side so when I want to adjust the volume (volume button on F1,F2,F3) I have to reach across with my left or use two hands.
- I think because the keyboard has the 5 buttons on the left, everything got pushed in so it feels a little cramped when you are typing.
The software is fairly easy to use (when it's working right). You can choose from a variety of profiles. I like how there are so many options but it would be nice to see even more. My top 2 are wave and reactive.
The clicky sound is very loud, so if you want to take this into an office environment, you may have some people complain about the noise. Razer uses their own proprietary switches for which they have videos so you can hear the sound it makes. I bought the Clicky version which has green switches—there were no other option available on Amazon at the time.
I have limited experience with mechanical keyboards and I'm a fan of the typing experience on the Razer Chroma Black Widow. I tend to make more typos than usual with this keyboard, but it'll just take some time adjusting.
The Mac drivers are really flakey. I guess I should be happy that they even offer Mac drivers, since most of the RGB mechanical keyboards I've seen do not. It doesn't work well if you have multiple users signed in to your Mac. I've had a number of issues getting the keyboard to pick up my profiles, including having the Synapse software loading blank after logging in, being able to log in but my profiles not be loaded in Synapse (but they're in the menu bar selector but they don't work). A workaround is to open Activity Monitor and end the tasks for all of the Razer services running in the background, including RzUpdater and RzDeviceEngine, for all users (not just yours). I'm wondering how reliable it will be without an internet connection, as you need to be logged in to access your profiles. It's also somewhat concerning because Razer may choose to abandon this keyboard, and if it does, will it still work? The internet speaks of offline mode but I haven't seen that anywhere. My review is all very short-term, so I hope to see Razer supporting the keyboard for a long time.
Another issue is that the function keys sometimes stop working. I've mapped F8 to show my desktop and that doesn't seem to work. For some reason unplugging it and plugging it back in seems to have fixed it, but there's a lot of trial and error with getting the lighting profiles to work and the function key mappings programmed in the OS to be picked up. If you use only a single user, then you will have less problems since you won't have duplicate Razer services running for each user. I'm guessing it gets confused easily and can't distinguish between the instances.
I was excited to learn about the SDK for developers to use, but unfortunately it's Windows only. The developers' portal seems very set up and welcoming to new developers, but when you contact them asking questions, you get no response. I would be happy to run a VM and develop in Windows if it means I can integrate whatever I do into my Mac somehow but it compiles to .exe so I imagine that the SDK is available for Windows only, even though they offer Mac drivers. It's been a week and I haven't heard back from them yet. I'm guessing that they promote their SDK but they don't actually support it, even though the website will lead you to believe otherwise. I can't see this being a platform that developers will choose to develop for given the lack of responsiveness from the Razer SDK people, so if you're excited about all the integrations into your games, you may be disappointed.
Overall a great effort by Razer. I like the keyboard, it's fun. The technical glitches are annoying but I just go on a rampage and force quit all process related to it, and unplug it and plug it back in, and eventually after a few attempts, all is working as expected. I can't imagine this being an enjoyable experience for non-technical people, but if you're cool with that, and you're on a Mac, the experience will still be fun.
Overall if anyone is browsing around for a gaming keyboard with RGB LED lighting I'd recommend Razer Black Widow Chroma keyboard
I'm a big fan of Razer gear, and while others might think Razer can have wacky pricing, and that there's a lot of hype, you easily get a lot of bang for your buck depending on what you're looking FOR.
has headphone/mic and usb plug. (though it's on the right side where most mice will go - Subjective Con)
Chroma configurator software is easy to use and intuitive.
Key switches are excellent, despite what a die hard Cherry fan boy might tell you.
Cons: (These are somewhat subjective.)
- The headphone/mic/usb plugin ports are on the right side of the keyboard. You normally have a mouse here, and for the "space" challenged this can pose an issue during a hardcore headphone/mic session.
- You will get lots of prints on this. The coating on this keyboard while beautiful is also finger print sensitive. You'll find lots of hand oil or prints laying about the keyboard within a few days. Not a concern for those who game in low light, or aren't concerned with looks. Though if you're not concerned with looks, why are you buying this keyboard in the first place?
Overall. with a couple of subjective cons, my unit is really well designed. The switches are great and consistent across the entire keyboard, and I do enjoy the lighting options with chroma configurator.