Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2013 Edition Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2013 Edition Review  

Introduction

The last keyboard we reviewed from Razer was the laptop style Lycosa, many moons ago. Today we're taking a look at the latest in their line of keyboards, the BlackWidow Ultimate 2013.

It's a full-on mechanical keyboard with macro functionality, backlighting, and all the bells and whistles one would expect to find on a Razer product.

As you would expect to find on a modern gaming keyboard the BlackWidow has 10-key rollover capability, which should be enough as we only have 10 digits. Also because of the macro functionality, including software based ones for more complicated macros as well as on-the-fly recording, then you shouldn't need more than 10 keys at once for even the most difficult tasks.

Unlike many of the mechanical keyboards we've reviewed the BlackWidow comes with Cherry MX Blue switches, which we'll look at on the next page, but these have an audible click when depressed. If you prefer the silent sort a 'Stealth' variant is available, but we're reviewing the vanilla, if such a word can be used, Ultimate Edition.

Technical Specifications

  • Full mechanical keys with 50g actuation force
  • Individually backlit keys
  • 1000Hz Ultrapolling / 1ms response time
  • Programmable keys with on-the-fly macro recording
  • Gaming mode option for deactivation of the Windows key
  • 10 customizable software profiles with on-the-fly switching
  • 5 additional macro keys
  • Gaming optimized key matrix for minimized ghosting
  • Multi-Media Controls
  • Braided fibre cable
  • Audio-Out / Mic-In Jacks
  • USB-Passthrough
  • Approximate Size : 475 mm / 18.70” (Width) x 171 mm / 6.73” (Height) x 30 mm / 1.18” (Depth)
  • Approximate Weight: 1500 g / 3.31 lbs
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Most Recent Comments

28-12-2012, 05:41:19

tinytomlogan
The Razer BlackWidow Ultimate has received an update, so it's a great opportunity to look at the premium mechanical keyboard in the Razer line.

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...170935299l.JPG


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28-12-2012, 07:34:27

CPMFW
nice review as always...
the keyboard looks fantastic. the price is a little high, but i guess you pay for what you get

28-12-2012, 15:35:10

TAWN
The logo just irritates me somehow.... Will need to try the products to see if the feel and quality is worth the cash.

29-12-2012, 04:03:53

Anthrax27
I have the first edition of Blackwidow Ultimate. I am satisfied with the overall build quality but 2 led's below two keys have stopped working after a few months :|.

29-12-2012, 15:43:28

MacLeod
Nice review!

I have the first edition BWU too and think it is a superb keyboard. I switch out with my Logitech G510 every once in a while just for a change of pace but the BWU is my all time favorite. I'm a sucker for cool looks and backlights so these keyboards are right up my ally. Glad to see the next generation of these boards are just as good if not better.

01-01-2013, 02:30:47

PsyTech
I had a chance to play a little on that beast. Overall, another great review! Keep them coming.

03-01-2013, 08:19:46

s3ns3
good review.wow this keyboard looks awesome.i love the matte black finish

05-01-2013, 18:42:35

Koolzy
Nice Review. Amazing keyboard... Razer always delivers great products.

06-01-2013, 09:06:17

Ov3erclock3R
I want to get a razer keybord, iv got the deathadder mouse which is amazing! i want one of their keybords to go with it! i dont want one too loud! i have no idea what one to get :/

08-01-2013, 21:58:31

MacLeod
You definitely dont want the BlackWidow then because its definitely not quiet. If you want a quiet Razer keyboard youll have to look at some of their membrane boards.
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