Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2013 Edition Review
The BlackWidow Ultimate is supported by the Razer Synapse 2.0 software. This is a very sleekly designed piece of kit, with a small footprint and, perhaps most usefully, cloud storage of your settings. There are as many profiles available as you like, with ten being able to be assigned to the keyboard and selected with a combination of the function key and the number row. As well as the lighting being controlled with the F11 and F12 keys, you can set it in the profiles too. We prefer steady lighting here at OC3D, but we know the pulsating effect looks awesome so it would almost be worth having a profile that breathes for those times you're AFK.
The gaming mode we saw on the previous page allows for the disabling of the standard combination that we'd all hate to hit in the heat of battle, namely Alt-Tab, Alt-F4 and the ever-hated Windows key. The macro recorder is simplicity itself to use. Name your macro, hit record, edit to taste. It's nice to see some default delay speeds too, which is always handy for those games that are a little slow on the uptake or actively slow down multiple inputs as an anti-cheat method.
Mapping of the keyboard is very intuitive. Click the key you wish to adjust, a window appears with the available options, and you select from there. It's as idiot-proof as it's ever likely to be. We especially like the fact the 5 dedicated Macro keys on the left hand side can be set for anything at all, including program launching, rather than just limited to macros.
Once you've chosen your macro you have a few playback options. Handy for producing huge quantities of troops in your favourite RTS, or just buying a load-out once in Counter Strike.
With everything set you just apply, and you're ready to rock. Should you ever forget which key is which a handy tooltip helps with reminding you the current assignments for the selected profile.
The trouble with taking photos of things lit up is that everything comes with some LEDs these days and in the darkness needed they shine so very brightly, so ignore the background blue which isn't to do with the BlackWidow. The brightness of the Razer goes from barely there, to really in your face, and everything in-between, so you certainly can tailor it to suit. Even off entirely if the mood takes you.
On the top right are the standard LOCK indicators, as well as the green G for the Gaming mode, and the red M which indicates the on-the-fly macro recording state (here, recording).