Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2013 Edition Review

Software and Lighting

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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Most Recent Comments

28-12-2012, 05:41:19

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.


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28-12-2012, 07:34:27

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

28-12-2012, 15:35:10

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

29-12-2012, 04:03:53

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 :|.Quote

29-12-2012, 15:43:28

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.Quote

01-01-2013, 02:30:47

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

03-01-2013, 08:19:46

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

05-01-2013, 18:42:35

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

06-01-2013, 09:06:17

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 :/Quote

08-01-2013, 21:58:31

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.Quote

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