Razer Blackwidow Tournament Edition Chroma Review
Published: 2nd November 2015 | Source: Razer | Price: £129.95 @ OCUK |
If you're one of our loyal readers who peruses everything we post rather than cherry-picking only the products that you're interested in then, firstly, thank you and secondly, you'll be aware of the prevalence of Cherry MX switches in all the high-end mechanical keyboards.
Rather than spread a percentage of their business to Cherry, Razer have taken the somewhat brave step to produce their own mechanical switches. Available in two types that ape the main two Cherry switches, they promise the kind of quality feel that we've all come to expect, whilst having a shorter actuation distance and longer life span.
The keyboard up for review today is the Blackwidow Tournament Edition Chroma. The first keyboard equipped with Razer's own switches that we've tested. As you can see from the image at the top of the page the Chroma part of the equation is well earned, and the Tournament Edition part we can only assume refers to the tenkeyless design. We utilise the number pad almost as much as accountants here at OC3D so the removal of these keys always causes consternation. Still an open mind is the only way to review hardware, so let's get down to business.
Our Blackwidow is equipped with the Green variant of the Razer switches. One that copies the Cherry Blue not only in its 50g actuation force but in its inclusion of a microswitch tactile click upon actuation. Back those up with the always excellent Chroma technology and the excellent Razer Synapse 2.0 software and you have a keyboard that can go head-to-head with almost anything you can bring to the party.
Razer™ Mechanical Switches with 50g actuation force
60 million keystroke life span
Chroma backlighting with 16.8 million customizable color options
10 key roll-over anti-ghosting
Fully programmable keys with on-the-fly macro recording
Detachable braided fiber USB cable with cable strap
Carrying case for protection
Razer Synapse 2.0 enabled
Approximate size: 366mm/14.40” (Width) x 154mm/6.06” (Height) x 30mm/1.18” (Depth)
Approximate weight: 950g/2.09lbs