Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2013 Edition Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2013 Edition Review  


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, 12:34:27

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, 20:35:10

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, 09:03:53

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, 20:43:28

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, 07:30:47

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

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