Razer Launches The BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma Keyboardby Brett Howse on April 16, 2015 11:00 AM EST
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Razer’s latest mechanical keyboard is a new Tournament edition of their BlackWidow keyboard (see our review of the pre-chroma version here). The BlackWidow is a fully mechanical keyboard with Razer’s Chroma backlighting, which offers fully configurable coloring using Razer’s Synapse software. The original BlackWidow is Razer’s best-selling keyboard.
The BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma is for those that need to take their keyboard with them, and is an update to the non-Chroma model. It is a compact version, which drops the number pad on the right, and the macro keys on the left. It also features a detachable USB cable, as well as a custom hard carrying case to package the keyboard in to. The keyboard itself features mechanical switches designed by Razer, and the Chroma backlighting is the new feature to this model, and offers 16.8 million color options which can be defined into key zones, or different lighting effects just like it’s full sized sibling.
For those that are interested in a RGB mechanical keyboard they can more easily tote about, Razer is selling the new model today on their website and are offering it as an exclusive through BestBuy in the USA and Canada.
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Cellar Door - Thursday, April 16, 2015 - linkLooks good but it won't last past a year. Ex. 2013 Deathadder, actually creaks in my hand just by holding it. Rubber sidegrips came off(glue actually disintegrated). Braiding on the cord fell apart from just regular use on the desk, and the light broke after 3 months. Razer these days is riding on their name and pushing over priced poor quality. Just replaced the unit with a steelseries sensei and I can hardly believe the quality difference. Never again Razer..
jt122333221 - Thursday, April 16, 2015 - linkDo you have an alternative in mind? This looks like a solid-sized keyboard compared to my Ducky Shine Mini (it's tiny, and I can live with it, but I'd really like my function keys, arrow keys, and home/end/pg dn/up etc. back as actual keys.
Hrel - Thursday, April 16, 2015 - linkHe says in his comment that he has the steelseries sensei...
I recommend Corsair though, everything from them lately is top notch. Logitech is always the standard though.
jt122333221 - Thursday, April 16, 2015 - linkSorry, I was looking at a keyboard; the sensei is a mouse. I for some reason thought the Deathadder was a keyboard they offered.
meacupla - Friday, April 17, 2015 - linkI would go for a corsair K65 RGB, if you want similar features.
If you want something cheaper, but still have some form of backlighting, Coolermaster quickfire rapid.
piiman - Saturday, April 18, 2015 - linkThe corsair software ,CUE, is all kinds of f'ed up and their hardware can't do what they claimed. You'll notice the lack of 16.2 million colors in their new ads. The keyboard is great but the software used to run it to its fullest is F'ed up big time.
meacupla - Saturday, April 18, 2015 - linkI won't defend the failings of CUE, but the competition software is worse.
And that's exactly why I settled for a K70 with regular backlighting, so that I don't have to install software.
RazrLeaf - Thursday, April 16, 2015 - linkI must present an alternate opinion. I have a Taipan from 2012 that has seen excessive use (10-12 hours daily at school, work, and home), and haven't had any of those problems. The soft touch has rubbed off a little bit where I click the button, but it has proven durable. And my church is still using a Diamondback (which was released in 2004).
doggghouse - Thursday, April 16, 2015 - linkSorry to hear about your 2013 Deathadder... mine has been holding up very well, and I use it daily for work. Sounds like you got a lemon! I also recently got the Deathadder Chroma for home because I was so impressed with the 2013, and that too has been working well for me (so far).
I also have a 2013 Blackwidow Ultimate at work, which I bought the BB extended warranty on just-in-case, but it's been fantastic so far. I like it so much, I decided to try the Chroma Stealth for home... no idea if I'll like the Cherry MX Brown style switches, but I needed something a bit quieter.
Anyway, I will say that not all of their products are always top-notch. You obviously had trouble with your Deathadder, and my nephew is sick of his Naga because the scroll wheel is impossible to control/broken. I plan to return it for him, hopefully they will just send a replacement. You probably could have done the same with your mouse if was having problems from the 3rd month on. Usually these companies have good warranty policies... guess I'll find out soon.
xKrNMBoYx - Friday, April 24, 2015 - linkMe too. I have two 3.5G Death Adders working perfectly well with no cosmetic/technical issues and the same goes for both my 2012 Black Widow Ultimates. I think each company has their issues and none is perfect. I do have one Razer product that did not last very long and that was one headset.