Razer BlackWidow Chroma (Origin PC Edition) And BlackWidow Ultimate 2016 Review

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what a bunch of cheap chinese plastic garbage.

$169 for a 9 year old spaceship keyboard? rubbish.

LOOK MA! my keyboard looks like a spaceship and lights up in colors, i'm the coolest kid on the block!

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what a bunch of cheap chinese plastic garbage.

$169 for a 9 year old spaceship keyboard? rubbish.

LOOK MA! my keyboard looks like a spaceship and lights up in colors, i'm the coolest kid on the block!
what a bunch of cheap chinese plastic garbage.

$169 for a 9 year old spaceship keyboard? what a hump of sh1t.

LOOK MA! my keyboard looks like a spaceship and lights up in colors, i'm the coolest kid on the block!
Wait! nycalex is right: it's "cheap chinese [sic.] plastic garbage"! We should all trust this guy, right? And not the professional reviewers at Tom's, PCWorld, TechRadar, PCPerspective, Maximum PC, overclock.net, AnandTech, the customers' reviews on NewEgg, and PC enthusiasts everywhere who praise Razer's keyboards for their excellence.

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I've had a Razer Marauder Keyboard and that failed after 3 years of use. I can't say I wasn't disappointed but like almost everything electronics and pretty much anything in this world, some things don't last forever. Nice write up and a comprehensive write up on that! I just wished they didn't flood the market with their own reverse engineered switches. That just adds more confusion to the consumers who are eager to jump onboard the mechanical keyboard wagon.
 

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says the guy that needs to post his system specs as a signature on his posts. Do you need a self-esteem boost?

Btw, it's called an opinion. I thought forums was all about reading eachother's opinions.
 

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"However, the noisy Green switches won't appeal to some users,"
Razer of course does also offer the "Stealth" version of this keyboard that uses Razer's version of Cherry browns (not sure if there is a 2016 version yet, but you can be sure it's coming).
 

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Having owned 4 Razer Keyboards, these ARE cheap plastic garbage. Filco, Topre, Corsair, Logitech, Steelseries all make much superior keyboards as far as quality is concerned.
 

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what a bunch of cheap chinese plastic garbage.

$169 for a 9 year old spaceship keyboard? rubbish.

LOOK MA! my keyboard looks like a spaceship and lights up in colors, i'm the coolest kid on the block!
what a bunch of cheap chinese plastic garbage.

$169 for a 9 year old spaceship keyboard? what a hump of sh1t.

LOOK MA! my keyboard looks like a spaceship and lights up in colors, i'm the coolest kid on the block!
Wait! nycalex is right: it's "cheap chinese [sic.] plastic garbage"! We should all trust this guy, right? And not the professional reviewers at Tom's, PCWorld, TechRadar, PCPerspective, Maximum PC, overclock.net, AnandTech, the customers' reviews on NewEgg, and PC enthusiasts everywhere who praise Razer's keyboards for their excellence.
The problem with reviews is rarely can a reviewer play with a product long term. This results in things like Tesla cars winning car of the year rewards when by all counts they're one of the least reliable vehicles on the road. Razer keyboards generally look nice, but tend to be overpriced and unreliable. Will everyone get a keyboard that fails in a year? of course not, if that was the case Razon wouldn't sell anything. But their keyboards/mice do tend to break down in a very short period of time. Even this reviewer had a "dead key" issue, which as anyone who seriously games will tell you is a deal breaker. Frankly I'm not a serious gamer, but I would return or replace any keyboard which had a key suddenly stop responding, and I assume this happened in the first few hours the reviewer was playing with that keyboard

If that's not a red flag then you've either got more $$ then you deserve to have or you simply don't care how you waste your money. All i know is i wouldn't spend a dime on a keyboard that stops functioning properly in a product review.
 

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I bought a Razer 3 years ago. After one week I bought a competitor and eagerly gave it away. The font is so cool that it's absolutely unusable. R is 2 lines? They put the numbers and symbols side by side instead of up and down. It was loud and felt cheap. Yeah, not a fan. Since then I've tried 3 competitors with various results. They all have one similarity: much better than Razer.
 

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Even this reviewer had a "dead key" issue, which as anyone who seriously games will tell you is a deal breaker. Frankly I'm not a serious gamer, but I would return or replace any keyboard which had a key suddenly stop responding, and I assume this happened in the first few hours the reviewer was playing with that keyboard
It didn't. It happened when I was fiddling with the on-keyboard macros. (Emphasize "playing.") But it DID happen.

Also, we spend as much time with each keyboard as possible. Bare minimum of a week, work and play (and we tend to work a lot of hours!), but often more, depending on X and Y and Z. (HWT: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/how-we-test-mechanical-keyboards,4400.html).

This one, I ended up using for quite a while, as it happened.
 

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thank you for the clarification
 

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I have a Razer Blackwidow Stealth from the previous generation of these keyboards. It looks basically identical to this new model but it doesn't have backlit keys.

At the time I bought it I thought the Chroma model looked awesome but it was $160 while the same keyboard without backlighting was $80. As cool as the lights looked I had a hard time justifying paying twice as much to get them.

I have been using my Blackwidow for about a year now with no complaints. It feels great and I haven't had any problems. I also bought the Razer Deathadder Chroma mouse at the same time and I'm happy with that purchase too.
 

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I have a Razer Blackwidow Stealth from the previous generation of these keyboards. It looks basically identical to this new model but it doesn't have backlit keys.

At the time I bought it I thought the Chroma model looked awesome but it was $160 while the same keyboard without backlighting was $80. As cool as the lights looked I had a hard time justifying paying twice as much to get them.

I have been using my Blackwidow for about a year now with no complaints. It feels great and I haven't had any problems. I also bought the Razer Deathadder Chroma mouse at the same time and I'm happy with that purchase too.
Yeah, way back when, a thousand years ago or so, I bought the original Deathadder when Razer was a new company. I couldn't kill the damn thing, and it's still going. I retired it recently for the new Chroma edition and put it in the backup box. The mouse endured years of gaming punishment and never failed. If Razer's products in general are as good as that original mouse, then I'm sold.
 

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Razer became a no-go company and lost me as a customer with their enforced cloud synapse garbage for a fricking mouse and keyboard driver/software.... great work indeed!
 

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My question is why would you want over 16 million colors changing on the keyboard?? I like to actually watch the monitor to see what I am doing in a game not watch the damn keyboard. Can someone elaborate this seems stupid to me.
 

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As long time professionals, we retired 2 IBM Model M Space Savers for 2 Black Widow Tournament models, on Chroma, one without.

The Chroma is set with Caps Lock disabled, and monochrome blue.

As you get older, strange things happen... late night cramps require leaving bed and sitting in a chair until they abate. The lighting is appreciated.
 

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Having owned 4 Razer Keyboards, these ARE cheap plastic garbage. Filco, Topre, Corsair, Logitech, Steelseries all make much superior keyboards as far as quality is concerned.

Topre! But yeah, I totally agree. This keyboard will get the job done for many people, but for the enthusiasts this wont really even begin to make the cut.
 

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Their software seems to be killing a lot of 2013 model keyboards off... i guess its one way to enforce upgrades.

I had a Blackwidow 2013 until the W key stopped working completely. It had no backlit, as someone already mentioned, the new model looks exactly the same but has green lighting... I bought a logitech G910, I can have green lighting too if I choose to. Every other colour as well.

The lighting is useful if you going blind and can't read the characters on the keys. The keyboard I had before the Blackwidow was a Microsoft Gaming keyboard with red backlit, its one of many things I missed about that keyboard when I got the Blackwidow
 
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