The Razer BlackWidow Ultimate keyboard is the first product that I have owned from Razer. It is also the first mechanical keyboard I have owned. A mechanical keyboard differs from a “traditional” keyboard because it uses separate switches for each key. The keyboards that most computers come with are called membrane keyboards. A mechanical keyboard is much louder than a membrane keyboard. My wife commented on the clicking the key presses make the first few minutes I was using it. Aside from the noise, which doesn’t bother me in the slightest, the keyboard is very nice. It has a glossy finish and has a nice weight to it. I like the weight, since this keyboard doesn’t move around when I’m typing. It is backlit, each key has it’s own LED. This is nice since I prefer to play games, or write, in the dark.
Mechanical keyboards are also said to last longer than their membrane alternatives. Unfortunately, my Razer keyboard started malfunctioning just the other day. So I’m actually typing this review on the keyboard that came with my PC. Going from a mechanical keyboard back to the “quiet” type membrane keyboard is frustrating. I can honestly say that I hate the keyboard I am using right now. I am sending my Razer back, it has a one year limited warranty, and can’t wait until it is replaced.
The Razer brand is synonymous with great products. They make some of the best gaming peripherals on the market. They also release devices that are game “themed”. Basically the device follows the color scheme and logo, to represent the game. Aside from my recent keyboard failure, I would recommend the Razer products without hesitation.
- Full mechanical keys with 50g actuation force
- Individually backlit keys with 5 levels of lighting
- 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 cable
- Audio-Out / Mic-In Jacks
- Approximate Size : 475 mm / 18.70” (Width) x 171 mm / 6.73” (Height) x 20 mm / 0.79” (Depth)
- Approximate Weight: 1500 g / 3.31 lbs
- PC with USB port
- Windows® 7 / Windows Vista® / Windows® XP / Mac OS X (v10.5 to 10.6)
- Internet connection (for driver installation)
- At least 75MB of hard disk space
Disclosure: This post is NOT sponsored, solicited, or endorsed in any manner. I purchased this product with my own money for my personal use, and decided to write about it. For more information on Razer’s products, feel free to visit their website.