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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szimm - Friday, April 24, 2015 - linkNot always true - I'm typing this on a Razer Lycosa keyboard, which I've owned and used every day since 2009... Still going strong, not a single issue. I do agree that Razers quality fluctuates wildly from product to product, but that is also true for brands like Logitech or Corsair... Haven't had much experience with Steelseries myself, but I like their products, particularly the RAW series.
cosmicdrop - Thursday, September 3, 2015 - linkSee you can go ahead and say all this, but truthfully you might of just got a bad batch. I've had my Deathadder 3.5 for over 3 Years now (however long ago they came out with the 3.5s), I've only had to replace the rubber feet which was a few bucks. With proper care they last. I also own the Razer Lycosa Mirror edition, if you search how old that is youll realize they are quality products. Just recently I swapped out my Lycosa because the tab key wasn't working and didn't feel like taking it apart and plan to buy this new keyboard shortly.
Proud owner of the Chroma Krakens and the first edition razer bag. If you are worried about your product failing just grab the warranty.. thats what its there for
Swiper34 - Thursday, January 7, 2016 - linkMost LoL pros stick to the chroma, i wouldnt say an upgrade does you any good.
Wasabi_Vengeance - Thursday, April 16, 2015 - linkNice. I tried using my gf's chroma for a few days instead of my a1242, and the numpad was the main reason I thought I'd never buy one for myself. Problem solved!!
HisDivineOrder - Thursday, April 16, 2015 - linkToo bad about that detachable USB cable. On a keyboard, that's a common source of failure.
meacupla - Friday, April 17, 2015 - linkThe USB connector on this keyboard is extremely poorly designed.
There's no protection for when the cord gets snagged, unlike other boards, because there's no under keyboard cable routing to relieve stress exerted on the connector.
I would never ever recommend razer products, because of poor design and they had quite a few years to fix the cord on this product range.
bloc - Friday, April 17, 2015 - linktenkeyless and mechanical keyboard are pretty solid, but I'm waiting for the first tenkeyless ergo split keyboard and you can have my $100.00
meacupla - Friday, April 17, 2015 - linkThere's no way you're going to get an ergo mechanical keyboard for $100. Split, I can see as being possible, but probably still won't be anywhere near $100.
Membrane is easier to make into various ergo shapes, but mechanicals need a solid base and PCB layer, which can be complicated to mould into an ergo shape.
FXi - Monday, July 6, 2015 - linkThere are a number of us out here who would truly love to see something akin to the Chroma or K70 (RGB and single color) that came in a curve (middle ground between full split ergo and normal) format, a la the MS 2000 or Logitech Wave series. Not advocating wireless, but simply that I've worn out well over 10 MS 2000's down so far the keys were smooth and the style makes a difference for those of us who don't just game we spend long, long hours at our keyboards. I understand the comment you make, and switches' physical natures simply make such a design severely difficult, but I'd easily pay for it. I've bought keyboards by the box full and if the right thing came along I'd find no problem in doing that again. Only making this comment so you are aware that a number of us realize that it's unlikely to happen, but some number of us out here make do with current gaming keyboards but would truly love one that was also in a curve format. The split one by Adesso shows that it's not impossible but even that is not mechanical switches, and probably with good reason as you say.
meacupla - Friday, April 17, 2015 - linkIf it's anything like the old version, the USB connector on the rear is super easy to break, because it's just sitting out there, prone to being bent when the cord is snagged.