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conclusion:We're mixed

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In the DeathStalker Ultimate, Razer took their popular keyboard design and combined it with a touch-screen LCD panel for use with their customizable Switchblade software. Despite the added bells and whistles, Expert Reviews found it to be "an incredibly slim keyboard," while PC Mag had an issue with the keyboard's backlight keys, as they pointed out that "when the backlight is turned off, the transparent lettering blends into the black of the keys enough to make it hard to read." They also thought the keyboard's scissor switches felt "a bit mushy, with very shallow key travel." Gadget Review disagrees with the latter, saying "there is no lag and everything seems very responsive," as do Destructoid, who found the keys "impressively responsive." The DeathStalker Ultimate offers a lot of customization options, most notably with the built-in LCD touch panel, and PC World says the Switchblade UI is "a really neat gimmick that works surprisingly well" and "the gesture controls are a nice touch." In the end though, PC World feels the UI is "more like a gimmick than a useful feature," so unless you need to have Switchblade, you can find cheaper gaming keyboard options.

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7.0
PC Mag Oct 22, 2012

The Razer DeathStalker Ultimate is the only gaming keyboard to consider, if you want to use Razer's Switchblade UI without shelling out the price of a premium gaming laptop. For everyone else, however, there are better (and cheaper) options out there.

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6.0
PC World Oct 29, 2012

Building a beautiful LCD touchscreen and ten programmable LED keys into a gaming keyboard is a neat idea, but in practice the Switchblade interface feels more like a gimmick than a useful feature.

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8.0
TechRadar Feb 20, 2013

There's no way I can really talk about the DeathStalker Ultimate in terms of value for money, but it's a thing of beauty, and if you can spend this sort of cash on a very functional peripheral then this is the top-end keyboard of choice.

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7.0
Destructoid Oct 8, 2012

I love the Switchblade trackpad and assignable buttons, but they're a luxury that I can't see myself using often enough for the outlay.

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7.0
Gadget Review Oct 25, 2012

I can easily recommend this one as I know Razer is committed to enhancing the longevity of that touch screen with more gamer-targeted applications.

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