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Razer BlackWidow Chroma

from  $210.88+
85
Global
Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
85

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Engadget Summary

A product that has "Black" and "Chroma" in its name might seem like a bit of an oxymoron but, with Razer's Deathadder, Naga Epic and Kraken 7.1 all getting colorful upgrades, the company certainly wasn't going to leave its signature keyboard out of the fun. The BlackWidow Chroma still has the same key feel and macro options that serious gamers have come to appreciate; it's just a little more dazzling now.

Right out of the box, the BlackWidow Chroma is still a "gorgeous" keyboard according to IGN, who think it looks and feels like it "could really take a pounding for a long time yet still remain stylish-looking." Tom's Guide appreciates how it seems "a little less angular and more subdued" than the typical Razer product, and "would look equally at home in an office and in a gaming nook." Of course, that's only if you forgo the main selling point of the Chroma series -- the customizable backlighting. Gaming Shogun calls the lighting "a sight to behold" and PC World likes how "there’s not a ton of light leakage around the edges of the keys." However, despite the extensive illumination options you might want to restrain yourself from getting too extravagant, as Gaming Shogun found some patterns to be a distraction that made it hard to focus.

Lighting options aside, a gaming keyboard is only worth it if it can offer a good, responsive typing experience, and Razer's green mechanical switches deliver in spades. The keys have a "tactile, clicky response" that Gaming Shogun loved and Tom's Guide calls them "zippy and satisfying." GameSpot wasn't able to detect a real difference between Razer's keys and Cherry MX Blues, but bit-tech found the reset point on the Razer green switches "slightly sluggish and stickier." However, they also say the BlackWidow Chroma offers a "decent typing experience."

LIke other Razer keyboards the keys are still programmable, with the Synapse 2.0 software making it simple to assign colors and macros to keys. However, while GameSpot notes it's "easier to use" than the software accompanying the rival Corsair Vengeance K95, that's because it "has a slimmer set of options overall."

The BlackWidow Chroma is a fine successor to Razer's flagship line of keyboards, offering all the macro programming and excellent typing feel that gamers cherish, plus the ability to eschew Razer's typical green lighting scheme for something a little more to your liking.

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User Reviews

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Excellent for gaming but it can be improved in many ways.
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Average Critic Score

Noise

80
 

Ergonomics / comfort

75
 

Configurability

83
 

Design and form factor

83
 

Tactility / button-feel

83
 

How It Stacks Up

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Critic

60
 

User

90
 
85

Engadget

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Critic

85
 

User

80
 
81

Engadget

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Critic

84
 

User

93
 

Engadget

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Critic

80
 

User

80
 
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How It Stacks Up

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Critic

60
 

User

90
 
85

Engadget

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Critic

85
 

User

80
 
81

Engadget

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Critic

84
 

User

93
 

Engadget

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Critic

80
 

User

80
 
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