|Razer BlackWidow Gaming Keyboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Austin Downing|
|Monday, 06 December 2010|
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Razer BlackWidow Detailed Features
When a user spends $80 on a keyboard they expect it to be more then just a keyboard. Many companies provide software for customizing how a users peripheral will behave and adding secondary features, but Razer has a reputation for providing top notch software that gives the user the ability to really customize their keyboard to do what they need.
In the assign keys section you are able to assign keys different functions including: a single key press from another key, a macro, a instant profile switch, or launching a program. Razer has given this software the ability to modify any key on the keyboard making it so you can make very specific profiles for program like Photoshop that will be highly customized to make the most efficient use of the BlackWidow. In gaming these features can be used to quickly combine together actions that you may use frequently a feature that many MMO fans will be able to appreciate.
The manage profiles page of the configuration panel is dedicated to profiles, from here you can import and export your profiles or make new profiles. These profiles save every aspect of a configuration and therefore can be used to quickly switch between configurations for different gameplay styles within a game. Razer has made it so that the first 10 profiles can quickly be switched through using the functions + 1-10 keys.
The final page of the control panel is the what gives the BlackWidow its extreme customizability. From here you can import, export, or create any macro you would like. In my testing a user could create as long of a macro as they would like, with my longest over 75 actions long. These macro's once set can be assigned to a key to be used every time a the key is press, as long as the key is pressed, multiple times as set by the user, or can be kept playing over and over till the key is pressed again.