|Razer BlackWidow Gaming Keyboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Austin Downing|
|Monday, 06 December 2010|
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Mechanical Keyboard Final Thoughts
First let me start by saying, this is possibly the best keyboard I have ever used, any problems I had with this keyboard were easily overshadowed by how wonderful it was to use in day-to-day life. For some users the noise the BlackWidow makes is very annoying, it is loud enough to be heard at least 10+ feet away especially if like me you type very hard. Even with all the praise I have given I do have one thing I would like to see on the next iteration of the BlackWidow. I would like to see dedicated media controls instead of having to use the functions key+F1-F8.
Razer BlackWidow Conclusion
Performance for this product is a finicky thing, as a gaming keyboard I did not see the BlackWidow as any benefit over the more traditional Razer Lycosa but for non-gaming performance I would put this product near perfect with the auditory and tactile feed helping to increase my speed of typing and the comfort in doing so.
The appearance of the BlackWidow is a good mixture of traditional and modern, providing a product that is neither to flashy but still stands on its own in a group of keyboards. The custom font Razer users is different then any other keyboard out there but still looks very nice and provides a easy to read experience for those who still look at the keyboard when they type. I do like the all black appearance of the BlackWidow although it is frustrating that it attracts fingerprints so much making a for a dirty looking keyboard quickly.
The functionally of the BlackWidow with all of its included drivers provides a wonderful experience that can easily be changed based on your needs. When doing very repetitive actions a user is able to quickly create a macro for any key to help speed up that process and decrease the amount of work that they have to do.
As the BlackWidow is mechanical it is a heavy piece of hardware weighing in at 3.1Lbs, whether this attests to build quality I do not know but in the couple weeks I have been using it I will say that it is built like a tank. Both my Logitech Keyboard and The Razer Lycosa although nice keyboard had alot of give to them and if you pressed hard enough you could make their frames warp. With the BlackWidow this is not the case, even with my abusive typing style does not warp, the keys do not wobble, and in general it feels like it could last forever.
Priced at $79.99 the Razer BlackWidow is expensive for how basic of a keyboard it is, especially when you look at other keyboard that are around its price range or even cheaper. Other keyboards come with all kinds of features that are built into them that the BlackWidow does not have, things like LCD panels, fully customizable LCD buttons, or dedicated media controls. But if you look at its real competition, other mechanical keyboards you start to see that the BlackWidow is priced very competitively. With a few exceptions other mechanical keyboards are being sold for at least $10 more if not $30-$40+ more.
The Razer BlackWidow has converted me, from this point forward I will do my best to always use a mechanical keyboard because of the comfort they bring when it comes time to actually type and do the work that I need to get done.