Razer Blackwidow Ultimate Chroma

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Light them up however you like!

There are many things that can be said about a customisable lighting setup, especially in your keyboard. This is, of course, becoming increasingly popular, not only can you see your keys in a darkened room, but the aesthetic value of nicely coloured keys can sometimes be the difference between a rage quit and a face palm!

Talking in regards to the Razer Blackwidow Ultimate Chroma; the process of setting up your favourite layout isn’t bad, just grab Razer Synapse and get to work. Although it can get irritating, for example, my main gripe is that it doesn’t seem to store your layout locally, it’s floating up there on the cloud, which means Synapse wants to sync every time it’s started (extending loading times), which it has to be if you want your layout loaded, otherwise you’re stuck with colour cycling. It also wants to update the Synapse software fairly regularly, while this isn’t an issue normally, it also wants to restart the machine after some updates. I would say this is a simple oversight but I really cannot get my head around why such a decision was made at all, and don’t get me started with the difficulties of having multiple profiles.

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With my little rant out of the way, let us look at the keyboard itself and what it brings to the table, as so to speak.

Razer™ Mechanical Switches with 50g actuation force
60 million keystroke life span
Chroma backlighting with 16.8 million customizable color options
Razer Synapse enabled
10 key roll-over anti-ghosting
Fully programmable keys with on-the-fly macro recording
5 additional dedicated macro keys
Gaming mode option
Audio-out/mic-in jacks
USB pass-through
1000Hz Ultrapolling
Braided fiber cable
Approximate size: 475mm/18.72” (Width) x 171mm/6.74” (Height) x 39mm/1.54” (Depth)
Approximate weight: 1500g/3.31lbs

An impressive specification list indeed, but what is it like to use? It’s comfortable despite not having an integrated rest, not a problem. The keys feel good to use; you don’t need to put huge amounts of pressure on them, just as advertised. It’s easy to customise once you get past the issues with Synapse; mine is currently a lovely mix of red and purple. Everything else works just as you would imagine, everyone has a preference when it comes to peripherals and while this may not be for everyone, it is certainly a good all round device.

Take a look at the promotional video below for a little more information.

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