Razer blackwidow ultimate 2016


The Razer BlackWidow Ultimate năm 2016 Edition ($100 và available on Amazon) is the epitome of an incremental upgrade—và that’s absolutely fine. Take the totally competent keyboard we saw in 2014, make a couple of smart tweaks, và put it baông chồng on the market.

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Voila, you’re done.

Familiar faces

So what are those smart tweaks? I’ve sầu identified two small but notable changes. Namely, no macro keys và a refined Num Loông chồng / Caps Loông chồng / Game Mode indicator tray.

Per the first: The năm trước BlackWidow Ultimate (và RGB-enabled BlackWidow Chroma) had a column of five sầu macro keys arrayed down the left side of the board. They’re gone. There are no dedicated macro keys on the 2016 BlackWidow Ultimate.

That’s surprising, given how long macro keys have been a standard feature on gaming keyboards. For Razer—which made its name on gaming peripherals—lớn eliminate them means it"s following a trkết thúc I’ve noticed lately: Manufacturers are moving toward more refined, all-purpose designs. High-over, even.


What bởi I mean? Sleek. Black. Something you could probably use in the office without raising an eyebrow. This seems lớn be the lademo thiết kế mantra for everyone from Razer khổng lồ Logitech lớn Corsair. The days of the twenty-button mouse & “extreme” peripherals are over.

Personally, I’m a người. Barring the pervasive neon-green backlighting of the năm nhâm thìn BlackWidow, this looks lượt thích your average, everyday keyboard. The typeface etched into lớn each keycap is maybe still a bit too “Video Games!”, but otherwise this peripheral is one of Razer’s most professional-looking devices.

Who would’ve guessed so much could be gained from eliminating five sầu keys?

Aside from ditching dedicated macro keys, the năm 2016 BlackWidow also overhauls the Caps Loông chồng indicator panel in the top right. Well, the Caps Lochồng / Num Lochồng / Scroll Lock / Game Mode / Macro Recording panel. On both the 2014 BlackWidow & the BlackWidow Chroma, Razer finished this panel with some sort of translucent plastic. The idea seemed khổng lồ be that you couldn’t see the indicators there until you turned one on.

Unfortunately, reality didn’t quite match the concept. Illuminating Caps Lock or Game Mode or whatever caused a faint, blurry inhỏ to appear. The “C” for Caps Lochồng was barely legible, the “M” for Macros looked like a busted McDonald’s sign, and the fuzzy “G-inside-crosshairs” (trò chơi Mode) gave sầu the impression that you should buy a better keyboard.

Someone’s been listening khổng lồ my complaints, because the năm 2016 BlackWidow Ultimate has a more standard light-up inmix instead of the 2014 model’s translucent plastic. Now each inhỏ is precisely stenciled and backlit, and the whole keyboard benefits. Again, it looks sleek & professional.

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Well, mostly sleek & professional. Maybe Razer could ditch the “G-inside-crosshairs” inhỏ. But I’ll leave that for the 2018 BlackWidow Ultimate khổng lồ rectify.


Those two changes trang điểm the bulk of the năm nhâm thìn overhaul. The only other tweak I spotted is so small that it’s almost not worth mentioning, but the Function key now lights up. Don’t act too excited.

The remaining features are pretty much identical khổng lồ the năm trước BlackWidow—same fabric cable sheath, same diagonal cutouts in the lower corners, same media keys. And with the thiết kế having changed so little, that also means this keyboard still packs Razer’s own mechanical switches—the mã sản phẩm we reviewed had Greens.

I’ve sầu come lớn accept Razer’s switches. I can work with them. But I don’t like them. In my opinion, they’re bargain-basement Cherry MX Blues. They require the same force lớn press as Cherry MX Blues (50 cN) and feature the same kind of clicky feel, but with a slightly higher actuation point and a lower remix point. This means you get a lot of resistance up front and nearly none after a key press registers.

Razer claims this kiến thiết is good for gaming: You can double- & triple-press Razer’s keys a bit faster than standard Cherry Blues. That’s great if all you vì on your PC is games, games, games.

But as I discussed in my Đánh Giá of the năm trước BlackWidow và as I’ve sầu said on bommobile.vn time và time again: A keyboard is for more than just gaming. Presumably, you don’t want khổng lồ drag a different keyboard out of the clophối each time you browse the web, bởi your taxes, write the next Great American Novel, or what-have-you.

However, no matter which keyboard you choose, you make compromises. I’d rather err on the side of comfort and use real MX Blues instead of worrying about shaving milliseconds off my double-taps (& bottoming out keys more often in the process), but that’s ultimately your hotline. As more manufacturers move sầu away from Cherry switches in favor of cheaper alternatives, it’s becoming harder & harder khổng lồ find a solid MX Blue board anyway.

Bottom line

We’re two years into lớn Razer’s “We’ll make our own mechanical switches” experiment và I’m still not sold on the idea. However, aước ao gaming keyboards under $100, the 2016 BlackWidow Ultimate’s a solid choice & an improvement (however small) over its predecessor.

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You’ll miss out on all the rainbow-lighting craziness afforded by Razer’s RGB-enabled Chroma line but, well, maybe you didn’t want all those tacky lights anyway. It’s okay lớn admit it.

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