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Razer Black USB Wired BlackWidow Ultimate Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

100% Positive Reviews
Rated #4 in Keyboards


Pros: Great entry level Mech board, solid, pretty lights; HD wiring

Cons: Macro/alt/tab/shift close together, audio/usb on right hand side....

I bought this open box on Newegg, so I cannot complain for the price. This is my first Mech keyboard, has cherry blues in it. Great feeling, really loud though. May be a turn off for some. I really enjoy typing on it though. Feels great, and my WPM went up. FPS and MMO gaming feels a little snappier too.

Things I dont like-the Macro keys, and the keys in general, are too close together. I hit the CAPS lock key many times when trying to hit A. This is just a gripe, but the USB and the audio jacks on the board are on the right hand side of the keyboard.... most people are right handed.... bad. The glossy look is nice, but gets prints on it.

Things I like-the wiring itself is very heavy duty and sleeved very well. Full speed USB 2.0 port. Lighting is bright, and adjustable. I love the feel/sound of the board.

For $57.99, it was a steal. Full price is $130, and i still would have paid that.

Great board if you are a Razer user....great even if you arent!


Pros: Sounds fantastic, works perfectly, looks awesome ( if you like flashy keyboards ).

Cons: The only thing I don't like about this keyboard is the location of the macro keys. I just couldn't get used to it had to block them off.

If you are looking for a flashy quality mechanical keyboard with programmable keys you cannot go wrong with this. The blue's sound fantastic, it really making typing more enjoyable, and for some reason just makes you feel like a boss when you play games, specifically starcraft II. I've been using mine over 2 years now and I haven't had a single issues. Read my Cons for my only complaint. I'm going to buy a Black Widow TE now since I actually move my rig to LAN's occasionally, and I think the extra desk space would be nice, as well as the macro keys being gone.

Video of me playing SCII with it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyHDIntG_TU you can hear my keystrokes.


Pros: Great Response, great feeling, awesome looking

Cons: poor software, no wrist rest, loud typing

I've hesitated a lot when I've order this keyboard. looking from the bad review i was afraid of getting a defective product. but i didn't, lucky.

First impression i loved that keyboard, great feel, great response awesome looking. and the cables are really premium quality.

After a few weeks Razer updated the old software and firmware to Razer Synapse 2.0 .
This is the first moment i started to really dislike Razer.
1. when i started the installation the setup software told me it didn't detect my keyboard.that bad installation software upset me a lot. so i had to manually update the firmware and clean re-install the software. before i could use my macro.
2,when i start my computer the software would come in full screen, and i had to minimize it every restart and there was no option to disable that from happening, (They did fix that issue but i'm very disappointed with Razer)
3.since it's online they should have give us some preset. (pro gaming software without pro gamer preset i would expect better mellowsmiley.gif )

I would love to have a good wrist rest if possibly removable. i might buy it even if i need to buy it separately, too bad Razer don't sell small accessory like those.

Overall i love that keyboard, best responses, best looking. i wish only that the software could be better polished. thumb.gif

ps: don't mind my bad english (i live in Laos) tongue.gif


Pros: Great Tactile Feedback, integrated audio on keyboard, programmable keys.

Cons: Loud(not a con for some) Some keys a bit close together

I have owned this keyboard for about 6 months now so I think that it is about the right time to review it. This was a total impulse buy for me, I had been using my same Logitech Keyboard for 2 years and was getting sick of the feel and look of it. After doing some research I decided on a Blackwidow.

I love the matte finish, one of the biggest turn offs for me about the other Razer keyboards with the glossy finish they use, the keys also feel much better with the matte rather than the gloss finish. Backlight on keys is pretty neat as well but by no means a deal-breaker. The tactile feedback on the keys is amazing and I actually feel as I have become better in FPS' and MMO's by using this keyboard.


It is loud, all of my roommates now hate me. This doesnt bother me though so not really much of a con.

I wish this had come with some sort of wrist pad or guard like I believe the Lycosas do, it would have been nice to have a detachable one for the price.


Pros: Mecanical, Leds ,ect

Cons: Confusing on the fly macro recording

I got the Razer Black Widow Ultimate Keyboard this past Christmas. It has helped me in multiple ways. To start the Cherry Blue switches are amazing! It has improved my typing speed and the mechanical keys take almost no force to press down. The LEDs make it look good and you can see the keys in the dark. The keys won't blind you because they are adjustable so you can see them in sunlight too. The media controls allow you to do a variety of things. I thought they just worked in Windows Media Center but I have used them in other sites too. Although they may be called Media Center Keys, you can on the fly turn off the Windows Key, adjust the brightness of the LEDs and put the computer into sleep mode. For the media center part you have mute, volume down, volume up, pause and play, stop, rewind, and fast forward. These controls work in You Tube. But because the software allows you to turn a key on and off I turned off the caps lock key so I don't hit it by accident. Also, in the software you can turn any key into a macro. The keys that are preset for macros can be set to type something or open a program. For opening a program all you do is go into the software, double click on the macro you want to assign it to and find the .exe for that program and click open on the bottom. I use the macros for opening programs.
The keyboard base has a rubberized coating so it has a quality feel. Without the stands up it is still raised so when you put the stands up the typing is very comfortable. This keyboard is also very heavy, 4 pounds to be exact. It shouldn't matter as it will just sit on your desk and the weight gives it a quality feel.
The few complaints I have are the confusing on the fly macro recording. The part that confused me is when you are done recording the instructions it says hold down the function key and press any key and you are done. When I did that it assigned the macro the key I pressed. When typing I nearly died when it started typing for me. I did not see that part in the instructions but, that is a very small complaint. The other complaint is on some of the keys it has two icons and only the top one is lit up. Again that is another very small complaint and I hope these two complaints I have don't discourage you from buying it.
I have not used this keyboard for gaming yet, this review is just about typing I plan to do gaming in the future and will update this review then. Overall this is a great keyboard and I would recommend it to anyone with the money who will be gaming and/or typing and I would say it is worth every penny.
Lastly, for a comparison I typed this review in under 35 min and without this keyboard I would probably still be typing this with my old non-mechanical key board. Thanks for reading this long review. I hope you enjoyed it.
Edit: The keyboard died, lets see how the rma goes.
Razer Black USB Wired BlackWidow Ultimate Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

The Razer BlackWidow Ultimate takes you full speed into combat with a full-fledged mechanical key infrastructure delivering crisp, tactile feedback with every actuation. Bringing an entirely different feel and faster keystroke actuation to the table, this revolutionary fully backlit gaming keyboard is rounded off by its additional macro keys and unlimited on-the-fly macro recording. Mouse Included: No Features: Full mechanical keys with 50g actuation force Individually backlit keys with 5 levels of lighting 1000Hz Ultrapolling / 1ms response time Programmable keys with on-the-fly macro recording Gaming mode option for deactivation of the Windows key 10 customizable software profiles with on-the-fly switching 5 additional macro keys Gaming optimized key matrix for minimized ghosting Multi-Media Controls Braided cable Audio-Out / Parts: 1 year limited Labor: 1 year limited

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