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Hi OCN Just wondering if the Razer Black Widow Ultimate is any good for gaming .
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Depends what type of cherry switches you want. The black widow has cherry mx blue switches, which I personally prefer for everything.
Do some googling on the different types of cherry switches. There is blue, brown and black. Blue is tactile and makes noticeable clicks (which I think is awesome) and should be good for gaming as well as typing (however some people say the tactile key is bad for gaming - totally up to personal preference). Blacks don't really click and sort of just get pressed in, they're pretty quiet but don't feel as 'satisfying' (some people say these are the best for gaming but once again up to personal preference). Browns are a kind of blue/black hybrid.

I have never owned a mechanical keyboard but I have used the switches on a cherry blue keyboard and I really liked them. They felt great for typing and I could personally game on them. As for the Razer brand in itself, the build quality should be ok, not the best out there but still good. It is marketed as a gaming keyboard so I would expect it to perform like one.

However, if you aren't really too concerned about it's distinguishable features, such as the backlighting and macro keys, then there are probably better keyboards out there.
    
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I have that keyboard, and it's the one I'm typing on now.

It is a significant improvement over my previous keyboard razer lycosa (which I use at work now) and generally other non mechanical keyboards.

It's so much more responsive, in fps games, it much readily strafes left and right for example. There might be other mechanical keyboards that suits you more or might be better, but this keyboard looks great in my opinion except for one thing, it is a glossy finish, which smears really fast.

There is a version that are non glossy now, which didn't exist when I bough this one. You might consider buying this one smile.gif
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its 6+2 key roll over, but its still good for gaming, ive used it from mass effect 2 all the way to BF3 with no problems, plus its a great keyboard to type on, its physically and audibly satisfying to feel and hear the click
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I'm using the BW Ultimate with Cherry Blues at the moment. It certainly was a step up from non-mechanical but it comes with some quirks. My keyboard came with a bit of a space bar problem that I had to fix with some white lithium grease. Also, the macro keys are pretty worthless and just seem to get in the way. Other than those problems, I've found it to be a fine keyboard for the price.
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Those macro buttons took some time to getting used too, getting used to not playing with macro number 4 button, caps, tab and a or something, and go nowhere but to the left upsidedwnsmiley.gif
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Depends what type of cherry switches you want. The black widow has cherry mx blue switches, which I personally prefer for everything.
Do some googling on the different types of cherry switches. There is blue, brown and black. Blue is tactile and makes noticeable clicks (which I think is awesome) and should be good for gaming as well as typing (however some people say the tactile key is bad for gaming - totally up to personal preference). Blacks don't really click and sort of just get pressed in, they're pretty quiet but don't feel as 'satisfying' (some people say these are the best for gaming but once again up to personal preference). Browns are a kind of blue/black hybrid.
I have never owned a mechanical keyboard but I have used the switches on a cherry blue keyboard and I really liked them. They felt great for typing and I could personally game on them. As for the Razer brand in itself, the build quality should be ok, not the best out there but still good. It is marketed as a gaming keyboard so I would expect it to perform like one.
However, if you aren't really too concerned about it's distinguishable features, such as the backlighting and macro keys, then there are probably better keyboards out there.

Yeah my current keyboard (from 2003) has the blue cherry switches but its for my families computer. I find the 'tactical' feed back helpful. What other mechanical keyboard would you recommend.

Cheers ultrazoid
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It's really good for gaming imo, but it will take a week or so for you to get used to it. I tried it at my friend's house and it felt a little bit weird at first since the keys required so much less activation force and sometimes I even forgot I was actually pressing down on the button. Seemed to work great for FPS and even MMORPGs with every little movement and action being performed quicker.
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post #9 of 11
I got a Razer BlackWidow Ultimate and I'm very pleased with the power, flexibility it gives me in wow gaming. You have to get used to the clicking sound but it most useful to know if you really clicked or not. It's the best keyboard I've had yet for gaming.
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Hi OCN Just wondering if the Razer Black Widow Ultimate is any good for gaming .

I love mine for gaming. Some don't lick the click clack of the blues but personally I love them. Makes typing those pesky college papers almost enjoyable too. (well not really)
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