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My "Short" Keyboard Review - Razer Blackwidow/Black Widow Ultimate/Corsair K90

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I have used these 3 keyboards very recently trying to find a good mechanical keyboard I felt comfortable to type on, and to game on. I have tried all 3 of the keyboards mentioned in the title, and I hope anyone who is looking at any of these keyboards will read this, so you can get a good understanding what is different, how they feel, pros/cons, etc.

Corsair K90

I picked up this keyboard at Frys on sale for $99.99. I never used a mechanical keyboard before, so I decided to give this one a try reading/watching some reviews.

Pros:
Sleek looking if you like a brushed aluminum.
Volume control knob is something that should be on every keyboard of this price.
Clean keyboard. No housing around the keys, make it very easy to clean.
Cherry MX Red switches, make it very easy to register a key.
Clean back lighting.
Each key individually backlit.

Cons:
Keys don't have the best finish. Very, very easy to get moisture on the keys.
Brushed aluminum. I would of preferred a black option.
Cherry MX Red switches are VERY light, and easy to barely touch another key when typing to make a mistake. Not for everyone.
Only blue back lighting. I only use blue, but other color options would be nice.
Feet do not raise up enough to give it enough of an incline.
All the keys are not mechanical. This can be a con for most people, but I didn't mind it.

Overall a good keyboard, but not the one for me. The Red switches where too light, and I didn't care for the brushed aluminum.


Razer Black Widow

Picked this keyboard up because it had what I was looking for, except for the back lighting. Black with mechanical switches.

Pros:
Sleek black, with very good finish on the keys.
Good size, not to big, but not to small.
Macro keys.
Cherry MX Blue switches. I really like these switches, and I don't mind the sound at all. Perfect for typing and gaming.
Nice blue lit logo.

Cons:
No back lighting. Not a con for some, but for me I was spoiled by my Eclipse 3.
Glossy mirrors black finish is a finger print/dust MAGNET. Easy to clean, but very easy to dirty.
Media buttons/volume is on the F keys, controlled with a FN key. Would prefer dedicated media keys/volume knob.
Quality. I did not have any problems with it at all, but I didn't own it long enough to come across problems some people have had happen about a year in.

Overall a very good keyboard. I needed a backlit keyboard though, so I returned it and picked up a Black Widow Ultimate.


Razer Black Widow Ultimate

Pros:
Blue back lighting, with each key individually lit.
Nice laser etched keys.
1 USB/Headphone/Microphone inputs.
Cherry MX Blue switches.
Macro keys.

Cons:
Keys don't have the best finish. Very, very easy to get moisture on the keys. (Same problem as the K90)
Glossy black finish easy to get smudges/fingerprints. (Same as the regular Black Widow)
All the keys are mechanical, but some feel different. This is a bit hard to explain, but not all of them feel them same when typing on, and some don't "click" like the other keys.
Keys wiggle back and forth. Most noticeably the left Shift bar (for me). All keys register fine, but some wiggle if I move them back and forth.
My "R" key is kind of crooked.
Space bar has no back lighting.
No other colors.

Overall this is a good keyboard, almost identical to the regular non-backlit edition, but some differences I don't like. Some issues might be with quality control like some people have said with Razer products.


Hope this helps some people decide if there are looking at any of these keyboard.
post #2 of 8
I heard the K90 keycaps are a soft and nicely textured rubber material. How is it easy to get moisture on them?

Aside from that question, though, good reviews.
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I have noticed sometimes at frys the keys on the Razer BW's don't really have the click.
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Originally Posted by magna224 View Post

I have noticed sometimes at frys the keys on the Razer BW's don't really have the click.

tacticle switches wear down over time, and dust in the switches really removes the click.
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Quite easily. My hands/fingers are naturally moist, so I find that when I use it, I can look at the keyboard, and see outlines of my fingerprint/smudge marks on the keys.
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Arn't the keycap textures/materials far different on the BWU and k90 though? How do they result in the same thing?
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They are different, yes.

The K90 is a bit more smooth than the BWU, and a grey/light grey color, compared to the black on the BWU.

Both attract moisture easily on the keys though, with the K90 a bit more easy than the BWU.
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Hmm i've ordered the k90 before reading this. However i see your concerns but i really like the look and from what i've seen the keys press seem to be really good. Will find out tomorrow.
    
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