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Rasor Blackwidow Ultimate - first impressions

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Hey guys (and girls)-
I just got a new Black Widow mechanical keyboard yesterday from newegg and thought I would give some feedback.

Packaging- nicely boxed. First thing was press some keys thru the cutout in the front of the box

Quality- the keyboard itself is nice and heavy. the sleeved cord is very long, I dont really like the four (count 'em) plugs on the end of the cord. Its got one usb for the board, one usb for the passthry usb port on the keyboard, and (1) headphone and (1) microphone passthru plugs. I personally will not be using the usb/mic/headphone ports on the keyboard so I would,ve liked it better if it didn't include these. It would be nice if Razor offered a version without the 3 extra plugs for a slightly reduced price. The 4 stage (low-med-high-off) backlighting is nice and even- looks great. The upper shell of the board is shiny black, I would probably prefer a matte black as it wouldn't show fingerprints as much.

I haven't used any of the macro functions or anything, so no comment on that.

The typing on this board feels really nice. 50g actuation force had me thinking that the keys would be a bit stiff, but they're great. Not hard to push at all but definately not mushy or bad in any way. The clickyness is new to me as this is my first mechanical keyboard, but I am not new to cherry switches as I have been using them in arcade machine buttons and I can attest to their (cherry) ability to take a beating and keep on clicking
The clickiness isn't too loud and I actually like the sound of it. I would like to see someone who can type fast use this board so I could hear the rat-a-tat-tat like machine gun fire instead of the spurratic hunt and peck style I do lol.

The keyboard stays in place on my desk. It doesn't slide around very easily at all which is a good thing. Same if you flip down the feet to raise the back of the keyboard up like I just did to test it. I've noticed that flipping down the rear feet does make the board a little louder. It aslo seems to me like some of the keys are a bit quieter than others. My backspace key is quiet compared to any of the lettered keys, same with the insert/del/end/pg up/pg dw/end keys. Maybe this is intentional - not sure.

There are 2 things I dont like about this keyboard. One if the four plugs on the end of the cord. the other is the numberpad section on the right side.
I have never been a fan of the num-pad. I feel that it spreads the keyboard and mouse too far apart. Both of these issues that I have are a matter of personal taste. I'm sure some people couldn't get by without a numpad and some people will actually use thier usb/headphone/mic ports.

Anyway, that about sums up my initial impression of this board. I reccomend it if you can find a good deal on it.

I will still be buying an OCN version Ducky mech board when they have the 10 keyless version

8/10
Edited by bob808 - 3/1/11 at 5:08am
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I find the backspace to be louder than the other keys. Maybe because my thumb is used to using more pressure than my digits and I am bottoming out harder.

I don't find the clickyness to be overly loud, as long as I don't bottom out.

Not sure what I'm getting at with this post, I got this keyboard today and am trying to find these to type on because it is such a new experience.
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