The Razer BlackWidow is a very well known mechanical gaming keyboard. As early as 2010 Razer presented the first version of the BlackWidow. It was one of the first mechanical keyboards specifically designed for gaming. The manufacturer uses his own switches, so called “All New Razer Switches”. These switches are specifically designed for gaming and are available in two variations: The Razer Green Switch (“Clicky”) and the Razer Orange Switch (“Silent”). More information about the two switch types can be found on the website from the manufacturer.
Impressive Chroma Illumination
The BlackWidow Chroma is the first model of the series to support multicolored illumination. Every single key can be lit in one of 16.8 million colors and the software supports many spectacular effects. The following video gives a short impression of the keyboard’s possibilities.
BlackWidow Chroma Features
But the keyboard backlighting is not the only thing, that makes the BlackWidow Chroma a great gaming keyboard. The keyboard comes with 10 Key Rollover, that’s surely enough for every kind of game.
The game mode disables the windows key and dangerous shortcuts like Alt + Tab. This prevents unintentional closing or minimizing of the game.
With its fully programmable keys the BlackWidow Chroma is prepared for every situation. An Audio-in and Microphone-out, an USB Passthrough and 5 additional macro keys complete the package and make the BlackWidow Chroma a great all-purpose keyboard.
BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma
The Tournament Edition of the BlackWidow Chroma is the compact version of the keyboard. It has no numpad, no USB passthrough, no macro keys and no Audio-in or Microphone-out. But therefore, it is of course a lot more lightweight and smaller. And it is usually a bit cheaper than the full-size model. The BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma is available with Razer Green Switches or Razer Orange Switches, just as the full-size version.
Tech Specs for Razer BlackWidow Chroma
Mechanical Keyboard Score
The mechanical keyboard score is our overall score for a keyboard. The score is based on the available ratings and critics and makes an easy comparison between different mechanical keyboards possible. It is also used for our mechanical keyboard ranking.
August 2, 2015
"The Razer BlackWidow TE Chroma is a powerful yet compact gaming keyboard that can easily be personalised through its software."
July 17, 2015
"The Razer BlackWidow Chroma is a great keyboard overall and an easy recommendation for gamers."
January 8, 2015
"If you love the Chroma's design, have the cash to spare and want an easier job fine-tuning it, then it's the keyboard for you, but otherwise we recommend Corsair's offering if you must have a mechanical RGB keyboard."
December 30, 2014
"The quality of the body is decent, the board feels solid and the lighting is strong across the board."
December 29, 2014
"Razer finally ditches that neon green and black color scheme to let you choose your own adventure—if you're willing to pay."
October 28, 2014
"... If you can get over the latter, you’ll find yourself owning one of the best looking Gaming keyboards on the market with the performance to match."
October 12, 2014
"Overall, the Razer Chroma gaming keyboard is welcome addition to Razer’s gaming keyboard lineup."