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Razer BlackWidow Ultimate: Did Razer design a better switch?

Hayden Dingman | March 21, 2014
Razer made waves by designing its own keyswitches, and they're great for gameplay. But you'll want to switch (no pun intended) to something else when you need to type.

One oddity: Rather than lighting up circular LEDs to inform you that something like Game Mode or Caps Lock is active, the BlackWidow Ultimate lights up icons. Caps Lock, for instance, gets a "C", while Game Mode gets a "G" with a crosshair. Housing these icons beneath the plastic top, however, renders them blurry and difficult to see when viewed from behind the keyboard.

The keyboard's cable sheath is braided, ending in a hard-rubber joint where it connects to the keyboard. On the other end are two USB plugs and 1/8-inch cables for a headphone and mic. The keyboard itself has audio and mic jacks on its top-right side, plus one USB port.

If you're a big-time game player, the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate might be your ideal keyboard. But I'd recommend having a second, different type of keyboard for typing. 

Note: The BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth, which we have not reviewed, ships with Razer Orange switches. These also provide tactile feedback, but they're silent (no click). They require the same actuation force of 45cN. 

 

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