Product Review: Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Gaming Keyboard

The Razer BlackWidow Ultimate keyboard uses mechanical key on a full sized keyboard that takes me back to the days when keyboards where sturdy and you could tell when you pressed a key.

Ease of Use, Performance: 24/25
Look & Feel: 23/25
Features 24/25
How much I enjoy 23/25

Total: 94/100

Razer BlackWidow Ultimate

The Razer BlackWidow Ultimate is a gaming grade keyboard that uses mechanical key mechanisms for a real tactile feel when keys are pressed. The BlackWidow Ultimate features a full sized keyboard and number pad, 5 extra macro keys, fully programmable key assignments with profiles, 5 level backlighting, USB and audio connections.

The BlackWidow Ultimate is a great gaming and regular keyboard with plenty of great features starting with the main tactile feel of mechanical keys. The BlackWidow has a feel like older mechanical keys but these keys are designed to provide a even feel from key to key using slightly less force than older keyboards.

Each key is designed to have 50 grams of force for each keystroke so that you have a very definite feel when any key is used. The feature is one you may not like due to a little extra sound but it does give you a definite feel to let you know when any particular key is pressed.

This is very good for not making mistakes on accidental key hits especially when gaming but also when typing if you are a fast typist or are prone to mistakes from time to time. The mechanical keys are the taller kind like keyboards were before low profile ones became popular.

Whats in the Box

The keyboard itself is a common size and has the common legs that add a half inch to the height at the top for more tilt to the keyboard. The USB connection is on the side right next to the microphone and audio out jacks that are tied to the keyboard by an extra set of connections.

The keyboard has a unique design along with the unique cable connections with two USB connections and the two audio for microphone in and audio out. This allows you to connect another device handily to the side of your keyboard along with headphones and a microphone so you don’t have to reach behind your computer for connecting.

The keyboard uses the generic drivers if you don’t install the Razer driver package but I highly recommend the Razer one as the program to run the keyboard has plenty of features including macro and key assignment. The Razer program allows you to assign keys to whatever you want for customizing the key press to what you want your computer to register it as.

The program also has profiles so you can use a profile for a game or program and change between them when a program is run automatically. You can have the program change to a different profile when a particular game or program starts so that switching is easier for you.

Side Connections

Other than the profiles you have a whole section on macros so you can have the five keys marked m1 through m5 along the left side assigned to various things. Any key on the keyboard can be used as Macros or multiple key stroke sequences with or without timing or even keys that can start programs like email or a game.

The BlackWidow Ultimate has the usual function keys but has an added function much like shift for the rest of the keyboard using the FN key. Multimedia keys are the main seven added function keys along with a Gaming mode and the lighting keys that are on some of the f1 through f12 keys.

The lighting key changes the five levels of blue backlighting and the Gaming Mode key turns the Windows key on and off so you don’t open up the Windows Start Menu when gaming. The Sleep button is also a function key that is on the Pause Break key so you have ten keys that are extra with the function key.

The BlackWidow also has an on-the-fly macro assignment using the right alt key, function key and macro indicator to assign macros easily without having to go into the Razer program. Using either macro assignments or the more used key assignments where you can reassign keys you can really easily customize your keyboard.

Razer Program

I commonly take the Caps Lock key out of commission on all my keyboards and the Razer program makes this easy to do without using a separate program. I usually use a program called KeyTweak but this program takes a reboot to save key reassignments but the Razer program does this without a restart.

The Razer program works well and is simple, only the macro programming requires much research by simply reading the manual or the Help of the program. The Razer program along with the well designed and built keyboard itself makes the BlackWidow another fantastic product from the company that specializes in gaming peripherals.

The Razer BlackWidow is a fantastic keyboard and if you want the feel of a good keyboard under your fingertips for that definite tactile feel. The Razer BlackWidow Ultimate costs about $130 from several online sellers and is well worth the cost for a great classic type keyboard.

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