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Razer Mechanical Keyboards Improved in BlackWidow Series

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Razer has updated its BlackWidow mechanical keyboard line with the release of its Ultimate 2013 and Tournament Edition 2013.

We first reviewed the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate back in 2011 and now the 2013 model features green backlighting and an anti-fingerprint matte black finish. The Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition is designed for gamers looking for an entry level mechanical gaming keyboard with just the minimum features needed. Like the Ultimate, the Tournament Edition uses blue switch mechanical keys.

The BlackWidow Ultimate and Tournament Editions all come in standard and Stealth versions, along with improved anti-ghosting and Razer's Synapse 2.0 cloud technology. Stealth models feature brown mechanical switches for superior tactility and faster response that only requires an actuation force of 45 g and a reduced actuation of 2 mm.

The keyboards enhanced anti-ghosting supports up to 10 simultaneous key presses in game mode. Razer Synapse 2.0 automatically synchronizes user profile settings to a cloud server, allowing for customization of the keyboard and other related Razer products with a single login. The braided USB cable can be detached for extra portability and locked into place on the keyboard.

Check out the full specs of Ultimate 2013:

  • Full mechanical keys with 50 g actuation force (45 g actuation force on Stealth model)
  • 1000 Hz ultrapolling
  • Fully programmable keys with on-the-fly macro recording
  • 10 key anti-ghosting
  • Razer Synapse 2.0 enabled
  • Individually backlit keys
  • Gaming mode option
  • 5 additional dedicated macro keys
  • Audio-out/mic-in jacks
  • USB pass-through
  • Braided fiber cable
  • Approximate Size: 475 mm/18.72 in. (Width) x 171 mm/6.74 in. (Height) x 20 mm/0.79 in. (Depth)
  • Approximate Weight: 1500 g /3.31 lbs. 
   
The Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2013 will set you back $139.99, or €139.99 if you're in Europe. The Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2013 is expected to be available in August 2012.
 

Check out the full specs of Tournament Edition 2013:
  • Full mechanical keys with 50 g actuation force (45 g actuation force on Stealth model)
  • Silent, tactile feedback on key press
  • 1000 Hz ultrapolling
  • Programmable keys with on the fly macro recording
  • Gaming Mode option for deactivation of the Windows key
  • Anti-ghosting capability for 6 simultaneous key presses, 10 key presses in gaming mode
  • Multimedia controls
  • Glowing Razer logo
  • Detachable Braided USB cable with Velcro
  • Synapse 2.0 enabled
  • Sleeve for protection
  • Approx. weight: 950 g / 2.09 lbs.

 

The Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition 2013 will set you back $79.99, or €79.99 if you're in Europe. The Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition 2013 is expected to be available in August 2012.


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    noobzilla771 , July 31, 2012 8:17 PM
    Tournament Edition's size looks great! Something that would fit backpacks for LAN parties.
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    amk09 , July 31, 2012 8:24 PM
    Why do they always have to put the 'Glowing Razer logo' on their products? I understand its their logo, but it looks so childish. I hope you can turn it off the like their mice, while still allowing the keys to be backlit. I will probably buy the tournament edition regardless, I have been waiting for an affordable and attractive backlit mechanical keyboard. Hopefully it works as well as their mice!
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    spookyman , July 31, 2012 8:36 PM
    Still the best keyboards ever made were from IBM.

    The old IBM PS/2 101 keyboard was sturdy, great typing and 100 times better then these new keyboards. I have 2 that are over 20 years and still are as great as day 1.
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    burns11 , July 31, 2012 8:51 PM
    I have to agree with the glowing logo: don't need it, don't want it. Maybe if you were from the Isle of Man it would make you feel warm inside, but I'd rather not.
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    jiyung , July 31, 2012 8:51 PM
    I hope the quality is improved.
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    internetlad , July 31, 2012 8:58 PM
    spookymanStill the best keyboards ever made were from IBM. The old IBM PS/2 101 keyboard was sturdy, great typing and 100 times better then these new keyboards. I have 2 that are over 20 years and still are as great as day 1.


    If you want a modern offering check out a Unicomp keyboard. They're made with the same equipment and are of similar quality. I've got a Unicomp Spacesaver 104 that I"ve had for a year and it still feels like the day I bought it. even the caps aren't shiny yet.
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    molo9000 , July 31, 2012 9:17 PM
    No PS/2 ?
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    southernshark , July 31, 2012 9:23 PM
    Seems kind of small.
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    jimmysmitty , July 31, 2012 9:37 PM
    spookymanStill the best keyboards ever made were from IBM. The old IBM PS/2 101 keyboard was sturdy, great typing and 100 times better then these new keyboards. I have 2 that are over 20 years and still are as great as day 1.


    They are but they are also the old beige and normally PS/2 which is slowly dissapearing from new motherboards (my P8Z68-V Pro/Gen3 does not have any). Of course you could use a PS/2 to USB.

    As for sturdy, I can atest that the Corsair Vengance series keyboards are very sturdy, considering it has an aluminum bezel. Plus it has Cherry MX Reds which have been rated as the best switches.
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    boiler1990 , July 31, 2012 10:07 PM
    spookymanStill the best keyboards ever made were from IBM. The old IBM PS/2 101 keyboard was sturdy, great typing and 100 times better then these new keyboards. I have 2 that are over 20 years and still are as great as day 1.


    Typing != gaming use. I would agree the buckling spring switches are the best for typing, but typically gaming requires much faster switch resets. I'm suprised Razer hasn't made a MX Red/Black board yet; those are much better for gaming than MX Blue/Brown IMO.
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    roadrunner343 , July 31, 2012 10:11 PM
    jimmysmittyThey are but they are also the old beige and normally PS/2 which is slowly dissapearing from new motherboards (my P8Z68-V Pro/Gen3 does not have any). Of course you could use a PS/2 to USB.As for sturdy, I can atest that the Corsair Vengance series keyboards are very sturdy, considering it has an aluminum bezel. Plus it has Cherry MX Reds which have been rated as the best switches.


    I don't know who "rated" the reds the best switches, but take it with a grain of salt. I hated reds, blues were too loud, and blacks were too stiff for me. I love my browns. I am not saying you are wrong in your opinion (That red's are the best for you) but to anyone looking to buy a new mechanical keyboard, know that there is a large amount of personal preference involved, so make an attempt to try them out before purchasing.
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    molo9000 , July 31, 2012 10:59 PM
    jimmysmitty I can atest that the Corsair Vengance series keyboards are very sturdy, considering it has an aluminum bezel. Plus it has Cherry MX Reds which have been rated as the best switches.


    I think there's a reason why MX Reds are so rare: only a minority of people prefer them over Blacks.

    It really comes down to personal preference.
    I love the MX Blacks in my keyboard for fps gaming, but they are abysmal for typing.
    Anyone who buys a mechanical keyboard not just for fps gaming but also for typing should look at MX Blues or Browns.

    btw: I like the Corsair's design, but I couldn't live with the knowledge that they only made the "main" keys mechanical and left the function and extra keys with cheap membranes.
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    fb39ca4 , August 1, 2012 12:24 AM
    Wait so if you were on a planet with 50x the gravity of earth the keys would fall down themselves?
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    NightbladeXX , August 1, 2012 12:27 AM
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    btw: I like the Corsair's design, but I couldn't live with the knowledge that they only made the "main" keys mechanical and left the function and extra keys with cheap membranes.


    ya i agree seems cheap on Corsair's part to me

    I hope Razer improved the build quality on the new 2013 boards as my Ultimate seems rather chinsy for the $130 I spent on it

    damn thing is bowed up in the middle a good 1/8 of inch+ and ive had to replace a few keys that were sticking and ive owned it for less than a year
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    burns11 , August 1, 2012 1:25 AM
    fb39ca4Wait so if you were on a planet with 50x the gravity of earth the keys would fall down themselves?


    The "50g" should actually be "50gf" for gram-force, one gram-force is the force exerted by one gram at standard Earth gravity. So on a planet with 50x Earth gravity it would take one gram to depress the keys.
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    southernshark , August 1, 2012 2:59 AM
    roadrunner343I don't know who "rated" the reds the best switches, but take it with a grain of salt. I hated reds, blues were too loud, and blacks were too stiff for me. I love my browns. I am not saying you are wrong in your opinion (That red's are the best for you) but to anyone looking to buy a new mechanical keyboard, know that there is a large amount of personal preference involved, so make an attempt to try them out before purchasing.


    I like the blacks, but I have big hands so I think I don't notice the supposed stiffness. You just gotta apply more force.
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    ojas , August 1, 2012 12:00 PM
    fb39ca4Wait so if you were on a planet with 50x the gravity of earth the keys would fall down themselves?

    Tell me when you get there.
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    Ning3n , January 14, 2014 9:54 PM
    Razer productss are junk. I've spent over $200 on their garbage and it has all failed just outside of their warranty periods.Razer Tarantula: 5 Keys died after 14 monthsRazer DeathAdder: Wire failed internally after 18 monthsRazer Onza: Right trigger works intermittently and Right analog stick makes input without being touched (and i never used the danged stick either): 8 monthssRazer Blackwidow (first gen): S key is double typing at random and other keys take 2-3 presses to work. 14 months old.