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Razer to Release Deadly Mechanical Keyboard

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 64 comments

Mechanical switches keyboard fans rejoice!

Keyboards just aren't what they used to be. Those who know computers and care about how their keyboards feel will know that getting one with mechanical switches is preferable.

Those who have been in pursuit of such a keyboard know that there are multiple sellers who offer mechanical switches, but now a big peripheral maker is jumping into the fray. That company is Razer.

Razer announced at GamesCom the BlackWidow mechanical gaming keyboard, which the company said that it has been working on for the past 3 years. Like the other Razer keyboards, the BlackWidow features fully programmable keys with on-the-fly macro recording as well as five additional gaming keys.

Razer claims that most mechanical keyboards in the market today are standard mechanical keyboards rebadged as gaming keyboards that feature stiff keys that cause key actuation fatigue, but that the BlackWidow features a "uniquely tactile mechanical key architecture that provides each key on the keyboard with a crisp response and tactile feedback similar to a mouse click."

The key actuation point is actually halfway through the full travel distance, rather than near the bottom on traditional mechanical keyboards. Razer also says that the keys have one of the lightest actuation forces for all keyboards making it type and click much faster than other mechanical keyboards in the industry.

"The Razer BlackWidow is the world's first mechanical keyboard that has been engineered from ground up for gaming," said Robert Krakoff, president, Razer. "Imagine every single key on the keyboard with the precision of a mouse click – no more pressing of keys without knowing for certain if they have been actuated. Precision clicking coupled with an optimized lighter key actuation force, this changes the way gamers will play from now on."

The BlackWidow will be available in September 2010. Also available in the same month is the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate, a step up from the original edition with the added features of individually backlit keys with 5 levels of lighting, 3.5" audio and microphone out jacks as well as an additional USB port.

The regular version will retail for US $79.99/€79.99 and the Ultimate will be $129.99/€129.99.

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    L0tus , August 20, 2010 2:52 PM
    At $80, I'd rather wait for the reviews. And at $120, I REALLY struggle to find the justification...unless you're a pro-gamer or something, this is just excess gone wrong.
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    XD_dued , August 20, 2010 2:15 PM
    As I was reading I was expecting some massive price, and I was pleasantly surprised to see it isn't entirely unreasonable.
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    joebob2000 , August 20, 2010 2:39 PM
    sirmorlukSounds great!


    clickclickclickclickclickclick What? clickclickclickclickclickclick I can't hear you clickclickclickclickclick my keyboard is too loud! clickclickclickclickclick
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    sirmorluk , August 20, 2010 2:12 PM
    Sounds great!
  • 24 Hide
    XD_dued , August 20, 2010 2:15 PM
    As I was reading I was expecting some massive price, and I was pleasantly surprised to see it isn't entirely unreasonable.
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    Grims , August 20, 2010 2:16 PM
    So, are thy saying every other keyboard they have sold were standard mechanical keyboards rebadged as gaming keboards?
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    velocityg4 , August 20, 2010 2:16 PM
    The backlight is pretty neat. But at that price I would expect an ergonomic keyboard. As for key presses my $20 Microsoft Comfort Curve 2000 is mechanical enough for me. When they say partial press and really easy to press down keys. I picture a lot of errors when touch typing as fingers just resting on keys accidentally depress them from the slightest touch.
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    vectorm12 , August 20, 2010 2:22 PM
    Sweet might just replace my G15 rev 2 with one of these :D 
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    maigo , August 20, 2010 2:25 PM
    idk, the buttons in their mice have always died really fast for me
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    joebob2000 , August 20, 2010 2:39 PM
    sirmorlukSounds great!


    clickclickclickclickclickclick What? clickclickclickclickclickclick I can't hear you clickclickclickclickclick my keyboard is too loud! clickclickclickclickclick
  • 26 Hide
    L0tus , August 20, 2010 2:52 PM
    At $80, I'd rather wait for the reviews. And at $120, I REALLY struggle to find the justification...unless you're a pro-gamer or something, this is just excess gone wrong.
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    husker , August 20, 2010 2:53 PM
    It is nice to see that the design of keyboard is fairly conservative and they are not just marketing it to kids who want some kind of off-beat radical looking gizmo.
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    kelemvor4 , August 20, 2010 2:55 PM
    Hopefully it's not a total piece of junk like the mamba.
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    trkorecky , August 20, 2010 2:55 PM
    Quote:
    ...no more pressing of keys without knowing for certain if they have been actuated...

    Hw the hell d yu nt know if yu've pressed a key or nt?
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    squallypie , August 20, 2010 3:01 PM
    trkoreckyHw the hell d yu nt know if yu've pressed a key or nt?


    i have a monitor which shows the output. if no output, i havent pressed the button.
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    ta152h , August 20, 2010 3:01 PM
    I always like these types of keyboards, like the old IBM ones, but the problem is, for most men, the natural keyboards are much faster. Only the narrow shouldered will find the angle on normal keyboards anything more than unacceptable, once they try the "natural", or ergonomic spacing. Sadly, I haven't seen one that's set up with these mechanical keys, which makes me wonder why they'd make a mechanical keyboard for people who type very well, but then not make it the correct layout for these people. I guess girls will be OK, but, for men, the normal keyboard is not the right angle.
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    sseyler , August 20, 2010 3:04 PM
    GrimsSo, are thy saying every other keyboard they have sold were standard mechanical keyboards rebadged as gaming keboards?



    No, reread it: "Razer claims that most mechanical keyboards in the market today are standard mechanical keyboards rebadged as gaming keyboards..."

    They don't currently sell any mechanical keyboards, so this doesn't even apply. They're referring to products like: http://elitekeyboards.com/ or www.daskeyboard.com/ or http://www.steelseries.com/int/reseller/content/keyboards/steelseries_7g.
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    nevertell , August 20, 2010 3:36 PM
    Hate the price, love the 'board.
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    shin0bi272 , August 20, 2010 3:42 PM
    If there are already keyboards out there that are mechanical keyboards and most gaming keyboards are just rebadged mechanical keyboards why blow 80 clams on one made by this company? For the macro keys?
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    irh_1974 , August 20, 2010 3:47 PM
    trkoreckyHw the hell d yu nt know if yu've pressed a key or nt?

    squallypiei have a monitor which shows the output. if no output, i havent pressed the button.

    Obviously no one around here understands irony
    I got it, it was hilarious
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    Anonymous , August 20, 2010 3:48 PM
    ROFL!!! I knew I'd be back in style some decade. I still have two working being used daily IBM 101 key tactile feedback keyboards. THE industry standard for data entry. This one I'm typing on has a manufacture date of August 1994 and it is the new one! There is nothing new under the sun....just rehashed old ideas and products.
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    Cormag , August 20, 2010 3:49 PM
    So they are actually going backwards with innovation? I have an old IBM keyboard like this and I prefer the newer keyboards as I can be typing and still have a conversation without having to yell over the clicking.
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    Ragnar-Kon , August 20, 2010 3:55 PM
    Actually tried out the board the other day at Gamescon. I was never really into mechanical keyboards, always preferred the slim laptop styled keys myself, but this is amazing. Brings me back to the days of those amazing old IBM mechanical keyboards.

    Having said that, you'd think that Razer would release a keyboard with green back-lighting since it is their company color and all... which is the only thing that is preventing me from ordering the Lycosa or the Ultimate edition of this keyboard. Call me crazy, but in my opinion, blue back-lighting is too bright and tends to cause some glare if your monitor is right next to the keyboard. Never had that problem with green back-lighting.
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