Friday, September 13, 2013

Razer Blackwidow - Impressions

I recently purchased the Razer Blackwidow for work. This is the Mac edition of the keyboard, though I am using it on Windows. I purchased this version for 2 reasons, 1) I didn’t want the backlighting at work 2) It was $47 compared to $99 at the time of purchase.

 First things is first, I am coming from a membrane keyboard to my first mechanical keyboard. I just want to say how awesome the keyboard feels when typing. The Blackwidow utilizes Cherry MX Blue switches, which means it gives you both audible and tactile feedback when you type on the keyboard. The force used to press down a key is not much at all which makes typing on the keyboard easy and less stressful on the hands.

 The purpose for me purchasing the keyboard was to relieve some stress on my hands as well as having some sort of feedback when I am programming. Also the macro keys help a lot with launching programs that I use a lot. So I am definitely thankful for this.

 The build quality of the keyboard is simply fantastic. It definitely has some weight to the board itself and there is little to know wiggle of the keys. I must admit when I first got the keyboard, the ‘H’ key was getting stuck on the downpress, but after using the ‘H’ key for about 15 seconds it stopped getting stuck, I believe there was something stuck within the mechanical part that was causing the problem. Since then, no keys have been giving me problem.

 The keyboard is stealth black with a simple blue illuminated Razer logo on the bottom. This keyboard is perfect if you do not want a flashy keyboard. The noise on keypress is not even mildly annoying, as I was afraid of this. When you get used to the keyboard you can type without bottoming out the key which greatly reduces the noise the keyboard produces.

 I have noticed when programming, that I can type faster and a lot more accurate with my key presses. What I like is that I know when I miss a key audibly or when I accidentally hit two keys at once. All in all this is one nice feeling keyboard. I plan on picking up an Ultimate Edition for my gaming pc at home just because I like how much this feels. It seriously is a joy to use.