The BlackWidow Chroma V2 ($169.99) is the main follow-up to Razer’s popular BlackWidow gaming keyboard, which has gone through several spinoff iterations such as the Ultimate$69.00 at Amazon and the Tournament Edition. The full makeover is now here, with more proprietary switch options than ever, gorgeous customizable key lighting, and smaller changes like new key caps with a new font. It’s expensive, but you’re getting top-of-the-line customization options and useful features like a USB pass-through. The lack of a media bar is the biggest disappointment, but not a deal breaker, and the BlackWidow Chroma V2 is generally a breeze to type on and game with. The similarly priced Corsair K95 RGB remains our Editors’ Choice for its top-notch build and feature set, but I’d expect this BlackWidow to satisfy most PC gamers, and it’s especially appealing if you want to remain in Razer’s cloud profile ecosystem.
Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2 Review 2017 – Design and Features
At first glance, this BlackWidow looks much like the original. The dimensions hold roughly the same at 1.25 by 18.5 by 7.25 inches (HWD), and the body is made of an appealing matte black plastic. The Tournament Edition$139.99 at Razer Online Store is a bit slimmer—1.18 by 14.4 by 60.6 inches—but the V2 is still far from a big keyboard.
Though it doesn’t waste space with extra-wide edges or aesthetic flourishes, the BlackWidow Chroma V2 still fits a number pad on the right side and a column of five macro keys on the left. There’s no media bar, which is a bit of a bummer if you’ve become accustomed to that on other keyboards, but the same commands are available in the function key row. The keyboard boasts 10-key rollover and anti-ghosting to better register input and prevent jamming during intense gameplay (or, I suppose, particularly frantic typing).
The power cable is braided to remain flexible but durable, and has an extra USB head for power. It also features USB 2.0 pass-through via a port on the right-hand side, as well as audio output through an adjacent jack. Razer also includes the same removable wrist rest that comes with the Razer Ornata Chroma$99.99 , without increasing the cost of the keyboard compared with the original BlackWidow. It easily attaches magnetically to the slanted front edge of the keyboard, and is very plush.
- Comfortable wrist rest – magnetically attached
- Chroma backlighting, 16.8-million colors, community development
- 10 key roll-over anti-ghosting
- USB pass-through, audio-out/mic-in jacks
- 3 different top-notch mechanical switch options
- Chroma backlighting not necessary for everyone
- No media buttons
- No USB-C for peripherals
The 2014 edition of the Razer BlackWidow seemed pretty great when it was released, if for no reason other than it had a brand new Chroma system for programmable coloring. Every single key lit up, and was able to light up according to button presses, games being played on the screen, and for a wild variety of other reasons. It was a fine addition to an already highly-decent keyboard.
Over the course of the past three years, Razer has refined the design for their hardware in a big way. The keyboard we’re reviewing now is more sleek than previous editions.This new release begins the next wave in Razer mechanical switches as well. Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2 is available with Green and Orange switches as well as a new variant: Razer Yellow. In each of the versions available, a different amount of actuation force and feel is employed to make the end user feel as comfortable and natural as possible.
Available Razer-made Mechanical Switches
• Razer Green Switches: Tactile/Clicky, 50 g actuation force
• Razer Orange Switches: Tactile/Silent, 45 g actuation force
• Razer Yellow Switches: Linear/ Silent, 45 g actuation force
The version of the keyboard we’re working with in this review has Razer Orange switches. We’re hearing a quick “THUMP” instead of a loud “CLICK” that we’d hear from the Green. The word “tactile” here means there’s a noticeable bump on the way down with each key so the user knowns the key has really, truly been pressed far enough. The yellow switch is both quiet and as smooth a movement as possible.
This keyboard’s keys are also programmable with macro recording, if you’re all about that. Users can connect with Razer Synapse to work with macros and keyboard color changes. As it is with most Razer devices, using Razer’s software is optional – but rather rewarding to dive into, as the community runs deep. The Chroma Workshop, for example, allows the user to go deep with custom Chroma color on this keyboard.
This version of the BlackWidow has its own wrist rest. This wrist rest is quite soft and comfy. It attaches to the keyboard magnetically, in such a way that I don’t expect it’ll ever come detached when I don’t expect it to. Being able to keep the wrist rest separate means an easy time transporting the keyboard and the cushion to gaming events, too.
Wrap-up and Pricing
Razer continues to lead the way with solid gaming accessories top to bottom. The BlackWidow keyboard line has been the benchmark for top quality Pro eGaming hardware since its launch in 2010. If the amount of use I personally got out of the 2014 Chroma edition is any indicator, this V2 should be able to stick around as my primary gaming keyboard for
Pricing on this keyboard is unchanged from the previous release of the same name. Inside the United States, this keyboard will cost users approximately $170 VIA Razer on Amazon. In the EU, users will be paying right around €200. As the 2014 edition of the BlackWidow Chroma is only now being replaced in my main gaming rig by this new V2, the same pricing structure seems only appropriate.
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