The time has come for the latest version of Razer’s flagship mechanical keyboard: the Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2 ($170). As usual, the BlackWidow is an attractive peripheral with comfortable keys and some helpful extra features. Now, it also comes with a magnetic wrist rest. Unless you need Razer’s inventive new Yellow switch, however, it’s almost exactly the same as last year’s model. Those in need of a new keyboard will want to consider it, but if you already own a BlackWidow or a similar mechanical keyboard, there’s nothing to interest you here.
If you’ve seen a Razer BlackWidow keyboard in the past, you’ll know what this one looks like. It measures 18.7 x 6.7 inches, has an all-black chassis and a full set of keys. The device is pretty big — partially to accommodate an extra six macro keys in a column on the far left. Aside from a small Razer logo toward the bottom, there’s not much adornment. It’s still a bit more angular and aggressive than competing models from Logitech and Corsair, but it would fit comfortably into just about any setup.