Razer launches new versions of BlackWidow keyboard

Less than a week after PC gaming peripheral maker Razer announced plans to release its first notebook, the Razer Blade, the company has announced new versions of two previously released products. The Razer BlackWidow and BlackWidow Ultimate gaming PC keyboards have each received an upgrade, turning them into "Stealth" versions. Both versions of the mechanical keyboard have received a new keyset that offers quieter responses for its users compared to the original versions.

In addition to the new keyset, Razer has added some new anti-ghosting features to the new version of the BlackWidow Ultimate Edition. "Ghosting" means that a normal keyboard cannot work when several of its keys are pressed at the same time. Razer says, "This is an improvement over the traditional anti-ghosting matrix when it allows up to 6 simultaneous key presses anywhere on the keyset so your orchestra of destruction is executed in its entirety." The two new versions of the BlackWidow also have a new matte black finish.

The regular version of the BlackWidow Stealth Edition is still a full mechanical keyboard with 45g actuation force (meaning there's little force needed to push on the keys). In addition to the standard keyboard buttons, it also has five additional macro buttons and programmable keys that allow for on-the-fly macro recording. The BlackWidow also features multi-media controls, an option to disable the Windows key for your gaming needs and 10 customizable software profiles. It sells for $79.99. The BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth Edition contains a number of additional features including backlit keys with five different levels of lighting, audio and microphone jacks and a USB-passthrough. It sells for $139.99. Both versions are now on sale on Razer's web site.

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It amazes me that the average consumer base knows so little about mechanical keyboards. They are truly a major step above any membrane based keyboard.

I like the clicking of my original blackwidow, but I do want the other features. I'm pretty sure I'll just buy a non-razer mechanical keyboard soon. Not to mention Razer's faulty wiring on the original blackwidow. Holding left-shift while typing certain words would result in the words becoming jumbled. Razer support admitted to me that this was a wiring problem and sent me stickers, decals, temporary tattoos and a lanyard .... -.- That experience aside, I would totally buy a new model BlackWidow if it didn't have quieter keypresses.

:: Lyon :: said,
Hm never happened to mine and I've been using it for months... perhaps the one you have is a faulty

Nope. I bought mine about a month after they started selling them and Razer was able to reproduce the issue on their own keyboards internally as were several of my friends that own the BlackWidow keyboards. Razer stated to me that it was a wiring issue and that they couldn't do anything about it at the time but when they made revisions to the keyboards they would fix the issue. Hopefully they've done that before now, but I'm not overly optimistic.

It requires one to type decently fast and type certain things while holding left shift. The easiest to reproduce example is holding left shift and typing OMG. The vast majority it will come out as OGM even though you hit the keys in the correct order. Is it a major hardware ruining feature? Probably not, except for me at the time I was working on a project for a company that had OMG in the middle of it's name. It was extreeeemely annoying.

I'll assume they just changed from Cherry Blue to Cherry Brown. I'll stick with my Filco and Model M. If I were in the market now, I'd just get a Leopold or spend the big money on an HHKB

MidnightDevil said,
Aren't mechanical keyboards like... LOUD?

For me scissor-swich membrane keyboards (laptops) are supperior to mechanical keyboards. Mechanical keyboards have benefit like ability to type character witout need to press key fully down which is basically "imaginary" in practice (like its a peace of cake to press down every key exactly 3 mm down and 1 mm short from the bottom).

Scissor-swich membrane keyboard is cheaper, have shortest travel distance (2mm) and quietest of them all which results in most comfortable experince. Thou I agree that mechanical keyboard is perfect for builders and farmers.

Afaik the previous version had an issue that only the typical gaming keys (WSAD and keys around them) accepted multiple simultaneous keypresses but the rest didn't do that well. For example it seems that the arrow keys you couldn't press more than 2 at the same time.

I wonder if that has been fixed on this one. The price, as far as mechanical keyboards go, isn't that bad for the regular Stealth model.

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