Đánh giá razer blackwidow x chroma

Improved, exposed metal keyboard deckNew cable routing systemMore readable key fontMultiple key switch options, including Cherry MX BlueReasonable pricingNo detachable USB cableNon-standard bottom key rowRazer-branded key switches have sầu slight rattle

Razer is often the first br& gamers try when they put a toe in the deep, dark waters of mechanical keyboards. But the BlackWidow series, Razer’s old go-khổng lồ, was first introduced in 2010, and it’s showing its age. Its reputation took a knochồng when Razer switched to its own “clone” switches (provided by Chinese manufacturer Kailh), and stopped offering Cherry MX. That change, và the BlackWidow’s somewhat divisive styling, has given competitors a chance to lớn gain on Razer’s dominate position.

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But Razer has a response with its new BlackWidow X, a slightly more affordable alternative to the standard BlackWidow. It showcases a few improvements over the original kiến thiết. The X series does away with the five macro keys on the side of the board, but in its place is a more standard key layout, an exposed metal top plate, a smaller, sleeker body toàn thân, & a cable routing system. Even the font on the top of the keys is more conventional, và much more appealing. On top of all that, at least some models in the X series are offered with Cherry MX Blue switches, a long-time favorite ahy vọng gamers and typists alike.

In short, despite its lower price, the BlackWidow X series improves upon its progenitor in nearly every way.

Less is more

The most striking change in the BlackWidow X is its exposed metal frame. The top of the keyboard is one single piece of metal, wrapping around the top edge, across the key area, & down khổng lồ the tapered bottom lip. Without the bulky, stylized plastic shell on the older models, the newer design feels smaller both vertically and horizontally (macro keys notwithstanding). While this is desirable for anyone looking for a little extra desk space, it also makes the keyboard feel more solid and more premium, comparing well to the similar exposed decks of Corsair’s K series boards.





Underneath, the body switches lớn plastic to lớn house the keyboard’s electronic components. The bottom has a new triông xã, too, a recessed well & two grooves that allow the thick, braided USB cable lớn be routed to the front or either side. While a detachable cable (often seen on premium, semi-custom mechanical keyboards) would be preferable, the cable routing option is a huge improvement on the bulky và largely immobile cable on older BlackWidow models.

The keys are mostly the same as other Razer mechanical models, with the same soft-touch plastic finish that resists fingerprints. But Razer has seen fit khổng lồ use a standard key fonts, which is much more readable than its stylized, self-designed phông with the distinctive lowercase “r” key. LED indicators above the 10-key area designate caps loông chồng, num lock, scroll lochồng, on-the-fly macro recording, và “game mode” (which disables the Windows key). The only other ornamentation is the Razer triple-snake hình ảnh sản phẩm, backlit beneath a strip of glossy plastic at the bottom-center of the deông chồng.

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The exposed keys are much easier to remove sầu, making cleaning simpler.

Pop off the standard Cherry-compatible keys và you’ll see Razer’s green, clicky switches. Cherry MX Blue switches are an option on some BlackWidow X models. The top-mounted customizable RGBLED backlights on our đánh giá unit shone brightly và clearly through each & every key. The keys’ shift functions aren’t lighted, but they’re easy enough to lớn see below the primary functions. The only downside of the exposed metal frame is that the backlighting can wash over the keyboard & to lớn other parts of your desk, even in full light – but some might consider that a plus. It certainly looks cool.

The exposed keys are much easy to remove, which means it’s a cinch to clean the keyboard or add custom key caps. Unfortunately, the lowest row of keys aren’t a standard size, so keycap fans will have to lớn hunt for unconventional sizes to match.

Using the keyboard

Gaming on the BlackWidow X is more or less as you’d expect it lớn be. The long and satisfying travel of the tactile mechanical keys minimizes accidental strikes, và the typing experience is faster and more satisfying than any rubber dome or scissor-switch keyboard. The keys are loud, but that’s to lớn be expected – indeed, it’s part of the appeal. Razer’s offers optional “stealth” switches for those seeking peace and quiet, but they’ll still prove louder than most inexpensive sầu keyboards.

The stoông chồng key switches on our Đánh Giá unit proved enjoyable, but they weren’t perfect. The keys felt a little looser than the Cherry MX xanh và brown switches we’ve seen in most competing keyboards. It feels like the manufacturing tolerances of the switches or the keycaps aren’t on par with Cherry, resulting in a slight, audible rattle. It’s not a huge issue, but it will bug mechanical keyboard purists.


Razer Synapse is not necessary khổng lồ use the BlackWidow X, but you’ll need lớn install it if you want lớn easily create macros or customize the lighting. (Macros can be created, with a little practice, using the on-the-fly function command.) Razer still infuriatingly insists on a mandatory login system, something we will never stop hating, but once you get past it Synapse is functional enough.