Menu

RageQuitters Reviews: Razer Blackwidow X Chroma Gaming Keyboard

Razer Mechanical Keyboard Switches

 

In 2014, Razer announced a pair of switches – Razer green ‘clicky’ switches and the Razer orange ‘stealth’ switches which are modified versions of Kaihua Electronics (also known as Kailh) switches and have been deployed on numerous models of Razer gaming keyboards.

Featuring an optimised tactical feel and shorter actuation distance of 1.9mm (i.e. the amount of ‘travel’ distance the key needs to cover before it is registered with the system), the switches are particularly well suited for gaming and increase the overall responsiveness of the keyboard.

razer_specs_green__27486_1423939545_1280_1280

The original Razer ‘green’ switch from 2014

This brings us to the present, 2016, where Razer have moved to a dedicated production line for the Blackwidow X and, in doing so, have been able to make improvements to the overall quality of the switches in the process.

The Razer switches featured on the Blackwidow X are rated for a durability of 80 million keystrokes which exceeds both the original Razer green switch (60 million keystrokes) and the Cherry MX switches (50 million keystrokes).

We can confirm the difference between the original Razer green switch and those in the Blackwidow X by the presence of the Kaihua Electronics logo below the Razer text on the original and the lack of this logo on the new version of the switch:

RZBWU_14

Original Razer Green switch also featuring the Kaihua Electronics logo below the ‘Razer’ text

 

Blackwidow X switch.jpg - cropped

New Razer green switch featured on the Blackwidow X

Razer have also posted a video of the new manufacturing process showing the improvements in tolerance and quality control:

3 comments

  1. Mgsstudios says:

    Nice review, very informative!

  2. Mark Senior says:

    A great in-depth review as always from TerminatorUK.
    If I didn’t already have the Corsair K95 keyboard, then this would definitely be on my shopping list.

Leave a Reply

Receive the latest news to your mailbox!