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Introducing the all-new Razer 'Yellow' Linear / Silent switch


The Razer Yellow Switch is much ‘lighter’ to the touch (as there is no ‘bump’ to overcome force-wise) and has a noticeably higher actuation point.  The combination of the 0.7mm difference and a zero Actuation v.s. Reset point makes the switch feel both fast and unique.  The differences between the new switch and the Green and Orange variants are summarised in the table below:

Razer Yellow Switch

Razer Yellow Switch

To provide a demonstration of this new addition to the family (and its relative acoustic performance verses their other switches), Razer has posted a typing test video on Instagram:

We feel this new switch is an excellent move by Razer as it now provides gamers with 3 quite different switch types to choose from:

  • Tactile and clicky (Razer Green Switch)
  • Tactile and silent (Razer Orange Switch)
  • Linear and silent (Razer Yellow Switch)
Razer mechanical keyboard switch options - choose your weapon!

Razer mechanical keyboard switch options – choose your weapon!

We go over the differences in our performance video in page 7 of this review, however, there is also an in-depth information resource regarding the different switches which Razer have provided on the page here.

But what good is having the options if the actual availability isn’t there?  Well we feel that Razer have hit the ground running this time with the keyboard available in multiple European keyboard layouts and switch options on the UK Razer store:

Razer BlackWidow Chroma v2 Configuration Options

Razer BlackWidow Chroma v2 Configuration Options – UK Razer store

Note – yes, the eagle-eyed amongst you will notice that the Orange and Yellow switch options are still more limited than the drop-down menu shown for the green switches, however, this is definitely a step in the right direction.

Phew!  Well that’s enough history and under-the-hood switch deep-dive for one review (well, you know we’ll probably mention it again so no promises!). Let’s move on to see the differences in the Razer BlackWidow Chroma v2

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