Razer Blackwidow Chroma v2 improvements
Razer have provided an updated version of the handy comparison they produced upon release of the Razer Blackwidow X Chroma keyboard against the Razer BlackWidow Chroma v2 we are reviewing today:
We won’t cover the differences between the ‘X’ and non-‘X’ versions (as we covered this in our Razer BlackWidow X Chroma review previously) but instead we will cover the changes between v1 and v2 of the Razer BlackWidow Chroma product itself which we’re sure the majority of you would be the most interested in.
Firstly, let’s take a brief (mandatory) look at the Razer marketing version of the changes:
So you might be thinking after watching this and still be saying ‘what’s so different between this and the original – a palm rest?’. Well we think that Razer are selling themselves short here which is why we mentioned earlier that some changes are obvious whilst others are more subtle (yet still equally as important).
Let’s see if we can that’s shine a bit of light to help both Razer and you, the consumer, alike 🙂
Improved switch durability using an in-house end-to-end manufacturing process
Unlike v1 of the Razer Blackwidow Chroma, the manufacturing process has been taken in-house since the launch of BlackWidow X. As a result the quality of the switches have been substantially improved and offer an industry-leading durability of 80 million key presses (that’s a a lot of strafing!). Razer have gone to extraordinary lengths to ensure the QA process is as tight as it possibly can be by placing personnel on-site in the factory, checking and re-calibrating the equipment several times a day to ensure the lowest possible tolerances between each switch manufactured.
A switch for every taste
It seems Razer have really listened to its customers and U-turned on its decision that ‘linear switches are unnecessary’. With its trinity of tactile/clicky (Green), tactile/silent (Orange) and linear/silent (Yellow) available across the products in multiple regional variations, we feel this is a marked improvement, availability and configuration wise. In the case of keyboard switches, more choice is definitely universally better; there is now a switch type for every taste.
A ‘normal’ type-face
Matching the change made to the Razer BlackWidow X Chroma, Razer have kept the new (aka ‘normal’) type-face that provides a thinner, clearer and a more standardised font; a feature which was previously criticised on the original version of the Razer BlackWidow. In addition, the key caps have an optimised, non-slip coating on the which feels like more high-quality plastic rather than ‘metallic’ feel of the BlackWidow X’s key-caps.
Absent from the original Razer BlackWidow Chroma, the addition of a high-quality made-to-measure wrist rest on the v2 version is a very welcome addition. Made from high-quality ‘leatherette’ materials, the rest provides many hours of both gaming and typing comfort. However, Razer have not included just your average ‘clip-on’ wrist rest coupling mechanism, rather, a very nice magnetically-coupled mechanism snaps the cushion right into position and is not too strong – it can be easily and quickly removed if required.
Improved keyboard modifier status LEDs
One of our criticisms of the Razer Blackwidow X Chroma was the (virtually) useless keyboard status LED indicator lights in the top-right hand corner of the keyboard. On the Blackwidow X, the LEDs are simple small white dots and the function they represent are below the LED, in black – virtually invisible except in the brightest direct sunlight conditions and therefore is impossible to see which modifier (Caps Lock, Stroll Lock, Num Lock etc…) is active. Thankfully, this has been neatly improved on the Razer BlackWidow v2 which backlit, minimalist symbols such as ‘C’ (Caps Lock) ‘1’ (Num Lock) and ‘S’ (Scroll Lock) which allow you to always see which modifiers are active, not matter how dark your gaming cave is.
Well that just about covers our pseudo Razer marketing buff – we will point you in the direction of the Razer Blackwidow v2’s official product page here for further information:
“Enough with the theory!” I hear you yell – OK, let’s unbox the beast and crack on with the review…
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