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Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2 Review | Ragequitters.co.uk

Conclusion and Rating

 

As per my comments in the video, I would once again like to sincerely thank Razer for providing us with a review sample and the opportunity to bring you this Razer Blackwidow Chroma v2 review.

To summarise and conclude the review, it has been a pleasure to the use the Razer Blackwidow Chroma v2 keyboard from start to finish.  Although the changes to the v2 version on the surface are subtle, Razer have done an outstanding job perfecting an already excellent keyboard.

The improvements can be summarised as below:

  • The same in-house manufacturing process as first featured on the BlackWidow X allows for an 80 million key-press durability and tighter manufacturing tolerances
  • A new Razer ‘Yellow’ key option providing a linear and silent offering – complimenting the Razer ‘Green’ (Clicky/Tactile) and ‘Orange’ (Silent/Tactile) offerings and thus providing an outstanding choice for every taste
  • Multiple keyboard layouts across multiple switch type options available on the Razer store from Day 1
  • Updated type-face to match the modern, clear font styling introduced on the BlackWidow X keyboard
  • A soft, high-quality leatherette, magnetic-coupling wrist rest providing multiple hours of typing and gaming comfort
  • An improved LED status window in the upper-right corner showing keyboard modifiers much more clearly than before

 

Some minor points of criticism I found with the keyboard are summarised as follows:

  • The 5 macro keys on the left-hand side of the keyboard may be off-putting to touch-typists who are used to using their pinky finger at the edge of the Caps-Lock / Tab key area as a guide to the rest of the layout of the keyboard.  Until you are used to this, your muscle memory will hit keys one position to the left of where you are expecting to strike
  • The majority of ‘shifted’ symbols represented on the keyboard are shown in non-standard format. For example, shifted number key symbols (e.g. !”£$) are shown underneath the numbers instead of over the top on a standard keyboard (in addition, the shifted-key functions are not backlit making them hard to see in the dark)
  • The bottom row of keys (e.g. Windows key, Fn key, Menu key) are non-standard sizes
  • The keyboard still commands a high asking price of around £160 – not cheap for a single peripheral and will be difficult to justify for most gamers on a budget who would rather invest that money in a better graphics card.  Hunt around (or use our affiliate link below – we’ll love you for it!) for the best price

 

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    After popping our mechanical keyboard 'Cherry' (Cherry MX pun intended!) with the Razer BlackWidow X Chroma, we would classify ourselves here at RageQuitters as having an intermediate-level of knowledge in this area after undergoing a bit of a history lesson whilst…

SCORE:

Performance - 95%
Aesthetics - 93%
Build Quality - 92%
Value for Money - 84%

91%

Outstanding

The Razer BlackWidow Chroma v2 takes the tried and tested original BlackWidow Chroma and perfects the design in several key areas. With the introduction of the updated manufacturing process, a linear / silent 'Yellow' switch option, different keyboard layouts available at launch, the updated type-face, a much clearer keyboard modifier LED system and a high-quality magnetically-attaching the wrist-rest, we feel that the Razer BlackWidow family has definitely reached its 'renaissance' era. An outstanding product - highly recommended.

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