Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth Edition review: Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth Edition

CNET Editors' Rating

5 stars Spectacular
Pricing Unavailable

The Good Excellent responsiveness with reduced noise. USB and headphone/mic pass-throughs give ease of access to ports. Flexible macro and customisation system.

The Bad Unconscionable local price mark-up. Blue backlight may be difficult to see for some.

The Bottom Line The BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth Edition remains an expensive item to add to your gaming collection — but it also remains an excellent keyboard, and one that's now a bit quieter. Just make sure you buy it from the US.

CNET Editors' Choice Dec '11

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Editor's note: portions of this review are based on the original BlackWidow Ultimate review.

Razer's BlackWidow Ultimate keyboard impressed us rather a lot. It did have one weakness, though; a mechanical keyboard that was incredibly loud to type on.

The Stealth Edition attempts to address this with quieter key switches. Razer says "silent", but clearly it measures to a different level of silent than we do — this thing is still louder than your average keyboard. It does dull the sound compared to the original, removing the sharp "click" noise that may have annoyed bystanders.

It is, otherwise, the same excellent keyboard, with backlit keys capable of three levels of brightness (and a breathing effect), an extra USB port, headphone and microphone ports and a "gaming mode" that disables the Windows keys.

It wouldn't be a Razer input device without macros, and the BlackWidow offers the ability to record them directly from the keyboard, or Razer's own software. You can play back the macro once, multiple times, as long as the key continues to be depressed or toggle continuous playback using a key as on/off.

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Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth Edition

Part Number: CNETRazer BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth Edition

Typical Price: $229.95

See manufacturer website for availability.