Razer goes mechanical with BlackWidow gaming keyboard

Razer offers the standard BlackWidow and the Ultimate Version keyboard that nets you a full spread of backlit keys with five levels of lighting configuration, a set of microphone and headphone jacks, as well as an extra USB port.

Mechanical keyboards quickly became a trend in the peripheral world, and they are now leaking over into the world of PC gaming with Razer's introduction of the BlackWidow Mechanical Gaming Keyboard.

Mechanical keyboards use a different technology to register key presses. Rather than using the common membrane and scissor-switch style key designs, each key uses its own mechanical switch underneath the cap to actuate the stroke. Mechanical keys require less vertical travel distance to register a press, and therefore add speed and accuracy for the touch typist.

According to Razer, it designed the BlackWidow's key architecture to deliver half the throw action of what you'll find on other mechanical keyboards, such as the Das Keyboard or the Matias TactilePro 3.0, giving you faster key presses during gameplay.

Razer offers the standard BlackWidow ($80) and the Ultimate Version ($130) that nets you a full spread of backlit keys with five levels of lighting configuration, a set of microphone and headphone jacks, as well as an extra USB port. Both models let you program unlimited macros with the capability to switch between 10 profiles with the press of a button.

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Das Keyboard Model S Ultimate

The Bottom Line: The Das Keyboard Model S Ultimate Silent is aesthetically minimal and truly designed for typing purists and keyboard snobs who have no need for key labels. If the lack of printed letters isn't enough, the $135 price tag will deter casual users who can find a cheaper input device with extra features elsewhere. / Read full review

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Matias Tactile Pro Keyboard

The Bottom Line: Fans of Apple's legendary Extended II keyboard will love the Matias Tactile Pro 3.0's sculpted keys and satisfying click. Its sturdy build and laser-etched keys also ensure a long lifespan. If you get past the $150 price, the Matias Tactile Pro 3.0 makes a solid replacement for the stock Apple keyboard. / Read full review

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Justin Yu covers headphones and peripherals for CNET. When he's not wading through Web gulch or challenging colleagues to typing tests, you can find him making fun of technology with Jeff Bakalar every afternoon on The 404 show.

 

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