Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

The Good Cherry MX Blue mechanical-key switches offer one of the most satisfying typing experiences available; backlighting helps you game in the dark; on-the-fly macro recording; intuitive driver software.

The Bad Backlighting and a few spare ports don't justify the $40 premium over the non-Ultimate BlackWidow.

The Bottom Line At $125, the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate is a competitively priced mechanical gaming keyboard in its range. We just wish Razer had done more to set this "Ultimate" edition apart from Razer's more affordable standard BlackWidow.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 9.0
7.7 Overall

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Review

Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

To a certain extent Razer has made its own life difficult with the BlackWidow Ultimate. This $125 mechanical keyboard offers an impressively responsive typing experience, but we don't find its backlighting or spare USB jack and audio ports enough to justify the cost next to the otherwise identical standard BlackWidow that costs just $80. Without the $80 model, we would have few reservations recommending the BlackWidow Ultimate to gamers in the market for a luxury keyboard. As it stands, we can only suggest the Ultimate version if you find backlighting and a few extra inputs to be worth an additional $40.

Though the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate joins the standard BlackWidow and only two mechanical keyboards from SteelSeries in the gaming market, there's been an overall boom in mechanical keyboards in the past few years. You can find some recent reviews here.

Of the keyboards on that list, two of them, the Das Keyboard and the Rosewill models, use the same Cherry MX Blue switches as the Razer BlackWidow and BlackWidow Ultimate.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Razer Inc.
  • Form Factor external
  • Compatibility PC
  • OS Required Microsoft Windows Vista / XP / 7
  • Weight 1.5 kg
  • Type keyboard
  • Connectivity Technology wired
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