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Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2 review:

Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2 is sweet, sweet overkill

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The Good The BlackWidow Chroma V2 has very easily programmable macro keys, a full suite of gaming keyboard functionality and Razer Synapse compatibility.

The Bad You're really going to need to weigh those features against a hefty price tag.

The Bottom Line The BlackWidow Chroma V2 is pretty much everything you want out of your gaming keyboard. But there are most cost effective options if you're not ensconced in the Razer ecosystem.

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CNET Editors' Rating

7.8 Overall
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 8.5
  • Performance 8.0

The Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2 is probably complete overkill for anyone who needs a keyboard, and that's probably exactly why you'll buy it. It's the most expensive one that the vaunted gaming hardware maker puts out, topping its range of bestselling gaming keyboards.

Mixing together Razer's now-ubiquitous lighting effects, options for different mechanical switches and a row of programmable macro keys, it's also enough to get Razer's dedicated fanbase salivating.

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Key specs

  • Razer mechanical switches
  • Magnetic wrist rest
  • 10-key rollover anti-ghosting
  • 80-million keystroke lifespan
  • Chroma customisable backlighting
  • Powered USB 3.0 port
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • Five programmable macro keys
  • Game mode and media controls

The New BlackWidow is fully mechanical, and it's also one of the few Razer keyboards that offers a row of extra macro keys running down the left-hand side. These M keys are programmable on the fly, and the custom keys are a big selling point of the V2. They're a great way to have complex keystroke combinations in easy reach. In fact, they fit in very well with the plug-and-play Razer style. Yes, you can spend some time playing around with precisely how it all lights up and what your custom macros do, but it all feels very intuitive, especially if you're familiar with the software.

I also had it plugged in at my desk at work. Yes, I wanted to see how far I could take things. It turns out, using those macro keys to automatically launch web browsers, calculator and insert the £ character with one keystroke was the upper limit of my imagination. I'm sure you could do better, but I did find I was using those keys more than I thought I would, even day to day.

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