Who is the new Razer BlackWidow Chroma keyboard for?
RAZER'S Blackwidow Chroma is significant for a handful of reasons.
For general gaming enthusiasts, the Chroma represents one of the best attempts, to date, at a customisable colour backlit keyboard.
For fans of Razer's gaming peripherals, the Chroma represents the manufacturer's full departure from Cherry's mechanical switches.
For people who've never bought a premium peripheral, the Chroma represents another headbutt-the-wall moment in the quest to understand why anyone would spend more than $200 on a keyboard.
Obviously this keyboard lights up beautifully. Each key can be individually set to one of 16.8 million colours, different users and different programs can have their own lighting profile and the whole thing is controlled through Razer's super simple Synapse 2.0 software.
The Chroma's LEDs are brighter than some of its competitors but opts for ease of use instead of the extreme level of customisation and animation of the Corsair K70 RGB.
The variable brightness settings on the Chroma give a good enough range for daytime versus night-time use but during testing we couldn't get the "switch off all lighting when display is turned off" function to work.
The Chroma is a fair few generations into the trend of gaming keyboards using mechanical switches for accuracy and longevity, and this is the first time Razer has brought in their own Green switches to replace the Cherry line of switches that most manufacturers use.
For people who use computers in any serious context, upgrading to a mechanical keyboard can mean more longevity and more comfortable typing. The Chroma isn't necessarily the best fit for that case.
There are cheaper and less gimmicky keyboards and if you're working in an office, you're better off going for key switches that are quieter, such as the Razer Orange or Cherry Browns with o-rings.
For those looking at the Chroma for gaming, you're looking at an upgrade to the existing Blackwidow Ultimate. The layout is exactly the same but the new Razer Green switches are slightly quieter and have a more precise sound and feel to the keys' action.
Synapse 2.0 comes with colour schemes for the various main genres of games.
The Razer Blackwidow Ultimate Chroma costs $249.95 from Razerzone.com