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Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 162 reviews

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Hardware, Software is rough!

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    ITJim
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    Presentation: The presentation for this keyboard is first rate. Razer went out of its way to ensure that your eyes were captured by the glowing keycaps and media controls over anything else. The lines of the keyboard are precise and clean. The keyboard cable is wrapped with a tight nylon weave that is stiff enough not to lazily loop around your desktop. Razer made sure to add a notch into the back and both sides of the keyboard. There are cable guides that channel the cable to either side so that you can dictate where you want the cable to escape back to your system. Routing my cable to the left side of the keyboard allowed me to keep my desktop looking clean and available for what I felt was important for my gaming experience. Numbers, letters, and text on all keys are thin and elegant. My previous keyboards were an old Microsoft Sidewinder keyboard and a more recent Corsair gaming keyboard. Both had larger translucent lettering on the keys. I was afraid that the thinner translucent lettering would be an issue for me. I found that certain visual effects work well with the thinner lettering. For example, the Fire Chroma profile looks sharp with the thinner letters. The keycaps limit the amount of light splashing on the keyboards surface. There is just enough light bleed to give the appearance of glowing embers beneath each keycap character. The keyboard does ship with a wrist wrest. It is sharp looking with very clean, straight lines. Razer’s logo adorns the center of the wrist rest. The cover of the wrist rest is a material that simulates leather. It feels nice and looks sharp! The bottom of the keyboard has five non-slip pads to keep it in place while typing and gaming. It will slip with enough force. But, did not slip during typing or gaming. There are two feet at the back of the keyboard to control the tilt. To my surprise, there are three heights to choose from. The keyboard can lay flat on the table, raise the back by ¼ inch, and then to ½ inch. These are approximate measurements. ¼ inch works best for me. There are five white LEDs under the Del, End, and Page Down buttons that I wish Razer enhanced some. The lights are bright! The symbols under the LEDs are hard to read when the lights are off. They are impossible to read when lit. I wish Razer took the effort to dim the LED and highlight the function’s logo. The lights are Caps Lock, Num Lock, Scroll Lock, Macro, and Game. Feel: The keyboard is heavy, inflexible, and difficult to move once placed on a proper gaming surface. The wrist pad feels great! One of the most comfortable I have used! You should, however, always type with your wrist up to avoid injuries linked to repetitive motions. The wrist wrest does have six non-slip pads; the same as on the keyboard. The wrist rest magnetically attaches to the front of the keyboard. I can use the wrist rest away from the keyboard, if I want, without any issues. But, when I want things nice and tight, the magnets offer additional stability. The key caps, as mentioned earlier, are elegantly printed. Razer states their green switches require 50 grams of forces to depress. This is more force than the Cherry Red switches from my last keyboard. I can type close to 100 words a minute. I found that I missed keystrokes when I first typed with this keyboard. My fingers also tired out quicker. I did eventually get used it. Just be sure to take plenty of breaks until your fingers are up to full strength. Each key generates a high pitched “click” when depressed. Cherry Red switches are lower pitched and may seem quieter than this keyboard. If you are gaming in your dorm room, next to your sleeping roommate, then you may want to check out a keyboard that uses Razer’s Orange switches. Orange is rated as silent; no audible click. I heard that Razer does sell this keyboard with Orange switches. I can rest my fingers on the keys without accidently depressing a key. There is also a slight travel between rest and the click. Sometimes you want to bounce your finger on a key before committing to the click. This keyboard will support that behavior. It will take a little practice to master the movement though. The keys do have nice travel from rest to depressed. They also bounce nicely back into position. The media nobs are a nice touch. I love the that the volume wheel has a mute button built in. Personally, a volume control on the keyboard can, and does, make or break the sale with me. I think it is smartly placed, moves well, and the integrated mute button is right where it needs to be. Gaming: Commands were executed without any delay. I could hit multiple keys during gameplay without any commands being lost. I could rest my fingers on a key and then choose when to depress when I wanted too and not let the natural weight of my fingers make the decision for me. The keyboard feels and games great! I created a few custom lighting profiles for my games. I tried some “game specific” profiles. I did not create any macros due the issues I faced creating lighting profiles. All these features and functions come down to the Synapse 3 Beta software and documentation. Razer has some work head of them in this department. Software: The keyboard is first rate. Synapse 3 Beta is aweful! My experience ranged from nightmare to horrible. Razer needs a few more customer experience passes before they take “Beta” off the name. My experience. The Synapse software offered to install on my computer when I plugged the keyboard into my gaming computer. The software installed without any difficulty. I did have to sign in with my Razer account. This is to allow me to sync my profiles across devices and computers from anywhere in the world. I found out later you cannot use a Chroma profile unless you are actively signed into the Synapse 3 app. I should access to everything offline if I choose! First thing I noticed was the lack of documentation. For some reason, Razer feels that their software package is intuitive. It is anything but. This is where a walkthrough video would have been helpful. A follow-up tutorial video would have been fantastic. The included printed document is wholly inadequate. There is a manual hidden in the settings page. Good luck stumbling across it. It took me a week before I found it. It was marginally better than the included printed documentation. Searching Razer’s support site a waste of time. And YouTube did not offer anything useful. I “do” expect more from Razer! As part of the package, I installed the optional Razer Cortex. This is where my first round of issues began. Cortex will allow you to capture metrics and speed up your computer for optimal gaming. Unfortunately, optimizing your system includes shutting down non-gaming specific functions and deleting “non-critical” files. Using this feature destroyed my Windows 10 image. Long story, short, be very careful with this application. I had to re-install windows to get my system back online. I will take some responsibility for this one though. I should have known better than to play with system voodoo that promises improved system performance and framerates. I tried to create a few profiles after I got my system back online. This is where Razer really needs to improve its user experience. The software package is very powerful. You can do a lot with it. But it is confusing as all heck how to create a profile, save it to the keyboard, and recall it at will. The process is frustrating. For example, I set out to create a gaming profile for one of my favorite games. I go into the Keyboard section. There is a customize heading and lighting heading. The Customize section does not allow you to customize anything except to load Profiles into the keyboard’s memory. As far as I can tell, you also cannot use this screen to jump between profiles. The lighting heading is a little more interesting. I can set the keyboards brightness and choose between quick effects and chroma effects. From here, I can jump between my different keyboard affects, both Razer created and my own Chroma profiles, but it does not seem to have any affect on the profiles listed at the top of the screen. I can create a custom profile from the Chroma screen. It is easy once you “discover” how to do it. Attaching the profile to a profile or game is also a “discoverable” process. It should not be. In my opinion, Razer needs a serious customer experience pass with Synapse. Creating Chroma Layouts, creating profiles, attaching each to my games should be easy, intuitive, and well documented. Final thoughts: Many products today live and die by their user experience. The hardware is excellent! Outstanding for my needs. I will get years of use out of this keyboard. If I had to make a recommendation on the software experience alone, then I would advise that you look at another gaming company that puts more effort into documentation and training videos. Razer does have links to videos in their studio software but its all marketing BS. Bottom line, the software needs some polish. It is powerful. It is also silly difficult to setup profiles and assign games to use those profiles. There are too many screens that lack direction, purpose, and documentation. It is my hope that Razer unifies their interface and user experience before they take “Beta” off the name. Until then, I cannot rate this keyboard higher than three stars. I will only recommend this keyboard after Razor smooths out the Synapse experience.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Not Just for gamers!

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    GeekOut
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    Razer - BlackWidow Elite Model: C7486-3250GRY-PUS Over all an amazing keyboard. From opening the box I was impressed. Razer has a good history with clean good looking packaging and this does not disappoint in any way. First reactions was it's great quality parts, which is what you would expect for a device of this price and brand. The brush aluminum black top plate looks amazing on the keyboard and helps give great color definition. Overall, as always, impressed with the first look at the device from opening the box and seeing the device. They plastic keys feel strong as well as the mechanism it sits on. It feels can take all the rage hits while you game. They sometimes can attract fingerprints from time to time. The sound as you hit the keys are what you would expect it to sound like. Its very satisfying and conferrable. From a hard core gamer's perspective you can feel the quality and care put into the design. Although, be warned you do have to press harder on these keys requiring 50g force, but something easy to get used to. Another warning, they keys do sit high up which can throw people not used to mechanical keyboards off and you have to take care because dust and debris can easily get in it. I do enjoy how the words themselves light up unlike in some models where they are only back lit. Digging into the lighting its self, its one of razer's best LED RGB keyboards. When the wave runs with all the colors offered its beautiful and smooth. Some of their best work yet. With the ability to program the lighting I even set up different light displays for different games based on what keys I use helping me to focus on them. Each key is programmable in its own right with all 16.9 million colors on their spectrum. The wired part of the keyboard is two USBs and a 3.5 mm audio jack for your computer. For some people, depending on the computer may have to get a USB hub if you can't currently sacrifice 2 USB ports. They keyboard has a spot to plug your headphones or speakers into to make it easier to changing what you use to play audio. Although if you want the best quality, just connect your audio direct to your computer because you do sacrifice some audio quality and will have crackling issues on some devices. Unfortunately, to get full use of this keyboard you have to use both, so no getting away with just one. The cable wrap on it is Razer standard, as always, but makes it easy to weave your cable around any way you need to get it there. The wrist rest is soft memory foam that magnetically attaches to the keyboard. Although a great designing and idea to include with the keyboard there are some things you have to note. It is one of the softer wrist wrests out there, some people like softer or harder, personally, I am indifferent. Another warning, you no longer get to see the RGB logo on the front of the keyboard. I personally don't use the wrist rest just because I don't feel its a necessary item for my experience and I love the logo. A few bullets Dislikes - Keys like to attract greasy fingerprints, sorry, no oily chips and gaming if you want to keep it clean. - The synapse 3.0 software that you use to program it can be cumbersome and a pain to use from time to time. You have to really have practice and time spent on the software to get the most out of it. It is still in the Beta phase at this point none the less. - 3.5 mm jack does degrade audio quality and can have issues with humming and crackling with some speakers. - Cable braiding is thick as well as the cable itself - Wrist rest is skinny and can be too soft for some people. Likes - With on board and cloud memory you don't have to redo your profiles when you move computers - RGB lighting is some of the best ever. Smooth and pleasing and over all enjoyable - Mechanical Keys are smooth and sound amazing like they should - Aesthetically pleasing and great build quality. Good plastics and aluminum base plate make for a beautiful look - No Wobbly Key Caps! - I/O ports on side help keep other cables clean and allow you to access a USB 2.0 port and 3.5mm easier - Customization macros and using hypershift you can still use the keys for simple functions at the same time Straight from the Razer Site SPECS Razer™ Mechanical GREEN Switches designed for gaming 80 million keystroke lifespan Razer Chroma™ customizable backlighting with 16.8 million color options Ergonomic wrist rest Multi-function Digital Dial Dedicated Media Controls USB 2.0 and audio pass through Hybrid On-Board Memory and Cloud Storage – up to 5 profiles Razer Synapse 3 enabled Cable routing 10 key roll-over anti-ghosting Fully programmable keys with on-the-fly macro recording Gaming mode option 1000 Hz Ultrapolling Military grade metal top construction Instant Trigger Technology WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED Get up to 2 years of warranty and access reliable tech support here. Decision time... Buy or don't Buy? It's a BUY from me. I love this keyboard and will be getting a lot of use out of it between raging and gaming and doing media and what ever else I need. Although there are a lot more features for me to learn how to use and discover an amazing product to buy and a great one for anyone looking for a good long lasting keyboard.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Must See For Yourself! Everyone Must Consider THIS

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    nkpstudios
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    Model: C7486-3250GRY-PUSSKU: 6299820 UNBOXING and PRESENTATION Right out of the box, my first thought is… this looks exactly like last year's Huntsman keyboard. This isn't just a repurpose of a previous design though, this keyboard has more features than the Huntsman lineup for less money. This is a solid board for anyone. Gamers, creatives, and enthusiasts alike will all find something to love about the BlackWidow Elite (BWE). You will receive the typical Razer presentation of high quality materials and well thought out presentation. The cable is braided and thick to be easily gripped by the cable routing options provided. More on the cable routing options to come. I am immediately struck by the amount and quality of the light produced by these RGBs. The body is a marriage of matte aluminum and plastic that doesn't sacrifice quality. Solid like you would expect for a board in this price range. The BWE is just beautiful to look at. I love the brush aluminum top plate and the look it gives with the RGBs reflecting off of it. The keys are a soft plastic that are a delight to work on. The build quality is never in question on these premium keyboards. The one downside is they are fingerprint magnets. You will see oils from your hands and the actual switch/hinge mechanisms end up on these keycaps. Not a good look for me and my OCD, but this still offers so much more I can look past this. You get dedicated media controls and software customization is endless. You get a USB passthrough and headphone/mic combo jack. The overall typing experience is great but these keys require a little muscle. 50g to actuate the switch and you can tell the difference, but you will adjust quickly. The only thing I worry about is the holes in the switches and dust and debris getting in the board. only time will tell if this gets clogged and effects performance. The keyboard is overall well-constructed. Plastic reinforces with The feel of the key caps and the switches are a perfect match for me. The 50g actuation force may be a bit laborious for some, but I love them. Other switches I have used in the past have a 45g force and it didn't take long before I found myself adjusted. The sound is very clicky and loud, just how I like it. The wrist rest is a made of soft memory foam that magnetically attaches itself to the keyboard. The RGBs do not go into the wrist rest so that is one differentiator in their Chroma line. If you attach this, you lose the RGB Razer logo on the front. Very nice to have so you don't have to worry about them separating. In my experience, it is too soft to me and doesn't offer support like others I have tried. This may be perfect for you, but I like a denser foam as a wrist rest. The key caps are made of high quality material and feel really soft to the touch. Here are some bullet points I want to share: Don't Like -Keys are fingerprint magnets. They are a matte plastic and your finger prints shine on these caps. -Software. Synapse has good and some bad. Customization is not very intuitive or user friendly. I ended up just sticking with the basic onboard profiles. I didn't want to dedicate the time to actually trying to learn the software to make my own profiles. You can, however, easily drag and select keys to color and customize, but again not really interested in that. -3.5mm jack hums with my speakers. I've verified using my MoBo that it isn't the speaker connector.They may be that the impedance of the speakers is too high for the jack. -RGB secondary key functions go dark. You better have a great memory because you will be hunting and pecking in the dark for function keys and multimedia keys. Anything you need to press shift or media key is not lit. No big deal for me, but a missed opportunity to stand out with the content creator community. -Cable braiding is thick and frays easily from cable routing channels. This is disappointing for a keyboard in this range. -Wrist rest is too soft for me. This is just personal preference, it may be a fit for you. Like -Hybrid on-board and cloud memory. Never have to reset your keyboard or create your profiles again. -RGBs and Switches. I absolutely love the key/cap combo here with the best RGBs in the biz. The RGB quality of this keyboard just really impressed me. I have and tested many premium mech keyboards and this lighting is top notch. I personally like the "RGB under glow" or light bleed but this just looks intentional. It is just something to see. -I/O on side. I love the location of the I/O ports on the side (USB @2.0 and 3.5mm jack). You can reduce connectivity issues with wireless transmitters that way and keep things tidy using the integrated cable management system. -Cable Management. You have three options to route the keyboard wire rather than being stuck with it in an odd location. -Aesthetics and build quality. I shared my thoughts on this in my intro. I just love how this looks on my desk. -Stabilized keys bars on larger keys. This means no more wobbly key caps. -Hypershift allows you to assign individual macros and key functions without losing basic functionality. -Media controls are always welcome. You can customize the function of the dial per application using Synapse. Straight from the Razer Site SPECS Razer™ Mechanical GREEN Switches designed for gaming 80 million keystroke lifespan Razer Chroma™ customizable backlighting with 16.8 million color options Ergonomic wrist rest Multi-function Digital Dial Dedicated Media Controls USB 2.0 and audio pass through Hybrid On-Board Memory and Cloud Storage – up to 5 profiles Razer Synapse 3 enabled Cable routing 10 key roll-over anti-ghosting Fully programmable keys with on-the-fly macro recording Gaming mode option 1000 Hz Ultrapolling Military grade metal top construction Instant Trigger Technology WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED Get up to 2 years of warranty and access reliable tech support here. THE VERDICT Overall, this keyboard is a buy for me. The function and customization brings value unseen in the keyboard space. Anyone in this price rance should be looking hard at this. It is only a matter of finding the switches you like.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Next Level

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    Acadius
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    I’m a gamer. In fact, I LOVE gaming. As any gamer knows, you need serious gaming equipment for those sessions that start off as a 'quick match' and become three-hour adventures. The Razer Blackwidow Elite keyboard is for that serious gamer. Right out of the box, I appreciated the sharp design of this gaming keyboard. Upon plugging in the keyboard, I was greeted with a memorizing display of colors. This keyboard SCREAMS awesome with its aesthetic design. But let me praise the functionality of this gaming keyboard. The mechanical keys are insanely responsive which is important when it comes to response. Playing Fortnite can require split-second reactions whether you’re tossing heals or building to gain the high ground or shield against opponents. In fact, I would have to admit that I feel as if I have an advantage compared to my previous keyboard. I’ve also played Battlefield V with this keyboard and the interaction seems to ‘POP’ when I am tossing ammo for my squad mates/team. The Blackwidow Elite allows for great customization for gamers that sometimes just have to make ‘compromises’ when using other keyboards. This Blackwidow allows every key to be reassigned to what you desire depending on the type of game(s) that you’re engaging with. Customizing the keyboard is done through the Synapse desktop download. The binding customization options have me feeling excited to play Warcraft III: Reforged in 2019. This keyboard also works well with any kind of computer. I’ve used it on my 27” PC and I’ve also used it on my 2 in 1 laptop which was pretty cool because it allows me to put my laptop into tent form, therefore allowing me to rest the keyboard closer the screen. Another nice feature that might go unnoticed by some is the side USB and audio pass. This is nice for me because it allows the cable from my gaming headset to be more relaxed and closer to me and not occupying a port on my computer. Comfort is another pleasantry that gamers relish during sessions. The palm pad is magnetic and secures itself to the keyboard. So far, my palms/wrists are not throbbing compared to using my previous keyboard. With some gaming keyboards, there is an issue of trying to weave that keyboard in regular, everyday activities. The Blackwidow doesn’t feel clumsy when I need to write an email or even create this written review. Again, the palm pad rewards this use with comfort. Whether you are a gaming veteran or just starting out with PC gaming; the Razer Blackwidow Elite keyboard will provide a lifetime of comfortable and precise performance.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Just Fun!

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    Batlacit
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    There’s no getting around the fact that Razer keyboards don’t come particularly cheap, even by the standards of mechanical keyboards. When my brother-in-law heard that I was using the BlackWidow Elite at home, his first question to me was “why would you spend that much money on a keyboard?” The answer was simple: It’s fun! Mechanical keyboards, for those who are unfamiliar, differ from conventional membrane keyboards by using an individual mechanical switch for each key. This results in a keyboard that is substantially more durable, more responsive, and in possession of a distinctive tactile feedback that is satisfying in a way that’s hard to describe if you haven’t experienced it for yourself. There are three major manufacturers of mechanical switches and numerous different subtypes allowing you to tune the feel and performance to your preference, so finding one that’s a good fit for you can take a bit of work. This one uses Razer Green switches (made by Kaihua) which offers something of a middle ground between gaming performance and typing. The switches make an audible click with each keypress and have a minor tactile bump. Razer offers two other variants: one a pure linear switch with no tactile bump (optimized for gaming) and one with a dampener to make them a bit quieter for typists who don’t want to drive everyone around them insane. Speaking as someone who’s usually stuck to Cherry switches before I found the razer switches a little less satisfying to use, as they’re much more lightweight and possess a slight amount of friction in the action that I never got from my typing-oriented MX Browns. It’s still a very good experience, but very much skewed towards gaming over typing (which shouldn’t be entirely surprising.) The build quality is spectacular, with a solid deck, a comfortable magnetic wrist rest, and quality molded keycaps. They’ve also included dedicated media controls, a must-have in my opinion, and a USB passthrough for a mouse or charging devices from your computer. That said, if you’re buying a Razer keyboard just for the typing experience, I can’t help but feel that you’re doing it slightly wrong. You can get cheaper mechanical keyboards with these features from a variety of vendors – but none of them will have the build in Chroma RGB lighting that makes this keyboard quite literally shine. This is my first experience with Chroma, but I’ve gained some familiarity with most of the other RGB ecosystems out there. Chroma is so far ahead of them that it verges on the absurd. The UI is straightforward and user friendly while still offering the most comprehensive options for customizing lighting and key bindings that I’ve ever seen. It has built-in effects integration with an abundance of major titles. And most impressive of all, it can connect to several other systems such as Philips Hue smart lighting and synchronize the RGB effects across them to produce a truly immersive lighting experience. It is perhaps one of the most gratuitously useless features you can find, and using it is pure technophilic joy. Launching a game like Divinity II and having a red lightning storm start up in your gaming room is one of those experiences that can remind you why gaming can be so fun. And, in my mind, it justifies the premium pricing all on its own. Because, once again, this is a luxury item. The premium you pay isn’t necessarily for more utility, but for a premium user experience. And the BlackWidow Elite delivers that in abundance.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Still one of the best

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    Reddog
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    Razer - BlackWidow Elite Wired Gaming Mechanical Razer Green Switch Keyboard with RGB Back Lighting - Black I think I might have used one of the very first BlackWidow Razer keyboards you could get. I remember walking by them and the box let you click the keys. You couldn’t help but fall in love however it was costly. It was built like a tank and was one of the first real mechanical gaming keyboards you could get. The only keyboard lighting it has was the Razer green. I used that same keyboard for years at work after getting a new one to replace it after years of gaming on it. They always have a quality product that holds up very well. I had a friend remind me he is still gaming on a Razer keyboard I passed on to him. I still use one of my older Razer BlackWidow gaming keyboards at work everyday. I think they are going to outlast me they hold up so well. But I haven’t used a Razer keyboard for a while as a gaming keyboard because there were cheaper options for mechanical keyboards with full RGB lighting that I have been able to use and talk about. I must say it has been a pleasure to come back to the BlackWidow line after paying with other keyboards for awhile. The padded wrist rest is one of the best I have ever used. The weight and feel of the keyboard is very nice. I haven’t used their green switches before and they have a very nice click and sound. Not to loud and I could easily use it at work, in the future. I like the media controls and I find myself using them more than I have on other keyboards. The direction of the volume wheel seems backwards to me but I am getting used to it. The weight of the keyboard and the large rubber pads help keep it in place. I do like the keyboard and am using it for gaming again. But even with all that I do like I have a few things that keep me from thinking this is almost perfect desk gaming keyboard. On many computers USB ports are getting used up, so please find a way to use just one of my USB ports for all of your features.. Other RGB keyboards seem to work with one USB connection. I would give up the USB passthrough for a more flexible single USB cable to my PC. And if your going to give me a headphone and mic connection on my keyboards please include any splitters I might need. I had to dig up a Y splitter and some people might not have one available when they start connecting their new BlackWidow. The lighting seems like it could be brighter to me. But Razer seems to have done something new with the lighting or else I just never notice it before. When I look at the key lighting it seems like the lighted key caps only allow the RGB lighting to light the primary keycap character. The special characters doesn’t seem to be getting an real lighting at all. And it looks like this is a design decision. But there are times, in the dark, when I need to see these special characters and I can't. These are minor issues and again it is the whole package and I can attest to the quality you get. Not everyone needs all of the features offered in this keyboard but I know Razer has put their care and love of gaming here and it shows.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Not just for gamers

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    Jp223
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    All I can say is Wow! I spend hours a day for the past 25 years on the computer and always invested in Logitech keyboards because, they’re always gave me what I wanted. I had no idea what I was missing out on, at least until now. However, my previous keyboard was also a mechanical keyboard I got from Online. My Logitech bit the dust, and I found an inexpensive keyboard to quickly replace mine. I heard a lot of hype with “mechanical” keyboards so I went with it. Well it was Okay, didn’t have the volume features that I’ve become attached to on the keyboard, the back lights were a little too much and I had to be sure to turn them off once I went to bed otherwise, it lights up the room at night. Well I got this keyboard and my first impression is it looks gorgeous! I mean for the price point, its what you expect, but dang it was nice and sleek. First thing I noticed was the extra USB port available along with an aux cord built in, which no other keyboard I’ve owned has had and it works out great so I don’t have to plug my mouse across the desk into my usb hub anymore, which caused problems of it getting stuck and having to annoyingly “tug” it on occasion. It came with a super comfortable and easy to attach hand rest for your palm, its magnetic. You can raise the keyboard to two separate levels or have it lay flat, whatever your preference is. Once I plugged in it came to life, my Windows 10 automatically picked it up and somehow loaded a screen for Razer automatically giving me options for settings and to download the Synapse software…Very impressed at this point. The backlit color of the keys is very smooth and easy on the eyes and slowly changes colors by default, unlike my last keyboard which seemed very bold and almost distracting. There are several options for the lighting based on the profile you choose. I got back my audio controls on the keyboard, kind of wish the inner part was lit up (can’t see the play symbols for play, fwd, rwd) but its pretty obvious which one is which. Volume control is a dial and you push the inner button to mute it. The mechanical keyboard is somehow how much smoother than my last one, almost creating a pleasant typing experience. They claim you can stroke the keys 80 million times, so I’m hoping this will be the last keyboard I own! There are a lot of details I could cover, especially for gamers, but chances are any gamer will know it before buying it. But like I said, this isn’t just for gamers. I don’t game nearly as much as I used, and using this keyboard for my daily or work tasks is amazing and feels great. If you’re one of those people like me that spends a couple of hours a day on the computer for whatever reason, you owe it to yourself to get a premium feeling keyboard, you definitely won’t regret it! I honestly look forward to typing on this keyboard now. This would be a great gift for anyone as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great keyboard with some minor flaws.

    Posted
    Evolved1
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    I will preface this by saying this is my first fully mechanical gaming keyboard. Everything that I have used previously was from the manufacturer or I was gifted lesser gaming keyboards that were decent. With that as my comparison, I can tell you that the Razer BlackWidow Elite wired mechanical green keyboard is a gem. The hardware is top notch from the feel to the weight. Once you set this up, it’s not going to move. It has a solid build that is going to last. The key strokes being a little louder is something that I will have to get used to, but the strokes are fluid. I haven’t encountered any issues yet. Continuing on the good side with the hardwire, I love the headphone and USB pass through. That is a huge savior for keeping wiring tight and easy to reach. I also enjoy the way almost everything lights up. I also love how the wrist guard has a magnetic attachment process and how it feels. It is super nice to have for those long sessions in the chair. The last item that I give major props to is the dedicated media controls. I despise when keyboards don’t have that. It’s nice easy transition to the side of the keyboard to control the sound. Moving to some of the minor hardware flaws, I wish everything lit up like my lesser make/model did. Being able to see the special characters on the number keys or the identifiers on the Caps, Scroll, Num luck area aren’t going to make or break this, but it would make it easier for anyone to step up and see what’s there. I do have kids that are learning so I have to take that into account. Another thing is the wrist guard covering up the lit Razer emblem on the bottom of the keyboard. It’s a vanity thing, but a bummer to cover that up. Lastly, the wire is a little hard to secure on the bottom. You have to put a little muscle into it to get it to stay. From a software standpoint, I think it’s okay. It’s not awful, but it’s not great. They are going to have to do some work before they remove the Beta tag from Synapse. Between that installation and SoftMiner, I could see a difference in performance. I had to fine tune some things to get me back to where I was beforehand. On the plus side, I love the customization that is out there. I look forward to using it more on a game by game basis as well as marrying it with other things like Phillips Hue. My office automation is growing so this will be a cool little feature. All in all, I would recommend the Razer BlackWidow Elite Wired Gaming Razer Switch Keyboard for new and experienced gamers. The hardware is some of the best I have touched, but just know what you are getting with certain lighting aspects. The software is my lone hesitation, but it’s not the worst thing I have every installed. I just hope Razer cleans it up soon.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Simply the best keyboard I ever used.

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    TechnicallyCorrect
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    First, I am not an avid PC gamer. So why would you give merit to my review of a gaming keyboard? First, I do a tremendous amount of a computer work every day, probably typing thousands of words a day. I don’t care about lights and what I think are gimmicks (although there are uses for the lights- more on that later.) I’m not going to test it on games ( don’t worry Razer, keep reading.) What I care about is fit, form and function. After using the Razer - BlackWidow Elite Wired Gaming Mechanical keyboard for several weeks, I can tell you this is one of the best keyboards I have ever used. Everything about it is quality, how it works and attention to detail. The switches for the keys are top notch with great tactile feedback, travel and reactivity . It really brought me back to the old style IBM keyboards for those who are old enough to remember. However, there is a slight wobble to them that is probably associated with the keys being able to be removed so easily. It is not an issue, just something you should be aware of. The keys are on the smaller side when compared to some laptops and traditional keyboards but I found I got used to it pretty fast and ended up typing even faster. You will find the keys are loud when typing, I can see some people finding the clicking a bit annoying ( it does not bother me at all.) The Razer Blackwidow Elite comes with a wrist pad that adheres magnetically to to the keyboard. At first, as I do with most of keyboard wrist pads, I totally discounted it and did not bother to use it. Well, I was totally wrong – you will need it. After I was using the keyboard for an hour or so , I noticed my forearms were getting tired and beginning to hurt. This is due to the keyboard being so high off the table I was using it on. Obviously, Razer thought of ergonomics when they designed the keyboard and that simple wrist pad makes all the difference. That might not seem like much but it is the attention to detail that separates companies. In reference to the details, you will see that the start to see what other things separates the Razer Blackwidow – the tough USB wire, the USB audio pass through, the 3. 5 mm jack and, my favorite, an easy to use knob control for the audio. It really is a pleasure to have a fast way to adjust audio on the fly. Even the whole keyboard is weighted to withstand heavy typing and gaming. In summary, you will not find a better keyboard out there whether it is for gaming or everyday use. Recommend completely.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Incredible keyboard

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    Platinum
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    In a nutshell, this keyboard is everything I wanted. However, it may not be exactly what you want. I was looking at the Huntsman Elite for the dedicated media keys but I really wanted Razer Green switches which meant I was going to end up buying the Blackwidow V2. Sure enough, I found out about this keyboard, which is basically a cheaper version of the Huntsman Elite but with Razer Green switches. I thought it was too good to be true. I've had it for only a day now but let me tell you, it truly is an amazing keyboard. If you have used a Razer product before then you know how impressive their chroma lighting is. There is a USB pass through and audio pass through on the left hand side of the keyboard. The switches are clicky and tactile but they are a new and improved Green switch, with walls on the sides of the switch in order to reduce key wobble. It is made of military grade brushed metal which is virtually fingerprint proof. The included wrist rest is the best I've ever used. The audio dial is a wonderful addition and it can also be customized in the Synapse 3 software to nearly turn it into a multimedia macro dial. I don't know what else to say. Everything about this board is spot on, no hiccups on my end. If I had to choose some cons - it would be that the keyboard can feel cold at times but that's just because of the metal body. There are no macro keys besides for the dial, if you're into that sort of thing. I'm sitting here trying to think of anything else I don't like about it and I'm stumped. Get this board! You won't be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding Gaming Keyboard with RGB Backlighting

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    Selva
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    Razer - BlackWidow Elite Wired Gaming Mechanical Razer Green Switch Keyboard with RGB Back Lighting (Model: C7486-3250GRY-PUS) is outstanding gaming keyboard. I was impressed with look and feel of this keyboard. The build quality is rock solid. I was able to setup the keyboard in less than 10 mins. I have downloaded and installed the software from website to utilize the full features of this amazing keyboard. The keys feel strong and very convenient to type as well. The lighting is very beautiful and it is one of the best lighting i have seen so far in a keyboard. The changing colors of the lights are very smooth. It is possible to program the lights. It is wired keyboard with two USBs and 3.5 mm audio jack to connect with your computer. I have Dell Alienware R7 gaming PC and have lot of USB ports. I really liked the wrist rest and is soft memory foam. It will attach with keyboard with magnetic. I was able to use the keyboard for gaming and other documents typing. I did not feel any wrist pain due to soft foam wrist rest. This keyboard has on board and cloud memory which will be easy configure profiles and using it another PC. It comes with 2 years of warranty and have lot of great features as listed below. Razer Green Switch mechanical switches offer rapid response times for quick in-game action and dual side walls to add greater stability and an increased protection against dust and liquids. Hybrid on-board memory and cloud storage helps to rebind buttons, assign macros, and automatically save all your profile configurations to the cloud. Save up to 5 profiles to the on-board memory and access them instantly anywhere. Razer Chroma™ lighting up to 16.8 million colors helps to choose from and a wide range of animated lighting effects. 108 keys offer a comfortable typing experience. Multi-function digital dial with three media keys delivers full functionality with keyboard controls for everything from brightness to volume. All programmable and customizable. Sleek, ergonomic design offers comfort and support features a palm rest to support your wrists. Integrated numeric keypad allows simple data entry when you're not gaming for multifunction use. USB interface enables a simple wired connection to your computer. PC and Mac compatible use with your existing computer. I have many gaming keyboards in the past and this is one of the best gaming keyboard I have ever owned. I highly recommend this keyboard to any gamers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Comfortable Performer

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    1ShadowFox1
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    I have been using this keyboard for the past couple weeks and I can not stop singing its praises. Yes it has the responsive "Clicky Keys". Yes it has programmable RGB lighting. Yes it has media controls and programmable macros. Yes it has USB pass through and even a headphone pass through. But the most notable feature that I notice is that this might be the most comfortable keyboard that I have ever owned.The ergonomics of the keyboard when paired with the magnetic wrist rest is simply a thing of beauty. I have used this keyboard as both my office keyboard for business work and during long gaming sessions and it is right at home anywhere you take it. I would even go as far as saying that my hands feel more relaxed after long sessions behind the keyboard then stressed from all the use they have been through to actually achieve what I have set down to get done. Set up is easy. Its a keyboard. Plug in the USB connections. Plug in the headphone connection for the pass through. Download the Razer App.Organize your cables using the provided routing channels formed into the bottom of the keyboard. Then go forth and be prosperous in the online gaming world. As with anything, there are some areas that I would like to see improvement. First and foremost is the app. The color assignments are not very intuitive as it is difficult to assign custom color setups the way you may want to. Other companies have far exceeded the user friendliness of the Razer app and I would honestly just scrap the program and start fresh if I had a direct line to Razer. But I don't. So I will just invest more time into learning the program and hopefully I will get the desired result. Secondly, the pass through connections are on the left side of the keyboard. The left may be fine for the headset, but I would believe that a majority of people using a mouse will have the mouse in their right hand, so I think it would be much more efficient to place the USB pass on the right side so that any mice wires don't need to be routed to the opposite side of the keyboard. But I HATE rats nests of wires and will spend hours in cable management when doing any electrical work in order to give a cleaner than factory appearance on any of my projects. Outside of these two small gripes. there is no reason to not love this keyboard. I really enjoy using it on a daily basis and it will take something amazing for me to replace this keyboard from daily use duties.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great looking, excellent tactile feel

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    Dan292
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    I have used several mechanical and gaming keyboards from several name manufacturers in recent years, and all have been good keyboards. Comfortable to use and type on, good tactile feedback, responsive, programmable, and attractive to look at. I would rate the Razer Blackwidow Elite at the top of this list. I’m typing on it as I write this. I almost compare the feel to the old IBM “clicky-key” keyboards of the ‘80s and '90s in terms of sound and feel, although the Razer is not as loud, and the required degree of keypress before the key activates is better with the Razer (less key travel is required). The keyboard is fully programmable with the Razer Synapse control program that can be downloaded from the Razer website and installed. You will be automatically prompted to do this as soon as you connect the keyboard, which, by the way, and as is typical for these keyboards, requires two USB ports as well as a 3.5 mm “combo” jack to be connected. You will be asked to create an account at the Razer website. The features of this keyboard are as long as your arm. It is a full-size keyboard with a complete number pad. You can record macros to every key. There are media control (volume, play/pause, skip ahead/skip back) keys, LED indicators, one USB pass-through, audio jack, sleep mode key, RGB and backlight control, and gaming mode key, the last of which disables the Windows key function. Anti-ghosting can be adjusted. You can store up to five keyboard profiles, and they can be used on computers that do not have the Synapse software installed. The lighting effect options are practically endless. If you want to spend some extra money and go the fully-customized route, you can switch out the key types key by key, so you can have some keys be tactile and silent, some be tactile and clicky, and still others be linear and silent. Included with the keyboard is a nice wrist-rest, and you’ll very likely want to use it, even if you don’t typically use one, as this keyboard is thicker and this sits higher than any other keyboard I’ve used. As I said at the top, I would put this keyboard at the top of any list. It is among the more pricey, but it is worth it for the keyboard’s quality, feel, appearance, level of options, and customizability. Highly recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Super functional, sleek, and fun.

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    Rhostam
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    I've had my unit for a few weeks now. I have owned several keyboards including predominantly ergonomic keyboards. Here is what I have to say about the unit: Summary: This is a svelt device with a host of nifty features. It's purpose is to be a highly functional keyboard and this unit excels at that. Pros: The keyboard and its keys play front and center for this unit. They keys feel good and sound appropriately click-y. The travel for keys is just right and I was able to adapt quickly to this keyboard (former keyboard is a Surface Ergonomic). - Compact layout with full set of keys (numeric pad). - Svelte black color. - Like many keyboards, this unit features audio controls in the form of buttons and a radial dial. - Programmable profiles. - Back lit keys makes dark room typing a lot easier with minimal task lighting. - Programmable key lighting schemes. - Magnetic comfortable removable palm rest. - USB and microphone port for use as small hub. - Thick braided cord for durability. Cons: I can't think of any specific cons I would complain about. I could ask for a few more USB ports along the back. I also would LOVE them to release an ergonomic version of this keyboard. Use: This guy gets regular use as a primary keyboard to a work machine that also doubles as a gaming machine (Elder Scrolls, Destiny 2, World of Warcraft). I love it and would most definitely recommend this unit.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Keyboard

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    Tbeetles
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    I am not an avid gamer, but a casual one. I find myself spending as much time using the keyboard for non gaming related activities as I do for gaming. I do find though that the key components of a gaming keyboard, also make for the best non gaming experience, and this keyboard does that perfectly. The keyboard is very sturdy, and holds its place on your desk while you type. The wrist rest is probably the best I have seen anywhere. It affixes with a magnet, but doesn't come loose easily as many others do, but also I personally love the cushion feel. I can be at this keyboard for hours doing work related activities, and it keeps my wrists feeling good. That alone is enough for me to recommend this keyboard to anyone. The back light colors and profiles are second to none making this keyboard visually stunning. Probably one of the best looking lit keyboards available. I did personally find the keys to be a bit on the heavy side, at least compared to most other keyboards of this nature I have used. It did seem that it helped in reducing typo errors, but at the same time seemed to take away a bit from the comfort and added to the noise. It is not a quiet keyboard to say the least. As for gaming, no surprise from what has already been said, I loved it. The same comforts for typing translate to gaming, the wrist rest is still my favorite part, but the heavy keys and sturdy push back help make sure you are always on the keys you mean to be, even in the heat of the moment. This is one of the best keyboards I have used ever, hands down. The only problem is the software you use to program the macros and effects was a bit confusing for me, It is not enough to be a problem, but it could be smoother. That said -- Supposedly this software will be shown at CES 2019 to integrate into Alexa.... That could be really cool if it works so keep that in mind as well!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Best! My new favorite keyboard!

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    MemphisTechieRN
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    What else can be said? This is definitely my new favorite keyboard for a few reasons, but there is only one dislike from me - which is that to use the keyboards onboard USB (2.0) port, you must plug in a second USB cable to your PC. With that out of the way, everything from un-boxing to actually using this keyboard impresses me and screams top quality! I personally love the magnetic keyboard wrist-rest. Also, the metal housing of the keyboard lets you know that this is a keyboard built for the long haul. And it will be, for me! A shocker for me (not necessarily in a bad way) was the weight of the keyboard, a little over 9lbs! However, I have one of those glass desks, with the glass slide out keyboard drawer - and it feels very secure to me. So definitely no worries there. The downloadable software for the RGB back-lighting has endless possibilities. I, myself keep the keys a medium to dark blue (because who doesn't like blue?). And then when the PC is locked, I have it set to alternate colors in a "breathing" type of effect. One reviewer mentioned that not all the keys are back-lit. That, however, is not the case. Every key, dial and switch is! You can, in fact customize each key to be a different color if you so desire. The keys are a bit more "clicky" sounding than your normal keyboard - but that is how I like it. I have big hands, and this honestly is the most comfortable keyboard I have ever used. Be it from the wrist rest to the keys themselves. There are multiple gaming options for the keyboard which other reviewers have already gone into in depth, so I will not go into detail. However, the key mapping possibilities are endless. I love the media dial on the top right which I'm sure most will use as a volume controller. However, I currently have it set, while in my browser to scroll up and down! This keyboard is not just for gamers. If you want a top quality keyboard that is meant to last, then the BlackWidow Elite should be at the (very!) top of your list!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful, sturdy and responsive

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    NJRY
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    Right off the top, I just have to say this is a wonderful product. This offering from Razer is for gamers and power PC desktop and laptop users alike. While the provided software seems somewhat extraneous to me, the BlackWidow Elite checks all the boxes in what I want in a mechanical keyboard. The packaging for the product is sensible and sleek, but once unboxed, the simple plug-and-play device is ready to go and fully functional through its USB connection. You can also run a wired headset through the keyboard if you connect it to your computer's audio jack. Another plus is the easily accessible volume dial. The keyboard itself has a nice heft to it, with very little issues of the device moving around during active use. The provided magnetic wrist rest is a nice touch, however I did have some early issues with steadying this piece without disturbing the bottom left CTRL button, which led to some typing issues. Visually, the BlackWidow Elite is stunning with its beautifully aligned key placement and color-changing RGB back lighting. I don't mind the noisy clicking of this mechanical keyboard, as the press/strike accuracy is very satisfying while typing and especially helpful during a gaming session. I'm confident in this keyboard's performance every time I use it, partly due to this audible aspect. However, I know it's not for everyone and may even be a turnoff for some - not me. Overall, I'm very happy with this device due to its pleasing design, the well-constructed build, and its accurate and precise performance. Easy to recommend. Full disclosure, I received this product for my honest, unbiased review.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Incredible keyboard

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    SgtRock
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    I love this keyboard! It's cool-looking, noisy, responsive and amazing in all the different profiles it can hold! If you're a gamer look no further than this! The razer keyboard has the fastest and best response I've ever seen from a keyboard. It's neat-looking, with programmable light patterns and colors for the backlighting. There are a ton of different profiles you can have it remember and quickly switch to depending on what game you are playing, which is amazing in itself. Personally I could never remember what function I assigned to what key for that many games, but I have tried it on a couple of games (Overwatch and Civ VI) and so far I'm very impressed. I have the "clicky" version, which I very much prefer, but there are quieter options out there. Personally I like my keys noisy and with less give than a lot of keys--I have large hands, so this really helps me feel like I'm striking the "correct" key when I'm using it. The color scheme is probably unnecessary, but a lot of fun to play with. You can change the colors, options on how often they light up (such as strobe or always or wave, etc) and there are a lot of different colors available. Probably the biggest drawback is that you need two open USB-slots to use all of the functions of the keyboard, but expanding USB ports is pretty easy and cheap so don't let that hold you back (I actually had two open so it wasn't an issue). There is also a very-comfortable wrist rest that attaches to the keyboard--magnetically!! It's a very strong magnet--I've used this for a little over a month and the only time the rest has moved is when I've moved it. If you're a gamer or just looking for a cool new keyboard I highly recommend this one--it's loud and awesome!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    really enjoyable keyboard

    Posted
    Bjm24
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    The “Razer - BlackWidow Elite Wired Gaming Mechanical Razer Green Switch Keyboard with RGB Back Lighting – Black” is my first gaming keyboard. Molded in black, with clear numbers and letters which allow a variety of colored light to display through and around the base of the keys. The keys on the keyboard have a raised level, and give a satisfied click for each keypress. On the right hand side is a set of music controls, three buttons for previous and next, and play/pause. Also, the grouping includes a round volume wheel and mute button. The lights and button functions are adjustable using the Razer Central software application that is installed on the computer. The Razer application provides features for the Razer keyboard as well as other supported Razer gaming products, such as mouse. You can customize all the keys on the keyboard using the Razer software, and can save multiple profiles. The Razer keyboard requires two usb connections and an audio cable connection. There is a USB port on the side of the keyboard as well. Razer provides good support on their web site and updates through their installed application. I found that the product was really good, and will help for gaming as well as the casual user. I really did enjoy switching to a gaming keyboard, having a springy, clicky keyboard. It is definitely not as subtle a keyboard as standard keyboards. The availability of such customization gives great flexibility for multiple applications and games.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good, but not perfect

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    Lindstrom
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    Pro's: 1) Love the backlighting that makes the letters easy to read. 2) Love the extra USB port. 3) Supporting software (eventually) loads without requiring CDROM. Con's: 1) Not all the letters are backlit? Why? The extra letters are printed in gray against black, which is hard to read. If you are going to backlight, why not backlight ALL the letters? Now I have to remember where the letters are if my room lighting is dim. Very frustrating. 2) The second USB port REQUIRES A SECOND USB CABLE TO BE PLUGGED IN! LED lighting should not require so much power as to cripple a second USB port without requiring another cable to take up valuable space in my USB hub! 3) If you are going to provide a spare USB port, WHY NOT A SECOND SPARE PORT? 4) Packaging: A clear plastic cover protects MOST of the keys, but inexplicably goes UNDER several keys making it difficult to remove with completely popping the keys OFF of the keyboard. Completely unnecessary and makes removal of the keyboard from the packaging frustrating. Keyboard seems well made and while I thought the tactile "click" would be more annoying, it has not been a major inconvenience. I find the USB limitations and lack of backlighting of some characters much more annoying. The palm rest is comfortable and I like that it appears to be held in place magnetically. I also like that the drivers and support app are installable on detection, as my laptop does not have a CDROM drive for installing. Will I buy this again? Not sure, given the backlighting issue.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend