I’ve always been a console gamer, so keyboards have always been just for typing. However, as I get older, I find myself dabbling in the PC gaming scene a little. As I do, I’m discovering that a good mouse and keyboard can make a world of difference to your performance.
Luckily for me, I’ve had the pleasure of using the Razer Black Widow Elite Keyboard and boy, is it a great piece of tech.
Solidly built, sleek, responsive and comfortable, the Razer Black Widow Elite Keyboard is simply an excellent keyboard. Whether you use it for work or play, it’s going to ensure you’re performing at your absolute best.
Razer Black Widow Elite Keyboard Review
First things first, the Razer Black Widow Elite Keyboard looks great. The matte black contrasting with the glow of the Razer Chroma, makes your desk look awesome. Obviously, glowing lights aren’t going to help the keyboard perform better, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t care what my keyboard looked like.
And so would you.
In addition to its great looks, the Razer Black Widow Elite Keyboard is actually a rather compact piece of kit. Without the included wrist rest, it’s one of the smaller mechanical gaming keyboards I’ve seen. That’s a boon for me as my desk space is limited. Space conscious gamers should take note that the form factor can easily and snugly fit into any desk configuration.
Too many gaming keyboards are absolute behemoths that take up almost as much space as the PC tower itself and it’s just not practical. Thankfully, the Razer Black Widow Elite Keyboard is both practical, visually pleasing and a joy to use.
The keys of the Razer Black Widow Elite Keyboard are super responsive and depress with a satisfying click on every keystroke. They spring back into place and rapid button presses are handled easily. Other mechanical keyboards I’ve used have had a tendency to have some keys get stuck after extended sessions.
Not so with the Razer Black Widow Elite Keyboard. I’ve spent hours playing games and typing on it and it still feels just as good as it did the day I took it out of the box. Additionally, the included wrist rest connects magnetically and has been ergonomically designed for maximum comfort. Which is achieves.
One of the best features of the keys is the context-sensitive lighting. Say you’re playing Overwatch. The keys you have mapped for your heroes abilities will be lit up and all others will be dimmed. Even better though, when you use an ability, the light will dim until the ability is ready again.
For noobs like me who sometimes have to look down at their hands, it’s super helpful and a great feature.
The Razer Black Widow Elite Keyboard wouldn’t be a modern keyboard if it didn’t include some extra features. It comes loaded with a USB 2.0 port and audio passthrough as well as the ability to make each and every key a macro.
Thanks to Razer’s Hypershift, you can add a secondary function to every key. It’s not something I’ve personally used, but it’s great that it’s there if you need your keys to perform multiple functions.
Finally, the audio dial and media buttons are a godsend for someone like me who spends all day with music blaring. The dial can be used to adjust the volume or mute all sounds while the play and forward/back buttons are pretty self-explanatory.
Overall, the Razer Black Widow Elite Keyboard is an excellent keyboard and for $300 AUD is worth every penny. It’s the keyboard I use every day and it comes highly recommended.
A Razer Black Widow Elite Keyboard was provided to PowerUp! by Razer for this review.
- Razer Mechanical Switches designed for gaming
- 80 million keystroke lifespan
- Razer Chroma customizable backlighting with 16.8 million colour 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
Product Name: Blackwidow Elite
Offer price: $299.95
Feels great to use
Handy and intuitive lighting helps gaming
Great desktop, music and media controls