1 Stars By Klassy on 2017-03-15
SERIOUSLY RAZER??? TWO INCORRECT KEYS AND YOU TELL ME TO GO BUY THE PARTS?!?!?!?
Well... I had a REALLY hard time deciding between this and the nice Corsair... I went with this, which now makes my decision easier: CORSAIR.
The keyboard feels great. Very solid. However, I received it with a manufacturing defect.
The "Left arrow" key was actually a "Down arrow" key turned sideways lol. Kinda funny. No worries, it happens. Easy mistake (no quality control there, but I wasn't mad. I thought it was kinda funny) but it definitely is differently shaped (see photo 1).
So I send Razer an email saying that I just received the keyboard and that I would like them to send me a left arrow key (and I asked for a cheap key puller because I don't have one and couldn't get the key out). I told them it seemed like a great keyboard but I wanted the correct key....
They replied with "Here is a link to our store, we sell all sorts of extra parts there."
ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME RAZER?!?!?!?!? SERIOUSLY??????
Oh, and before I forget, WHILE I WAS RESPONDING TO THEIR EMAIL, I realized there was another mistake!!!
My right "alt" key was a "ctrl" key! (see photo 2). lol!
What the heck are you doing here Razer? Who puts these things together??? And then you have the nerve to tell me to go to your store and give you more money for the parts that I assumed would COME WITH THE KEYBOARD!
Not impressed. And look at my other reviews, I am easy to please. I very rarely give companies poor reviews as I am a small business owner myself and I know how difficult it can be to please everyone, but Razer obviously doesn't care.
If one of my customers had an issue like that with my product I would bend over backwards for them. I won't say my company here because it's not appropriate, but if you were a customer of mine you would know a new meaning for the work customer care.
See ya later Razer. I'll be returning my wife's Razer keyboard we bought a few weeks ago too. Decent keyboard, but I don't want to deal with you anymore.
As for the keyboard itself:
Feels great. Awesome keyboard. Yellow switches feel a little weird to me but they are my first linear. Im used to membrane and browns. Still feel great though. Easy to get typos though that's for sure. Probably better for gamers. I just can't stand clicky so I had to go with something different.
Software is easy to use. Better than other ones I have used.
Colors look excellent.
100% control over colors of each key which is awesome. You can do anything you can imagine with the keyboard.
The arm rest is comfy but I hate it. It's WAY too big. It's literally TOO comfortable. It puts your hands up so high you have to drop your fingers down in an awkward position. Hitting keys close to the rest is awkward (like space, alt, or ctrl...... a key I have 1 too many of thanks to Razer...) so I wouldn't buy it just because the arm rest unless you like it awkward like that.
Packaging was great.
That is my honest review of the keyboard despite the crap quality control and even worse customer service. No need to bash a good keyboard just because I am mad at them :)
3 Stars By Arthur Wilkinson on 2017-06-18
Very Nice Keyboard
Preliminary Review/First Impressions
I just received this Friday, June 16th, 2017 so I've only had it a few days. So far, I absolutely love the new yellow switches that Razer developed. I prefer a short keystroke with minimal pressure needed to press the keys down (both for typing and for gaming), and this keyboard has an almost perfect keystroke for me.
I've owned the original Razer BlackWidow (with Cherry MX Blue switches), as well as a Das Keyboard Professional (with Cherry MX Brown switches). This new BlackWidow Chroma V2 with Razer's yellow switches is much better. The original BlackWidow with its Cherry MX Blue switches sounded like an old 1950's typewriter, and people on TeamSpeak would complain about the noise and mute me. The Das Keyboard Professional with its Cherry MX Brown switches was much quieter, however the keystroke with those Cherry MX switches was so long that I often didn't press the keys down hard enough to activate them, and that was obnoxious when typing. Thus far I am not having that issue with this keyboard.
Customizing the lighting isn't really the reason I purchased this keyboard, although it is a nice bonus. I was able to customize which keys were which colors, and that allowed me to color-code the keys by function. I've attached a picture of what it currently looks like. Color-coding they keys like this makes it super easy to see which keys are which. I was having trouble with accidentally pressing the Caps Lock key while typing, and then I added the purple color and made the Caps Lock light blue so that it was easy to see it, and so far I haven't accidentally hit the Caps Lock key while typing again.
Apparently Razer has Chroma integrations for some games that allow them to control the lighting effects on the keyboard. Supposedly Slack (a popular chat and team collaboration app) has one as well, however Razer Synapse doesn't seem to recognize Slack. The Razer test app worked fine, so I figure the issue must be with Slack itself. I have yet to test it on any games that are supported (I only have 3 that are on Razer's list, and don't usually play them anymore).
All of that being said, the style and spacing of the keys on this BlackWidow Chroma V2 is taking some time to get used to. The keys are very thin on top (presumably to allow as much light to pass between the keys as possible) which makes them feel a little odd, and since the size and shape of the keys is different than what I'm used to I often find myself pressing the wrong key. I imagine I will get used to it over the next week or two, and this is not much of a downside (adjusting to a new keyboard always takes a bit of time).
Beginning of day 4, and the red LEDs have started to go out on the number pad. Attaching a second picture showing the current color configuration on the screen (with a grayed-out "Apply" button), and the current state of the colors on the keyboard. Play close attention to the number pad in the lower-right.
1 Stars By Mo on 2017-09-22
Decent equipment - Lousy customer service.
It was great until I had to send it in for repairs due to the 'r' key repeating at random times.
I wasn't even fretting it at that point. Then I had to deal with their customer support.
They stated that the replacement would take 5-7 business days after receiving my defective keyboard.
I waited until the 8th business day to reach out and ask for an update.
They apologized, advised they'd escalate it to their RMA department. I waited another day.
Finally I hear back, oh, it'll be another 4-7 business days because we didn't get your keyboard for 3 days after the shipping department received it?
What? - Just send me a replacement?
I really liked the keyboard, right now I'm using a Corsair K70 instead. I'm willing to bet if this keyboard took a dump, Corsair would have replaced it no problem.
Instead I get to wait even longer... Glad I followed up or they might have forgotten about me completely.
They received my return on 9/11/17.
Read their response below when I asked for an update.
"Thank you for reaching out. Hope you're doing great there.
In regards your exchange, have pushed ahead to disseminated with our warranty group and since the product just got conveyed to us on (09/14/2017), we ought to have the capacity to process a replacement inside 4-7 business days from the date our warehouse prepared your thing. I will take mind your case on wards and I have asked for the package to be sped up.
Let do give us a chance to chip away at this for you and once your new unit transported, a different email will be conveyed to your inbox which ought the tracking information. Truly value you being so understanding here and thank you for staying positive.
I will be checking my inbox regular just in the event that you have any inquiries in your mind, on the off chance that you do please hit "reply" to this email and I will be there for you.
Hope all is well and you have an awesome day ahead."
5 Stars By Adam White on 1969-12-31
The keyboard of keyboards... The only keyboard you will ever want, for everything. Just have ear plugs :0
This keyboard is everything that they describe, and for gaming it is pretty amazing. But, anyone thinking of ordering it needs to really be aware of just how noisy it is. I am sitting here writing on it for this review, and the clicks for each key are the loudest of any keyboard that I have ever used. That said, it is also the fastest keyboard I have ever typed on, the best gaming keyboard I have ever used, and the coloring is just super cool.
I used the app and created a bunch of different color schemes. You can create as many schemes as you want, applying patterns and colors to individual keys, groups of key, or the entire keyboard. So, in a FPV shooter game I turn on the color for the movement keys, and a different color for the weapon selection keys, and a different color for any other key, and the rest of the keys remain dark. It really makes playing the games that much easier when you can quickly look at the coloring and know which keys are needed and which aren't. You can assign these schemes based on the executable for the game, so that each game can have a custom scheme, and it will automatically load that scheme when you run the game. You don't have to select them scheme ahead of time, or scroll through them. It is really slick.
You have options for the colors like "fire", "waves", "ripple" etc. You can set the speed and duration, the colors and everything else for these options. You can assign these options to individual keys, groups of key, or the entire keyboard. So, technically, you can have a different setting on every key of the keyboard. Personally, I try to highlight the keys that are used at any given time, and leave the others dark. When just running windows, or IE, I usually have a default setting where the color on the keyboard matches the color of my graphics card, mouse, and the color of the water cooler on the CPU. I actually have them sync'd almost perfectly, and it looks really cool, like the computer is a piece of art you would want out on display.
The keyboard has other nice features. You can disable keys, and remap them, and this can be attached to a specific app or game. Just like the color scheme. I found that in some games I kept hitting the "windows" button and jumping out of the game, where I would have to resume. This usually happened during a critical fighting sequence, and once I resumed I was not "in the moment" anymore, and it would really mess me up. So, in these games I simply disabled the windows button, and the issue is gone.
There are 5 macro keys that you can assign to any combination of keys that you want. You simply tell it to record the macro, hit the keys in the order you want, and then assign it to one of the keys, and viola, you have a macro. This is also really helpful, if you find yourself doing the same keystrokes over and over again for something. I don't use this so much for games, but for work. I log remotely into a Linux cluster for work, and do most of the work on the command line. I try to streamline the command prompt as much as possible, but when in GVim I find myself doing the same keystrokes over and over again for things that I could not automate, so I broke out the Macro function of the keyboard and eliminated these sequences. It has drastically reduced the keystrokes and time things take me to complete at work.
For gaming, this really is an amazing keyboard. I used to have an issue where I was trying to move, change weapons and jump at the same time, and the keyboard could not handle all those individual keystrokes at the same time. That nearly always resulted in a frag, or at least severely worsening my score. I don't know what the keystroke limit is on this BlackWidow, but I know I have never reached it. No matter what I do with this it works flawlessly,
As for looks and feel, this keyboard is definitely a tank. It is rock solid, a nice heavy metal case. You will be shocked when you feel how heavy it is. Keep in mind this is a wired keyboard, which most people are not used to. But, if you are playing games with it you really want the wire. You don't want to have the slight lag inherent to the wireless keyboards, you also don't want the batteries running low, or out, that you have from time to time in the wireless keyboard. It connects to a USB port, and a headphone jack, and on the right side of the keyboard you have another USB port, for a mouse as an example, and a headphone jack, obviously for headphones. Really slick. I use a wired mouse, too, just to get every last edge I can, and this port makes that a piece of cake. If I am playing, but not alone, I will use headphones, so I don't disturb or distract anyone around me, and I don't have to reach to the back of the computer, I just plug right into the keyboard. They really thought this through. The keyboard comes with a wrist pad, which magnets on to the keyboard, and the magnets have a really strong grip, keeping it right where you left it. With the pad I can type for hours and hours and not have any discomfort. As I stated above, I am using this keyboard to write this review. I type 50% faster on this keyboard than any other keyboard I have ever used. It is really shocking just how fast I can type with this keyboard.
That brings me full circle back to the only issue that I have with this keyboard... The sound. Keyboard "clicks" used to be all the rage. I have to admit when I use a keyboard that is silent it just feels "wrong". I like the audible "click" and the tactile sensation from the click, too. But, that is all a personal preference. Anyway, this keyboard takes the "click" to a whole new level. Especially when you are typing fast, it sounds like one of those fast electric typewriters hammering away. The tactile sensation is great, and the keys feel really good to type on. But, the audio is just so loud. It is staggering when you first hear it. If you have someone sleeping in the next room and you are up late gaming this keyboard will wake them up and prevent them from going back to sleep.
I believe there is another version of this keyboard that is silent. I am not sure if that is the only difference. However, as loud as this is, I think I prefer the massive "click" to silence. That one negative aside, I think this is the best keyboard that I have ever used, or even seen. If you are a gamer this keyboard is for you. If you like to customize the look of your computer, like LEDs on the video card, and other things like that, this is also the keyboard for you. If you like to customize the settings of your computer, and want the ability to change key functions, disable keys, and map colors and patterns onto individual/group/all keys, this is DEFINITELY the keyboard for you. Unless the loud clicks are just too much for you, this is ABSOLUTELY the keyboard for you. Except for the sound you can't go wrong.
I really struggled with the 4 or 5 star rating. I have been pondering it, and having a seriously difficult time deciding which value to choose. The keyboard deserves the 5 start, or even 6 if that was possible. But, it is just so friggin LOUD. If it had a slightly lower volume setting, this would be the best keyboard ever, hands down. Unless you really wanted or needed a wireless keyboard, there is no reason that you wouldn't love this one (of course, except the noise).
Until now the keyboard was simply a utility required to use the computer. There was nothing special about it. Nothing like the video card, or the case which I had no problem spending hundreds of dollars on. But this Razer has changed all that. They keyboard is now an important accessory for the computer. It is both amazingly functional, and staggeringly beautiful. Combined with the computer, and the mouse, this keyboard has helped transform my computer into a functional piece of art that I would prefer to have on display for everyone to see. Also, the performance, and the additional programmable functionality has really given me an edge in video games that I didn't know existed.
Pros: What else can I say, there is nothing that comes close to this keyboard. Heavy, thick and rock solid metal case. Beautiful colors that can be assigned to keys individually, grouped or all. Keys can be disabled, or reprogrammed. Macros can be recorded and assigned to the 5 macro keys. Keyboard settings automatically run depending on the app/game that is running. Supports massive multiple key strokes, more than I can ever do. Ultra fast response time. Has extra USB port and headphone jack on the side. Has very comfortable wrist pad that is held in place by a magnet. The list goes on and on, this is the best keyboard I have ever used.
Cons: Noise. That's it. Unless you need wireless, but I prefer the wire for speed and accuracy.
NOTE: If you have recorded and on-the-fly macro and assigned it to a key, you might be wondering how to remove it. The manual shows how to create it, and it took me a while to figure it out, and every time I hit an "h" it would trigger my macro. Let's just say, it was tough to get anything done with that happening.
To resolve this you open Synapse, the app that goes with the Keyboard. Click the "Macros" tab. You will find under the drop-down box at least one macro called "New Macro 1" or something like this. It might, or might not actually show the keystrokes that are involved in your macro. I read from people that they didn't see the key strokes. But, I did. Once I deleted the macro from the list I no longer had any issues.
5 Stars By Tonny Borde on 2017-10-21
I Like The "Clicky; I Type Faster; But Software, Support Disappointing
I'm not using this keyboard for gaming at all.
I just like the clicky feedback for my fingers, and it seems that my fingers remember the feel of an old IBM keyboard from the 1980â€™s.
I find that I can type easily 30% faster-- I can especially tell the difference when I type 18-character passwords!
I have chosen this model (which I couldn't find at other retailers such as Best Buy) for the "green" switches (not a reference to environmental concerns, I believe), because of the â€œgreenâ€ key responsiveness.
The configurable key lighting LOOKS very cool, but above all, it's helpful in my peripheral vision, in locating keys and groups of keys such as numbers and Function keys. I can set the lighting any way I want, and I have the number row and calculator areas one color, the CTRL, CMD, OPTION, and navigation keys another, and individual colors for the Function keys (F1-3 and F5-7 are designated media control keys on the Chroma V2).
I haven't programmed the 5 Macro keys yet, but I know they work because I've accidentally pressed the F9 key which records Macros, and got a wild sequence of keystrokes when I pressed one particular key to which an unintended sequence had been assigned.
My only real complaint about the Chroma V2 has been my disappointment with the Razer Synapse software and support.
The Razer Synapse software is real pretty.
But it has taken months for me to get some stability on the keyboard as the keyboard wouldn't maintain my settings once the iMac went to sleep or if I restarted or shut down. I had previously returned 2 keyboards to Best Buy because I thought there was something wrong with the keyboard itself. Sorry, Best Buy.
I eventually found that I had to open the software each time I started up again, and sometimes I had to import my saved configuration again.
It turns out that the software needs to be continuously signed into your account on Razer's website. (Who would choose that option?) I'm not sure if that was the only part of the solution, though, as I have now added the Razer Synapse software as a Startup Item in System Preferences.
Support from Razer through the web site hasn't been prompt, but they do eventually respond by e-mail. Calling the Help number has been useless, as I have been repeatedly referred to the Razer web site for "Chat." Not satisfactory.
Iâ€™ve had to figure out solutions, for the most part, on my own.
And this may be why it has taken from June to October 2017 for me to get some stability with the keyboard.
The Razer Synapse software is updated fairly often, though, so that may be a sign of responsiveness.
But I will say that Iâ€™m enjoying the keyboard. And it has a nice black leather wrist rest, which, while a little sticky, is very comfortable.
I'll also point out that I've purchased the 4-year Protection Plan, because of the mechanical nature of these keys. I hope I don't ever need the Protection Plan.
5 Stars By Austin on 2017-09-12
Great Professional Keyboard for Work and Play
Prior to buying this keyboard i was actually able to test the Corsair K70 keyboard at Bestbuy, and a god-aweful logitech that was utter garbage. Thankfully the K70 i tested had cherry brown, which was comparable to the razer orange i bought. After about an hour of testing on two separate occasions, manically mashing away at both I walked away feeling pretty good about the razer both times. The k70 had a HORRIFIC space bar that felt like utter garbage, and looked like a child's toy. The razer on the other had was sleek, smooth, with a great typeface on the keys that was aesthetically placed to look professional.
There's something to be said about razer orange switches when compared to cherry brown. Orange felt not only smoother, but softer when letting go fo the switch. After my hours of testing i started to notice that when you let up on a cherry brown, it feels lose and little awkward, but the oranges were sturdy yet made less noise when aggressively un-pressing a key. Although they felt NEARLY identical, the oranges both times I tested felt solid and smooth, with just the right amount of softness to minimize noise and maximize comfort.
Originally i set out to get a cheap keyboard, just to suite my needs, but after testing the blackwidow V2 with orange switches I knew i had to have it. Sleek design, comfortable typing, professional appearance, and convenient macro buttons (that I am starting to get the hang of.) Razers software for changing keycolors is Ui/Ux friendly and super easy to use and programable keys. I've said this before, but ill say it here razer is the apple of the gaming market with their branding and appearance. There's nothing more classy out there... which we pay the price tag for but Id rather look professional than XxG4m3rxX.
4 Stars By J. Hernandez on 2017-08-21
The keyboard feels nice and responsive
4 Months Later:
At first I thought it was me, but after 4 months of continuous use I was able to adapt and type on this keyboard. Then, I had to use another keyboard. I strongly think the key layout is shifted, on every other keyboard where I did not have to look before I typed i am back to basics. I cant tell if its the extra row at the end or the keys are in different size and line up differently, just be prepared to experience an adjustment curve if using this keyboard for every day typing. Also the light-up badge on the bottom somehow is chipping from the inside?
So, I waited about 1 month to write this to see if any of the horror stories were true.
My home pc is not available at the moment, but I wanted this keyboard after hearing the virtues of this style of keyboard and trying a few. I decided to take it to work ( I work at a call center) and take the orange switches out for a spin.
The keyboard feels nice and responsive, I like it considerably more than any other nonmechanical keyboards at the moment (all my other keyboards feel like there is mush under the keys). I have not had any problems or random keystrokes or any other issues mentioned.
For me, the worst part of the keyboard is getting used to the extra column of keys on the right M1 - M5. You can argue that it's just me getting used to it still, the design and placement could be a little better.
Overall, it's a great Mechanical Keyboard and orange switches are very comfortable for extended periods of use. As far as the Razer software I am pretty confident about it since I have had other Razer keyboards and mice.
The Razer software macro system could be better (the last time I used that software was 8 months ago) and is not needed to use the keyboard. However, if you want to take advantage of this or configure the colors you need it. The only thing you can do about the colors without the software is control the brightness settings through the FN keys.
5 Stars By NickJG on 2017-09-29
Absolutely best-in-class switches and build!
I purchased a Blackwidow Ultimate Stealth in 2012 with Cherry MX Brown switches. I really enjoyed that keyboard more than Cherry MX Blues because I found that the actuation force needed on keys that you hit off-center (like the enter key) was far less. I found with Blues, under normal lazy typing conditions, I don't really press keys down hard enough to consistently get a response from larger keys like the enter button, but that all changed with the Browns.
I ended up donating that Blackwidow for various reasons, but now I have, yet again, a need for a mechanical keyboard and I opted for this one. This is my first time with the Razer Orange switches and I must say they are a step above the cut with the Cherry switches.
I've read so many reviews about how Razer has "copied" Cherry MX switches for their own gain but really, after using the brown switches for 4 years, I cannot speak highly enough of Razer's orange switch. It really is delightful to type on these keys! They are smooth as butter, they require very little effort to type on, yet they benefit from the confidence of a mechanical keystroke.
I've been typing almost exclusively on membrane-style chicklet keyboards for well over a year now, and by comparison, this mechanical keyboard just blows it out of the water.
I often do typing speed tests to keep up my muscle memory and with chicklet style keyboards, I tend to max out at about 95 wpm with a 90% accuracy. My first night with this keyboard and I averaged 115wpm at a 97% accuracy over several races. These keyboards are truly not a fad, they really make a difference!
Of course, while gaming, it's great to have the larger key height and active feedback of a keypress so I know that I've done what I intend in the game. It's amazing how much more I have to pay attention to the key presses on a chicklet style keyboard versus this one.
I cannot say enough about this key switch from Razer. The oranges really are the way to go if you want something quieter and easier on the fingers!
5 Stars By TridentPro on 2017-08-24
Gaming keyboard for nongamer me
I'm a 60 year old man. I haven't done any gaming since Doom 3 was released. But what I am is a writer and a nocturnal animal to boot. I took a leap with this keyboard and the orange switches after my MS Comfort keyboard died (okay, was murdered by a glass of iced tea). I have always looked askance at product reviews that say gamers only. I always scan gamer tech for an opportunity to get the most powerful or useful device. I'm a 80 wpm touch typist and I can tell you my fingers fly as fast and move on more keys than your average gamer.
The orange switches are a little louder, though not too much more than my Comfort Keyboard's which itself got complaints from clients during speakerphone conference calls. But I know I don't sound like a steno pool from the 60's, so I'll need to figure that one out. I'm thrilled with the key spacing and actuation force. I can type with a very light touch. From a feel perspective, I can't remember a keyboard that performed better. Maybe that high end IBM Selectric I used in college. But this is sweet.
I can't wait for nightfall, because as I said, I'm a nocturnal writer and the warm cheery glow of the backlit keys is what drew me to wired, backlit keyboards in the first place. I don't need a lot of fancy color schemes, but when time and deadlines allow, I'll play around. Why not? I'm going to see if the macros will map to some basic, boring Windows commands. That would be useful.
So far I love it, I told myself if I didn't I'd just resell it to a gamer I know. But I'm keeping this baby. From a writer who takes his keyboard as seriously as a gamer does.
5 Stars By Breauxstantine on 2018-02-05
I LOVE this keyboard
I didn't even buy this keyboard for gaming, I bought this keyboard to give my life some joy while writing all my application essays for medical school. Which turned out to be a great decision. I am totally satisfied with Razer's green keys which have an incredible clicky sound (which I think is even better than the MX cherry reds/browns/blues). Typing is truly a joy on this keyboard and the lighting options are highly customizable and look amazing. The wrist pad seemed whack on the product page but after actually using it, it is a very high quality extremely comfy support that really allows you to have endurance on the keyboard. The only thing I might mention about improvement to this keyboard would be adding mutlimedia control keys since it has none but besides that I think this product is incredible...And 65 essays later, I got accepted to med school!