Thursday, July 26th 2012

Razer BlackWidow Series is Back, Locked & Loaded for Mechanical Domination

Razer, the world leader in high-performance gaming hardware, proudly unveiled today the latest evolution of its critically acclaimed Razer BlackWidow family, including two improved models, and one new edition.

The World's Best Mechanical Keyboard Series Just Got Better
The first update in the mechanical keyboard series, known for its crisp, tactile actuation and gaming-grade responsiveness, is the Razer BlackWidow 2013, boasting heightened anti-ghosting and Razer Synapse 2.0 cloud technology. The Razer BlackWidow 2013 series' enhanced anti-ghosting supports up to 10 simultaneous key presses in game mode and additional improvements include an anti-fingerprint matte black finish surface. Adding increased efficiency and performance to the mix, Razer Synapse 2.0 automatically synchronizes user profile settings to a cloud server, allowing for customization of the keyboard and other related Razer products with a single login.


Back and better than ever, the new BlackWidow Ultimate 2013 also showcases improved anti-ghosting supporting 10 simultaneous key presses in gaming mode, with soft pronounced tap and distinctive tactile feedback for gaming. An enriched backlight guarantees users will be able to spot keys, facilitating assaults against opponents with mechanical superiority in the darkest of conditions.

Introducing the all-new BlackWidow Tournament Edition
In addition to the updated BlackWidow and BlackWidow Ultimate, Razer proudly introduces the BlackWidow Tournament Edition, a tenkeyless mechanical keyboard in a simple, elegant form factor, perfect for portability and total ownage at tournaments. Stripped of its numpad, the Razer BlackWidow Tournament layout is light and highly compact making it perfect for gamers with limited desk space, or chooses to carry their own keyboard to LAN parties and tournaments.

The BlackWidow 2013, BlackWidow Ultimate and Black Widow Tournament all come in standard and Stealth versions. Stealth models feature brown mechanical switches for superior tactility and faster response that only requires an actuation force of 45 g and a reduced actuation of 2 mm.

"We are really excited to release this improved Razer BlackWidow series," said Robert "RazerGuy" Krakoff, president of Razer USA. "Gamers continue to get the most precise and superior mechanical key infrastructure ever designed in a keyboard, but the new and improved BlackWidow series comes with improved functionalities providing an unfair advantage you can literally feel."

About the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2013
The latest edition of Razer BlackWidow Ultimate now features green backlighting and an anti-fingerprint matte black finish so not only can you feel, but also see the difference as you win with this ultimate mechanical gaming keyboard. The Razer BlackWidow Ultimate is also equipped with improved anti-ghosting which supports up to 10 simultaneous key presses in gaming mode, allowing gamers to destroy the competition with as many attacks and skills as there are fingers on their hands, and have them all registered accurately in-game.

Price: US $139.99 / EU €139.99

Availability:
Razerzone.com – August 2012
Worldwide – August 2012


Product features:

Full mechanical keys with 50 g actuation force
1000 Hz ultrapolling
Fully programmable keys with on-the-fly macro recording
10 key anti-ghosting
Razer Synapse 2.0 enabled
Individually backlit keys
Gaming mode option
5 additional dedicated macro keys
Audio-out/mic-in jacks
USB pass-through
Braided fiber cable
Approximate Size: 475 mm/18.72 in. (Width) x 171 mm/6.74 in. (Height) x 20 mm/0.79 in. (Depth)
Approximate Weight: 1500 g /3.31 lbs.
For more information about the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2013, please visit www.razerzone.com/blackwidow
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19 Comments on Razer BlackWidow Series is Back, Locked & Loaded for Mechanical Domination

#2
koaschten
And they didn't learn a thing...

And they didn't learn a thing...

... because the usb and audio connectors are still on the right side instead of the back, blocking mouse space on small desks.
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#3
Fourstaff
Any improvement in quality compared to the previous version?
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eidairaman1
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PS The Matrix Is Alive- see above lol
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#5
AsRock
TPU addict
by: koaschten
And they didn't learn a thing...

... because the usb and audio connectors are still on the right side instead of the back, blocking mouse space on small desks.
Perfect for a lefty :). But ya right they should of put them on the back of the keyboard and the caps key is the same annoying one and i would not be surprised if the spacebaralt key needs a little sanding lol.
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#6
HalfAHertz
Why did they use rendered images instead of showing the real product if it's a finished product
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#7
ensabrenoir
:eek:

I just bought a mionix zibal 60.....
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#8
AhokZYashA
ahh, usual green, luckily i have sold my old blackwidow,
probably going for the tournament version
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#9
AlienIsGOD
thats out of my price range, and im quite happy with my Logitech G510 for $69 :eek:
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#10
Widjaja
I would wait around and see the complaints before buying this.
In saying that I personally have not had an issue with my Razer product so far besides noticing some premature wear and tear.
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#11
rjkoneill
i had the black widow one and it was terrible. loud and uncomfortable.

i have used pretty much every mech board on the market of note and the razer is the worst of them all.

this uses blue switches from what i can gather.

they should have made it with reds.

if they had the soft touch finish of the stealth, red switches and customisable LEDs like the mamba 2012 then it would be a good prospect.

otherwise it is a waste of time and the QPAD mk85 is still superior.
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#12
Guillotine
by: rjkoneill
i had the black widow one and it was terrible. loud and uncomfortable.

i have used pretty much every mech board on the market of note and the razer is the worst of them all.

this uses blue switches from what i can gather.

they should have made it with reds.

if they had the soft touch finish of the stealth, red switches and customisable LEDs like the mamba 2012 then it would be a good prospect.

otherwise it is a waste of time and the QPAD mk85 is still superior.
Have you tried a Deck Legend? I've had mine since December and love it but you'll be stuck with black or clear switches. It has a really unique casing color. Its made from polycarbonate black plastic but the process they use to mold it makes it blackish/silverish. Its hard to explain but I was quite impressed when I got it. Never seen anything like it. This is a quote from their site describing the look: "Also please note that while the housings are made from black plastic, the actual color may appear different due to the texture they are molded with, giving it a somewhat shiny metal-flake type look depending on the viewing angle." I missed that when I ordered mine. lol
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#13
Melvis
Over priced and over rated, all my m8s razer stuff (keyboard/mouse) have died or dieing within 2-3yrs at most, what a waste of money.
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#14
m1dg3t
:eek: $140 For a k/b! No thanks.

:shadedshu
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#15
magibeg
I would only get it if they offered a deathadder mouse in green as well (no idea why they don't offer some variety of colours). I like to colour match for some reason.
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#16
Widjaja
by: Widjaja
I would wait around and see the complaints before buying this.
In saying that I personally have not had an issue with my Razer product so far besides noticing some premature wear and tear.
Since posting this which is not long ago I now appear to have issue with the triggers of the Razer ONZA I own.
After not using the Razer ONZA for about 2 weeks, I find my triggers are not working properly.
The left seems to work when pressed then loses all function.
The right appears to not fully depress according to the microsoft gamepad tester thing.

I believe the problem could be related to the cold temperatures here and the grease they used which does not seem to cope with the climate change possibly causing it to gunge up in the mechanism.

On opening the controller I also find some white oxidization around the solder joins of the right analogue.

Either way I most likely plan to RMA the controller as the triggers were second least used besides the extra bumpers.

by: Melvis
Over priced and over rated, all my m8s razer stuff (keyboard/mouse) have died or dieing within 2-3yrs at most, what a waste of money.
Well add me to the list it seems but less than a year and on parts of a controller which I did not use much.
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#17
Soylent Joe
Too bad they couldn't have put the effort to designing a BlackWidow 2. There are already too many pointless BlackWidow editions on the market.
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#18
eidairaman1
they should have a custom edition where when you order you can select the type of switch you want.
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#19
Bjorn_Of_Iceland
by: koaschten
And they didn't learn a thing...

... because the usb and audio connectors are still on the right side instead of the back, blocking mouse space on small desks.
Id rather have them put in fron near the numpad.
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