Razer launches mechanical gaming keyboard, BlackWidow

By Matthew ยท 26 replies
Aug 18, 2010
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  1. Razer has introduced the market's 'first' mechanical keyboard designed specifically for gaming. Like any mechanical keyboard (see our review of the Das Professional), the BlackWidow boasts superior tactile feedback, but its formula is a bit different. Razer claims that most competing products have stiff keys that tire fingers, making them a poor choice for gaming and that's why pros opt for membrane products.

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  2. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,485   +45

    /want one
  3. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 997   +93

    I wasn't aware there was a demand for these.
  4. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    Tek, you mean gaming keyboards?
  5. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,485   +45

    I'm in the market for a keyboard as we speak.
  6. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 997   +93

    No I mean gaming keyboards with a mechanical keys.
  7. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,485   +45

    that made no sense.

    From what I read its a reasonable application to a keyboard. Did you not read the article?
  8. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,006   +2,532

    I'm sooo clumsy typing, I'd probably shoot myself to death in the first FPS I tried.
  9. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 997   +93

    Yes I did read the article, I was just curious as to why after releasing only membrane style keyboards they have decided to release a keyboard with mechanical keys like the old IBM keyboards. I was not criticizing their product I was just curious since mechanical keyboards tend to have stiffer tactile response.
  10. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,485   +45

    /cranky man down.
  11. Right, and the article details how they accounted for the stiffness of their mechanical keyboard.
  12. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    Like the idea of the mechanical action. Great for word processing and other non-gaming apps. $80 for a non-backlit gaming kb vs. $70 for G15 might be a hard sell, and an extra $50 for backlighting and USB seems mighty steep.
    Most keyboard USB pass throughs are 1.1 spec, is this model any different?
  13. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,718   +858

    I prefer ergonomic keyboards, but might be interested in this. I already type 110wpm - be curious if I could bump up my speed any with it.
  14. I think that the who wrote this article should do a bit more recearch. He says that Razer released the first mechanical keyboard for gaming ...

    ... and how about STEELSERIES 7G ???
  15. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,485   +45

    I think its the companies first version of the type of keyboard.
  16. He clearly says:

    "Razer has introduced the market's first
    mechanical keyboard designed specifically for


    I know its Razer's first mechanical keyboard. But he says market, and that's incorrect. Besides Steelseries I think that there are at least other 2 mechanical keyboards.
  17. ddg4005

    ddg4005 TS Guru Posts: 384   +54

    Interesting keyboard. It looks like it'll suit gamers well but I'll with my Logitech Wave Corded keyboards. I've never been big on gaming keyboards anyway.
  18. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 820   +344

    There may be other mechanical keyboards, but how many of those are really purpose built specifically for intense gaming? Mechanical keyswitch keyboards are a big thing in todays market and it's about time one was made available without gamers having to sacrifice functionality.
  19. waiting to see some reviews on this one, Steelseries 7G uses Cherry Black switches, they require 60G and are linear.

    This video helps a lot: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEDv5eWB9lU
  20. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

    Also I'm sorry but for that keyboards ultimate edition the price is much too high. At 130 bucks the logitech G510 is far superior.
  21. bandit8623

    bandit8623 TS Booster Posts: 100   +17

    steel-series is a gaming company the 7g is made for gaming. the 7g is awesome. this article should be updated so the lies are fixed.
  22. http://www.steelseries.com/int/reseller/content/keyboards/steelseries_7g

    Name: SteelSeries 7G
    Catagory: Gaming keyboard

    Yup, pretty much says it all. I personally prefer any steelseries product over a razer product. All the mice I have ever owned that were razers fell apart way too quickly for my taste and their keyboards aren't much better.
  23. Finally! A mechanical keyboard with backlighting AND other gaming features! I'm soooo getting this. :D

    The price doesn't bother me so much, as mechanical keyboard are generally expensive anyway, and this one has more features as far as I can tell.
  24. @Princeton

    That logitech hasn't got mechanical keys, so of course the razer will be more expensive. It's price is right IMO.
  25. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,146   +911

    What do you do with them?! Smash them around the room or something? or are the Steelseries actually made of steel? :p

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