Razer Black­widow Chroma V2 Tour­na­ment Edi­tion

Razer’s best is still over­priced

PCPOWERPLAY - - Tech // Reviews - PRICE $ 199 www.raz­er­zone.com

To keep things sim­ple I’ll start by say­ing that I love this key­board. It is the best we’ve seen from Razer to date, com­bin­ing the ex­cel­lent per­for­mance and feel if the stan­dard Chroma V2 but fit­ting it into a tenkey­less pack­age. The model we re­viewed fea­tured Razer Yel­low switches, the silent, lin­ear switches with a shorter throw and ac­tu­a­tion dis­tance than the more com­mon Or­ange and Green switches. They feel sim­i­lar to the ex­cel­lent Cherry Speed switches if slightly firmer – an odd fact given that both switches fea­ture a 45g ac­tu­a­tion force. At any rate, the Yel­low switches feel great and fast, for both gam­ing and typ­ing. Mak­ing the key­board feel even faster is a tech­nol­ogy Razer calls I.T.T. In­stant Trig­ger Tech­nol­ogy sends the key ac­ti­va­tion to the PC with­out the need for de­bounce tim­ing. It sounds im­pres­sive and as a tech­nol­ogy it is, but un­less you’re on the ab­so­lute top end of pro­fes­sional gamers you prob­a­bly won’t re­ally no­tice the dif­fer­ence.

In ad­di­tion to the ex­cel­lent per­for­mance, the Black­widow TE also comes with a large, well­cush­ioned and very com­fort­able wrist rest that at­taches to the key­board mag­net­i­cally. The only real com­plaints that you can level at the Black­widow TE is that the legs feel a lit­tle on the flimsy side and will fold in if you shift the key­board around too of­ten, and that as a whole the price is pretty ex­trav­a­gant. It’s a great key­board to be sure, but it’s priced in the same range as a num­ber of full-sized key­boards with ded­i­cated AV and macro keys. DANIEL WILKS

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