RAZER BLACKWIDOW X CHROMA
The BlackWidow X Chroma is Razer's newest mechanical keyboard and is basically a stripped down version of its existing BlackWidow Chroma. The main difference is the lack of a plastic faceplate covering the keyboard. Instead, you get an exposed military-grade metal top plate (which is also found inside other Razer BlackWidow keyboards) with the switches attached directly to it. It's a look that's also favored by Corsair and Armaggeddon. Razer has also removed the macro keys from the left side of the keyboard, resulting in a slightly smaller footprint. Unlike some of the other BlackWidow keyboards, there are no USB or audio ports on the X Chroma.
The BlackWidow X Chroma is only available in Razer's Green switch, which is built for Razer by Kailh. It's a tactile, clicky switch that feels very similar to Kailh or Cherry MX Blues. The only difference – and it's a small one – is a marginally higher actuation point. According to Razer, Razer Switches are rated for 60 million keystrokes, 10 million more than either Cherry or Kailh's own switches. Unlike most custom switches, Razer switch stems are actually compatible with Cherry stems, however, the bottom row uses nonstandard sizing, so it's not easy to find a full set of custom keycaps. Razer has also ditched its custom letter font on the X Chroma, in favor of a more normal, easier-to-read one. One complaint I have with the default keycaps is that they pick up fingerprint oil and smudges very easily, so you're frequently having to clean them.
As with all of Razer's peripherals, you'll need to install and sign up for a Razer Synapse 2.0 account. This saves all of your settings in the Cloud, so you can take your keyboard with you, plug it into a new computer, load up Synapse and have all of your macros and lighting options still be there. Synapse has great lighting options with a comprehensive and easy-to-use configuration menu that lets you set up per-key illumination or whole keyboard lighting options. You can also use Synapse to program macros, alternatively, on the fly macro recording is also available.
The BlackWidow X Chroma has an exposed military-grade metal plate design.