Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2
When you think of a brand to associate with PC gaming, it is unlikely that you’d think of any other brand before Razer comes to mind. The standard issue keyboard for the Razer infantry, the BlackWidow, has had enough variants to fit into the colors of the rainbow, and there’s even one that does come with the colors of the rainbow – the BlackWidow Chroma. Now though, Razer has thought it fitting to reinvent that particular keyboard, resulting in the Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2 that we’re reviewing this month.
So what’s new with V2? The more obvious of the two reasons is the ergonomic wrist rest that’s been included inside the box. It sticks to the bottom of the keyboard via magnetism, and makes extended sessions of typing and gaming so comfortable you’d not look back to the days you survived without it.
The next reason, and one that Razer would want to brag to you about, is the use of its own Green key switches against the traditional Cherry MX Blue. Initially they feel very much the same, but after a period of time, there are a few distinct characteristics that set the Razer Green switches apart from Cherry MX’s or indeed Kailh’s Blue switches. Razer’s Green switch is certainly the quietest of the bunch, and requires the least force to actuate up until the actuation click. Going beyond that point though, there’s a mushy resistance to them, and this persists until the keys travel all the way to the bottom, at which point there’s a hollow echo that accompanies each keypress.
Of course, Razer has Yellow and Orange keys as well, which are counterparts to the Red and Brown switches of Cherry MX and Kailh. The BlackWidow Chroma V2 also comes with Yellow and Orange switch variants, but we only had the one with Green switches to play with.
Being a Chroma piece of equipment, you have the freedom to customize the rainbow that pops up with every keypress using the Razer Synapse software, which also handles all your driver needs. This Chroma setup is much the same as any other Chroma keyboard you may have used before, so there’s nothing particularly new here. As before, if you’ve already crafted your custom rainbow, you can import them into the BlackWidow Chroma V2, so you don’t have to repeat what is obviously a strenuous process all over again.
Connecting the BlackWidow Chroma V2 to your PC is a long
The BlackWidow Chroma V2 gives visual pleasure and operational comfort you never thought you needed.
braided cable that splits into two USB Type-A connectors and a 3.5mm audio jack. The extras allow you to make use of the pass-through on the right side of the keyboard.
You get the exact number of ports that you use, which can be a bummer when other gaming keyboards only use one USB port, while giving you more ports.