Green venom

Razer Black­Wi­dow Chroma V2

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - by Ian Chee

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.

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