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Razer’s Black­widow Ul­ti­mate has been up­dated for 2013, and now boasts im­proved antighost­ing, 1000Hz polling, 10-key rollover, a USB passthrough port, and five ded­i­cated macro keys with on the fly record­ing. Back­light­ing has also changed from blue to Razer’s sig­na­ture green.

Looks-wise, the Black­widow is a com­pact rec­tan­gu­lar shape, with fairly high feet that pro­vide a com­fort­able slop­ing typ­ing po­si­tion; un­for­tu­nately, it doesn’t come sup­plied with a wrist rest. The cheap­look­ing shiny black plas­tic of the orig­i­nal Black­widow has been re­placed with a much nicer matte grey fin­ish, but while the keys them­selves have an anti-fin­ger­print fin­ish, which min­i­mizes smudg­ing, the same can’t be said of the chas­sis, which picks up grease and fin­ger­prints quite eas­ily. An­other down­side to the new fin­ish is that the in­di­ca­tor lights above the num­ber­pad are much hazier and harder to read through the matte fin­ish than on the pre­vi­ous, shiny, Black­widow. On the right side of the key­board, a small con­nec­tiv­ity hub has one USB passthrough port, a headphone port and a mi­cro­phone port.

Like its pre­de­ces­sor, the Black­widow Ul­ti­mate 2013 sports MX Cherry Blue switches, with a very no­tice­able tac­tile bump half­way through bot­tom­ing out. Like most MX Blue-equipped key­boards, the Black­widow Ul­ti­mate is ex­tremely loud and clicky. Blue switches are gen­er­ally con­sid­ered the best for typ­ing as the dis­tinct tac­tile bump lets you fly over the keys without hav­ing to bot­tom out ev­ery time, but MMO or RTS gamers that find them­selves hit­ting mul­ti­ple dif­fer­ent keys in rapid suc­ces­sion will also ap­pre­ci­ate the speed af­forded by them. For those that pre­fer a qui­eter, less clicky feel, the Black­widow Ul­ti­mate 2013 Stealth edi­tion comes equipped with MX Brown switches for $10 more.

Back­light­ing on both ver­sions is fairly bright, with five lev­els of bright­ness avail­able. The Win­dows key re­mains on the left side of the key­board but can be locked out by press­ing Fn + F10.

“raZer’s BlacK­WiDOW ul­ti­mate has Been up­DateD FOr 2013.”

The Black­widow Ul­ti­mate’s Cherry MX Blue switches are great for MMO or RTS gamers.

The Black­widow Ul­ti­mate has been up­dated in 2013 with a new matte fin­ish and green back­light­ing.

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