Razer Black­Wi­dow Chroma V2

Black­Wi­dow Chroma V2

HWM (Singapore) - - Contents - by James Lu

Razer Black­Wi­dow me­chan­i­cal key­boards have been around for a few years now, with mul­ti­ple spinoff it­er­a­tions in­clud­ing Ul­ti­mate, Tour­na­ment and Stealth edi­tions. This year, Razer re­leased a se­quel to the Chroma edi­tion, ap­pro­pri­ately called the Chroma V2.

The Chroma V2 looks much like the orig­i­nal, with sim­i­lar dimensions and a matte black plas­tic body that cov­ers a metal in­te­rior frame. The V2 has a smudge­proof fin­ish on the plas­tic, which helps keep it free from un­sightly fin­ger­prints. The full-sized key­board has five macro keys on the left, and func­tion keys that dou­ble up as media con­trols. One im­prove­ment is the LED in­di­ca­tors above the num­ber pad. Un­like pre­vi­ous Black­Wi­d­ows where LEDs were con­cealed un­der the plas­tic hous­ing, the V2 has a cutout with a ded­i­cated glossy black plas­tic panel that makes the in­di­ca­tors more dis­tinct and vis­i­ble. Like the orig­i­nal Chroma, there’s a USB 2.0 port on the right side and a pass-through au­dio jack. Un­for­tu­nately, the ded­i­cated mi­cro­phone port has been re­moved.

The V2 comes sup­plied with a new cush­iony wrist rest that at­taches mag­net­i­cally to the bot­tom of the key­board. We first saw this on Razer’s Or­nata key­board, but the mag­nets on the V2 are much stronger, which helps keep it in place bet­ter. The rest is very plushy, with a soft faux leather fin­ish that is com­fort­able to type on.

The keys on the V2 are nicely con­toured and use Razer’s new min­i­mal­ist font, which was orig­i­nally in­tro­duced on the Black­Wi­dow X. It’s easy to read, but not as in­ter­est­ing as the orig­i­nal.

Razer is of­fer­ing the V2 in three switch con­fig­u­ra­tions, Razer’s ex­ist­ing Green and Or­ange switches, and a new Yel­low switch. Razer’s Yel­low switch is its first lin­ear switch de­signed with FPS gamers in mind. It has a short ac­tu­a­tion dis­tance of just 1.2mm and a light­weight ac­tu­a­tion force of just 45g. In­ter­est­ingly, this makes it iden­ti­cal in spec to Cherry’s MX Sil­ver (Speed) switches, which are cur­rently ex­clu­sive to Cor­sair. Go­ing back and forth be­tween a Cor­sair K65 RGB with MX Sil­vers and the Chroma V2 with its Razer Yel­lows, I couldn’t ac­tu­ally tell the dif­fer­ence. It’s worth not­ing though that Razer switches are rated for up to 80 mil­lion key­strokes, while MX switches are only rated for up to 50 mil­lion.

A wor­thy suc­ces­sor to the orig­i­nal Black­Wi­dow Chroma with some thought­ful de­sign im­prove­ments and a great new switch.

The plush wrist rest at­taches mag­net­i­cally to the bot­tom of the key­board.

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