The Razer Blackwidow Chroma is more than any gamer could ever ask for in a gaming keyboard. Unfortunately, that comes at a hefty price.
We’ll start first with the design. The Razer Blackwidow Chroma is sleek and, more importantly, ergonomically sound. No wrists at 45 degree angles here, making for extended gaming sessions a breeze. The fully customizable lighting is a nice extra feature. Furthermore, if you aren’t artistically inclined like me, there are great user created profiles for free. At first, the ability to have flashing lights on your keyboard seems gimmicky, and believe me when I say a majority of the profiles are, but there are a few tame profiles that use the custom lighting to an aesthetic advantage.
Now for the performance. When I am playing a game I could not care less about flashing lights on my keyboard. However, I do care about if when I go to press a key, I can count on it being registered by both the computer and my brain. The tactical feedback of this keyboard is great and I must say that the switches are also up to par for a gaming keyboard.
Using Razer Synapse, you are able to sync profiles to multiple machines and adjust settings in many different ways. Although some folks seem to bash on this software, I am a fan. It is simple, I can do everything I want with it, and it has regular updates. Not much more to say.
A quick note on my dislikes
There is no doubt that you are paying for a brand name here, as well as flashy keys, customizable profiles etc… and that performance is last on this list. While the keyboard does perform great, there are equal and better alternatives that cost a fraction of the price.