|Item Model Number||RZ03-02622100-R3U1|
|Product Dimensions||16.51 x 44.83 x 4.24 cm; 1.69 Kilograms|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||16.5 x 44.8 x 4.2 centimetres|
|Item Weight||1.69 kg|
|Manufacturer||Razer USA Ltd|
|Date First Available||16 October 2018|
Razer BlackWidow Elite – Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
|Price:||+ $28.08 Delivery|
- MULTI-AWARD WINNING RAZER MECHANICAL SWITCHES: Designed specifically for gaming. Durable up to 80 million keystrokes
- MULTI-FUNCTION DIGITAL DIAL: With dedicated media controls
- FULLY PROGRAMMABLE KEYS: Customize Individual key bindings and macros
- ERGONOMIC WRIST REST: For extended gaming comfort
- HYBRID ON-BOARD MEMORY AND CLOUD STORAGE: Access personalized settings anywhere
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The Razer BlackWidow Elite is a gaming keyboard designed for prime performance—featuring Razer Mechanical Switches for faster actuation, and a durable 80 million keystroke lifespan. A multi-function digital dial provides media controls, and the USB 2.0 and audio pass through allows easy cable management. Play for long hours comfortably with the ergonomic wrist rest, and you can even customize key lighting, bindings, and macros. Save up to 5 configurations for use anywhere with a hybrid on-board memory and cloud storage.
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I got the silent and tactule option, its obviously not silent, just similar sound level to my old $20 office works keyboard.
The wristpad - wow I can't believe I have been using keyboards this long without one. It's so awesome!
The colours are unnecessary but certainly look cool and are paired up with my Razer Viper Elite mouse.
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* Pretty-self explanatory. I'm not going to elaborate much on the advantages/positive attributes. For the most part, it speaks for itself. Just watch any YouTube video review.
* Cable management can be better. Wire does not stick to it's molded path, but deficiencies in software/drivers are much more serious, which leads me to....
* Synapse 3 software is a bloated mess. About ~250 MB to download, depending on what modules you install AND it requires creation of an online "cloud account" just to configure lighting, settings, and so on.
* Razer advertises an on-board memory feature where you can save up to 4 profiles created into synapse right into the keyboards internal memory. In theory, this lets you switch between profiles without Synapse on other computers. In theory, this means you can change settings on-the-fly on other OSes. In practice, on-board profiles DO NOT include color/lighting schemes. Only macros. Internal memory is limited and pretty much non-existent. False advertising on the part of Razer.
* This keyboard DEPENDS on Synapse software at almost all times. If you log-out of your cloud account, you lose your settings and it goes to factory default RGB breathe mode. If the Synapse process crashes or closes out, you lose your settings and you get reverted to factory default. Most settings don't get saved to the Razer Blackwidow Elite's internal memory. However, if you re-start or log-in to the Synapse software, your settings get restored.
* Dependency on Synapse software implies poor portability. Good luck connecting this keyboard to your friend's computer or your work computer. You'll have to install Synapse.
* Dependency on Synapse also means you're stuck with Windows. Razer doesn't even offer a Mac version. You're stuck with Windows. No Mac support and certainly no Linux support.
* To be fair, there is an open-source project called OpenRazer that reverse engineers Razer's hardware and software so that Razer devices can work on Linux. However, at the time of this review, the OpenRazer project team has no official support for this model and it's been out for almost a year. I'm under the impression Razer complicates interoperability.
* Seriously, considering how bad the software is, you might be better off with another brand of hardware like SteelSeries, DasKeyboard, WASD and others.
* Again, the Synapse software is so bad that I'm vividly reminded of how a printer OEM came out with good printers, but defeated their own hardware products with terrible software and drivers totaling 250-500MB in size.
* As they say, your mileage may vary greatly. But for my use case, circumstances, and workflow this is a terribly crippled product, which is why I'm returning it ASAP to resolve buyer's remorse.
-With some of the older razer keyboard i have had my main problem was with the wrist rest leather rubbing off or just stretching but with this keyboard the wrist rest is anazing
-keys are really responsive with the linear switches i got
-The software you need to use for the keyboard has problems where it doesnt recognize the keyboard so even tho you can type normally it wont load your lighting profile until you unplug it and plug it back in
-The feet on the keyboard are quite brittle and for me they didnt last long
-After a while the volume wheel started to act weird and when i was just watching videos or even playing a game it would turn the volume up or down on its own
The build quality is fantastic -- it feels like a premium keyboard in every way, which it should since it's pretty pricey as far as keyboards go.
However, there are a couple of minor annoyances. Foremost, the spacebar, at least on my copy, makes a heavy "thunk" sound when it comes up. This is something I don't experience with other Razer keyboards, including the Chroma (the older green switches)and Huntsman (purple switches). Secondly, I wasn't able to make the FN+context key to activate on-board memory profile to work. I could save memory profiles, and the profiles worked as long as Synapse was working, but the whole idea of the on-board memory is to have it work without Synapse.
Ironically, the only reason I wanted that is so that I could make the keyboard not spectrum cycle in the lock screen, which I also haven't found to stop.
The Blackwidow Elite loses a star for me because I think the actual keys are a little less pleasing to both the more expensive Huntsman, and the less expensive Chroma. Of course, that's very subjective.