Last updated on August 31, 2017
There is something really beautiful about a colorful, backlit gaming keyboard. The lights, the colors, and the loud, distinctive clicking. And the Razer BlackWidow Chroma is one of the prettiest keyboard for gamers. With a sleek design and responsive, mechanical keys, the BlackWidow Chroma is one of our new favorite keyboards. We think you’ll love it, too.
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This keyboard is absolutely stunning. Coming out of the box and hooking it up is like getting some kind of futuristic toy from a favorite sci-fi TV show. Everything about the BlackWidow Chroma looks sleek and feels durable. Weighing in at nearly three and a half pounds, the Razer feels like it will last forever. The owner’s manual claims that it will last for “60 million keystrokes,” but even that unimaginable number feels like an understatement.
Top Features of the BlackWidow Chroma
There is so much to love about this Razer keyboard. The included software gives you the options to be able to create whatever rainbow of effects you want with your new keyboard (and Razer mouse and other accessories if you have them). It gives you all sorts of awesome options that can really light up a room. The mechanical keys, which are Razer greens, feel sturdy and heavy (and loud!). Even the braided fiber cable feels like it will survive almost anything you can put it through. As someone who is definitely rough on keyboards, especially when gaming, this keyboard felt like it would withstand hours of long, hard gaming sessions even better than I can.
The keyboard is designed without too much extra space between the bottom lining of the keyboard and the keys, making the board easier to clean than most other backlit models. Although this makes the lights in the back a little dimmer than some other models, I’d pick easier to clean than brighter any day of the week.
What Do You Get For the Money?
Along with the BlackWidow Chroma, you get:
- Some of the brightest lights around in a backlit keyboard that can display 16.8 million different color options.
- A pass-through USB setup that allows for all of your Razer products to have matching colors and synchronized color changing.
- The Razer Synapse software to program your new keyboard with a myriad of colors.
- A full-sized, mechanical keyboard with amazing 10 key roll-over anti-ghosting and programmable keys.
- High quality, heavy Razer green switches.
- A gaming keyboard that is compatible with both Mac and PC.
- A responsive and consistent keystroke that gives you an edge while gaming.
What is it Like to Use the BlackWidow Chroma?
The keys feel weighed and heavy. There is a certain gravity to each and every one of your keystrokes that makes it feel as though each one counts. The brilliant, programmable color display really adds a bright and cheerful glow to the whole room, making the keyboard into something more. It is very obvious that this keyboard was designed by people who value a solid gaming keyboard very highly with quality as their main focus. Everything about the BlackWidow Chroma is well-planned and beautifully designed. It’s very immersive; between the feel and the colors, everything adds to your gaming experience.
The colorization software is also well-designed; the interface is easy to interact with. It’s neat to be able to change the spectrum of colors that glows from your keyboard and other Razer devices with ease. And, to make those colors nice and super bright, the Razer BlackWidow Chroma has a white background that reflects all of those beautiful colors back behind the keys. Although you can get a keyboard anywhere, the Razer makes using the keyboard feel special somehow.
Mechanical keyboards can be incredibly loud, but the Razer’s use of plastics and sound dampening technology make this keyboard one of the quieter mechanical buttons we’ve ever pushed (but it still is rather noisy in a quiet house at night). The design is really clever, making this a great keyboard to interact with. If you are someone you are shopping for is looking for a quality gaming keyboard to match up to their PC or Mac, I would recommend 100% this keyboard. Matched up with the backlit hard pad and a Razer mouse, you’ll get some of the coolest lighting and highest quality gaming accessories.
Razer’s limited warranty on their products covers most initial problems that the keyboard can have. If you receive a damaged or non-functioning unit when it arrives or if the unit fails under normal use, Razer will either repair or replace the keyboard without cost to the customer; however, the repairs may be done with refurbished, rather than new parts. The warranty also allows for refunds on unopened products as well.
However, the warranty doesn’t cover a variety of mishaps, such as spilled liquid damaging the keyboard, natural disasters, so-called “acts of God,” and cosmetic damage (but it’s a cosmetic keyboard!). The warrant also doesn’t include any of the software components. This warranty seems to be the weakest part of the Razer’s performance. We were surprised that the warranty not only didn’t cover the software and only lasted for one year from date of purchase. Although, if you take good care of your keyboard and follow all of the instructions for cleaning and care, you shouldn’t have any problems with the BlackWidow Chroma.
What is the BlackWidow Chroma Made From?
Mostly metal and plastic. The top cover and mountings are metal, but the keys themselves don’t feel like metal. The cord is a very strong braided cord that feels nearly indestructible. The keyboard is full-sized, coming in at 7.17 inches by 18.52 inches by 1.54 inches and weighing 3.3 pounds. Most of that weight appears to come from the metal frame.
Other available Models
The Chroma isn’t the only kind of Razer keyboard; it isn’t even the only kind of BlackWidow that is available.
If you like the feel of the Chroma but are looking for something a little quieter, there is a stealth version of this keyboard called the BlackWidow Tournament Edition stealth. You lose all of the pretty backlighting but gain quiet, responsive keyboard featuring Razer orange switches.
If you have a little extra money to spend and are looking for a more comfortable solution with a wrist rest, the Chroma Version 2 might be the one for you. It is more expensive but will help with any pain you might experience in your wrists during long gaming sessions.
Want to save a little money and still get a great, backlit mechanical keyboard? Check out the BlackWidow Cherry MX. It’s a great keyboard for the price, and only missing a few of the color features you’d get with a Chroma.
Our Final Verdict
If you compare the pros and the cons of this keyboard, you’ll find that the pros definitely win the day. Between the Chroma’s bright lights, looks, and other features, it’s a great gift idea for your favorite gamer. This beautiful, well-designed keyboard will look great in any home office or gaming room. Everything about the Chroma is of high quality and speaks of a very thoughtful bunch of designers.
The Chroma comes in at a price, although more expensive than most of its backlit, colorful cousins. But with that cost comes a really fantastic build, quality parts, and the backing of an excellent name brand with a history of making great products. We’ve never met a keyboard, gaming or otherwise, that has stood up to the quality feel of the Chroma, and we would pick this one over all of them.