It seems that every year, we get iterations on previous products, that don’t really offer much in the way of change (and often even less in the way of improvement). Razer have however decided to upset the applecart this year, first with the Stealth Ultrabook and its corresponding Core Thunderbolt 3 graphics card dock, and now with the latest update to their line of natty mechanical keyboards: the BlackWidow X.
Basically, every keyboard in the current BlackWidow line will now come with a BlackWidow X variant. What’s the difference? The BlackWidow X models are nearly identical to their predecessors, but the matt plastic protective cover – designed to protect the mechanical gubbins and reduce reflections – has been removed, to reveal the precision-cut metal top-plate, and do you know what? It’s rather beautiful. They’re certainly nicer to look at than their plastic sheathed brethren, at any rate.
The BlackWidow X models will also come with the same colour and lighting options as its main series equivalents, including full Chroma, single-colour, and no lighting at all (if you’re not especially flashy). There’s also a smaller model that’s missing a number pad which reduces the cost even further, as well as reducing the desk real-estate and carry weight of the full-size models (if you’re not playing an MMO/MOBA and don’t need the keypad).
There’s also a choice in switches, too. Razer have developed their own line of mechanical switches for the BlackWidow X keyboards, that are tested and rated for 80 million keystrokes, which is around twice the rating of other switches on the market. That being said, the Razer switches are a new product and their real-world longevity will need to be proven; if you prefer to stick with trusty Cherry MX switches then there’s an option for that too on the BlackWidow X series, and it reduces the price of each keyboard by $10.
Here’s a video of what goes into making those new Razer mechanical switches, if you like that sort of thing.[youtube url=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kC93-h3nprs” autoplay=”no”]
Ultimately the BlackWidow X mechanical keyboards are well put together, arguably look better than their plastic-bedecked counterparts – we certainly think so – and most importantly, have a variety of choice and options to fit all styles and budgets.