Razer BlackWidow X Chroma Review

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As Razer unveils their BlackWidow X Chroma, it seems that Razer prefers to refine than redesign which is a good path that they are taking.

Let’s talk about design. There isn’t much change between this and its predecessor. Just like its former, it comes with options for users to buy either full-size with macro keys, full-size or tenkeyless. What really makes this stands out is the faceplate. Razer has decided to make their great keyboards even better by using a metal for the faceplate. This new premium feeling with military grade metal can be very enticing but we must review all first. Begone fingerprint magnet plastic! The metal made the keyboard slightly heavier which now weighs close to 3-4 pounds.

Razer Green SwitchesFor keys switches, the X Chroma uses Razer’s signature mechanical Green switches. Sadly for all BlackWidow X Chromas, they do not have the option to choose the quiet Razer Orange switches. These switches have actuation distances of 1.5mm which are 0.5mm better than MX Cherry Reds. This switch requires just a bit more force than Reds with 50 grams of pressure. Razer has assured us of a whopping 80-million keystroke lifespan but most likely most of you guys would have spilled your pop before they wear out. We did a typing test and it performed great! When pressing down, it went deep enough to prevent us from accidentally hitting neighboring keys. One tiny problem is that our wrist usually came into contact with the metal faceplate which is cold to the bone. A wrist rest would be preferable for most people. For sounds, this is quite similar to MX Cherry Blues but this one has more of a springy sound.

We did a typing test and X Chroma performed great! When pressing down, it went deep enough to prevent us from accidentally hitting neighboring keys. One tiny problem is that our wrist usually came into contact with the metal faceplate which is cold to the bone. A wrist rest would be preferable for most people. For sounds, this is quite similar to MX Cherry Blues but this one has more of a springy sound. When playing games, performance is the best as with all other Razer products. Response with its 1000 polling rate is superb and all keys are easy to reach.

configuratorFor the computer software, the Razer Synapse 2.0,  users can assign different patterns of color to the keyboard or set it to a single color among the 16.7 million colors that can be used. Players can set different profiles for various games they play.

Bottom line is that though people may lose a slight amount in typing proficiency, they can still excel in games. It feels more premium yet it’s slightly cheaper than its older counterpart. The premium keys are pulled down by the small inconsistencies which add up. The  BlackWidow X Chroma is behind the Apex M800 in terms of everything.

 

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