Thursday, 08 February 2018 09:37

REVIEW: Razer Blackwidow Tournament Edition Chroma V2 Keyboard (HARDWARE)

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For the last 2 weeks I have been trialling the new Razer Backwidow Tournament Edition Chroma V2 Keyboard.


  • Let me just say straight up that this is not a keyboard that you would use as a “daily driver”. This keyboard is made for gaming and that’s what it does best. I have reviewed a number of keyboards of different brands and all of them except this one and one from the HyperX range can generally be used as a daily driver should you so choose to do so.

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    Don’t get me wrong, this is not a bad thing, if anything I would see it as a positive. Keeping your lovely new & expensive gaming keyboard in pristine condition and away from un-needed usage.

    I’ll touch more on this shortly.

    The Razer Backwidow Tournament Edition Chroma V2 is a mechanical keyboard utilising the yellow switches. For those that are unaware, these switches offer very quiet operation with an activation vs reset point of 0.0mm. I can vouch for that 0mm too. Activating those keys are supposed to take 45g of force however, sometimes I would barely touch a key and it would activate. It's like petting a soft kitten, delicate but ready to play anytime.

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    This is one reason why it is no good for a daily driver.

    On its own, hardware aside, this keyboard probably doesn’t have much to differentiate itself from the myriad of other gaming keyboards out there. Yes it has a Razer logo along with awesome build quality and a very comfy wrist pad, but not much else. Here is where Razers own software “Razer Synapse” takes over and takes a great keyboard and makes it even better.

    Synapse works for almost all of Razer products these days and combine with the Razer Backwidow Tournament Edition Chroma V2....WINNING!

    With Razer Synapse, you have the ability to assign different colours to each of the separate LED’s that light each individual key. This can make for easy use for your favourite games. There are already some lighting templates in Synapse to help you along your way with this beast too. The beauty of this is that you can color code any key you want to match your gaming style. FPS? Set separate colors for W,S,A,D, CTRL, SHIFT & Numbers etc.

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    The keyboard has a relatively small footprint as it is missing the numeric keypad, but still feels super solid and well made. I personally prefer keys that are about half the height of these ones, but in terms of using this keyboard for what was built for – Gaming – I just can’t fault it.

    As I said before, I wouldn’t recommend this as a daily driver. I found it hard to get use to typing on for long periods of time, and as it is quite touchy, that can get annoying. Some people might completely disagree with me on this, but this is just my opinion as I do prefer slimmer keyboards for my typing purposes. That said, it is certainly not a negative as it is meant for gaming, not for blogging. 

    Specs:

    Razer™ Mechanical Switches with 45g actuation force
    80 million keystroke lifespan
    Razer Chroma customizable backlighting with 16.8 million color options
    Compact layout
    Ergonomic wrist rest
    Razer Synapse enabled
    10 key roll-over anti-ghosting
    Fully programmable keys with on-the-fly macro recording
    Gaming mode option
    1000 Hz Ultrapolling
    Instant Trigger Technology
    Detachable braided fiber cable with cable strap

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 5.0 / 5.0
  • Platform: PC
  • Genre: Hardware
  • Price: AU$239.95
  • URL: https://www2.razerzone.com/au-en/store/razer-blackwidow-tournament-edition-chroma-v2