Blackwidow X Ultimate (Cherry MX Blues) Review

Discussion in 'Keyboards' started by Clickophobia, Jul 16, 2016.

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  1. Clickophobia

    Clickophobia Member

    Before I start let me give a little background. I have currently owned all three switches that Razer has been using for their keyboards. From the Razer Green(Clicky) to the Razer Orange(Stealth/Quiet) to now the Cherry MX Blues(Clicky) which they originally used in the past.

    Now before some people here (as for as I noticed) tell me or ask me why I didn't go for another brand like Corsair or Ducky is mainly the same reason I've stuck with Razer for so long.

    BUILD QUALITY.

    The build quality of Razer's peripherals and Systems have always been top notch for me. But I digress, the main point of why I brought up the past experience with other switches is for people out here who really want to find out the comparison of Razer Greens vs Cherry Blues so here they are.

    NOTE: The main reason the comparison is Greens vs Blues is because they both fall in the category of Clicky keys and because Oranges are not available in the Blackwidow X line.

    I'll start with Razer Greens.
    They're noticably louder and quite honestly feel more mushy and plasticky to a point but this can either be a plus or minus depending on your preference.

    Razer's claimed that they developed these switches for the gaming purpose and I'm not gonna lie, they pulled it off well. And these switches are also quite nice to type with but not without some fatigue I'm afraid for I remember well how my arm and fingers would hurt after just 2-3 hours of typing for College.

    Note: I used the greens with my Blackwidow Ultimate Chroma and the blues with my new Blackwidow X Ultimate.

    TLDR;

    Pros:
    -Clicky and Loud, sound is very satisfying
    -Beautiful for gaming as you can really feel the switch's smoothness

    Cons:
    -Can feel mushy/plasticky
    -Sound is very loud and can disturb others(I gave this to my brother and I can hear him through a door)
    -Typing for long hours brings fatigue/pains.

    Now onto Cherry Blues.

    Cherry's switches are by all means excellent. I've been using this for 2 days now and I even brought it with me to uni to use in the library for I had a 6 hour break where I just worked on my codes and etc.

    I honestly don't know if it's because of the superior build quality of the Blackwidow X, but damn does it feel and sound amazing to type in this. The switches are very responsive, and the crips sound is just mmm-mmm. However, I do not know if this is due to the fact that the keyboard is brand new, but the switches felt extremely stiff during day 1 compared to the greens during their day 1 experience.

    Aside from the stiffness, there is also an issue of some sort of squeaking that I can hear when I type really fast, now I did some research regarding the matter, and most of what came up was that it was because it is brand new but we'll see.

    I've typed for around 5 hours during my break and I can tell you that I felt little to no fatigue at all using this baby. Given though, the fact that this switch is more centered towards typists rather than gaming, the overall build quality just seems better, whether it's from the sound or feel of typing compared to the greens. As for gaming, I tried playing CS: GO and LoL yesterday and it's honestly not that bad as everyone says.

    I have yet to encounter the "issue" with Cherry MX Blues where the double tapping a key doesn't register or doesn't actuate at all.

    TLDR;

    Pros:
    - Great for typing, good sound and feel.
    - Feels superior in terms of build quality (Idk if it's because of the keyboard difference but I'll leave it here anyway.)
    - Sound is loud, but not as loud as greens which is honestly a surprise.

    Cons:
    - Incredibly stiff during 1st few hours of use.
    - Squeaking sound when you type fast which will last for the first few days to first week of use.
    - Gaming experience is Okay-ish but of course not as great as the Razer Greens or Oranges.

    So in Conclusion:

    If YOU are in trouble of which switch to pick when buying the Blackwidow X line. Then consider these questions.

    1.) Are you only going to use it for gaming?
    - If yes, then get the Razer switches. They're designed for gaming through and through.

    2.) Do you do anything else than heavily requires the keyboard?
    - If no, then consider the blues. As buying the greens or even the oranges for that matter while having a heavy non-gaming need for a keyboard, such as; Journalism, Story writing, or Programming would IMO be a waste because you'd be experiencing hand fatigue if not immediately, then in the long run. The Blues are centered for typists but the gaming experience is okay enough to get.

    Note: The Razer Oranges are almost identical to the greens except for them being quieter and softer due to having only 45g of actuation force.

    Feel free to make any opinions or criticisms of my review, again I'm just a human bean. We all make mistake amirite?
     
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2016
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  2. Milliardo5

    Milliardo5 Member

    Very good review overall. Very informative as well. I haven't used Cherry MX Blues so I couldn't really compare, but I have used Kailh Blue which has been heavier to type on (then again the keyboard that had the Kailh Blue switch noted that it has 60g for actuation, so it is much heavier than the Razer Green which only has 50g). I don't feel any mushiness on the Razer Green, though I am saying that in comparison to the Kailh Blue, not with the Cherry MX Blue. Maybe if--and that's still if--I do get a Cherry MX Blue keyboard can I make a comparison, but I would think this keyboard (Black Widow Chroma Overwatch edition) will last a long time, so that might take awhile before I could buy a Cherry MX keyboard.
     
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  3. JeremyLWK

    JeremyLWK Active Member

    Amazing review. I hope I can trade my Blackwidow Chroma in for a Blackwidow X with Blues in the future. I do more work than game nowadays :/
     
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  4. Clickophobia

    Clickophobia Member

    I know how you feel. I bought my BW Chroma back when I started college like 2-3 years ago. Now that I'm super busy and working side jobs it became really frustrating to have my hand and/or fingers hurt every so often to the point where I'd need to stop and take breaks. Definitely a better overall experience now.
     
  5. LuanHuynh

    LuanHuynh Member

    Good review
     
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  6. Katana_x_II7

    Katana_x_II7 Well-Known Member

    This is an amazing detailed review. Thanks for putting some work into it! Although I bet you had a lot of fun typing it up with your cherry blues ;)
     
  7. pfchiu

    pfchiu Member

    Thanks for this review. Will take your comments in to consideration when buying new keyboards.
     
  8. 951102075665

    951102075665 Member

    Wow.. It's a detail review. I will have a look when i want to buy a new keyboard.
    thx a lot ya.
     
  9. RZYao

    RZYao Member

    For me as long as it's satisfying I'm good, my wrist doesn't cramp at all so I would probably get the greens.
     
  10. Skrunch

    Skrunch Active Member

    You should also compare it to the new Razer Green switch by Greetech as well. It's a world of difference compared to the original Razer Green. The guy in this video explains it pretty well and had similar experiences to what I had:
     
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2016
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