Installed O-Rings on BlackWidow Chroma

Discussion in 'Keyboards' started by Cowprince, Aug 1, 2016.

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  1. Cowprince

    Cowprince Member

    I know I see people asking about these every so often and I know it's all personal preference and there are mixed opinions.

    My .02 overall I like them, I enjoy the reduced key travel. It does eliminate the noise from bottoming out the key, but honestly it's not a big difference unless you're just crushing your keys. It won't muffle any mechanical key switch sound if you're expecting it to.

    I know one of the complaints was the feel of something being stuck under the keys. I personally haven't noticed this as the rings I used seemed relatively solid when button mashing.

    I didn't end up getting the Razer set, instead I have a Rosewill set from Amazon -

    I did this primarily because I didn't have anything else I needed from Razer at this time, so I couldn't get free shipping. And also the clear vs the green O-Rings since I wanted to prevent any blocking of the Chroma lighting, again I saw mixed reviews about solid colored O-Rings blocking light or not. I went the safe route and can safely say I don't notice any difference in light output.

    My only suggestion if you install any O-Rings, be careful removing shift keys or anything with a metal retainer/rebound type connection to the keyboard. I could see these breaking really easily.

    Anyway these work perfectly.

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  2. Katana_x_II7

    Katana_x_II7 Well-Known Member

    Nice! After reading this, I think I might get some for work. I am a button masher a lot of the time and pretty sure people around me don't like my mechanical clicks anyway haha. Thanks for the little write up! :)
  3. JeremyLWK

    JeremyLWK Active Member

    Great input to hear from O ring users. I was always wondering what were they all about as Razer didn't really quite give an accurate description of it.
  4. gaykob7

    gaykob7 Well-Known Member

    would you say it improved your gaming performance?
  5. JeremyLWK

    JeremyLWK Active Member

    I haven't brought them yet. I don't think I would be needing it since I find my Blackwidow Chroma's response fine.
  6. Creambuzzthink677

    Creambuzzthink677 Active Member

    I feel like it does. While the feeling becomes less crisp and slightly mushy, the reduced distance helps a lot in fatigue (over 12 hour sessions.)

    I really enjoy mine with O-rings. Every time, I walk across the room to use the BW without O-rings, I notice the difference. While the noise is slightly dampened with the o-rings, it's still extremely loud and I prefer the crisper sound of the un-modified version.

    However, I've noticed that when I and friend with unmodified version are on a call with others, they always mention my friend's keyboard and not mine, so...

    Also, I'd describe unmodified BW 2013 as click, click, click, and O-ringed as clack, clack, clack.
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  7. gaykob7

    gaykob7 Well-Known Member

    good to hear that, I'm thinking about getting the razer o rings, however 20€ is a very high price considering you can already get them for a few bucks on amazon
  8. Milliardo5

    Milliardo5 Member

    Don't know why there's a need for them. In days past, there were no O-rings for typewriters, yet they're more noisier than the noisiest mechanical keyboard. A room full of typewriters weren't a problem then. I guess times have changed.
  9. Creambuzzthink677

    Creambuzzthink677 Active Member

    I got mine on mass drop for $5. After I bought them, I realized different o-rings have different thickness. Haven't done much research into what the thickness does.

    It's not for the noise, but the distance reduction, softer bottoming out, and reduces fatigue.
  10. Katana_x_II7

    Katana_x_II7 Well-Known Member

    Some people also use them to reduce noise as well though, since it does do a little of that. Not a a whole lot, but it still does help, especially if you work in a quiet office or something like that.
  11. Creambuzzthink677

    Creambuzzthink677 Active Member

    The difference is very, very slight. As I stated above, others on a conference call will comment on my bf's BW (unmodified), but not mine (O-ringed). However, if I ask them specifically, "Can you hear my keyboard?" They will respond, "Yeah, yours is loud, too."

    When I type on my BW next to the other one, I don't notice much of a sound level difference, rather the tone. I also do not pound the keys, but tap them to the actuation point and release.

    @Cowprince I can't tell. Do you have the X or non X version?
  12. Jayhad

    Jayhad New Member

    Amazon doesn't have free shipping on these now. You can get the clear or black at for about the same price with free shipping. Looked it up. I'll be getting the clear myself soon. FYI for those who don't know. Rosewill is NewEggs own brand.
  13. richy877

    richy877 Active Member

    Tried the o-rings before and they do help with the bottoming out noise. Thanks for your input though im sure alot of people have been wondering about difference with the o-rings.
  14. Psyjin

    Psyjin Well-Known Member

    I know we don't agree on everything, but I'm happy to see that we have the same taste in keyboards. We use the same switches and o-rings lol. Good call on skipping the Razer green o-rings. Seems like you have the full-size though vs my TE. Just cleaned mine:

    o rings.jpg

    I know you posted this a while back Styna but just to clear things up, this really depends on your switch type. If you have Razer Greens or Cherry MX Blues, o-rings will not do much for sound reduction because they were made to be noisy.

    Basically there are three factors of noise for these keyboards:
    1. Switch click audio feedback
    2. Bottoming out
    3. General noise made by moving keycaps & resonance
    You can test #3 just by brushing your fingers across your keys without pressing any of them.

    For Green/Blue, o-rings stop #2 but you still have #1 and #3.
    For Orange/Brown though, they make a significant reduction in noise because the only thing you have left is #3.

    I swear i'll make a video someday.

    Just a heads up, if you just want to test them without committing yet, you can buy a set of clear o-rings from China on ebay for like under $5.
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  15. BenjaminVien95

    BenjaminVien95 Active Member

    I personally had O-rings on my original Blackwidow Chroma. With my new Blackwidow X Chroma I have decided to leave them as is.
    O-rings made my keyboard feel mushy and seemed to give off unnatural feedback.
  16. Creambuzzthink677

    Creambuzzthink677 Active Member

    @Raijin makes sense.

    Btw, different brand o-rings have different thickness/hardness so some may feel mushier than others.
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  17. GhettoCowboy

    GhettoCowboy Active Member

    I've been using O-rings on my mechanical keyboards for a while now and I can only say that I love it!
    The sound when bottoming out is reduced and it does not feel like you will destroy your keyboard when smashing the keys down ^^
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  18. BenjaminVien95

    BenjaminVien95 Active Member

    I used Razer's own keyboard enhancement kit. That was quite expensive for what it is. :frown_:
  19. Overtask

    Overtask Well-Known Member

    I used a single o-ring on all the keys with doubles on QWEASD`12345
  20. Creambuzzthink677

    Creambuzzthink677 Active Member

    I got mine from mass drop for $4.99 and it came with many spares. I wish I could take different types in store and put them on a whole row to compare typing experience.
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