Razer Blackwidow Chroma for typing?

Discussion in 'Keyboards' started by TheRubberPig, Feb 12, 2015.

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  1. I am thinking about getting a blackwidow chroma for which I'll be using for gaming/typing/programming and i was wondering what it is like to use on a daily basis and having to type on it for long periods of time.

    Should i get it or get a keyboard with cherry mx blue's or brown's?

    Thanks in advance
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  2. SnipeAHolic12

    SnipeAHolic12 Active Member

    I have the regular black widow ultimate 2014. So I will tell you a little bit about it from my input. I love it. I love the feel and the sound, however, at night it can be a little too loud. I would love to try a stealth model to feel the difference myself. However, you can and cannot compare Cherry MX to Razer. You can compare the fact that they are keycaps, but you can't because Razer's is all their own. I like what Razer has done. The feel is amazing. The only thing is if you want it to be quiet, you really cant if you don't have a stealth model.

    Here is a nice review of the overall product.
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  3. mSeman

    mSeman New Member

    It really depends on how you want your keyboard to sound and feel. Razer green switches are similar to the MX Blues, likewise with the razer orange (Stealth edition) to the MX Browns.

    The green/blues are a more pronounced click and will even feel clicky while the orange/brown will be quieter than the blues.

    Personally, I like the browns (Orange in Razer's case) and I find the click a little more satisfying and not deafening like the Blues (green) would be.
  4. spliffSTAR

    spliffSTAR Active Member

    Have a chroma stealth love the feel and response. Switches feel stiff but is still pretty loud I installed the enhancement kit which helped deaden sound but didn't really effect feel. I would definitely recommend for daily keyboard unless you wanted to spend more for like a custom WASD
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  5. Thanks for the advice, when I have the money I'll probably get one
  6. firstknight

    firstknight Member

    hmmm.. i tried the keys before getting it in a shop... so i think you should too...

    i got the the green switch because the stealth edition is not available locally. After using it including typing some reports I didnt find the loudness annoying to me... the click sound is quite satisftying the only loud sound is the keys hitting the base which is loud depending on how hard you hit the keys. To soften the sound get the enhancement kit or something similar to dampen that sound and you only get clicky sound which is still alright in a quiet environment, for me.

    So you should go check out your local store and see how it sound and feel.
  7. SkyBill40

    SkyBill40 Active Member

    I have an older BWU (blue light) and I do enjoy using it. When it comes to typing, it's somewhat nice to have a relatively tactile feel and the mechanical switches provide that; however, as has been mentioned, it can be somewhat LOUD and especially so if you're a hard key pusher such as myself. My wife hates it at night and even if I close the door to the office AND the bedroom that's adjacent, she says she can still hear it. Is that a combination of the keys, me, or both? It's hard to say, but just consider that as something you'll have to accept.

    Outside of that, it's a fantastic piece of kit and I couldn't be happier with it. Easily one of the best Christmas presents she's bought me.
  8. Yeah, how clicky the key is a concern but if it is good to type on for long periods of time then I will get used to it, but I will go to a store to test the keys before I buy one.
  9. Psyjin

    Psyjin Well-Known Member

    Frankly, I'm sick of my BlackWidow Ultimate with Cherry MX blues. It's all great and fun to type on, but it's not exactly professional imo. It's loud and gaudy, it'll bother your roommates and it's not suitable for most business settings. The sound also interferes with audio/video calling, live streaming, and video recording. I've been in a situation where I was working on a document virtually and my team mates were like "Can you stop banging on your keyboard? You're going to break it if you keep doing that" - when I was just typing normally. Also, my fingers get tired after speed typing on it for a few minutes.

    Blues/greens are cool for typing/programming, but they're loud and take more force to activate, and are more difficult to double tap because of the distance between the switch activation/reset points. I did used to love the sound, but now I find it a bit tasteless.

    Personally, my next keyboard is going to be the Stealth (browns/oranges) with sound dampeners. Drastic decrease in noise, shock absorption to reduce fatigue, lower activation force and easy double tapping for games. You still get that tactile feeling, just without the noise.
  10. I'm using the "Stealth" right now. This thing is extremely loud.
    Unless you live 100% ALONE, get a Deathstalker.
  11. firstknight

    firstknight Member

    you are lucky to have your wife got you as christmas gift although she hated it after getting it.. i mean your typing skills.. lol...
  12. firstknight

    firstknight Member

    i guess that depend on where you use it.. if you have a roommate... that definately wouldnt do... you got no choice but a stealth version...

    so in the end it depend on where you type and how you type and your preference on the clicky or non clicky sound...
  13. greatking

    greatking Active Member

    It really depends on what you prefer, which key switches you like
  14. Psyjin

    Psyjin Well-Known Member

    You should try some sound dampeners. The sound is coming from you bottoming out when you type. Cherry MX brown switches don't click at all
  15. See if razer did a stealth version of the chroma but in a UK layout then I would be sorted, but I will need to try the other cherry switches before I buy a keyboard as I have never used a mechanical keyboard. If the browns are not loud they I might have to get a different keyboard.
  16. Zikiko

    Zikiko Active Member

    I take mine to college daily (Typing this on my Chroma, at college xD) mainly because the Colleges keyboard suck and I adore this one, I love it for typing, I'm on an IT course also so yeah, I'd say its nicely suited for programming too, the kays feel really nice but not as distinctive as Blues, personally I prefer the Chroma keys :heart: (Sorry for any spelling mistakes, apparently Spell Check and the Surface Pro 2 don't get along with eachover)
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  17. Psyjin

    Psyjin Well-Known Member

    SP2 + Razer BW Chroma? This guy knows what's up.
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  18. Zikiko

    Zikiko Active Member


    Deathadder Chroma
    Blackwidow Chroma
    Surface Pro 2 littered in Razer Stickers

    My college loadout xD
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  19. I have the blackwidow ultimate 2013 (cherry MX blues) and the typing experiencence is good, but rather loud. For gaming it's good since you can feel and hear the response. For typing an essay or report it does not make my hands feel tired after a while. I've only seen the Razer switches in the store, and I can say that the greens feel like cherry MX blues, but with a slight difference. Oranges feel like a hybrid cherry MX red and brown.
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