What is the keyboard that best suits me?

Discussion in 'Keyboards' started by RiccoLJY, Oct 10, 2016.

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  1. RiccoLJY

    RiccoLJY New Member

    Hi all,
    I have recently purchased a Razor mouse (DeathAdder Chroma) & gotten a Gothalius (Control) Mousepad from a friend and I'm really satisfied with these two products. I'm planning to get a keyboard or headset next, but I've decided to go with a keyboard as I believe a headset will be easier to choose from. I just feel like there a thousands upon thousands of Razer keyboards whenever I enter electronics stores!
    I personally like mechanical keyboards with a clicky feel, and I like the Chroma ones due to its variety of colour. I mainly play games like FPS (First-Person-Shooters i.e: TF2/CS:GO), and occasionally other games. With these information, what keyboard would you guys recommend for me to use? Any feedback would be very helpful!
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2016
  2. ToxiC_PaiNt

    ToxiC_PaiNt Active Member

    I would recommend the Razer BlackWidow Chroma keyboard, the one with clicky keys. This is the one that I have used for probably a little over a year. I've loved using this keyboard because of the 5 dedicated macro keys that it has over the other BlackWidow keyboards. As well as how I love the clicky keys.... really it's up to you whether or not you like it. But I find this keyboard great for when I play my FPS games and such.
    Hope this Helps!
  3. Hegdaddy

    Hegdaddy Active Member

    Blackwidow Chroma.

    Or if you want something smaller, Blackwidow TE Chroma.

    I have both - They are both excellent.
  4. AloysiusTee

    AloysiusTee Member

    Blackwidow chroma with green keys since you like the clicky sounds. The other thing you should think about is the size of it, if your table is small then definitely get the Tournament edition since you need to move your mouse a lot for csgo. Then the last thing is if you want the X edition or not. Personally I think the X edition looks better.
  5. PlatinumC

    PlatinumC Active Member

    I personally like to not waste time, so I want my keyboard to have alot of standalone keys.
    My keyboard has 4 buttons for profiles and 10 macro keys on the left side of the keyboard and standalone media keys on teh right. and for example 1 profile has macro keys set to CS item purchases. 2nd profile some MMO skills, etc.

    My point is, think what else you want from the keyboard, besides how the buttons are.
  6. JeremyLWK

    JeremyLWK Active Member

    Hey @RiccoLJY, Razer uploaded a video to determine which Razer Blackwidow is right for users. You can check it out here!

  7. Psyjin

    Psyjin Well-Known Member

    First off, welcome to Insider RiccoLJY!

    Thanks for providing those personal preferences, it really helps narrow down the choices!
    Chroma + Green mechanical switches = I think we're left with 4 choices:
    • BlackWidow Chroma
    • BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma
    • BlackWidow X Chroma
    • BlackWidow X Tournament Edition Chroma
    This basically means you have 2 choices to make:
    1) Full-Size vs TenKeyLess (Tournament Edition)
    2) Original vs X

    1. So first you need to decide between Full-Size and TenKeyLess. Most people get FS without thinking twice, but I would recommend you do some research to find out which is right for you. I prefer TKL because of the following benefits:
    • Detachable Cable - Makes disconnecting the keyboard from your setup for cleaning or travel a breeze, especially if you have a nice cable management system going on.
    • Better Ergonomics - Distance between hands is decreased and closer to neutral.
    • Smaller Footprint - Takes up less desk real estate.
    • Travel Friendly - Comes with a nice keyboard carrying case + detachable mini USB.
    • Eliminates Fat - The numpad is redundant because all of its functions already exist on the main portion of the keyboard. This kind of redundancy is simply bad design.
    • Cheaper - By cutting the unnecessary weight, TKL keyboards cost less.
    So unless if you do a lot of heavy number input or have another significant reason, ditch the numpad. Most games don't even use it.

    2. After you've made your decision on FS vs TKL, now you have to decide on Original vs X. I've written about this before on other threads so I'll just copy + paste:

    BlackWidow Chroma
    :heavy_plus_sign: Dedicated macros
    :heavy_plus_sign: USB pass through
    :heavy_plus_sign: Audio pass through
    :heavy_plus_sign: Original Razer gamer font
    :heavy_plus_sign: Plastic cover over metal top mounting
    :heavy_plus_sign: Comes in both Green and Orange switches at the moment
    :heavy_plus_sign: Optimized LED illumination via white metal backplate (brighter and cleaner)
    :heavy_plus_sign: Matches other Razer Peripherals, such as the Orbweaver/Tartarus/Naga Hex/etc.

    BlackWidow X Chroma
    :heavy_plus_sign: Costs less
    :heavy_plus_sign: Smaller Footprint
    :heavy_plus_sign: Easier maitenance
    :heavy_plus_sign: Built-in cable management
    :heavy_plus_sign: Exposed metal top mounting
    :heavy_plus_sign: Fn and spacebar keycaps are backlit
    :heavy_plus_sign: Keys have Razer 2016 design refresh font
    :heavy_plus_sign: Clearer LED indicators for caps/scroll lock, etc.

    Imo, the backlight on the X just isn't as nice. It's messy and spills light everywhere. It's also not as bright. The following should give you a good idea of how the backlight looks:

    [BlackWidow Chroma]

    [BlackWidow X Chroma]

    My personal favorite is the BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma Stealth because of the stealth orange switches, detachable cable, and the brighter + cleaner LED backlight.

    So pick out which details matter to you and make an informed decision. Hope that helps :thumbsup:
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2016
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  8. KappaSh0t

    KappaSh0t Member

    Blackwidow chroma or the tournament edition. Blackwidow ultimate 2016 is okay too.
  9. Hucast

    Hucast Well-Known Member

    I vote for Blackwidow chroma X tournament edition. I have one and its da bomb!
  10. RiccoLJY

    RiccoLJY New Member

    Thanks so much for going so in-detailed to help me. It's been really helpful, thank you!

    I was searching for videos/forums like this but to no avail, thanks!
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  11. Psyjin

    Psyjin Well-Known Member

    Hey don't mention it. It was my pleasure. Just remember that when choosing a keyboard, what matters most is your personal needs. There's no best choice, there's only a best choice for you. As long as you understand your own needs you'll be fine.

    For example, some people absolutely need dedicated macros & audio pass-through. They would need a full-size original BW in that case. While others never use those features (like myself).
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  12. KillaKook

    KillaKook New Member

    i would reccomend the razer blackwidow chroma, i baught it today and i love it, by far the best keyboard ive ever used, the black widow X has slightly easier to press keys, but its only if you really pay attention to it that you notice it, at first it will be hard to type with since the black widows as small keys when compared to a regular keybaord, but now ive had a bit of practice after converting from a flat keyboard i can type at around 50wpm.
  13. Psyjin

    Psyjin Well-Known Member

    Hey good to hear about your positive experience with the BlackWidow Chroma.

    It also depends on the mechanical switch type you get. The BW Chroma has both green and orange switches to choose from. Orange switches are easier to press because they only require 45 grams to activate while greens need 50 grams. The BlackWidow X only comes with green switches right now.
  14. Shadcast

    Shadcast Member

    The razer blackwidow is the only family of razer keyboards that feature mechanical switches. The ornata is a hybrid between the two. For chroma lines of mechanical keyboards my recommendation would be the razer blackwidow chroma or the razer blackwidow x chroma. The orange keys are not nearly as clicky and are meant to be silent compared to the greens. I personally use a 2013 blackwidow ultimate with green switches and i am very satisfied with it's performance.
  15. Psyjin

    Psyjin Well-Known Member

    Well there's also the slim mechanical keyboard Razer released for iPads. That technology is also used on the new Blade Pro. They basically designed mechanical switches for laptop chiclet keys.
  16. Shadcast

    Shadcast Member

    Sorry i forgot about the ipad keyboard they made. Do you know if it's just as responsive as the full sized ones?
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  17. Psyjin

    Psyjin Well-Known Member

    I've heard very good reviews so far. People have said they want them on all Blades now. I have not tested it myself yet though because I don't have a Blade Pro and definitely not an iPad:stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:
  18. s.tkh228

    s.tkh228 New Member

    Are we talking about every single keyboard in the market or just razer product? hmmm..because I owned a Razer Chroma Blackwindow, yet I still wish to get some other keyboard... lol
    Maybe it is just me, nothing to do with the product z
  19. Psyjin

    Psyjin Well-Known Member

    I think he's just looking for a Razer keyboard right now, but maybe he's open to other suggestions? It couldn't hurt to know what else is out there so at least you know what all the options are.
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  20. RiccoLJY

    RiccoLJY New Member

    Haha I was confused as to what Razer keyboard to get as there were so many - BlackWidow, DeathStalker, Anasi. Hell, I even thought "Chroma", "Tournament Edition", "Stealth" and all others were types of keyboards, but now, I'm certain of what keyboards are available and what to get, thanks to everyone's suggestion especially yours. :big_grin_:
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