Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2016 Edition ReviewPosted on 2015-10-29 22:04:44 by Thomas De Maesschalck
The Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2016 Edition is a mechanical keyboard featuring Razers proprietary award-winning mechanical keys. Razers put a lot of engineering into their key setup to have a tactile response on actuation and a short reset return. Normal keys take a 2.2mm ± 0.6mm stroke to actuate and a 0.7mm return to reset while Razers design is 1.9mm ± 0.4mm with a reset point at 0.4mm. Most mechanical keys are set for a 50g of actuating pressure and that’s the same pressure Razer has chosen but with Razer gaming mechanical keys you get a tactile response from both the Green (Clicky) and Orange (Silent) style keys. The shorter stroke and reset on Razer keys helps ensure that when you need to rapidly tap the key you can do it faster on the down stroke and the reset is faster so you have a more responsive keyboard in the heat of battle. The only problem we can see is that during the heat of battle who stops to think about key accusation depth? Most of us here in the lab walk into an ambush we aren’t thinking about lightly tapping a key, we are trying to push that key through the test table to get moving. We don’t know of a way to measure the time it takes to actuate a shorter keystroke against a longer keystroke but the difference in keystroke depth and return is pretty minimal but any slight edge you can take in combat you should be taking it.