Razer's New BlackWidow X Keyboard Is $330

A minimalist version of the popular BlackWidow keyboard, Razer's new BlackWidow X Chroma is smaller, sleeker and more straightforward. It's also cheaper, says Razer, but it'll still set you back $330 in Australia. Man, mechanical keyboards are expensive.

That's the price you pay for Razer's excellent bespoke mechanical key switches, per-key customisable Chroma lighting and the sturdy metal top plate that's inside all Razer keyboards. Because Razer allows its users to publish different Chroma lighting schemes through the companion Chroma app, there's customised lighting for specific games like Overwatch and Call of Duty.

The BlackWidow X is different to the original BlackWidow in that its metal top plate is exposed -- there's no glossy protective cover like on the original, which means that light bleeds out from the back of the keys a little more. The sharp, angular Razer styling is still in abundance, and the BlackWidow X still looks like it'll survive a sustained thermonuclear exchange.

If $329.95 is too rich for your blood, Razer has also introduced a new, lower-tier BlackWidow X Ultimate using Cherry's reliable MX Blue clicky mechanical switches that'll set you back $159.95. Sitting in between the Ultimate and the BlackWidow X Chroma, too, is the smaller tenkeyless Tournament Edition for $269.95.



    nup no way

    I got a Corsair K70 for AU$220 a couple years back. It works well. Would like a version without the numpad.

    I'm on my 3rd Razer black widow, I've also got the Razer metal mouse pad, saw the Razer Chroma keyboard last year, thought it looked great, so I got it, since it'll match the other Razer stuff I have. Half a year later, the keyboard keys are broken, because the Chinese Green switches are plastic and flimsy, now I'm looking for a new keyboard, and I'm sure as hell aren't buying Razer again!

      Corsair Strafe keyboards, especially with the silent cheery switches, are very nice.

    It certainly looks better than the BackWidow (that minimalism wins me) but f**k no would I spend top dollar on that. Plus do people really buy into that Chroma lighting? I'm a 1-2 colour kind of person, not a nauseating rainbow effect — that's why I love my K70.

    20$ and wireless and still beating the plebs with daddy's money and flashy lights that only they can see.
    Really, I mean if it make s you happy then great, but performance is not going to be that much better (adapt) and if you need flashy lights and gimmicks get your head shrinked.

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