Razer Blackwidow Tournament Edition Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review
A Closer Look at the Razer BlackWidow TE
Here’s a look at the box for the Razer Blackwidow Tournament Edition. Looks very similar to the box for the original Razer Blackwidow.
I don’t usually do shots of boxes in the box, but after opening the box for the BlackWidow Tournament Edition, you will get this cool looking box that sports the Razer logo.
Once you open the secondary box, you will find the keyboard inside an included protective case that not only looks good but also serves to protect the keyboard while you are on the go. This is an excellent value add that should pique the interest of gamers looking for a keyboard to take on the go.
Included in the packaging, we receive the traditional documentation, a couple Razer stickers as well as the detachable braided, gold plated USB cable.
Here, we get a full view of the keyboard. You’ll quickly notice that the tenkeyless design is significantly smaller than full sized designs and is without a doubt much more portable. Our BlackWidow TE is configured in the standard North American layout with its long shift/enter and back slash keys. With this layout choice we thankfully don’t have to deal with any unusually short keys that will throw your game off. The keyboard feels quite sturdy and will definitely be an eye catcher with its green Razer logo glowing at the center.
One huge difference here is that Razer is going with a matte finish on the keyboard rather than the fingerprint/dust attracting glossy finish found on the standard BlackWidow. Awesome!
Taking a look at the rear of the keyboard we get a single mini-USB port where the detachable USB cable will connect to the PC.
Here’s how the keyboard looks once the USB connector has been attached. This is nice as the keyboard will be more portable and more durable. Because of the unique design of the cable which allows it to sit flush with the keyboard, replacement cables will most likely have to be purchased through Razer.
At the bottom of the Blackwidow TE, you will notice five medium sized rubber feet that provide excellent slippage protection during both normal use and gaming.
In addition to the rubber feet, the Blackwidow TE also comes with two stands that allow you to raise the keyboard to your liking. These are rubber coated as well to make it as non-slip as possible.
Here we get some media keys. Fn + F1-F3 are designated for the volume control while the Fn + F5-F7 keys allow you to skip tracks as well as play and pause your favorite songs
At the top right of the keyboard we find the another set of “special” keys. Pressing Fn+F9 will allow you to record macros on the fly (more on this later). Pressing the Fn+F10 will allow you to go into “gaming” mode. In this mode the keyboard will shift into 10KRO as well as disable the windows key so that you dont accidentally press it during intense gaming. The F11 & F12 keys will adjust the lighting from the glowing Razer logo located at the center of the keyboard. Pressing Fn+Pause Break has been mapped to quickly and conveniently put your computer to sleep.
At the bottom right of the keyboard is where you will find the Fn button that will allow you to take advantage of all the special features on the keyboard.
Pulling a couple of keycaps off, we get the Cherry MX Blue keyswitches that come with the Blackwidow TE. Since the blue keyswitches provide both an auditory as well as tactile feedback, they are excellent for both gaming and typing. The sound is most accurately described as a “clicking” sound. The click is quite distinct and is quite loud; however, if you’re the only one typing, it shouldn’t be too much of an issue. If there are others in the room, well it’s your chance to show how “baws” your typing speed is.
Under the longer keys (shift, spacebar, enter, etc.), Razer is using Costar stabilizes, which is something I personally prefer to Cherry stabilizers as it allows for a smoother feel when pressing.
Here’s a look at the keycap. It has a nice matte feel, but the keycap itself does feel a bit on the light side. Funky font is still being used here. Not a big deal, but it might be for those who don’t yet type without looking at the keyboard.