Razer has upgraded its BlackWidow mechanical keyboard (read our review of the 2010 model here) for 2013, with improved anti-ghosting technology and the inclusion of Razer's Synapse 2.0 cloud technology, which stores your custom settings in the cloud and lets you retrieve them from any computer. Additional improvements include a new anti-fingerprint matte black finish. The BlackWidow 2013 is priced at US$99.99.
The BlackWidow Ultimate Edition, which adds a backlight to each key has also been revamped with the same anti-ghosting improvements and Synapse 2.0 technology. The backlight is also brighter and has been changed from blue to Razer's signature green color. The BlackWidow Ultimate Edition 2013 is priced at US$139.99.
Joining the lineup is a brand new 'Tournament Edition' BlackWidow, which is essentially identical to the regular BlackWidow 2013, but with the numberpad removed for a more compact form factor - making it lighter and easier to carry to LAN parties or gaming tournaments. The Tournament Edition is priced at US$79.99.
All three models also come in a 'Stealth Edition', which replaces the Cherry MX Blue switches for quieter MX Brown switches.
Read on for the full press release.
SHANGHAI (ChinaJoy 2012) – Razer, the world leader in high-performance gaming hardware, proudly unveiled today the latest evolution of its critically acclaimed Razer BlackWidow family, including two improved models, and one new edition.
The World’s Best Mechanical Keyboard Series Just Got Better
The first update in the mechanical keyboard series, known for its crisp, tactile actuation and gaming-grade responsiveness, is the Razer BlackWidow 2013, boasting heightened anti-ghosting and Razer Synapse 2.0 cloud technology. The Razer BlackWidow 2013 series’ enhanced anti-ghosting supports up to 10 simultaneous key presses in game mode and additional improvements include an anti-fingerprint matte black finish surface. Adding increased efficiency and performance to the mix, Razer Synapse 2.0 automatically synchronizes user profile settings to a cloud server, allowing for customization of the keyboard and other related Razer products with a single login.
Back and better than ever, the new BlackWidow Ultimate 2013 also showcases improved anti-ghosting supporting 10 simultaneous key presses in gaming mode, with soft pronounced tap and distinctive tactile feedback for gaming. An enriched backlight guarantees users will be able to spot keys, facilitating assaults against opponents with mechanical superiority in the darkest of conditions.
Introducing the all-new BlackWidow Tournament Edition
In addition to the updated BlackWidow and BlackWidow Ultimate, Razer proudly introduces the BlackWidow Tournament Edition, a tenkeyless mechanical keyboard in a simple, elegant form factor, perfect for portability and total ownage at tournaments. Stripped of its numpad, the Razer BlackWidow Tournament layout is light and highly compact making it perfect for gamers with limited desk space, or chooses to carry their own keyboard to LAN parties and tournaments.
The BlackWidow 2013, BlackWidow Ultimate and Black Widow Tournament all come in standard and Stealth versions. Stealth models feature brown mechanical switches for superior tactility and faster response that only requires an actuation force of 45 g and a reduced actuation of 2 mm.
“We are really excited to release this improved Razer BlackWidow series,” said Robert “RazerGuy” Krakoff, president of Razer USA. “Gamers continue to get the most precise and superior mechanical key infrastructure ever designed in a keyboard, but the new and improved BlackWidow series comes with improved functionalities providing an unfair advantage you can literally feel.”