Razer launches BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma

April 17, 2015 | 08:04

Tags: #blackwidow #cherry-mx #chroma #gaming-keyboard #kailh #keyboard #mechanical-keyboard #tenkeyless

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Gaming peripherals maker Razer has announced a tenkeyless variant of its BlackWidow Chroma, dubbed the BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma and retaining its multi-coloured backlighting system.

A mechanical gaming keyboard, the Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma - like the standard full-size variant - eschews the typical Cherry MX switch in favour of a customised Kailh clone, which the company boasts offers a boosted longevity of 60 million actuations to Cherry's 50 million. Available in Green and Orange variants, equivalent to Cherry MX Blue and Brown respectively, the buyer can choose between a traditionally mechanical clicky feedback or a silent-actuation switch at the time of purchase.

As you might expect from what is essentially a BlackWidow Chroma with the keypad sliced off, the BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma uses RGB LEDs mounted on the switches to provide user-configurable per-key backlighting in any one of 16.8 million shades. As before, various animations and patterns are preprogrammed while the keyboard's various functions can be customised through the bundled software.

Sadly, the Tournament Edition Chroma doesn't merely lose the keypad when compared to the full-size BlackWidow Chroma: the braided USB cable, five macro keys and USB/audio passthrough ports of the full-size variant have also been chopped.

Razer has placed the BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma on its own webstore, priced at £124.99 as a pre-order with the first shipments due on the 22nd of April.
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