Final Thoughts & Conclusion
Razer keeps refining and redesigning their products to better fit todays gaming needs and the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2016 Edition is no exception. The keyboard it self has a nice heavy quality feel to it and that’s one thing we demand in our keyboards is a nice hefty solid feel to them. You don’t want to go out $110 for a keyboard that weighs 8 ounces and breaks the first time it slides off your lap during intensive gaming. The expected lifetime of one of Razers Mechanical keys is 60 million keystrokes and we can first hand vouch for the BlackWidow series keyboards durability. We have the original BlackWidow and it’s traveled many thousands of miles to different events and shows and it still functions like the day it came out of the box.
The BlackWidow Ultimate 2016 Edition is another of Razers timeless designs but they included the same lighting effects in the 2016 Edition as you get with the BlackWidow Chroma. Now the keyboard color mapping isn’t as impressive as the Chroma because all the keys you map are green and on the Chroma the movement keys can be red while the attack keys can be green and for fun you can program an “oh heck I’m going to die macro” and put it in yellow while the BlackWidow Ultimate 2016 Edition all those keys will be mono Green. All that being said the BlackWidow Ultimate 2016 Edition doesn’t carry the hefty Chroma price and drop at the MSRP of $109.99.
The keystrokes on the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2016 Edition are solid and provide a tactile response letting you know the key has been pressed and it is a little clicky sounding but not nearly as clicky as the original BlackWidow. We are a bit old school and the clicky original still has a big place in our gaming hearts but the advantages the BlackWidow Ultimate 2016 edition has over the original are a bit overwhelming. Every key can be independently programmed, in-game keys can be highlighted individually mapping out the path to your enemies destruction.
We like the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2016 Edition and it does come in at a fair price point considering the costs of previous generation BlackWidows and even manages to surpass some of the more expensive variants we’ve seen.
Trust us when we tell you that you want to be the guy with your gaming profile well setup and driving a Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2016 to help give you the gaming advantage against your unsuspecting opponent. Well that is unless he’s rocking a BlackWidow Chroma and has his profiles setup because your own your own there and skill will prevail. Best to be prepared and drive one of the high end Razer Gaming keyboards because you just never know when your going to walk into a bees nest of an ambush.
Seriously after all this time they haven’t moved the USB and audio port from the side? The Blackwidow is already a wide keyboard: who wants extra things hanging out the side to bump into whilst gaming? I used mine for about a year until a couple of keys started playing up and no amount of cleaning / fiddling could get them right. Definitely a decent piece of kit but nowadays there’s a lot of tempting competition for the same price or less.
We’ve used the BlackWidow daily for over 5 years with no problem, regular cleaning and blowing out under the keys is mandatory for all high end keyboards. Smoking, eating and drinking over the keyboard while tempting will cause the early demise of any keyboard. Of the three BlackWidows I have none have failed or faltered in any way. The new Black Widow Ultimate 2016 edition also has a smaller foot print so plugging in USB to the side isn’t a big problem. Plugging into the side is optional and more a problem of having adequate desk space and the USB plug is optional. If it lasted about a year you should have contacted Razer support about warranty.