Razer today starting selling an update to its BlackWidow Chroma mechanical gaming keyboard.
The BlackWidow Chroma V2 adds an included detachable wristpad and the option to get the keyboard with a new linear, silent Yellow mechanical switch. The Yellow, Orange and Green versions of the board will sell for $169.99 each.
The V2 still includes Razer Chroma customizable backlighting with 16.8 million color options, 10 key roll-over anti-ghosting, USB port and audio jack pass-throughs as well as a braided fiber cable.
I spent a bit of time with the V2 using the Orange switches and found it to be a fairly solid mechanical keyboard. The Orange switches, which like the Yellow require a relatively light 45 grams of force to activate, are relatively quiet when you use them. That can be disconcerting to fans of mechanical switches at first, but I did find the silence of the board helpful during phone interviews.
The included wristpad is the same one found with Razer’s hybrid Ornata keyboard. The low-profile design still offered plenty of support for those looking for a bit of wrist rest. The magnetic system for holding it in place did a good job of maintaining its connect with the board while still making it easy to remove and re-add it.
If you’re a fan of the BlackWidow boards but don’t yet own one, this is a nice option. If you’re not someone who appreciates this particular design, Razer hasn’t done enough to V2 to change your mind.