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Razer’s Blackwidow re-emerging for 2013

Posted by: Jeremy at 7/27/2012 9:05 AM
Razer has announced that they are about to take their Blackwidow line of gaming keyboards to the next level. The Razer Blackwidow 2013 series will bring a slew of improvements to the fantastic keyboard that I reviewed last year.

The 2013 version(s) will feature heightened anti-ghosting and full support for Razer Synapse 2.0 technology (meaning your settings are stored in the cloud). The anti-ghosting improvement means that the keyboard can detect simultaneous pressing of up to 10 keys. The new year will also bring a Tournament Edition version of the keyboard which strips down the keyboard to the bare essentials. This version has been stripped of its number pad in order to slim down the keyboard and make it more portable and convenient for transportation.  

I was blown away by last year’s edition of the Blackwidow and still use it as my primary gaming keyboard to this day. There is no doubt in my mind that this year’s editions are as good if not better than the previous editions. You can check out a trailer for the new line below and read the full press release on the next page.



RAZER™ BLACKWIDOW SERIES IS BACK, LOCKED & LOADED FOR MECHANICAL DOMINATION

The Return of the Razer BlackWidow Feat. Enhancements, New Editions
 
For Release: July 26, 2012


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.”


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About the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2013


The latest edition of Razer BlackWidow Ultimate now features green backlighting and an anti-fingerprint matte black finish so not only can you feel, but also see the difference as you win with this ultimate mechanical gaming keyboard. The Razer BlackWidow Ultimate is also equipped with improved anti-ghosting which supports up to 10 simultaneous key presses in gaming mode, allowing   gamers to destroy the competition with as many attacks and skills as there are fingers on their hands, and have them all registered accurately in-game.   
 
Price: US $139.99 / EU €139.99
 
Availability:
Razerzone.com – August 2012
Worldwide – August 2012
 
Product features:
·         Full mechanical keys with 50 g actuation force
·         1000 Hz ultrapolling
·         Fully programmable keys with on-the-fly macro recording
·         10 key anti-ghosting
·         Razer Synapse 2.0 enabled
·         Individually backlit keys
·         Gaming mode option
·         5 additional dedicated macro keys
·         Audio-out/mic-in jacks
·         USB pass-through
·         Braided fiber cable
·         Approximate Size: 475 mm/18.72 in. (Width) x 171 mm/6.74 in. (Height) x 20 mm/0.79 in. (Depth)
·         Approximate Weight: 1500 g /3.31 lbs.


For more information about the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2013, please visit http://www.razerzone.com/blackwidowblackwidow.


Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2013 images
 
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About the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth 2013


The Ultimate Ninja returns, outfitted with brown mechanical keys giving gamers tactile actuation, blistering fast game responsiveness with each key only requiring a minuscule actuation force of 45 g,  an upgraded anti-ghosting of 10 key roll over in gaming mode,  and improved lighting to launch assaults and flank foes even in low light conditions. The Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth 2013 assassinates adversaries before they can react.


Price: US $139.99 / EU €139.99
 
Availability:
Razerzone.com – August 2012
 
Product features:
·         Full mechanical keys with 45 g actuation force
·         1000Hz ultrapolling, fully programmable keys with on-the-fly macro recording
·         10 key anti-ghosting
·         Razer Synapse 2.0 enabled
·         Individually backlit keys
·         Gaming mode option
·         5 additional dedicated macro keys
·         Audio-out/mic-in jacks
·         USB pass-through
·         Braided fiber cable
·         Approximate Size: 475 mm/18.72 in. (Width) x 171 mm/6.74 in. (Height) x 20 mm/0.79 in. (Depth)
·         Approximate Weight: 1500 g /3.31 lbs.


For more information about the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth 2013, please visit www.razerzone.com/blackwidow.


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About the Razer BlackWidow 2013


Locked and reloaded, the Razer BlackWidow 2013 is back with its mechanical prowess, delivering gamers with lightning fast game responsiveness for superior tactility. It is decked-out with an improved 10 key roll-over in gaming mode, letting gamers actuate all 10 fingers on their hands. Supported by the cutting-edge Razer Synapse 2.0 which synchronizes the gaming keyboard to automatically download driver and firmware updates as well as profiles, macros and keybind settings from the cloud server.


Price: US $99.99 / EU €99.99
 
Availability:
Razerzone.com – August 2012
Worldwide – August 2012
 
Product features:
·         Full mechanical keys with 50 g actuation force
·         1000 Hz ultrapolling
·         Fully programmable keys with on-the-fly macro recording
·         10 key anti-ghosting
·         Razer Synapse 2.0 enabled
·         Gaming mode option
·         5 additional dedicated macro keys
·         Audio-out/mic-in jacks
·         USB pass-through
·         Braided fiber cable
·         Approximate Size: 475 mm/18.72 in. (Width) x 171 mm/6.74 in. (Height) x 20 mm/0.79 in. (Depth)
·         Approximate Weight: 1500 g /3.31 lbs.


For more information about the Razer BlackWidow 2013, please visit www.razerzone.com/blackwidow.


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About the Razer BlackWidow Stealth Edition 2013


The Ninja strikes again with the Razer BlackWidow Stealth 2013 Edition. Blistering fast actuations decked with brown mechanical switches for superior tactility and faster response that only requires a force of 45 g and a reduced displacement of 2 mm. A new and improved in-game 10 key anti-ghosting ensures every command is executed perfectly and the all new USB and audio pass-through gives gamers the convenience of plugging in other peripherals.


Price: US $99.99 / EU €99.99
 
Availability:
Razerzone.com – August 2012
 
Product features:
·         Full mechanical keys with 45 g actuation force
·         1000 Hz Ultrapolling
·         Fully programmable keys with on-the-fly macro recording
·         10 key anti-ghosting
·         Razer Synapse 2.0 enabled
·         Gaming mode option
·         5 additional dedicated macro keys
·         Audio-out/mic-in jacks
·         USB pass-through
·         Braided fiber cable
·         Approximate Size: 475 mm/18.72 in. (Width) x 171 mm/6.74 in. (Height) x 20 mm/0.79 in. (Depth)
·         Approximate Weight: 1500 g /3.31 lbs.


For more information about the Razer BlackWidow Stealth 2013, please visit www.razerzone.com/blackwidow.




About the Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition


The Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition was designed for gamers looking for a mechanical gaming keyboard with just the features needed to win in an ultra-minimalist setup. Like the rest of the critically acclaimed Razer BlackWidow line-up, the core feature of the Tournament Edition keyboard is its blue switch mechanical key infrastructure that matches the unrelentingly fast reflexes and instincts of the best pro gamers. A tenkeyless design, the Razer BlackWidow Tournament layout is light, highly compact, and perfect for who want transportability for LAN parties and tournaments.  The braided USB cable can be detached for extra portability and locked into place on the keyboard to ensure a robust setup that can take a beating during intensive gaming sessions. Take home the victory with the Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition – designed for maximum function, minimal fuss.
 
Price: US $79.99 / EU €79.99
 
Availability:
Razerzone.com – August 2012
Worldwide – August 2012
 
Product Features


·         Full mechanical keys with 50 g actuation force
·         1000 Hz Ultrapolling
·         Programmable keys with on the fly macro recording
·         Gaming Mode option for deactivation of the Windows key
·         20 customizable software profiles with on the fly switching
·         Anti-ghosting capability for 6 simultaneous key presses, 10 key presses in gaming mode
·         Multimedia controls
·         Glowing Razer logo
·         Detachable Braided USB cable with Velcro
·         Synapse 2.0 Enabled
·         Sleeve for protection
·         Approx. weight: 950 g / 2.09 lbs.


For more information about the Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition, please visit www.razerzone.com/blackwidow.


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About the Razer BlackWidow Tournament Stealth Edition


The Razer BlackWidow Stealth Tournament Edition offers gamers a mechanical gaming keyboard that delivers only the key gaming features for winning in an ultra-minimalist and quiet setup. Equipped with Brown key switches, gamers gets crisp, distinctive, tactile actuations, rapid-fire responsiveness with every key press and no numpad, making it light and highly compact. The macro keys have also been removed to adhere to tournament regulations, so bring the BlackWidow Stealth Tournament Edition for total annihilation. Replete with superior anti-ghosting, 10 simultaneous key presses in gaming mode ensure that commands are executed accurately and perfectly in the heat of battle. Take home the victory with the Razer BlackWidow Stealth Tournament Edition – designed for maximum function, minimal sound.


Price: US $79.99 / EU €79.99
 
Availability:
Razerzone.com – August 2012
 
Product Features


·         Full mechanical keys with 45 g actuation force
·         Silent, tactile feedback on key press
·         1000 Hz ultrapolling
·         Programmable keys with on the fly macro recording
·         Gaming Mode option for deactivation of the Windows key
·         Anti-ghosting capability for 6 simultaneous key presses, 10 key presses in gaming mode
·         Multimedia controls
·         Glowing Razer logo
·         Detachable Braided USB cable with Velcro
·         Synapse 2.0 enabled
·         Sleeve for protection
·         Approx. weight: 950 g / 2.09 lbs.


For more information about the Razer BlackWidow Stealth Tournament Edition, please visit www.razerzone.com/blackwidow


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About the Razer Group:


Razeris the world leader in high performance gaming hardware. Founded in 1998, with its headquarters in Carlsbad, California, the company has offices in nine cities around the globe. Used by the most demanding professional gamers who compete in global tournaments. Razer provides gamers with the unfair advantage of cutting-edge technology and award-winning design. We live by our motto: For Gamers. By Gamers.


For more information, please visit http://www.razerzone.com/