Even though the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2016 lacks the Chroma options found of its more colorful cousin which is the BlackWidow Ultimate, this is still a no-nonsense highly competent keyboard that has a comfortable configuration, and it is placed in a reasonable price tag as far as high-end gaming keyboards go.
The Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2016 is Able to Do What it Does Best
For its design, the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2016 is very similar to its 2015 predecessor and its Chroma model. It is a full-sized keyboard with green backlit keys. At 17.6 x 7.5-inches, it is a tad smaller than its two counterparts. Still, it is a bit larger than the Corsair Strafe. The reasons for the reduction in size is due to the lack of an extra row of macro keys.
While its design is more of the compact sort, there are those who might like the more compact design whereas there are those who would want the macro keys to make a reappearance. Its looks is not of the conservative type yet is not also excessive. It is somewhere in between.
The BlackWidow Ultimate 2016 makes use of the Razer Green switches. Which means they are noisy, resistant mechanical keys. These keys try to emulate the industry-leading keyboard which is the Cherry MX Blues. Even though the Razer Green switches do not sound or feel quite as good as its competitor, they are still reasonable to work with. It is even a lot more comfortable and satisfying to type with than standard membrane keys.
This keyboard runs on the intuitive Razer Synapse 2.0 software. However, users can deal with working with the keyboard even if they don’t install the software. With the keyboard application, you can create different profiles and link them towards specific games, and you can even record macros with it. However, with the absence of macro keys, there is very little reason to do the latter.
A useful feature of the accompanying software is the ability to customize the Game Mode. But do take note that you can only do so much with it. When activating Game Mode, it will disable the Windows key by default. Hence, you won’t be pressing said key by accident during a heated videogame moment.
For better or for worse, the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2016 is not much of a difference than other models that preceded it. The mechanical keys are still good to work with, and the design is still fairly attractive. It is placed as a modest update to its predecessor.