I have gone to great extents to make my computer and gaming area all coordinate. Colors have had to match and everything had to look perfect. I ran into a few issues trying to find keyboards and even more so mice to match the colors of my setup. There have been a few keyboards I have come across that had the colors I was looking for but I was not real fond of the features or the quality. Recently thanks to our nerdy sponsors over at Nebraska Furniture Mart we have got our hands on the Razer BlackWidow Chroma Keyboard, Razer Wireless Mamba Chroma Mouse, and the Razer Firefly Chroma Mouse Pad. If you are in the market for new peripherals this review is for you. CONTEST below!
Let’s start off with the BlackWidow Keyboard.
This sexy beast comes to your bland color rescue with Chroma backlighting with 16.8 million color options. Now I was not to impressed with how that sounded…don’t ask me why. Once plugged in and I started using that when it dawned on me what that means for the looks of my setup. Each key can be colored to whatever your nerdy little mind can imagine. I have found quite a few profiles online that allow you have the keys light up in your favorite image or even chase each other around the board.
This fully mechanical keyboard so if you have not ever used one you might want to visit your local store and check out the clack-clack of the keys. Very loud but feel amazing (insert dirty pun here). Razer uses their own set of Razer Green mechanical switches with gold-plated contacts to make sure you do not ever miss a keystroke. I love the feel and the sound really doesn’t bother me as I normally have headphones on. I could see a streamer or someone who does video while typing might have an issue with a mechanical board as it can get annoying on video. Key press is very responsive and I feel that I can mash the keys if I am getting serious in a game. The key stoke life span according to Razer is rated for 60 million strokes (insert yet another dirty pun now).
Some of the features of the BlackWidow:
- Razer™ Mechanical Switches with 50g actuation force
- 60 million keystroke life span
- Chroma backlighting with 16.8 million customizable color options
- Razer Synapse enabled
- 10 key roll-over anti-ghosting
- Fully programmable keys with on-the-fly macro recording
- 5 additional dedicated macro keys
- Gaming mode option
- Audio-out/mic-in jacks
- USB pass-through
- 1000Hz Ultrapolling
- Braided fiber cable
- Approximate size: 475mm/18.72” (Width) x 171mm/6.74” (Height) x 39mm/1.54” (Depth)
- Approximate weight: 1500g/3.31lbs
Now on to the Wireless Mamba Chroma:
This mouse wouldn’t squeak…it would scream and blow out your eardrums with WIN. Made for the die-hard gamers out there. This is one of the only mice on the planet that is blasting through gaming with 16,000 DPI. Yeah you could say that’s accurate alright. I immediately could tell that my last mouse was not in the same ball park as the Mamba. I have had a few Razer mice in the past and I wasn’t blown away like I have been with this one. Not only do you get all of the features of Chroma (the 16.1 million colors) but the mouse is just really well made. I love that it is wireless but if I am having a long session I am able to pull out the cable from the rechargeable stand and plug right into the mouse and keep going.
I do miss my MMO buttons on the side from my Razer Naga but am getting used to not having them. Battery life has been pretty solid but one issue (not really an issue) is that I keep forgetting to put the mouse on the stand for charging. No biggie because I can just unplug the stand and plug-in just something that some reason I cannot remember to do. Keys are all very responsive and the wheel works great. The Mamba does have adjustable click force technology from Razer so you are able to adjust how much force you get back from using the wheel for you out there that have to mess with all of the features.
With all of the Chroma gear from Razer the Razer Synapse software syncs them all so all of your colors sync up and look amazing. You can grab the Mamba right now on SALE for $146.99 from the geeks at NFM by hitting this link or the button below after the video. Check out the specs and pics below.
- 16,000 DPI 5G laser sensor
- Up to 210 inches per second / 50 G acceleration
- Adjustable Click Force Technology
- Dual gaming grade wired/wireless technology
- 1,000 Hz Ultrapolling / 1 ms response time*
- On-The-Fly Sensitivity Adjustment
- Ergonomic right-handed design with textured rubber side grips
- Chroma lighting with true 16.8 million customizable color options
- Inter-device color synchronization
- Nine independently programmable buttons with tilt-click scroll wheel
- Charging dock
- Razer Synapse enabled
- 2.1 m / 7 ft braided fiber USB charging cable
- Approximate size: 128 mm / 5 in (Length) x 70 mm / 2.76 in (Width) x 42.5 mm / 1.67 in (Height)
- Approximate weight: 125 g / 0.27 lbs
- Battery life: Approximately 20 hrs (continuous gaming)**
*Tested in ideal environment
**Life expectancy of the battery depends upon its usage
But Geek I want something that looks just as fresh as my new keyboard and mouse on my desk…Intro the Razer Firefly Chroma Mousepad:
I have always thought a mouse pad is a mouse pad is a mouse pad….WRONG! I have had quite a few gaming mats (bigger mouse pads) I have never used a hard pad though. The Firefly is a micro-textured surface that really make my Mamba fly. It is a little smaller than some of the huge gaming mats so yo CS players out there might not be interested in this but for 99% of gamers it is perfect. The Chroma lighting runs all the way around the bottom of it and looks super cool even more so if you are using the other Chroma devices. In order to use the Chroma features you will be using up one of your USB ports so keep that in mind.
Price tag is the only reason that most will stay away from this mouse pad at $60 its quite a bit more than most mouse pads but for the fanboys and the die hards its worth it. Plus if you get it from Nebraska Furniture Mart they cut some of the costs to help out. Check out the Firefly here or hit the big button at the bottom after the vid.
- Micro-textured finish for balanced gameplay
- Optimized surface coating for highly responsive tracking
- Chroma customizable lighting
- Inter-device color synchronization
Coming soon: Reactive and wave
- Non-slip rubber base
- Razer Synapse enabled (for Chroma customizable lighting)
- Gold-plated, USB connector (to power the Chroma customizable lighting)
- 2.13 m / 7 ft lightweight, braided fiber cable
- Approximate size: 355 mm / 13.98 ” (Length) x 255 mm / 10.04 ” (Width) x
4 mm / 0.16 ” (Height)
- Approximate weight: 380 g / 0.84 lbs