The line of Razer gaming peripherals include a keyboard called Razer Blackwidow X Tournament Edition, which are key features of compact size and original mechanical switches. Next, let us consider in detail all the features of a miniature version of the famous “black widow”.
Razer Blackwidow X Tournament Edition comes in a black and green box with the image of the device on the front of, well, the back is a summary of the features of the keyboard. When you open the packaging inside on one side placed a text message «Welcome to the cult of Razer» – very cute. Besides the keyboard in a set has a card with her picture and the user guide.
The design of the keyboard Razer Blackwidow X Tournament Edition prevails lines rigor and black. The keys are raised above a metal plate – the so-called skeletal structure. Immediately struck by the absence of the right of the numeric keypad, allowing the device takes up less space on the desk. The compact dimensions facilitate easy transportation in a bag or backpack, although the keyboard is massive: it weighs 1.1 kg. However, it should ensure good stability of the table.
The keyboard has a standard set of keys. In Latin characters the font larger than the Cyrillic. All characters are engraved with a shift to the top of the key caps, while Cyrillic characters are located strictly under the symbols of the Latin alphabet. Quite an unusual solution. In general, the characters are well read in all lighting conditions, especially if used to their location on the keyboard.
Above the arrow is an indicator of CapsLock, ScrollLock, WinLock mode and M, which allows you to record macros on the fly. Indicators are highlighted in green. To run the macro recording process, press the key combination Fn + F9, then M lights red light. Then you need to select and press the button that will run the new macro, and then press the Fn + F9, then M will start blinking green LED. This means that recording has begun a series of commands and need to dial it. To finish recording, you need to click again Fn + F9.
To the left and right of the “gaps” are the Alt key. The Enter key is one-storey. The combination Fn + F10 key disables the Win. Fn modifier combinations and function keys F1-F3 can control the sound level of the system, and Fn and F5-F7 – control system multimedia player.
On the side closest to the user is located in the center Razer logo in the form of a three-headed snake. Actually, when you connect the keyboard to the USB port only, this logo is highlighted in green.
If you turn the keyboard and look at its base, it is easy to notice the five rubber-coated plates, providing good grip, and two reclining resistant legs, allowing to lift the keyboard on the table and change the angle of 10-15 degrees.
Please note, the Razer engineers thought through channel for routing the interface cable – it can be a convenient way to withdraw from the left or right side of the keyboard, and thus rationally organize the space on the table.
The interface cable is protected by a textile braid and the plug is provided with the Razer inscription, that allows to identify it from other similar shape. non-removable cable.
The keyboard Razer Blackwidow X Tournament Edition uses proprietary Razer mechanical switches of two kinds – Green and Orange. In Razer claimed switches resource of 60 million keystrokes, which is high. Both switches have a shortened course to trigger an average of 1.9 mm and the user feels a tactile response time, overcoming a slight resistance. The force required to press the button to switch the Green, corresponds to a value of 50 cN, and for the Orange – 45 ch. Unlike the Green switches from the Orange version does not sound when you press a special fixing the so-called cliques. Therefore, if you want to lower the noise level, it is necessary to choose a keyboard with Orange switches.
The height of the keys corresponds to a value of 13 mm and total stroke is 4 mm. For more information about the Razer switches can be found on the corporate website . All caps have cylindrical cavities such as a finger pad.
Keyboard Razer Blackwidow X Tournament Edition has a twin sister Blackwidow X Tournament Edition Chroma, which, as can be seen on the console in the title, is equipped with the RGB-backlit. True, and this option is more expensive than the keyboard.
For keyboard Razer Blackwidow X Tournament Edition provides proprietary software Synapse, available for download on the official website of Razer.
If you have a system already installed Synapse tool, you’ll need to stop it completely with the help of the Task Manager that the keyboard is correctly defined as the new Razer device. After restarting the utility will be made fresh check for firmware and made it the installation if necessary.
If the system is not installed Synapse utility, some of the built-in memory is loaded mini-keyboard utility that offers to download and install the firmware application and briefly telling about its capabilities.
Synapse is a universal application for all of the Razer gaming peripherals. The utility allows you to create and customize macros, assign them to the desired key, adjust the color and backlight mode if it is available and keep track of various statistics.
The application has three main sections: “Keyboard”, “Macros” and “Statistics”.
In the section called “Keyboard” has two under “Customize” and “Game mode”. In the first section, you can determine the values of all keys in the second – to configure which hotkeys are switched off during a game mode.
You can save the settings made in the form of different profiles, and then switch between them as needed.
In the “Macros” section provides the ability to create and edit a new command sequence. Interface is intuitive and does not require time-consuming to develop.
In the “Statistics” section displays all the data collected by Synapse installed on your PC games that were recognized. Number of taps on certain keys, the average frequency of clicks per minute and other vital information.
We tested the keyboard Razer Blackwidow X Tournament Edition in games such as CS: GO, Dota 2, Dead by Daylight, osu! and Civilization V. During the games, we have noticed that the keypad illumination is not enough, just: play and texts can gain is not a problem, but it would be more comfortable with backlight. It can not be considered a minus, as It has a compact design and backlit. Therefore, if you need a backlight – should choose the appropriate keyboard model. But if you like a compact, simple design without frills, and even black color fits well into the interior, the keyboard Razer Blackwidow X Tournament Edition – your choice.
If you have previously actively using digital block and decided to switch to using the keyboard without it, it may take getting used to a certain amount of time. Probably, everything individually. Usually in games of the digital unit is rarely used, and, if necessary, assign actions to other keys do not make any problems. Much time is required to get used to the fact that the usual keys are in other places. We it took five minutes of active use.
The shortened course of operation of the keys difficult to notice, especially if you do not know about this feature. However, if your speed is limited in the game is the key switches, the course may be shortened by the way. This may be noticeable, for example, fighting games, when you need a quick set of instructions, or in games where you need to frequently and rapidly press a couple of keys (for example, in osu! Sometimes you need to make up to 200 strokes per minute).
Tactile switches have a moderate resistance, and subjectively it seems that they are tougher than close the parameters Cherry MX Red switches and Silver. Before selecting suggest you try the key in the shop to make your own opinion. By the definition of the mechanisms of switches keys have no complaints, all keystrokes are recorded without error. Click is visible and easy to use set texts. If you want less noise when using the keyboard, you can choose to switch Rzer Orange: they are without clicking, so less noisy.
Keyboard Razer Blackwidow X Tournament Edition is massive with small dimensions and thoroughly on the table, without moving during the games. If you plan to take the keyboard with you during transport, it is necessary to consider its weight of 1.1 kg.
Gaming Keyboard Razer Blackwidow X Tournament Edition is endowed with minimalist design and compact size. It is convenient to realize output options interface cable. The keyboard lacks illumination, but it allows you to record macros on the fly and assign them to the selected key. In our opinion, it is necessary to support macro attribute gaming keyboard. Brand Synapse software can not only customize macros and disable all unnecessary in the game mode, but also view various statistics, which may be useful. Despite its compact dimensions, the model is stable and does not move accidentally during the game. The keyboard uses mechanical switches Razer Green with a short traverse to the operation, so in some games, you may notice an increase in upload speed commands.