Experiences and Conclusion
The Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth 2013 Edition is a great example of a no-frills mechanical keyboard. In its simplicity of execution it shows the amount of care that has been paid to its design. As the first modern mechanical keyboard that I have spent an extended amount of time using – I am well and truly impressed.
I lose a bit of my mousing area because of the port placement.
The few issues I have with the keyboard boil down to quibbles. I am right handed as is the majority of the population. My desk setup puts my mouse directly off of my keyboard. The USB and audio ports on the BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth 2013 Edition are at the top of the right side of the keyboard and get in my way a bit.
The missing driver disk is silly, and a key puller should have been included. Recessed rubber feet would have been a plus, but are not sorely missed.
Nothing else really stands out as a negative for this keyboard.
This shade of green is awesome in a dark room.
Having had to use a membrane keyboard while writing part of this review I can unequivocally recommend mechanical keyboards. They are far more comfortable to type on than their membrane based cousins. However, selecting a mechanical keyboard is something that bears a great deal of research both because of cost and of how different the switches are. You should look at the different switch types available before anything else – then begin looking at the keyboards with those switches.
The Cherry MX Red switches on the Corsair K60 and K90 that Scott reviewed (https://www.pcper.com/reviews/General-Tech/Corsair-K60-and-K90-Mechanical-Keyboard-Review/My-Personal-Take-Keyboard) last September feel significantly different than the Cherry MX Brown switches on the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth Edition
While prices vary, from Razer’s site the BlackWidow Ultimate keyboards are each $139.99. Compared to the retail prices for the K60 ($109.99), the K70 ($149.99) and K90 ($129.99) on Corsair’s site and the price for the Das Keyboard Model S professional (139.00), the BlackWidow Ultimate boards are priced at the higher end of things. However, the Corsair K-series use Cherry MX Red switches while the Model S gives an option between Cherry MX Blue or Brown switches at $139.00 or Cherry MX Red switches for $149.00. The BlackWidow boards are priced competitively for the switches that they use.
As a person who has been labeled an ‘authoritative’ typist by household denizens, I find that the BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth 2013 Edition does live up to its name – my typing no longer echoes as it did with my favorite membrane based keyboard. The Cherry MX Blues may have suited me just fine, but my typing may have been audible over my games.
This keyboard is very solidly built without being overly heavy. It feels durable enough to withstand several years of heavy use. If you come to the conclusion that you are in the market for a mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX Brown switches, the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth 2013 edition is one to consider. By extension the Razer BlackWidow 2013 edition with its Cherry MX Blue switches is well worth a good long look if that’s the switch type you decide on.