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Razer BlackWidow Replacement?

Discussion in 'Gaming Peripherals' started by gcaster, 28 Aug 2019.

  1. gcaster

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 18 Jan 2011

    Posts: 1,187

    Location: South London

    I've been out of the loop for a while so looking for recommendations on a keyboard to replace my dying Razer BlackWidow.
    I've found the Razer to be fantastic for the ~10 years I've owned it with initial gaming use turning into daily office use. The Razer has Cherry Blue keys (the loud ones...), what are the best budget options (<£100) with a similar key feel? I see there's some new alternatives to cherry switches which were the only real choice when I bought the Razer, are there any specific keys to keep an eye out for?
    I like the look of this but not sure what the feel will be like...
    Thanks
     
  2. Doogles

    Mobster

    Joined: 22 Mar 2014

    Posts: 3,930

    Just look for a keyboard with the features you want with Cherry MX Blue switches, if you want something that feels similar to blues without the noise then brown is good, although the bump isn't quite so pronounced with browns.

    The keyboard you linked has Romer-G switches apparently.
     
  3. gcaster

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 18 Jan 2011

    Posts: 1,187

    Location: South London

    So Cherry still very much the way to go then? I will likely go for Brown over Blue in that case.
    My main line of thought was whether any of the major manufacturers had managed to replicate or better the cherry switches (eg the Logitech Romer-G on the board linked or Razer's own switches they're now using)?
     
  4. s k

    Associate

    Joined: 16 Aug 2019

    Posts: 37

    There are lots of companies making clone cherry mx switches, many see them as superior. There are gateron, outemu and kailh, to name a few. Personally I really like kailh box switches.
     
  5. Hades

    Capodecina

    Joined: 19 Oct 2002

    Posts: 24,774

    Location: Surrey

    I have that same Blackwideo keyboard with blue switches. I did love it until my son got a Logitech G413 with Romer-G switches and I think I prefer them.
     
  6. gcaster

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 18 Jan 2011

    Posts: 1,187

    Location: South London

    Thanks Hades this is very useful.
    How would you compare the feel of the Blackwidow to the G413?
    I love the heavy tactile feel of the Cherry Blue switches but the clicking drives the wife mad...
     
  7. Hades

    Capodecina

    Joined: 19 Oct 2002

    Posts: 24,774

    Location: Surrey

    The romer g are still tactile but a lot lighter and quieter. Much quieter! Most people say they are similar to browns but I have not tried a brown.
     
  8. soulhunter123

    Gangster

    Joined: 17 Nov 2007

    Posts: 107

    You could buy a little "key tester" for a few quid which has numerous brands/colours of switches on it so you can get a feel for them.
     
  9. gcaster

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 18 Jan 2011

    Posts: 1,187

    Location: South London

    Thanks to all for the above advice. Ended up going for a Fnatic Gear Rush with Cherry MX Browns.
    First day using it in anger today and loving the brown keys. Mrs has already commented that it's a lot quieter.