Razer’s new Blackwidow mechanical keyboard is water, dust and idiot-resistant

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Pictured - Idiots

I’m going to tell you a story. It’s a cold day, I’ve just made myself a cup of tea and placed it on my desk. Next to my laptop. The unthinkable happens, as my hand goes into spasm and knocks the cup over, spilling most of my delicious Joko tea on my keyboard. I moved quicker than The Flash when he fought he the dread Diarrhoeantagonist, but it was kind of too late: My laptop keyboard was a write off.

Half the keys didn’t work, while the other half begged for a sweet death as I hammered out words that read like a Donald Trump transcript or a robot having a seizure. If only my hand hadn’t come down with a case of teh stupidz. If only my laptop keyboard and any other typing device for that matter, had been insulated against gross liquid incompetency.

Razer might have a solution for that dimwit dilemma of mine.

Razer Blackwidow (4)

Recently unveiled, the Razer Blackwidow Ultimate has everything that you’ expect a mechanical keyboard to have: Clicky inputs, an 80 million keystroke lifespan and enough neon to be confused for a Fast ‘n Furious flick. What the Blackwidow also has, is an IP54 rating that should prevent an errant spillage of a Steri-Stumpie from killing your progress in Destiny 2.

Razer Blackwidow (3)

According to the official ratings table, the Blackwidow should provide “Limited protection against dust ingress (no harmful deposit)” and should also be “protected against low pressure water jets from any direction, limited ingress permitted”. It’s not the only dust and water-resistant keyboard on the market, as Corsair K68 has an IP32 rating, but it should be the best at least when it launches.

Razer Blackwidow (1)

If you’re interested in it, here’s the official dirt sheet (ha) of tech specs:

  • Razer™ Mechanical Switches with 50g actuation force
  • 80 million keystroke life span
  • Individually backlit keys with Dynamic lighting effects
  • Razer Synapse enabled
  • 10 key roll-over anti-ghosting
  • Fully programmable keys with on-the-fly macro recording
  • Gaming mode option
  • Audio-out/mic-in jacks
  • USB pass-through
  • 1000Hz Ultrapolling
  • Braided fiber cable

Last Updated: November 15, 2017

Darryn Bonthuys

Word-slinger at Critical Hit. Inventor of the macho Swiss gym chocolate known as Testoblerone. That's...that's about it really.

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