Razer DeathStalker Chroma Review

Are you a hardcore gamer, or even a regular social gamer that does not prefer to use the new mechanical solutions offered by Razer in their Blackwidow series? Need something a little less "clicky" and comfortable with the ability to still make a statement? I am no stranger to…

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Value for Money - 84%
Quality - 91%
Look/Feel - 83%
Extra's/Features - 94%

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Are you a hardcore gamer, or even a regular social gamer that does not prefer to use the new mechanical solutions offered by Razer in their Blackwidow series? Need something a little less “clicky” and comfortable with the ability to still make a statement? I am no stranger to the Razer keyboard family, as I have always gamed with a Razer keyboard. I have been both competitive and social, and I have always used a mechanical solution. How does the whisper silent Razer DeathStalker stack up against what I am used to? Was my experience enough to convert me?

How badly do you want it?

This gaming keyboard has a lot to offer. In its regular format as the Razer DeathStalker Essential or the Razer Deathstalker, the functions are relatively similar, with exception of the lack of Anti-Ghosting and the Switchblade UI. With the Razer DeathStalker Chroma, you now have inter-device sync, allowing you to completely sync all your Chroma devices, should you have more than just the DeathStalker Chroma. So it is supremely simple to make a statement or to just have fun by adding rainbows and unicorns to your gaming experience, making your peripherals a personal expression of self.

The slim 2mm chiclet keycaps on the Razer DeathStalker Chroma are super silent, and because of their distance and height, it ensures less time is required to actuate each key, which means that you can be seriously competitive, especially when activating game mode, which then enables the Anti-Ghosting feature, where you can press up to 10 keys at the same time without fear of loosing that integral command. Can you say “max out my macro skillz”? Zeeeeeeeeerg FTW! See the first part of the review video below for an unboxing, demo and short discussion on the Razer DeathStalker Chroma.

Silent like a whisper.

Not only is the Razer DeathStalker Chroma silent like the night, and fully customizable in three different zones, but the keys are also fully programmable within the Razer Synapse 2.0 application. So you can assign macro’s to keys, or even change the function of a key from it’s default value to something completely different. If I had to use it for a lot of typing, I could easily assign the “Copy & Paste” function to a single button if I wished. The keyboard is rigid, not very heavy, appealing to look at and comfortable to use for a long period of time, specifically with its wide fixed wrist rest. I explore and demo quite a few technical features in the short intro section of the review video below, please do check it out.

I have been using the Razer Deathstalker at work, specifically to test the “silent as a whisper” claim, and it has lived up to that expectation, it is even more silent than my gaming laptop keys, which are also 2mm thin with lightning fast actuation points. Would I recommend this as a good investment? Yes. Would I buy one for myself? Most definitely! The only thing that is a little bit of a let-down, is that the USB cable is not the usual braided fiber cable that we are used to when it comes to Razer peripherals, yet it is not a deal breaker.

Specification Nation

  • Chiclet key caps
  • Chroma lighting with 16.8 million customizable color options
  • Razer Synapse 2.0 enabled
  • 1000Hz Ultrapolling
  • 10 key roll-over anti-ghosting
  • Fully programmable keys with on the fly macro recording
  • Fixed wrist rest
  • Dedicated Gaming Mode
  • Approximate size
    Width: 460mm
    Depth: 16.5mm
    Height: 214mm
  • Approximate weight: 1086.3g

Chroma Lighting Templates

Made to give you all the freedom you need to set yourself apart, the Razer DeathStalker Chroma opens up a world of extreme personalization possibilities. From your own custom programmed palette of colors in 3 separate color zones, to preloaded lighting effects, all set easily through Razer Synapse.

  • Omni-directional Rainbow Color Wave
  • Spectrum Cycling
  • Breathing Simulation
  • Static

LST Twitch.TV DeathStalker Chroma Overview Demo

Additional Information

Specs: Silent Gaming
Estimated RRP: From R1,699.00
Availability: November 2015

Likes

  • Super silent
  • Slim key design
  • Three color zones
  • Comfortable wrist rest

Dislikes

  • A braided fiber USB cable would have been a nice touch

About Mirage

I pretty much started gaming on Famicom! For those who didnt survive the flood on the ark with Noah, this was an 1980's 8-bit console using interchangeable cartridges. (Google it, it will blow your mind!). From there things got a bit more hardcore, and I started playing DOS-Based games, (Again...google is your friend.) and that progressed through Windows 3.1, until the present where I enjoy intense graphics, captivating story-lines, alternate endings and mind-numbing grinds on both PS3 and Windows PC. When I'm not gaming, I am a club DJ that enjoys playing House, Progressive, Trance, Tech and Minimal. I love watching Anime, my favorite shows are Naruto and Bleach. Epic, I know.

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