Razer put everything on the line with this keyboard, but is it worth R3800+?
Straight out the box the keyboard looks and feels like a solid mechanical keyboard with a different spin to Razer’s usual look and feel. The keys have a clean text finish with the base having a matte black finish on a solid steal frame, plastic finishes are also relevant to this peripheral. The keyboard doesn’t seem like every Razer keyboard until you plug it in and you are welcomed to the typical Razer RGB lighting we have all come to know and love. The look and feel on this board definitely seems very clean for a Razer keyboard, noting that I have a Razer Blackwidow Elite V2 as my daily driver. Up in the top right we have something that I have personally wanted to see from Razer for a while now, multimedia controls with a volume scroller, noted that these keys can be remap with the Razer Synapse software to pretty much do whatever you want with them. The elite version comes with a detachable wrist-rest that has an RGD line that surrounds it, just like the main keyboard, this attaches to the keyboard with a magnetic strip that syncs up the lighting for that clean RGB Razer finish. The RGBs on this keyboard are really bright and creates an ambience that no other keyboard had on the market in my opinion, with the Synapse software you can customize this to best suit you.
The keys on the board are a brand new design by Razer called the Opto-mechanical key switches. These keys are making an appearance for the first time on this board and are very different to what we are used to seeing from Razer. the keys work with an actuator that, when pressed, breaks a light beam that then sends the signal to the PC. This allows for the switches to be activated and deactivated in record time, in fact, almost instantly: which means keystrokes at speeds and input times never seen before on a Razer peripheral. The switch still has that satisfying click and actually feels very similar to that of my Razer mechanical green switches on my Blackwidow. The rest of the details for the tech nerds will be posted below. The real question is: did I see any difference in while gaming? Well, no. The difference is almost nothing at 30ms, nothing that the human eye would pick up, so does this really justify that higher price tag?
So, is the price tag justified by the new additions to the board and the modern take on the mechanical keyboard? The new technology that has gone into this keyboard will definitely justify its price tag, but for how long? The chances are that all top-tier mechanical keyboard from here on will have the opto-mechanical style switches, at least from Razer and you would probably do no harm waiting for the prices to drop as the tech becomes all the more popular? The keyboard is beautiful and definitely add to the joy of owning a gorgeous RGB setup, but still, I am not convinced on the price tag. The additional of new media keys with the stroller is great, but alone, it cannot carry almost a 25% mark up from the next tier mechanical keyboard. However, if you put all of these things together and hand me the gorgeous Huntsman Elite, if I had the money I would spend it on this addition. The keyboard has a Ferrari body with a Bugatti engine, beautiful and powerful and I believe this could easily become the next bestselling keyboard from Razers line.
- Retail Price: R3899 (evetech.co.za)
- Razer™ Opto-Mechanical Switch with 45 G actuation force
- 100 million keystroke lifespan
- Chroma backlighting with 16.8 million customizable color options
- Underglow lighting with 38 customization zones
- Ergonomic Wrist Rest with 20 customization zones underglow
- Multi-functional digital dial
- Dedicated media controls
- Hybrid onboard storage – up to 5 profiles
- Razer Synapse 3 enabled
- Fully programmable keys with on-the-fly macro recording
- 10 key roll-over with anti-ghosting
- Gaming mode option
- Braided Fiber Cable
- 1000 Hz Ultrapolling
- Aluminum matte top plate
- Compatible with Xbox One for basic input