Razer's BlackWidow Chroma spawns a tenkeyless variant

— 2:56 PM on April 16, 2015

Razer's BlackWidow Chroma gaming keyboard is getting a little brother. Today, the company announced the BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma, an RGB-backlit mechanical keyboard with a tenkeyless design and Razer-exclusive key switches.

Like the regular Chroma, the Tournament Edition features fully-customizable per-key backlighting. Each RGB LED can produce a range of 16.8 million colors, and like Corsair's K70 RGB, the Tournament Edition can display a variety of animated lighting patterns.

Unlike many mechanical keyboard makers, Razer foregoes Cherry MX mechanical switches for a (similar) design of its own. These switches are tactile and clicky like Cherry MX blues, and they share the same 50-gram actuation force, but they actuate in roughly half the distance. That's supposed to make for easier repeated tapping in frantic gaming moments.

The BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma is already on Razer's online store for $140. It'll also be available exclusively at Best Buy stores in the U.S. and Canada.

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