React faster with Razer’s BlackWidow TE Chroma V2 keyboard

Competitive gaming is growing fast, and so is the market for high-end hardware. Each new keyboard promises to give you some kind of competitive edge. Razer is hoping the delay-reduction tech in its new BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma V2 keyboard will sell you on the new plank.

Razer's delay-reduction tech is called Instant Trigger Technology (ITT) and purports to cancel the delay between actuations and get keypresses registered faster by the PC. ITT seems pretty similar to the Keystroke Signal Processing that Logitech is advertising in its own G Pro keyboard. Razer isn't advertising a specific reduction time, unlike Logitech's advertised 10-ms improvement.

The BlackWidow TE Chroma V2 is available with Razer's Green, Orange, or Yellow mechanical switches (is anyone else craving Skittles right now?). Razer says the Yellow switches and their linear, non-clicky actuation are a particularly good match for the ITT tech in this keyboard. The Razer Yellows have a 1.2-mm actuation point, even shorter than the 1.5-mm actuation on Logitech's Romer-G switches and almost half of a standard Cherry MX switch's 2-mm distance.

The keyboard's magnetic wrist rest and USB cable can both be detached for easy transportation. Like other Chroma devices, there's onboard RGB LED lighting that not only syncs with other Razer devices but also has lighting profiles ready for popular games like Overwatch and Call of Duty.

The BlackWidow TE Chroma V2 is available through Razer's store right now, and it's going for $139.

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    • ludi
    • 2 years ago

    ITT Tech, huh. I think they can pick up a cheap logo in the bankruptcy sale.
    [url<]http://itt-tech.info/[/url<]

    • Blytz
    • 2 years ago

    *Buys fastest keyboard on the market.*

    Still suck ass at and get murdered in online games.
    Mum still has more sex than me according to the gaming community..

    • Duct Tape Dude
    • 2 years ago

    I find this trend ridiculous.

    [b<]2015:[/b<] Chiclets suck! Mechanicals for everyone! [b<]2016:[/b<] We found a crapton of RGB LEDs, where can we put them? Oh look, keyboards! [b<]2017:[/b<] Ok we're going to take a mechanical keyboard and give it the actuation of a chiclet but it's ok, it's [i<]still mechanical[/i<] [b<]2018:[/b<] Razer debuts a mechanical keyboard with touch-activated caps so you get 0mm actuation and 10mm throw. [b<]2020:[/b<] Cameras in each keycap detect keypresses, yielding a -1.5mm actuation distance. Throw increases to 15mm to assert mechanical soul. We've been taught to loathe chiclet keyboards because of their shallow throw and perhaps the crappy ones have an odd non-clicky experience to them or some excuse about rubber dome inferiority. So we opt for mechanical keyboards, the gold standard of deeper throw, only to now find that --surprise-- if you have a longer actuation distance you have a longer response time. Now we advertise keyboards that have short actuation distances, but long throws, and that's totally ok because it's [i<]mechanical[/i<]. I type fastest on stiff chiclet keyboards with ~1.5-2mm actuation+throw, high force and wide spacing. With the exception of throw, it seems like mechanicals gravitate toward these same ideals. How long until a "mechanical chiclet?"

      • Grape Flavor
      • 2 years ago

      Thank god I got my DeathStalker Chroma before they discontinued it:

      Chiclet caps (short actuation for gaming)
      Not very stiff but short throw means minimal mushy feeling compared to full-cap membranes
      Silent (very important to me)
      Programmable RGB bling that syncs with my other Razer Chroma devices

      Yes, it was terribly overpriced (RGBs + Razer markup) compared to other chiclet keyboards, but I’m quite happy with it.

        • Duct Tape Dude
        • 2 years ago

        100% agree. Nearly bought that keyboard because it was the only solid chiclet keyboard with macro recording.

      • thedosbox
      • 2 years ago

      [quote<] I type fastest on stiff chiclet keyboards with ~1.5-2mm actuation+throw, high force and wide spacing. [/quote<] Yep, as someone who prefers scissor key keyboards, I find the hype around mechanical keyboards ridiculous.

    • meerkt
    • 2 years ago

    How? What introduces latency in a keyboard?

      • thor84no
      • 2 years ago

      Even a cable introduces latency, and it’s not like keyboards are directly feeding raw electrical impulses directly to the CPU. There’s a controller translating the raw switch data to appropriate key signals even in the most basic keyboards. The latency is obviously pretty trivial, but it’s certainly there.

        • meerkt
        • 2 years ago

        There’s almost zero logic. It would have to be done extremely stupidly to even reach 1ms.

        (BTW, the signal propagation time for a 2m cable, assuming 1/2 speed of light, is 13ns).

          • Ryu Connor
          • 2 years ago
          • Ryu Connor
          • 2 years ago

          Let’s try this again after coffee.

          USB specification requires less than 5.2ns per meter, which is reaching the top speed (192,000km/s) of a transmission of a copper cable. ~64% of the speed of light for the EM signal.

          The actual electron drift meanwhile is a different story, a story that would quickly ends in fire if sped up to 64% the speed of light.

            • meerkt
            • 2 years ago

            I simplified it to 0.5c. Anyway, I don’t think that’s what the keyboard improves upon (8AWG oxygen free 99.999% copper wires!).

    • tsk
    • 2 years ago

    Not sure any keyboard can make you react faster 😉

      • DragonDaddyBear
      • 2 years ago

      It’s the RGB LED’s. They stimulate your brain. /s

      • blahsaysblah
      • 2 years ago

      Im sure if they added in shock mechanics to each key, with matching slow fade RGB lighting to show how many failures you had. Not just personal shock, but also show your shame to everyone near by.

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