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CM Storm QuickFire Ultimate - Full Size Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with CHERRY MX Brown Switches and Fully White LED Backlit
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Someone actually put quality first when engineering and building this keyboard.

Absent is the potentially destructive driver/firmware software that is known to render other keyboards nothing more than paperweights. (One such keyboard manufacturer actually makes it impossible to revert it's firmware back to earlier versions if and when it's firmware takes on a mind of it's own.)

Full keyboard lighting, not simply a few right-handed default FPS keys. Why some keyboards only light up WASD and/or arrow keys (CM being guilty of this, too) is beyond me. Maybe it's because I'm left-handed and find WASD absolutely useless.

Mechanical keys. Rubber dome is fine for Mom and Dad to check their e-mail with, but for us gamers (I'm 43 and a father...I mean MY Dad :P), those just aren't going to cut it. I went through 3 rubber dome lighted keyboards in about a year before buying my first mechanical keyboard. Unfortunately, in just under 3 years, it decided to press the Enter key all by itself whenever it darn well pleased, and thought a select few other keys should register twice from time to time.
I can't see any of that happening with this keyboard.

I press (hit would be a more accurate description) the keys pretty hard when playing games like Battlefield and other shooters. Which is exactly why I replaced so many Saitek Eclipse keyboards a few years back. That doesn't even faze this keyboard.

Cons: I would have liked blue lighting with this keyboard, but as I didn't want the switches that come with the blue one (Cherry MX blue), I'll live with the white backlit keys (Cherry MX brown). Keeping that in mind, I'm happy that red lighting wasn't the only option!

Other Thoughts: While I do miss the key configuration software and macro recording feature of my previous mechanical keyboard, I'm confident this keyboard will far outlast that one simply because this one doesn't have either of those options.

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Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Mechanical PC Gaming Keyboard– Cherry MX Blue (RZ03-00381900-R3U1)
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Recently experiencing serious glitches 02/20/2014

This review is from: Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Mechanical PC Gaming Keyboard– Cherry MX Blue (RZ03-00381900-R3U1)

Pros: Mechanical switches. I've gone through a couple lighted rubber dome keyboards in about the same time I've owned this keyboard; namely the 4 and 8 on the keypad as that's my version of WASD when playing shooters. Evidently I just press the keys too hard and wear out the rubber dome so the keys no longer function. I haven't had that experience with this keyboard.

Various illumination intensities. I play at night a lot, without any lights on, and even though I actually know how to type and the location of all the keys, it's still nice having a lighted keyboard. I'll never go back to a regular one.

Solid construction. Very durable. Definitely built to last, well, the hardware itself is...see 'Cons'.

Glossy black finish. Looks great, even with smudges. Which easily wipe off. Also great deterrent for eating between meals...I quit eating chips and stuff at the PC for fear of destroying this keyboard.

Cons: Less than a month ago, I didn't have any problems with this keyboard. It was excellent. Best keyboard I've ever owned. Then it became very glitchy, seriously enough that it's no longer usable.

The enter key randomly registers itself. Example, I type a message in a Steam chat window...every time I press a letter, it sends it as if I pressed the enter key. Completely random...it doesn't do it every time, and not just in Steam chat. It's occurred in many applications at no specific time.

Some keys will register twice when typing them a single time. Others will repeat as if the key is being constantly pressed even though it's clearly not.

Windows login screen will flash repeatedly as if the username and password is being entered incorrectly repeatedly very rapidly. I'm not even touching the keyboard when this happens.

Checking the lighting option is no longer viable. If I do for a given profile, the keyboard stays at max illumination no matter what setting is chosen, and will not dim if that option is selected. This worked correctly until a few weeks ago for over a year. The entire keyboard was flawless until a few weeks ago.

I uninstalled Razer Synapse after simply disabling it didn't help the problems at all. It's also a firmware upgrade as I understand it, and I have no doubt that is the cause of the problems I'm experiencing.

I'm going to contact Razer support and see if they'll do anything about it as the warranty has technically expired.

Other Thoughts: I've replaced this keyboard with a CM Storm Quickfire Ultimate. I haven't had a single issue with repeating keys, lighting issues, Enter key just deciding it will rapidly register itself just out of the blue and/or after any other key press.

Unplugging the Blackwidow Ultimate for a few seconds fixed the issues for at least a couple hours each time. That is simply not a feasible solution.

Since 1986 I've never experienced problems like this with any keyboard I've owned. Well, perhaps a key registering twice from time to time, but none of the other problems. I was really hoping it wasn't the keyboard itself, because I really liked it up until it started having issues. A quick google shows I'm not the only person experiencing these problems, though I do hope it doesn't happen to anyone else using this keyboard. If you haven't already done so, I would advise against installing the Razer Synapse software update.

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Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Mechanical PC Gaming Keyboard– Cherry MX Blue (RZ03-00381900-R3U1)
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Great when it works! (It no longer works as it should) 02/09/2014

This review is from: Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Mechanical PC Gaming Keyboard– Cherry MX Blue (RZ03-00381900-R3U1)

Pros: Mechanical keys, lighting, positive key press feedback...not mushy like dome (non-mechanical) keyboards.

Cons: Some keys register twice with one push, most notably the 'y' key in my case. Also, I'm now finding I have to unplug the keyboard almost daily as the 'enter' key repeatedly registers itself even without being pressed. This keyboard was outstanding until about 3 weeks ago.

Other Thoughts: It's out of warranty so I'm stuck with what's relatively a paperweight. Will purchase a different brand and obviously can no longer recommend this keyboard to anyone. I should NOT have installed the Synapse software with it, either as you cannot go back to old drivers once you install the Synapse software.

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Display Name: Michael M.

Date Joined: 01/02/05

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  • First Review: 06/10/06
  • Last Review: 03/20/14
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