The Razer BlackWidow Ultimate is a smart looking keyboard which has an all-black design. The top surface of the 475x171x30mm body is a high shine finish and the sides and base are matt. Each of the keys on the BlackWidow is programmable and we can switch between 10 profiles, configured to our liking. In addition to this, each of the slightly rubberised keys as well as the Razer logo at the front edge of the board is backlit with the ability to change through 3 brightness levels as well as pulsing and off.
Over at the left side of the board we find 3.5mm connectors for a headset and a single USB port for plugging in devices. The port also provides enough power to charge devices such as mobile phones.
Finally for the overall design, the BlackWidow Ultimate weighs a substantial (for a keyboard) 1.5kg.
The key feature which makes this board stand out is the use of Cherry MX Blue mechanical keys which are set to use a 50g actuation force and 2mm activation distance. In addition to this they also provide tactile feedback when activated and have inbuilt technology to minimise ghosting (the main gaming keys are optimised to eliminate ghosting for up to 6 simultaneous key presses).
Over at the left of the board Razer provide five standard gaming macro keys which can be assigned to common in-game tasks and we can record macros to these, or other keys, on the fly by pressing the FN+M keys. This function key which is found to the right of the space bar also allows us to access the secondary task for our F buttons which include media keys as well as enabling Gamer mode (disables the Windows key) and cycle through the LED levels.
Overall the BlackWidow has a reasonably standard layout with numpad and command buttons to the right of the main board though the F keys have been moved slightly to the right to offer easier reach for gamers. Also, above the numpad we find a LED display which lights up with the standard CAPS, NUM SCROLL lights as well as illuminating when we enable gaming mode or start to record a macro.
Flipping the board over we see that there is a reasonably plain underside to this product with a product information sticker in the middle and rubber feet round the edges to stop it slipping on our desk. Two feet can be found in the back corner which raise the board by around 1cm.
The BlackWidow Ultimate connects to our system via two gold plated USB connectors which provide power for the board as well as USB pass-through capability. These share the same cable as the two 3.5mm pass-through audio connectors, splitting for the last 20 or so centimetres of the 2m length and all wiring is braided for extra durability.