With the Razer BlackWidow Elite there are a total of twelve different models of the BlackWidow series. The BlackWidow models, according to Razer, have always been the benchmark of all gaming keyboards - and with the "Elite" feature, the keyboard should once again be taken to a completely different level.
From a purely technical point of view, the Razer BlackWidow Elite is not much different than other keyboards from the same company. It is set to the in-house developed Razer switches and RGB lighting is also available, also offers the keyboard various media functions and the possibility of customization via software.
The first thing you notice when you want to connect the keyboard is the two USB ports. These are both identical at first glance, but one is for connecting the keyboard while the other is for the USB port on the keyboard. It is nice that stands on the USB ports directly, which is for which function. This is not the case with all manufacturers. After the keyboard is connected, it can also be used immediately. There is no need for separate software to use the BlackWidow Elite, but the software offers a wide range of options to customize the settings.
A highlight of the software is the individualization of each individual key. For example, an unneeded "ALT-GR" key can be converted to a macro key. But also the allocation of a direct program or game start is conceivable. Users who configure their keyboard for different games or applications have the option of creating various profiles and loading them either via the software or an assigned key.
For comfort, Razer has packed a padded palm rest. This is covered with synthetic leather and can be easily placed directly on the bottom edge of the keyboard. To ensure that the palm rest stays where it belongs, a total of four magnets are integrated into the palm rest and the lower edge of the keyboard.
With the BlackWidow Elite Razer delivers a rock-solid gaming keyboard, with a very good build quality. Qualitatively it leaves no wish unfulfilled and with the help of the clear and extensive software each user can adapt the keyboard to the personal preferences. The design is simple and the RGB lighting is not as noticeable, as for example in the Huntsman Elite, in which the housing can be illuminated in 48 zones. Additional keys that can be freely occupied by the user, are unfortunately not available. In principle, this is not all that tragic, since Razer Synapse can turn any key into a macro key.