I got this keyboard in the evening, unboxed it, tested it, and then requested return the next morning. It's a very nice keyboard. Hardware quality it pretty decent. It could have been a 5-star rated keyboard. I'm making it a 1-star because the CONS (software) defeat all the good things about this mechanical keyboard.
* Pretty-self explanatory. I'm not going to elaborate much on the advantages/positive attributes. For the most part, it speaks for itself. Just watch any YouTube video review.
* Cable management can be better. Wire does not stick to it's molded path, but deficiencies in software/drivers are much more serious, which leads me to....
* Synapse 3 software is a bloated mess. About ~250 MB to download, depending on what modules you install AND it requires creation of an online "cloud account" just to configure lighting, settings, and so on.
* Razer advertises an on-board memory feature where you can save up to 4 profiles created into synapse right into the keyboards internal memory. In theory, this lets you switch between profiles without Synapse on other computers. In theory, this means you can change settings on-the-fly on other OSes. In practice, on-board profiles DO NOT include color/lighting schemes. Only macros. Internal memory is limited and pretty much non-existent. False advertising on the part of Razer.
* This keyboard DEPENDS on Synapse software at almost all times. If you log-out of your cloud account, you lose your settings and it goes to factory default RGB breathe mode. If the Synapse process crashes or closes out, you lose your settings and you get reverted to factory default. Most settings don't get saved to the Razer Blackwidow Elite's internal memory. However, if you re-start or log-in to the Synapse software, your settings get restored.
* Dependency on Synapse software implies poor portability. Good luck connecting this keyboard to your friend's computer or your work computer. You'll have to install Synapse.
* Dependency on Synapse also means you're stuck with Windows. Razer doesn't even offer a Mac version. You're stuck with Windows. No Mac support and certainly no Linux support.
* To be fair, there is an open-source project called OpenRazer that reverse engineers Razer's hardware and software so that Razer devices can work on Linux. However, at the time of this review, the OpenRazer project team has no official support for this model and it's been out for almost a year. I'm under the impression Razer complicates interoperability.
* Seriously, considering how bad the software is, you might be better off with another brand of hardware like SteelSeries, DasKeyboard, WASD and others.
* Again, the Synapse software is so bad that I'm vividly reminded of how a printer OEM came out with good printers, but defeated their own hardware products with terrible software and drivers totaling 250-500MB in size.
* As they say, your mileage may vary greatly. But for my use case, circumstances, and workflow this is a terribly crippled product, which is why I'm returning it ASAP to resolve buyer's remorse.
|商品尺寸||16.51 x 45.03 x 4.01 cm; 1.25 公斤|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||不是|