RGB backlighting, 16.8 million colors shining in more peripherals with each passing day. It's the new *BIG* trend, and it's high time I took a look at it. Razer's mechanical keyboard, the Blackwidow Chroma is the perfect item to allow me to do so.
Mechanical keyboards are common these days. Most gaming-gear makers have at least one model available, and at least one backlighting scheme thrown into the mix. Razer sold (and is still selling) the Blackwidow Ultimate model with its green lights, but they've also introduced the 'Chroma' edition, which features RGB backlighting.
While Corsair has announced the K70 / K95 in Cherry RGB mode back in 2013, Razer brought the Chroma earlier to the market, and in a way managed to steal Corsair's thunder. The two mechs offer something similar, but they do it in different ways. Corsair has worked with Cherry on a new transparent switch-type, while Razer has worked with Kailh for its own variant. Functionally different, but faring similar results.
In the past, Cherry was the go-to company for keyboard mechanical switches, but with RGB lighting around the corner, everything changed. Now, different technologies have been developed; gaming manufacturers are working with companies like OMRON and Kailh to come up with their own relatively unique models.
Because the medium is so varied, we're not talking about the same mech with small changes and just different logos. There are entirely new architectures developed, and we're going to check them all up. That, however, is for another day. For the moment, it's time to take a look the first to jump into the RGB fray, Razer's Blackwidow Chroma.