The Chroma is a full-size board featuring Razer’s Green switch, a copy of Cherry’s clicky and tactile MX Blue. A model with Razer Orange switches (MX Brown copies), the Chroma Stealth, will also be available.
The Chroma features full RGB support, with 16.8 million colors of per-key configurable backlighting. This is a significant improvement over competitors such as the Tesoro Lobera Supreme and Rosewill RGB80 — those boards also feature Kailh-made RGB switches, but they only allow one color at a time for the entire board.
- Lighting effects including spectrum cycling, breathing, reactive, wave, gaming templates, and more
- Compatibility with Chroma SDK, which allows game developers to control backlighting during gameplay
- Programmability through Razer Synapse software
With this announcement, Razer is positioning itself to compete against Corsair’s upcoming K70 RGB and K95 RGB keyboards, which will be the first to feature genuine Cherry MX RGB switches. The functionality of Razer’s switches appears to be the same with one possible exception: its product information does not explicitly state that LED intensity will be individually programmable, while Corsair’s does. I shot them a tweet about it — let’s see if that was an accidental omission or not. Since the Corsair RGBs continue to be delayed, it is entirely possible that the Chroma will hit shelves first despite being announced months later.
The BlackWidow Ultimate Chroma is expected to be available in September 2014 at an MSRP of $179.99, competitive with the $170-190 expected MSRPs of Corsair’s RGB boards. Razer will also be introducing two other Chroma-enabled peripherals — a DeathAdder gaming mouse and a Kraken 7.1 headset.
I have updated KeyChatter’s RGB keyboard roundup to include details on the new Razer boards.
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