Every year brings new products to the market to cater to new needs or simply refresh an outdated version. Razer is a name many people go to for gaming gear, and recently the company has unveiled some new products. Razer has refreshed the BlackWidow line with the 2013 versions and also introduced a new member of the mechanical keyboard family, plus there is a brand new mouse that changes things up. First up are the 2013 versions of the BlackWidow and BlackWidow Ultimate mechanical gaming keyboards. The BlackWidow adds a USB port and analog audio jacks on the left side to better match its big brother, plus it was the most requested feature by the fans. The Ultimate changes the backlighting from blue to green to keep in line with Razer's recent switch to green lighting, while both versions drop the gloss finish for a matte black one to keep fingerprints and dust down. The Ultimate will also be available in a Stealth version to tone down the noise of the switches.
The new BlackWidow member is the BlackWidow Tournament Edition, which drops the number pad and macro keys for an ultra portable design. There are some mechanical keyboards already available in this smaller size, so it is nice to see Razer shrink its BlackWidow to entice gamers who prefer a smaller keyboard. It also has a braided and detachable USB cable to make transport easier for LAN parties, and the cable can be stored in a protection sleeve during transport. It makes use of Cherry MX Blue switches or Cherry MX Browns in the Stealth version, but forgoes the extra USB and audio ports.
Razer's new mouse is a little different, not just in the name but in features. The Razer Ouroboros is an ambidextrous wireless gaming mouse that allows you to adjust its overall shape. Ouroboros is an ancient symbol of a dragon eating its own tail and stands for something constantly re-creating itself, which is exactly what Razer's Ouroboros mouse can do. You can adjust the palm rest and back arch, plus there are two interchangeable side panels to expand or contract the width of the mouse. There are eleven buttons on the Ouroboros and an 8200DPI 4G dual sensor system powering its movements, plus it can take one AA battery or an NiMH battery if you want to recharge it. It can also be plugged in if you do not feel like messing with batteries.
The BlackWidow Ultimate 2013 version will set you back $139.99, the BlackWidow 2013 at $99.99, and the BlackWidow Tournament Edition at $79.99. The BlackWidow Ultimate is available right now, the BlackWidow will be available in three to four weeks, and the Tournament Edition will be available in August. The Razer Ouroboros will launch at $129.99 and arrive in the fourth quarter of this year.