Even though they are nearly 30 years old, mechanical keyboards are all the rage among computing enthusiasts nowadays. Mechanical keyboards are very popular amongst professionals, gamers and, despite their relatively high price, even casual users. However, a large percentage of gamers and casual users are purchasing mechanical keyboards not for their mechanical keys, but for their features. Some, especially professionals, want to own a fully programmable keyboard, while others want to combine RGB lighting with game-specific functionality. Today we will be having a look at the DeathStalker Chroma, Razer's newest addition to their keyboards lineup.

Introduction

Razer is one of the most well-known manufacturers of gaming peripherals and accessories. A few months ago we a look at one of their most recent mechanical gaming keyboards, in its OriginPC version, the BlackWidow Chroma. The DeathStalker Chroma that we will be reviewing today boasts similar functionality but is an electronic keyboard that is making use of 2 mm chiclet keys instead. With few electronic keyboards boasting programmable RGB lighting and keys, the DeathStalker Chroma is an intriguing product and we will thoroughly examine it in this review.

DeathStalker Chroma Gaming Keyboard - Key features and specifications

  • Chiclet key caps
  • Chroma lighting with 16.8 million customizable color options
  • Razer Synapse enabled
  • 1000Hz 'Ultra polling'
  • Fully programmable keys with on the fly macro recording
  • Dedicated Gaming Mode
  • Anti-ghosting capability for up to 10 simultaneous key presses
  • Fixed wrist rest

Packaging & Bundle

Razer supplies the DeathStalker Chroma in a black, sturdy cardboard box. The artwork on the box is simple and based on a picture of the keyboard itself, showing off its RGB capabilities. Inside the box, we found a minimal bundle offered into a black envelope with Razer’s logo on it, consisting of a quick start guide, warranty information and product registration cards, as well as two large stickers. There is no media with the software, which is required for the proper functionality of the keyboard and needs to be downloaded.

The DeathStalker Chroma Gaming Keyboard
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  • inighthawki - Monday, December 7, 2015 - link

    You're right - as a gamer, one could not possibly have any need for a number pad... Reply
  • BurntMyBacon - Monday, December 7, 2015 - link

    @Notmyusualid: "And what gamer needs the number pad I ask you all?"

    Yeah, because no "Gaming PC" ever does anything that isn't playing a game. Oh Wait.
    Reply
  • TheRealAnalogkid - Monday, December 7, 2015 - link

    Every six months I switch from gaming with my left hand to right. It keeps my brain fresh and distributes the strain. Being a drummer, it helps my independence as well.
    So, yes, NumPad.
    Reply
  • Refuge - Monday, December 7, 2015 - link

    TheRealanalogkid - I support your dedication to improving yourself! Righto!

    I thought I was special making sure I brushed my teeth with my off hand to help preserve the ambidextrous skills I developed after chopping off two fingers on my right hand! :)
    Reply
  • Friendly0Fire - Monday, December 7, 2015 - link

    I use it constantly as a quick access inventory for some games, as a directional control for others, etc.

    Since when is having less flexibility a good thing?
    Reply
  • Murloc - Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - link

    not to mention flight simulators Reply
  • willis936 - Monday, December 7, 2015 - link

    Uhh how about rhythm games with multiplayer, 6 dof, cs buy binds, or pretty much any game that could use hotkeys? Reply
  • ronnybrendel - Monday, December 7, 2015 - link

    ridiculous, actually Reply
  • just4U - Monday, December 7, 2015 - link

    "And what gamer needs the number pad I ask you all?"
    ---

    As a lefty I use the arrow keys to move about and access the number pad with my pinky for certain games.
    Reply
  • Stuka87 - Monday, December 7, 2015 - link

    Whats the big deal with registering?

    I find it VERY nice. I can move to any other computer with razer stuff, login, and all my settings show up. Which is nice since I move my keyboard and mouse around at times. You sound like another band wagon hater that likes to go "me too".

    As for the NUM pad, I use mine ALL THE TIME.

    But they do make tourney versions of their keyboards that do not have NUM pads.
    Reply

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