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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  • edzieba - Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - link

    "Whats the big deal with registering?"

    As an option? It;s not an issue. As a REQUIREMENT to change settings in the drivers (as is currently the case)? Total bullshit. The vast majority of people who purchase one of these keyboards will be using it on a single computer at a time, making the 'cloud profile' entirely pointless.
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  • hpglow - Monday, December 7, 2015 - link

    I like a numb pad. Nothing better when I need to put in strings of numbers. Do I use it often? No but it is damn nice when I need it. I'm guessing you never learned to 10 key? Reply
  • kaidenshi - Monday, December 7, 2015 - link

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

    RTS gamers, MMORPG gamers, any gamer who likes to custom-map their keys...

    "Certainly not me."

    Yes, because the world revolves around you and your preferences. >_>
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  • MamiyaOtaru - Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - link

    since I use the arrow keys (old school, lame, whatever) melee, grenade and special are usually bound to 3 of the keys on the numpad haha. But like others have mentioned I don't game 24/7. It's useful other times Reply
  • Murloc - Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - link

    game trainers use the number pad exactly because it's not used by the games themselves. Reply
  • wolfemane - Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - link

    I'd be in a world of trouble if trainers went full F keys... I detest thoughs. Reply
  • Laststop311 - Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - link

    I agree with you. I would rather have the space freed up on my desk can fit a drink in the space the numpad takes up plus with less keys = cheaper price. I never ever ever need a number pad. Reply
  • piiman - Saturday, December 12, 2015 - link

    "And what gamer needs the number pad I ask you all? Certainly not me. Useful in work during stock entry, but not at home for gaming."

    Speak for yourself. I use the keypad for all my gaming because I use the mouse in my left hand.
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  • Kakti - Monday, December 7, 2015 - link

    "What should be clearly noted however is that the RGB lighting is not programmable per-key."

    Stopped right there. IMO the entire point of RGB keyboards is to allow one to set individual keys to different colors so you can hit it without looking down while gaming. For example WASD all red, I is blue, H is green, M is yellow, etc. If you can't set it per key it's just a stupid fake rave lightshow...
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  • DanNeely - Monday, December 7, 2015 - link

    If you need lightup guides to find keys while gaming, learning to touch type might be a better plan. Any decent layout is going to put the stuff you need regularly all within reach of one hand if they expect the other to be on a mouse; so you should be able to use muscle memory to hit the keys without taking your eyes off the game.. Reply

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