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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  • jesh462 - Friday, December 18, 2015 - link

    I wonder how much money anandtech got to review razer crap?
    I love how the 'Quality Testing' section doesn't include a pic of the PCB which was no doubt soldered by an undernourished six-year-old, just like the rest of razer's products. Combined with their generic switches and now this new blasphemy of chiclets keys ...
    No words.
    You couldn't pay me to use this trash.
    P.S.
    Nice choice on the Ducky Shine 4, jthomp.
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  • Chad - Sunday, January 3, 2016 - link

    To be fair to the guy wanting per key lighting, you don't only use lighting AFTER you've put your hands on the keyboard. Sure, once we all are in process of gaming there is no need for the lighting. But this is for when you pause, do something and go BACK to replacing your hands on the keyboard, it's quicker/easier to get placed back correctly. I do this often when typing or gaming and at night. Sure, not a huge deal, but a bit easier/faster doesn't hurt. Albeit it's a very very small improvement. Reply
  • Sparktt - Sunday, February 7, 2016 - link

    Just bought this and the keys when pressed down seem to work for a few seconds then stop a second or two then restart.... Reply
  • uuuuuuuuuu - Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - link

    How long would this keyboard last for a gamer, do the keys easily break and is it a good keyboard for gaming, how many keystrokes does this take? Reply
  • AbreyBarree97 - Monday, October 15, 2018 - link

    Although lacking mechanical keys, the Deathstalker is both easy and comfortable to use. Not everyone's cup of tea for gaming, but it will certainly please anyone who decides to purchase. Reply
  • Overguy - Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - link

    Even Fitzyhere is not using deathstalker now. (Source : https://avastips.com/guides/fitzyhere-overwatch-se... Reply

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