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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  • VnnAmed - Monday, December 07, 2015 - link

    Nexus 6p review? Please? Pretty please? Btw nice article as per usual. Reply
  • theblacklaser - Monday, December 07, 2015 - link

    It's great. Get one. Reply
  • ronnybrendel - Monday, December 07, 2015 - link

    #2. Can you please compare it to other keyboards. I use a ThinkPad Keyboard on my desktop pc. Reply
  • VnnAmed - Monday, December 07, 2015 - link

    Still not available here in Poland :3 around Christmas they said. I'm gonna hang myself I said. Seriously though I'm waiting since i missed on n5 availability through carriers in Poland and when there finally is nexus I'm willing to get for 3000pln which is what i make working for 3 months as a student, I can't even get one :D Reply
  • zeeBomb - Monday, December 07, 2015 - link

    Are Razer's Khalith keys any good? Or whatever they're called...or should I stick to Cherry MX instead? Reply
  • Sndice - Tuesday, January 05, 2016 - link

    I'm gonna be brutally honest. Until the CS pros are using one of these I'm gonna hold judgement.

    Not a single one is using the Deathstalker. (Source: http://csgosetup.on-winning.com )

    Seems like razer product are on the decline anyways. And they are just so expensive.
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  • Nenad - Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - link

    Well, I stopped using my Razer Lycosa Keyboard from three reasons:
    1) online drivers: yes, they connect on every windows logon, and visually "in your face", so that you can not miss it. They often lose local config and rewrite with online
    2) unable to remap keys: they support "full programmable keys", but that means I could put macro on any key. Funnily enough, I could NOT do simple key remapping ( for example, to set BACKSPACE to be Q )
    3) lack or "big" ENTER key - I'm used to Europe/UK style large UK keys. Logitech has versions of its keyboards with it, but not Razer

    Granted, #3 is not an issue for most people, and #2 is probably fixed in new keyboard versions, but #1 ( online connection for driver) remains an issue that was main reason for my switch - especially after one of their online updates introduced bug. BTW, I'm not against occasional online checking for new version - Logitech does that, Windows does that. But I'm very much against need to open account and login and drivers not working properly without that.
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  • IdBuRnS - Sunday, January 24, 2016 - link

    Who cares what keyboard people are using to play Counter-Strike? /rolleyes Reply
  • vastac13 - Monday, December 07, 2015 - link

    And another not-Nexus 6p article popped on my rss feeds... When will it show?!?!?! :D Nice review anyway though i'm not in the market for gaming keyboard. Reply
  • Notmyusualid - Monday, December 07, 2015 - link

    I'll bet you have to Register online, in order to download the driver for the lighting to work.

    Saw it before on one their keyboards.

    Unacceptable.

    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.
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