Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2013 Mechanical Keyboard Review
When it comes to gaming, writing emails or even typing up a paper, a mechanical keyboard is an incredible advantage. Whether you’re looking to ace quests in popular PC titles like Bethesda’s Skyrim or improve your typing speed, Razer has you covered with its Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2013.
For my everyday computer work, Razer’s BlackWidow Ultimate mechanical keyboard is a phenomenal improvement. Before this keyboard, I already categorized myself with fast typing skills, but with the adoption of the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate, I have become the fastest typer in my office which, when trying to transcribe as I conduct an interview, saves a ton of time and hassle.
To test my typing improvement, I took an online typing test that measured your typing ability in one minute. With a regular keyboard, I had a typing speed of 88 wpm. With the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2013 I reached a speed of 96 wpm, a significant improvement.
As someone who is passionate about the gaming industry, it’s easy to see the advantages a mechanical keyboard can provide the expert PC gamer. The Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2013’s Cherry MX Blue keys require a 50g actuation force, which provides a consistent feel that will create more accurate and faster keystrokes, something any PC user can utilize. Its anti-ghosting capabilities work to a gamer’s advantage, allowing the option to hit 10 keys at once with each key registering accurately in-game.
The Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2013 also comes with individually backlit keys and its Synapse 2.0 software that can help brighten or dim the backlighting and also allow it to pulsate. Unlike regular keyboards, the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate also utilizes a sleek typography for each key that those that are graphically inclined will enjoy.
The only disadvantage I have found as of yet is the keyboard’s loudness, which is typical of mechanical keyboards. In an office setting, which is where I am testing, a lot of my coworkers dislike the sound that I make when typing quickly and some have compared the keyboard’s sound to that of an airport check-in desk keyboard. In the end, I’ve decided it’s a sacrifice they will have to make due to the advantages I have received since switching keyboards. To combat issues with mechanical keyboard volume, Razer has a quieter version of this keyboard, the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth, that works for sound-sensitive environments.
Let’s get down to tech specs. The Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2013 provides full mechanical keys with 50g actuation force, individually backlit keys, 1000Hz Ultrapolling/1ms response time, programmable keys with on-the-fly macro recording, has a gaming mode option that allows for the deactivation of the Windows key, unlimited customizable profiles, 5 additional macro keys, braided fibre cable, audio-out and mic-in jacks, and USB-passthrough.
“The latest edition of Razer BlackWidow Ultimate now features green backlighting and an anti-fingerprint matte black finish so not only can you feel, but also see the difference as you win with this ultimate mechanical gaming keyboard. The Razer BlackWidow Ultimate is also equipped with improved anti-ghosting which supports up to 10 simultaneous key presses in gaming mode, allowing gamers to destroy the competition with as many attacks and skills as there are fingers on their hands, and have them all registered accurately in-game,” said Razer in an official press release.
The Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2013 was launched in July 2012 and is currently available on www.razerzone.com for $139.99.
Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking
“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.
We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.
Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate.
With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.
There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.
Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture.
It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.
Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.
On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.
As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.
A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.