RAZER BLACKWIDOW V3 PRO Review

 Razer's BlackWidow keyboard has long been a classic, but it's always being reissued. The latest version is called BlackWidow V3 Pro and offers some innovations, Razer's hyperspeed wireless technology and optional BlueTooth connection. Does this mean that the new BlackWidow is developing into the manufacturer's new flagship? At least in terms of price it is quite high ...


You have to put 229.99 USD on the table for the Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro. It is immediately clear that it is more of a keyboard for enthusiasts and enthusiasts than for the general public. For the price, of course, Razer has to deliver a lot and that works in most areas.


The BlackWidow is a full keyboard with free-standing keys. The workmanship shows no obvious defects. With a stable plastic housing and aluminum cover plate, it exudes robustness. The scope of delivery includes a removable palm rest with soft padding and synthetic leather cover, which ensures comfort when typing. However, it is incomprehensible why it cannot be attached to the keyboard with a magnet or bracket. Good anti-slip rubbers on the keyboard and shelf ensure a secure hold, but we would have liked to see at least a magnetic attachment.


RAZER BLACKWIDOW V3 PRO

On the other hand, the two-stage fold-out feet and the stable USB-to-USB-C connection cable, which of course also serves as a charging cable, are good. On the left there is a switch for the wireless options Hyperspeed (2.4 GHz) and BlueTooth. Up to three devices can be coupled via BlueTooth, and you can switch them with a key combination. The wireless connection is implemented via a USB dongle, which is located in a practical compartment on the underside of the keyboard.


Razer's HyperSpeed ​​wireless technology has long since proven itself and it works again flawlessly, quickly and precisely with the BlackWidow. When gaming you will not notice any difference to a wired keyboard. The battery life is also impressive. According to Razer, this adds up to 192 hours without lighting. With Chroma RGB lighting, however, it gets rather poor - depending on the intensity, the battery only lasts 5-25 hours before the BlackWidow has to be on a leash again.


When it comes to the keys, the very good keycaps quickly become apparent. Razer relies on ABS doubleshot keycaps, which shine with a rough, very grippy texture. This not only enables safe typing, but also avoids fingerprints. In addition, you don't have to worry that the lettering on the keys will wear off. The switches have transparent housings, which brings out the lighting better. There are also dedicated multimedia buttons and a rotary control, which can of course be freely programmed via Synapse software.


RAZER BLACKWIDOW V3 PRO Review

For the switches, Razer relies on the in-house green switches with tactile click feedback. If that's too loud for you, the version with yellow switches is a much quieter, linear alternative. The switches work well and are essentially similar to Cherry's blue switches, but have a slightly shorter trigger point of 1.9 mm and only require 50 instead of 60G pressure. The typing behavior of the switches leaves nothing to be desired, except for the volume. But you should know about the volume if you want to buy this type of switch. We like that the keys spring back very quickly.


The configuration is carried out as usual via the Synapse software, where key assignments, extensive RGB settings, profiles and macros are available. Up to five profiles can be stored on the keyboard. It was noticeable that the software occasionally lost contact with the keyboard when changing the operating modes, but on the one hand this should be remedied by an update, on the other hand you don't keep tinkering with the software.


CONCLUSION

Strong keyboard with minor flaws

With the BlackWidow V3 Pro, Razer has given its keyboard series a new flagship that knows how to convince in almost all respects. What I particularly like is the almost flawless wireless performance and the wonderfully handy keycaps as well as the pleasant typing behavior of the (unfortunately quite loud) green switches. If you like it a little quieter, you should choose the variant with the linear and much more peaceful yellow switches. There is also precious little to complain about when it comes to processing. It is a shame, however, that the keyboard drains the battery in no time when fully lit and that the palm rest does not have any attachment. In addition, the immensely high price, for which you admittedly get a lot, should put off many players.


Pros

  • robust workmanship
  • great keycaps
  • flawless wireless performance
  • BlueTooth option
  • long battery life without lighting
  • good anti-slip rubbers
  • Storage compartment for USB dongle

Cons

  • very expensive
  • no attachment for palm rest
  • Battery life with lighting is rather poor



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