Razer BlackWidow V3 Keyboard Review In 2023
The Razer BlackWidow V3 is a wired version of the Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro. It is a full-sized mechanical gaming keyboard. It seems to be well made and is comfortable to use, with two angles and a wrist rest. It has full RGB backlighting with individually lit keys that you can change with the Razer Synapse 3 software. You can also set macros to any key. The Razer Yellow linear switches on our unit have a low operating force and a short pre-travel distance. This makes gaming light and responsive, but it may lead to more typos. If you like to feel things, it also comes with Razer Green switches that click. The Razer BlackWidow V3 TKL is a smaller version of this keyboard with only ten keys.
The Razer BlackWidow V3 is the best gaming mouse on the market. It has a very low latency, and the linear Razer Yellow switches on our unit have a low actuation force and a short pre-travel distance. This makes gaming feel light and fast. This keyboard feels very well made, and you can use the customization software to change the RGB backlighting or set macros to any key.
It’s made really well, just like the Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro. It’s mostly made of plastic, and the top plate, which is black and made of aluminum, doesn’t bend much. The doubleshot ABS keycaps are of good quality and have a bit of a rough surface. Some of the bigger keys, like the spacebar, Shift, and Enter keys, move around a little bit, and the spacebar’s stabilizer rattles louder than the others. The feet on the incline are very sticky and do a good job of holding the board in place.
The Razer BlackWidow V3 is a full-sized keyboard that takes up some space on your desk, especially if you use the wrist rest. It also comes in a TenKeyLess version, which is a bit smaller.
It fits well in the hand. It looks like a straight board with two slopes. It comes with a wrist rest that you can put under the keyboard, but you can’t connect it to the keyboard because there are no connectors.
It has great RGB backlighting that you can change with the software Razer Synapse 3. White backlighting looks great, and you can’t tell that red, green, and blue are being mixed. With the function keys on the keyboard, you can change how bright the screen is.
It has a few extra features, like a Game Mode key that locks the Windows key, a volume control wheel, and a media key. Check out the Razer Huntsman V2 if you want a similar model with three media keys and optical switches.
2. Typing experience
We found that the Razer BlackWidow V3 is a good keyboard. The keys are pretty standard in size and shape, so they shouldn’t cause you to make more mistakes. But the linear Razer Yellow switches on our unit don’t give any tactile feedback, so if you’re not used to them, you might hit keys by accident. The doubleshot ABS keycaps feel good to type on, but the Spacebar, Shift, and Enter keys aren’t very stable. Also, the Spacebar makes a lot more noise than the other keys. You can buy it with clicky Razer Green switches if you like a more physical feel, but this will change how well it types.
Our Razer Yellow switches are linear and don’t make any noise. Due to their low operating force, they don’t need a lot of force to move, and their short pre-travel distance should make them feel responsive for gaming. You can get this keyboard with Razer Green switches if you like a more tactile feel.
Our unit has quiet linear Razer Yellow switches that shouldn’t bother people around you in an open office. But when you press the space bar, it makes a noise. We think that the clicking Razer Green switches will be much louder.
3. Software and operating system
The Razer Synapse 3 software is great. You can set macros to any key and change how the RGB backlighting looks. You can also make as many custom profiles as you want and save up to four of them in the onboard memory. Unfortunately, this process is not very easy for new users to understand or use. You can’t change any of the settings because the software isn’t available for macOS or Linux. But other than the Pause Break and Scroll Lock keys on macOS, all other keys should still work.
4. IT SEEMS TO BE SO CLEAN!
I make an effort to keep crumbs and other debris off of my keyboards. In an effort to keep my keyboards looking great, I try not to eat over them, wash my hands if they are greasy, and consume snacks like popcorn or potato chips using chopsticks. This keyboard has a certain design element that maintains it appearing neat, including the material used for the keycaps (which I’ll discuss later) and the overall size and spacing of the keys.
The Corsair K70 I reviewed irritated me because dog hair and food crumbs were so obvious underneath the keys. The board appeared to be dirty all the time. Similar to how you could kind of see the most heavily used sections since the caps were black, but it wasn’t too bad. I’m not sure if it’s the material’s quality or the pink color of the keys, but after using the Blackwidow V3 since February, I can’t find any shining places on it.
The fact that I hardly ever see anything under the keys is also impressive. I didn’t suddenly start acting cleaner. My dogs’ shedding did not suddenly stop; in fact, it has increased as the seasons change. This board appears to be cleaner than it actually is due to the way it is built. Although I can’t see them, I’m sure there must be some dog fur and crumbs behind the keys. I definitely appreciate the fact that this keyboard always appears clean because I detest when my keyboard looks messy.
We tried out the full-size Classic Black Razer BlackWidow V3 with Razer Yellow switches. It’s similar to the Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro, but it’s wired and has a different wrist rest and media controls. It comes in three different color schemes, but the BlackWidow V3 Quartz Pink and Halo Infinite colorways are only available in one size with Razer Green switches. If you want a smaller keyboard, you can get the Razer BlackWidow V3 TKL, which has ten less keys.