Razer Blackwidow V3 Pro Review
Razerthink – The BlackWidow V3 Pro screams Razer, from premium builds and keycaps to striking RGB, media controls, and included armrests. It’s a fantastic choice as a full-sized wireless gaming keyboard, but it’s expensive and requires software to convert RGB. Maybe that’s the brief explanation. Despite its dive a bit into a more button-down design, Razer is still the first name you think of regarding the advantages of gaming accessories. BlackWidow V3 Pro shows why. It’s a bombastic full-sized keyboard with RGB lighting, dedicated media controls, comfortable armrests in the box, and switches supposedly adapted for gaming.
The V3 Pro is also a rare beast: a wireless-connected gaming keyboard, one of the first in the company’s conventional form factor. Aside from the mass presentation and striking 108 keys, this is a quality board with a superb typing experience. The only thing that might put you off is the $230 price tag. Yet it offers many of the best gaming keyboard features, including a complete set of media keys, RGB, and even a quality palm rest. But it also cuts cables, allowing gamers to connect via a 2.4 GHz USB dongle, Bluetooth 5.0 or braided cable when it needs charging. It is a keyboard for gamers who want everything but wires.
Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro Specifications
|Razer Green or Razer Yellow
|Up to 4 profiles
|2.4 GHz USB Type-A dongle (Razer HyperSpeed), Bluetooth or USB Type-A
|USB Type-A to USB Type-C, braided, detachable
|Aluminum top plate, plastic base
|Razer Synapse 3
|17.7 x 9.8 x 1.7 inches (450.7 x 248.4 x 42.3mm)
|3.1 pounds (1,423g)
Excellent design and super comfortable wrist rest
Those of you who always follow the development of Razer’s gaming keyboard must be familiar with the design of the BlackWidow V3 Pro. The premium impression is thick with a wide full-sized display and black dominance throughout the body. I think it’s a pretty cool combination.
- Height : 1.7″ (4.2 cm)
- Width : 17.5″ (44.5 cm)
- Depth : 6.5″ (16.5cm)
- Depth With Wrist Rest: 9.3″ (23.5 cm)
- Weight : 2.53 lbs (1,149 kg)
Razer uses aluminium construction, a Doubleshot ABS keycap, and a matte finish which, apart from feeling sturdy, also makes it less likely to get dirty with finger marks. In the upper right corner, you will find the media buttons and the volume adjustment wheel system (rotated). Since this is a full-sized keyboard and its size is also quite wide, you need a lot of space to accommodate it on the table. Especially if you also install a wrist rest included in the sales package. I want to give a special thumbs up for this wrist rest because the leather material feels soft and super comfortable.
BlackWidow V3 Pro does not have a USB port with a passthrough function. There is only a USB Type-C port to connect the keyboard with a PC and at the same time function as a battery charging path. You’ll find a switch on the left side to select a mode from 2.4GHz, Bluetooth, or wired. Connection using Bluetooth allows BlackWidow V3 Pro to pair with up to 3 devices.
The advantage that I think makes this keyboard ‘versatile’; aka can be used practically as needed. For example, when you need an external keyboard on a laptop, BlackWidow V3 Pro can be connected directly. On the other hand, if you want a more stable wireless performance, you can use the 2.4 GHz mode by installing the dongle stored on the bottom.
The BlackWidow V3 Pro fared very well on the battlefield. I use Razer’s HyperSpeed dongle for gaming, as it should provide a more reliable and lag-free connection than Bluetooth. With MMO and PFS games, it’s a lot of fun to enter different key combinations, and the well-placed buttons make it easy to know which key I’m pressing without having to take my eyes off the screen. However, the Razer Green switch is so loud that it can be annoying, especially when you hear it despite loud bangs and laser blasts.
With my experience playing Valorant and CS; GO, I’ve come to appreciate the resistance offered by the textured buttons again. It keeps my finger on the lock without slipping and quickly jumps to new locks when handling hordes. If you focus on pressing the same key very quickly repeatedly, this linear version of the keyboard will benefit. However, the Razer Green switch returns to its place eagerly to help with quick input. The included Razer wrist produces a particular scream, helping me stay comfortable and focused on the game and playing longer.
Razer Chroma RGB and Synapse 3 . features
The Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro has certainly been equipped with Chroma RGB support for up to 16.8 million colours which has a variety of exciting effects to add to the impression of gaming and futuristic. The brightness level of the LED lamp itself can be updated directly from the keyboard. Even so, settings related to RGB effects can only be accessed through the Razer Synapse 3 application.
Through the same software, there is also an option to adjust the function of each button, including macros. But it must be remembered there is no special dedicated macro button. All buttons on the BlackWidow V3 Pro can be customized. You can also save many different profiles without any limitations. For storage on onboard storage, it can be up to 4 profiles.
Razer Green Switch and wireless performance
The Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro uses Razer’s mechanical Green Switch. With 4mm of travel, the buttons feel very clicky and can be pressed easily. It only takes a very light push, even if the sound is loud enough to have the potential to annoy other people around you. The Doubleshot ABS keycap provides a very comfortable sensation on every key on this keyboard. The accuracy and responsiveness, in my opinion, are perfect. That means it is suitable for high-speed typing.
As for the wireless quality, I have absolutely no complaints. 2.4 GHz model with Razer HyperSpeed Wireless technology support using the built-in dongle has very low latency. I don’t have a tool to calculate the latency number. But as far as the experience with this keyboard goes, it’s incredibly fast, and there’s no difference compared to wired. It’s a different story if you use Bluetooth mode. The latency is higher because maybe this mode is intended as practical support so that BlackWidow V3 Pro can be used on various devices for different needs. For example, when working with a laptop or tablet (Android and iOS). If you want to play games, I suggest using a cable or dongle instead.
Keyboard for casual and competitive gamers
As a gaming keyboard, the Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro can provide a user experience that I think is immensely satisfying. Wireless performance and ease of connecting with various devices is a plus. In terms of comfort during use, it should be appreciated. The buttons, switches, and wrist rest are excellent.
The Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro is suitable for:
Casual and competitive gamers who want a premium keyboard with reliable performance and a level of comfort that will make anyone feel at home using it for a long time. Playing AAA or Esport games will be more fun.
- Gamers who play on laptops are also suitable for choosing BlackWidow V3 Pro. The reason is that a Bluetooth connection is an attractive option because it does not require a USB port. Of course, using BlackWidow V3 Pro in Bluetooth mode is ideal for fun gaming only.
- Content creators are also suitable for using the Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro, especially if you want a keyboard with crucial customization functions and profile storage to adjust it to your work needs.
- Employees whose main job is typing are also worthy of a glance at the Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro. Typing fast feels easy and doesn’t make it sore.
- Students who need a wireless keyboard with customizable keys can choose the BlackWidow V3 Pro. The function of each button can be adjusted according to needs, for example, as a shortcut to access certain features to make it easier when doing tasks.
I set the keyboard’s RGB to max brightness and shift between (depending on my task) rainbow waves or static colours. Out-of-the-box, it’s programmed to turn off after 15 minutes of inactivity. With this setup, my review unit averages over 14 hours before needing a charge. However, I can extend the battery life if I let the RGB dim after not using the keyboard for 1-15 minutes. Razer makes this optional.
The problem, as noted above, is that at 3% battery life, the keyboard becomes unreliable. My keyboard RGB will flicker between a rainbow wave dark, static colours dim and off. Worse, there’s a noticeable delay before registering a keypress, especially the first one after a while of inactivity. Synapse also stopped being able to identify peripherals. Razer tells me that this is all because the keyboard is in low power mode, but it makes it difficult to use. Of course, once this started happening, it was easy to plug in the detachable keyboard’s USB-C cable and get back to business.
Razer claims up to 192 hours of battery life if you use the BlackWidow V3 Pro without RGB. However, if you start a light show, that number drops to 5-25 hours. Razer offers the following chart to give you an idea of how long you can expect the keyboard to last depending on the RGB settings.
Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro Pros:
- Sturdy construction
- Super comfortable wrist rest
- Razer Green Switch is fun for typing and playing games
- 2.4 GHz dongle with HyperSpeed Wireless provides ultra-low latency and lag-free
- There is a Bluetooth mode that can connect with more devices
- Dedicated media keys
- Chroma RGB
- Razer Synapse 3 . support
Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro Cons:
- Green Switch sounds noisy
- It would be more interesting if the wrist rest could be connected to the keyboard, for example, with a magnet
- Battery life could have been better
- Relatively high price
The Razer Blackwidow V3 Pro is now available on the Razer website for US$229.99
The Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro is an excellent wireless mechanical gaming keyboard. The Green tactile switch offers low pre-travel force and actuation and is also available with a silent linear switch. It has full RGB backlighting and macro programmable buttons, customized via companion software. Unlike its brother Razer BlackWidow Elite, the V3 Pro supports Bluetooth and Razer’s proprietary Hyperspeed technology via a dedicated receiver. The ergonomics are still decent despite the straightforward design due to the two angled settings and the removable armrest. The BlackWidow V3 Pro strengthens the case for Razer as a maker of premium keyboards. Wireless versatility, high-quality switches, and many extras make it worth considering, even at the high price tag.