Razer BlackWidow V3 Review

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Updated December 17, 2022
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Expert Score (From 3 Experts)
78/100

Customer Score (From 4002 Reviews)
4.7/5

Overview

The Razer BlackWidow V3 is a top-tier mechanical gaming keyboard that was first released in late 2020. Measuring about 17.8 by 6.1 inches, the V3 is a full-size keyboard that takes up even more space when its detachable wrist rest is added to it. The keyboard also has RGB backlighting that owners will be able to customize, as well as a set of dedicated media keys plus a volume wheel on its top right.

It rivals some of the best keyboards around with its light and responsive key switches, and since it has a super low latency of 1.7ms, it also gives a lot of highly rated gaming keyboards a run for their money. The keyboard has two incline settings for customers to choose from and a cable that is 6.4ft long for ample flexibility. If you prefer a wireless alternative, then our Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro review might be worth checking out.

Reasons to Buy

  • Great ergonomics
  • Low latency
  • Customizable RGB lighting
  • Macro-programmable keys
  • Low typing noise

Reasons to Not

  • Noisy spacebar
  • No wireless connectivity
  • Typos due to its responsive switches

Market Context

Compared to the same brand’s similar models: The Razer BlackWidow V3 is a premium model that buyers often compare to the Razer BlackWidow Elite. The two are slightly different in that the Razer Elite has a more cushy wrist rest than the Razer V3, but the V3 has a USB passthrough, while the Elite does not. The V3 also has linear Razer Yellow key switches, which are quieter to type on compared to the tactile Razer Orange key switches on the Elite.

The keycaps on the Razer BlackWidow V3 are made of ABS plastic, while those on the Razer Huntsman V2 are made of PBT plastic, but the wrist rest on the V2 is more plush compared to the one on the V3. Also, the V3 has a much higher latency of 1.7ms compared to the V2, at 0.5ms.

Compared to other brands’ similar models: The cable on the Razer BlackWidow V3 is non-detachable, while the one on the NZXT Function can be detached, and the V3 has dedicated media keys while the NZXT has hotkeys. However, the V3 has a much lower latency of 1.7ms compared to the NZXT, with a latency of 6.9ms. You can check out our NZXT Function review for more on what else it has to offer.

Critic Consensus

Expert testers were quite impressed with how optimized the Razer BlackWidow V3 was for gaming. Experts from Rtings praised its responsive key switches and ergonomics. During their tests, they could alternate between its two incline settings and set aside its detachable wrist rest In this way, the V3 is similar to the Huntsman Elite, which we’ve covered in our Razer Huntsman Elite review.

The team at Rtings enjoyed their typing experience since its Razer Yellow switches were quiet and its keys well-spaced. Critics from Laptop Mag also lauded its durable aluminum top casing. They liked that its software was easy to use to macro program all its keys and customize its backlighting and that it also had four rubberized pads that ensured it was steady on their desktop.

However, some testers complained of typos due to the short pre-travel distance of its Razer Yellow switches(check out our Razer Cynosa V2 review for an option with a longer pre-travel distance). They were also disappointed with its lack of wireless connectivity and noisy spacebar.

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