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Best Razer Keyboards

Razer mainly produces keyboards for gaming, although they've started to make office-oriented keyboards now too. They produce their own switches, so most of their mechanical keyboards are available with different types of switches, so before looking for a Razer keyboard, know your preference of switches.

We've tested over 60 keyboards so far, and below are our recommendations for the best Razer keyboards. Also, check out our recommendations for the best gaming keyboards, the best RGB keyboards, and the best mechanical keyboards.

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Best Razer Keyboards


  1. Best Razer Keyboard For Gaming

    9.3
    Gaming
    Connectivity Wired
    Size
    Full-size (100%)
    Mechanical
    Yes

    The best Razer keyboard for gaming that we've tested so far is the Razer BlackWidow Elite. Gamers will appreciate its customization options, whether it's controlling the RGB lighting or recording macros. It's also available in three different switches - linear, clicky, and tactile - so you can choose your preferred typing experience. The model that we tested included the Razer Orange switch, which is considered tactile. It has a very short pre-travel distance and low actuation force, perfect for when you need to input your actions quickly.

    It also has on-board memory for when you need to change computers and two different incline settings. It comes with a very comfortable leatherette wrist rest, and its typing noise is rather low without clicky switches. Unfortunately, the wrist rest is a bit unstable. Nonetheless, this is one of the high-end keyboards in the brand's lineup, and with amazing gaming features, it's the best Razer keyboard for gaming. However, if you want something smaller that leaves you a bit more space for your mouse, check out the TKL Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition with its Linear Optical switches. 

    See our review

  2. Best Razer Keyboard For Office

    7.6
    Office
    Connectivity Wired
    Size
    TenKeyLess (80%)
    Mechanical
    Yes

    The best Razer keyboard for office use that we've tested so far is the Razer BlackWidow Lite. The keyboard is rather small due to its TKL design, making it easy to carry around, especially since the cable is detachable. It uses Razer Orange switches, which are designed to be silent while still offering good tactile feedback. Additionally, they come with extra O-rings to further reduce any noise so that you won't disturb your coworkers. You can set a number of different profiles and program every key to whatever you want, but that is about the only customization available.

    Unfortunately, the keys are somewhat close to each other, making typos more common. Also, considering this is a Razer product, the fact that it only has white backlighting and not a full RGB display is slightly surprising. Additionally, there's no wrist rest, which would have been a nice addition to such a high design. Overall, this is a good keyboard with a modern design.

    See our review

  3. Best Razer Keyboard Under $100

    7.6
    Mixed usage
    8.8
    Gaming
    2.1
    Mobile/Tablet
    7.3
    Office
    7.7
    Programming
    Connectivity Wired
    Size
    Full-size (100%)
    Mechanical
    No

    The best Razer keyboard under $100 we've tested so far is the Razer Ornata Chroma. It's a good entry-level keyboard in the Razer lineup that most people would be satisfied with for almost any use. This keyboard uses proprietary Razer Mecha-Membrane switches, which offer the tactile feedback of mechanical switches and the soft touch of rubber dome switches. The typing quality is good because the keys have a low profile, and due to their fairly high pre-travel distance, it's harder to make typos using this keyboard. As is the case with the other Razer keyboards, gamers will be happy with the individually-lit keys and the macro programming available through the Synapse 3 software.

    Unfortunately, the build quality is only decent and the whole keyboard feels a bit cheap, but it comes with a comfortable wrist rest, which is a nice touch for those long gaming or typing sessions. For its value, it's good for any use, making it the best Razer keyboard under $100 we've tested so far.

    See our review

Compared to other brands


  • Tons of customization options. You can reprogram every key and set macros on most Razer keyboards, and you can set the RGB lighting on a per-key basis.
  • Well-built design. Razer builds most of their keyboards with hard plastic and a metal plate on top, and the wrist rests that come with the full-size keyboards are comfortable.
  • Available in a wide variety of switches. Razer produces different proprietary switches, so you can find a keyboard with your preferred switches. They've also produced optical switches, which have a low actuation point, and hybrid switches which have the tactile feedback from mechanical switches and the soft touch of rubber dome switches.
  • Software not compatible on all systems. The Synapse 3 software isn't compatible with macOS. Some of their lower-end keyboards don't have on-board memory either, so you won't be able to customize your keyboard on a Windows and use those same settings on a Mac.
  • Lack of wireless options. Razer doesn't make any wireless keyboards.
  • Expensive for their quality. Razer keyboards are a bit pricey for their quality and aren't necessarily the best gaming keyboards around. A brand such as SteelSeries has more features on their keyboards for about the same price.

Razer vs Corsair

Like Razer, Corsair also focuses their keyboards on gaming. Corsair's lineup includes wireless keyboards, the iCUE software is available on macOS, and some of their keyboards have extra macro keys. Razer keyboards have better build quality and they're available in smaller sizes with a variety of switches.

Razer vs SteelSeries

Compared to Razer, SteelSeries has fewer keyboards in their lineup, but they're fantastic gaming keyboards. SteelSeries keyboards have a ton of customization options, including adjusting the pre-travel distance for individual keys on their higher-end model. The build quality is also excellent on SteelSeries keyboards, but Razer uses more doubleshot PBT keycaps on some of their keyboards.

Razer keyboards are reliable for gaming, but some of their higher-end keyboards don't perform as well as keyboards from other brands. Since they produce their own switches, you'll likely be able to get a keyboard in a variety of switches, more so compared to other companies. With Razer, you'll likely find the keyboard that suits your preferences.

Conclusion

Razer offers a wide range of excellent gaming keyboards and they also have some good options for office use. Their keyboards have excellent build quality and come in a wide range of switches, but they can get a bit pricey. Depending on what you're looking for and what your use is going to be, it's likely you can find the right Razer keyboard.

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