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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 50 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 we've tested so far is the Razer BlackWidow Elite. It's an amazing gaming keyboard that's available with tactile, clicky, and linear switches, so you can get the variant you feel most comfortable with.

    The unit we bought and tested had Razer Orange switches, which are tactile and are similar to Cherry MX Browns. They have a very short pre-travel distance and low actuation force, perfect for when you need to quickly input your actions. You can customize the RGB lighting on a per-key basis, and it has on-board memory for when you need to change computers. If you need it for other uses, it's also an impressive programming keyboard with macro programmable keys, excellent typing quality, and good ergonomics.

    Unfortunately, the wrist rest is a bit unstable, but it's comfortable to use when it stays in place. 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.

    See our review

  2. Smaller Alternative

    Connectivity Wired
    Size
    TenKeyLess (80%)
    Mechanical
    Yes

    If you need more desk space, such as for FPS games, then the Razer Hunstman Tournament Edition is a great choice. It doesn't have a wrist rest like the Razer BlackWidow Elite, but it uses proprietary Razer Linear Optical switches, which have one of the shortest pre-travel distances we've seen so far, resulting in a quick gaming experience. Unfortunately, because the keys feel so light, it's easy to make typos, so it's not suggested for programming or office use. However, gamers will be happy with the excellent build quality and the doubleshot PBT keycaps, so it should last you a while. Like other Razer keyboards, each key is individually-lit and macro programmable.

    If you're looking for the best Razer gaming keyboard, then consider the BlackWidow Elite, but if you want a TKL keyboard, look into the Huntsman Tournament Edition.

    See our review

  3. Best Razer Keyboard For Office

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

    The best Razer keyboard for office use we've tested so far is the Razer BlackWidow Lite. It's a versatile keyboard that has an office-friendly design, and the typing quality is better than most other Razer keyboards we've seen.

    It uses Razer Orange switches, similar to Cherry MX Brown switches, giving great tactile feedback as you type. The switches are quiet and they come with additional O-rings to further reduce any noise, so you won't disturb your coworkers. Each key is individually lit with white backlighting, so it doesn't stick out in an office environment and you can continue doing your work through the night, but you can't customize the backlighting. If you're a programmer, you'll be happy to find out each key is macro programmable through the Synapse 3 software.

    Unfortunately, it could get a bit tiring typing on this keyboard due to the high profile of the keys and there's no included wrist rest. Overall, this is a good keyboard with a modern design, making it the best Razer keyboard for office use.

    See our review

  4. 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
    Yes

    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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