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The 4 Best Razer Keyboards of 2023 Reviews

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Best Razer Keyboards

Razer's product lineup is all about gaming. From low-end rubber dome models to premium models with proprietary optical switches, Razer has a keyboard for any gamer looking for a high-performance model. Even their office-oriented models have gaming in mind. Regardless of what model you spring for, you'll get a well-built unit with extremely low latency right out of the box. Since these keyboards all work with Razer's companion software, pairing a Razer keyboard with other Razer peripherals means you only need a single piece of software to customize your setup's lighting effects and other features.

Of the over 185 keyboards we've tested, 23 of them have been Razer models, and below are our picks for the best Razer keyboards.

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Best Razer Keyboards


  1. Best Razer Keyboard

    The Razer Huntsman V2 Analog is the best Razer keyboard we've tested. This flagship model comes fully loaded with features designed to elevate your gaming experience. The most notable of these features is the proprietary Optical Analog switches. These switches allow you to adjust the pre-travel distance on a per-key basis, giving you control over the sensitivity of your keypresses. The switches also support an "Analog Mode." With this mode enabled, the more pressure you apply to your keypress, the more you move in-game, like a joystick on a gamepad controller. This feature is excellent for racing games, flight simulators, or for having finer movements in FPS games. And with its split millisecond latency, the in-game experience feels very fluid and responsive.

    Every key has a stabilizer underneath it, so there's no wobble whatsoever, which is great as this reduces the chance of accidentally nicking a nearby key and messing up your shot. Plus, the keycaps are double-shot PBT, meaning they won't get slick over time from the build-up of finger oil. Overall, it's an incredibly high-performing keyboard right out of the box, sure to satisfy gamers of any skill level.

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  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Razer Keyboard

    At its core, the Razer Pro Type Ultra is a gaming keyboard dressed up for an office job. The design has a nice, office-friendly aesthetic, similar to the silver and chrome style of Apple peripherals, with white-only instead of RGB backlighting. But, under the hood lies a gaming powerhouse offering exceptionally low latency that delivers a responsive in-game experience. This versatile unit also comes equipped with three different connection styles, so you can use it wired while it charges, with up to three devices using Bluetooth, or use the specialized USB receiver, which pairs with some other Razer office products. Razer advertises a battery life of over 200 hours when used wirelessly, so it's sure to last you through the work week and beyond on a fresh charge.

    Overall, it feels incredibly comfortable and pleasant to type on since the linear Razer Yellow switches are super light to actuate and have little resistance. Plus, there's a cushioned wrist rest to support your wrists throughout your day. The keycaps feel great on your fingertips thanks to the soft-touch coating, and this coating adds a bit of extra grip, which is helpful if you're prone to sweaty hands.

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  3. Best Mid-Range Razer Keyboard

    While the Razer BlackWidow V3 may be one of Razer's older models, it's still one of the best Razer gaming keyboards in their lineup. This wired-only model offers exceptionally low latency that's perfect for competitive and reaction-based games where every second counts. And, thanks to its incredibly light switches, your keypresses feel very fluid. As a bonus, there's a volume knob and dedicated media keys along the top of the keyboard, so you can easily control your media directly from the keyboard. The RGB backlighting is great for enthusiasts as it's bright, and the colors are mixed very well. Plus, you can customize the backlighting on a per-key basis using Synapse 3 to display tons of cool lighting effects.

    Though its full size takes up a lot of space on a desk, it's still a solid choice for a permanent gaming setup. It also has a detachable wrist rest for extra support during those long gaming sessions. You also have the choice to get this keyboard with linear Yellow switches or clicky Green switches, which offer a loud, but satisfying click.

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  4. Best Budget Razer Keyboard

    If the premium options are a bit out of your price range, don't worry, there's always the Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition. Since this is an older version of their flagship Huntsman lineup, it's available much cheaper than it was at launch, making it the best Razer gaming keyboard you can find for its price point. It uses Razer's premium Optical switches instead of standard mechanical ones. These feel like a linear mechanical switch, but they use a beam of light to register inputs, meaning they feel much more responsive. They're also incredibly light to actuate, so you won't have to press too deeply on your keys to get your shots in.

    It comes in a gaming-friendly TenKeyLess size that gives you easy access to your WASD keys, dedicated arrow keys, and extra space on your desk for dynamic mouse movements. And, you get all the customization features that come standard with Synapse 3, like macro-programming and per-key RGB lighting effects.

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Compared to other brands


  • Tons of customization options. You can reprogram every key and set macros on most Razer keyboards. You can also 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. Most models also come with comfortable wrist rests.
  • Available in a wide variety of switches. Razer produces different proprietary switches, meaning you can find a keyboard with your preferred option. They make standard mechanical switches, optical ones, or even hybrid switches, which are rubber dome switches meant to feel like mechanical 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 onboard memory, so you can't customize it on Windows and use those same settings on a Mac.
  • Expensive for their quality. Razer keyboards are a bit pricey for their quality and aren't necessarily the best gaming keyboards. A brand like SteelSeries has more features on its models for about the same price.

Razer vs Corsair

Compared to Corsair, Razer models tend to use fewer premium materials. Corsair keyboards often have aluminum top plates, PBT keycaps, and Cherry MX switches inside the boards. Razer models tend to have a sleeker aesthetic, with less noise, bells, and whistles. Also, Razer's higher-end models use optical-mechanical switches, which have an adjustable pre-travel distance feature and a light actuation force. Essentially, you won't go wrong with a model from either lineup, so it comes down to personal preference and the features you want.

Razer vs SteelSeries

Compared to SteelSeries, Razer offers a much wider range of options and models, with units like the Pro Type Ultra filling the productivity niche. That said, the flagship SteelSeries lineup, the Apex Pro series, is meant to compete with Razer's flagship Huntsman lineup. Both of these lineups feature boards with an adjustable pre-travel distance feature and multi-input customization, though there are notable differences. The SteelSeries boards have a more consistent and accurate implementation of these features, while the Razer Huntsman Analog boards have an "Analog Mode" that gives you finer control over your in-game movements as the keyboards can emulate joystick controls.

Razer vs Logitech

Compared to Logitech, Razer has quite a narrow range of products. Logitech is a major manufacturer of keyboards for both gaming and office use, and their products come in a wide range of switch types, like membrane, scissor, and mechanical, while Razer units use membrane or mechanical switches. Razer does have a leg-up in that they use optical-mechanical switches, which have a greater range of customization over standard mechanical switches. As Razer products are designed for gaming use, they often have better latency, RGB implementation, and customization over Logitech.

Razer makes a good range of wired and wireless models designed mostly for gaming use. Their models are well-built and offer extremely low latency for a responsive in-game performance, but they often don't have as many extra hardware features to make it worth their premium price tag. As a plus, they make their own in-house switches, which are optimized for gaming, and most of their keyboards come with a variety of switch types, so you can find a configuration that suits your needs right out of the box.

Recent Updates

  1. Nov 17, 2022: Minor updates to text for readability; no changes to picks.

  2. Aug 19, 2022: Re-organized the picks to better align with user expectations; added the BlackWidow V3 as the 'Best Mid-Range' pick; updated the intro and Compared To text for accuracy.

  3. Apr 06, 2022: Text updated for accuracy; no changes to picks.

  4. Jan 06, 2022: Replaced the Razer Pro Type with the Razer Pro Type Ultra for 'Best Razer Keyboard For Office.'

  5. Nov 09, 2021: Verified picks for availability and updated text for accuracy.

Conclusion

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

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