The Razer BlackWidow V3 is an exceptional gaming keyboard, and it's a wired variant of the Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro. It feels very well-built and it has good ergonomics, with two incline settings and a wrist rest. It has full RGB backlighting which can be customized within the Razer Synapse 3 software, and you can set macros to any key. The linear Razer Yellow switches on our unit have a low actuation force and a low pre-travel distance, providing a light and responsive gaming experience, but it may cause more unintentional typos. If you prefer a tactile feel, it also comes in clicky Razer Green switches.
The Razer BlackWidow V3 is exceptional for gaming. It has a low actuation force and a low pre-travel distance, resulting in a light and responsive gaming experience. It's a very well-built keyboard with fully customizable RGB backlighting, and you can set macros to any key.
The Razer BlackWidow V3 is wired-only and isn't designed to be used with mobile devices.
The Razer BlackWidow V3 is good for office use. It has good ergonomics, and the Razer Yellow switches on our unit should be quiet enough for an office setting; however, the spacebar is quite noisy. It feels very well-built and provides a good typing experience, but the linear feel and low pre-travel distance might cause some accidental keystrokes.
The Razer BlackWidow V3 is great for programming. It feels very well-built and has customizable RGB backlighting, and you can set macros to any key. It provides a good typing experience, but the linear feel and low pre-travel distance might cause unintentional keystrokes. While it works with Linux and macOS, the customization software is available on Windows only.
The Razer BlackWidow V3 is a full-sized keyboard that takes up some space on your desk, especially if you use it with the wrist rest. If you prefer a slightly smaller size, it also comes in a TenKeyLess version.
It has excellent build quality, similar to the Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro. It's mostly made of plastic, and it has a matte black aluminum top plate that exhibits little flex. The doubleshot ABS keycaps are slightly textured and shouldn't be prone to getting shiny. Some of the larger keys, like the spacebar, Shift, and Enter keys, wobble a bit, and the stabilizer on the spacebar rattles louder than the other stabilizers. The incline feet are very grippy and they hold the board in place well.
It has good ergonomics. It's a straight board design that has two inclines. It comes with a wrist rest that you can place below the keyboard, but it doesn't attach to it since there aren't any connectors.
It has outstanding RGB backlighting that you can customize through the Razer Chroma software. You can control the brightness directly on the keyboard with the function keys.
It has a stiff, braided cable that retains kinks from packaging.
This is a wired keyboard that can't be used wirelessly.
It has a few extra features, including a Game Mode key that locks the Windows key, a volume control wheel, and a media key.
The Razer Yellow switches on our unit are linear and silent. They don't require a lot of force to actuate, which gives them a light feel, and their low pre-travel distance should feel responsive for gaming. If you prefer a tactile feel, Razer Green switches are also available.
The Razer BlackWidow V3 we tested has good typing quality. The shape and spacing of the keys are pretty standard and shouldn't cause more typos, but the linear feel and low pre-travel distance may cause more unintentional keystrokes. The doubleshot ABS keycaps feel nice to type on, but the spacebar, Shift, and Enter keys aren't very stable, and the spacebar is quite noisy when pressed. Since these are linear switches, they don't provide any tactile feedback, which may be unsatisfying if you prefer a tactile feel. That said, it's available with clicky Razer Green switches, which may change the typing quality.
The linear Razer Yellow switches on our unit are quiet and shouldn't bother those around you in an open office environment. However, the spacebar is noisy when pressed. We expect the clicky Razer Green switches to be significantly louder.
The Razer Synapse 3 software is fantastic. You can set macros to any key, customize the backlighting, and create as many profiles as you want. You can save four profiles to the on-board memory. However, it isn't very intuitive or user-friendly for new users.
The software isn't available on macOS or Linux, so you can't customize any of the settings. However, all of the keys should still work properly, except for the Pause Break and Scroll Lock on macOS.
We tested the full-sized Razer BlackWidow V3 in Classic Black with Razer Yellow switches. It's a wired variant of the Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro, but its wrist rest is less plushy and the media controls look different. It's available in two different colors, although the Quartz Pink is only available in one size with Razer Green switches. You can see the differences in the table below.
|Classic Black||Full-size||Razer Yellow (linear and silent)
Razer Green (tactile and clicky)
|Classic Black||TKL||Razer Green (tactile and clicky)|
|Quartz Pink||Full-size||Razer Green (tactile and clicky)|
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The Razer BlackWidow V3 is an exceptional gaming keyboard. It feels very well-built and it's comfortable to type on, but the linear feel and low pre-travel distance of its switches may cause unintentional keystrokes. Like many Razer keyboards, this is an outstanding choice for gamers due to the light Razer switches, customizable features, and RGB backlighting. For more options, check out our recommendations for the best gaming keyboards, the best RGB keyboards, and the best mechanical gaming keyboards.
The Razer Huntsman and the Razer BlackWidow V3 are both exceptional for gaming. The V3 comes with a wrist rest, a dedicated media key, and it has a volume control wheel that can be reprogrammed. However, the Huntsman has a better typing experience, and the clicky Razer Optical switches on our unit have an even lower actuation force and pre-travel distance than the V3, which should give it a lighter and more responsive feel.
The Razer BlackWidow Elite and the Razer BlackWidow V3 are both outstanding gaming keyboards. The Elite has a more comfortable wrist rest, USB passthrough, three dedicated media keys instead of just one, and it's available in Razer Orange tactile switches, unlike the V3. However, the V3's linear Razer Yellow switches have a lower pre-travel distance, which provide a more responsive feel.
The Razer Huntsman Elite and the Razer BlackWidow V3 are both incredible gaming keyboards. The V3 has onboard memory, and the linear Razer Yellow switches on our unit provide a better typing experience than the Razer Linear Optical switches on our Elite unit. Its higher pre-travel distance and actuation force help prevent accidental keystrokes. However, the Elite has a plushier wrist rest and three dedicated media control buttons instead of one.
The Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro and the Razer BlackWidow V3 are both fantastic gaming keyboards. The V3 Pro can be used both wirelessly and wired, it's compatible with mobile operating systems, and it comes with a plushier wrist rest. Also, its keys are more stable and they wobble less. On the other hand, the V3's linear Razer Yellow switches have a lower actuation point and pre-travel distance than the V3 Pro's clicky Razer Green switches, giving it a lighter and more responsive feel.
The Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition and the Razer BlackWidow V3 are very different keyboards. The TE is a TKL keyboard with linear optical switches, while the V3 is full-size and is available with Razer Yellow or Green mechanical switches. The TE's Linear Optical switches have a shorter pre-travel distance and lower actuation force than the Yellow switches on the V3, making them more responsive. However, they're not as good for general typing because they're overly sensitive, which leads to more typos. The V3 comes with a wrist rest and has dedicated media controls, which the TE lacks.