Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini HyperSpeed Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Jun 15, 2021 at 09:55 am
Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini HyperSpeed Picture
9.0
Gaming
7.4
Mobile/Tablet
6.9
Office
7.8
Programming
7.1
Entertainment / HTPC
Connectivity Wireless
Size
Compact (65%)
Mechanical
Yes

The Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini HyperSpeed is Razer's first wireless 65% keyboard. It's nearly the same size as a 60% board, but it has extra keys for navigation and dedicated arrow keys. It can pair with up to three devices at once via Bluetooth, and you can also use it with its USB receiver or wired with its braided cable. Similar to other models in the BlackWidow lineup, it has customizable RGB backlighting, all of its keys are macro-programmable, and it has very low latency over both a wired and wireless connection. Unfortunately, our unit has some quality control issues with the Razer Green switches. There are clear differences in the audible click from one key to another; some are loud as expected, but others have a very faint sound that you can barely hear. However, this may only be an issue on our unit.

Our Verdict

9.0 Gaming

The Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini is fantastic for gaming. It has incredibly low latency over both a wired connection and its USB receiver, and it has customizable RGB backlighting and macro-programmable keys. The clicky Razer Green switches on our unit feel light and responsive, and they provide nice tactile feedback. The board has a high profile and doesn't come with a wrist rest, so you may feel fatigue in your wrist after gaming for a long time.

Pros
  • Incredibly low latency.
  • All keys are macro-programmable.
  • Compatible with many operating systems.
Cons
  • High profile and no wrist rest.
  • Quality control issues with switches.
7.4 Mobile/Tablet

The Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini is decent for mobile or tablet use. It's compatible with many operating systems, and it can pair with up to three devices at once via Bluetooth. While its 65% size makes it easier to fit into a laptop bag, it's tall and is heavy for its size, so it may not be the best option if you intend to travel with it.

Pros
  • Supports multi-device pairing.
  • Compatible with many operating systems.
Cons
  • Quality control issues with switches.
  • Tall and heavy board.
6.9 Office

The Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini is just okay for office use. The board has a high profile but doesn't come with a wrist rest, so you might feel fatigue in your wrists while typing. While the clicky Razer Green switches on our unit are likely too loud for an office setting, there are also Razer Yellow switches available; these are quieter and don't provide tactile feedback. It's compatible with many operating systems, and it can pair with up to three devices at once via Bluetooth. Unfortunately, the typing experience is only decent due to some quality control issues with the switches on our unit.

Pros
  • Supports multi-device pairing.
  • Compatible with many operating systems.
Cons
  • High profile and no wrist rest.
  • Quality control issues with switches.
7.8 Programming

The Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini is very good for programming. It has customizable RGB backlighting, and all the keys are macro-programmable. It's compatible with many operating systems and can pair with up to three devices at once via Bluetooth. Unfortunately, its typing experience is only decent due to some quality control issues with the switches on our unit. Also, it has a high profile but doesn't come with a wrist rest, so you may feel fatigue in your wrist after typing for a long time.

Pros
  • Supports multi-device pairing.
  • All keys are macro-programmable.
  • Compatible with many operating systems.
Cons
  • High profile and no wrist rest.
  • Quality control issues with switches.
7.1 Entertainment / HTPC

The Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini is decent for use with a home theater setup. Since you can use it via Bluetooth or with its USB receiver, you don't need to worry about a cable running from your board to the TV. It has media hotkeys and RGB backlighting but doesn't have a built-in trackpad, so you may still need a mouse to navigate the interface.

Pros
  • Supports multi-device pairing.
  • Media hotkeys.
  • Compatible with many operating systems.
Cons
  • High profile and no wrist rest.
  • Quality control issues with switches.
  • No integrated trackpad.
  • 9.0 Gaming
  • 7.4 Mobile/Tablet
  • 6.9 Office
  • 7.8 Programming
  • 7.1 Entertainment / HTPC

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
1.6" (4.1 cm)
Width 12.5" (31.8 cm)
Depth
5.1" (13.1 cm)
Depth With Wrist Rest
N/A
Weight
1.59 lbs (0.723 kg)

The Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini is a 65% keyboard that doesn't take up much room on a desk. It's nearly the same size as a 60% board, but it has extra keys for Delete, Page Up, Page Down, and Insert, and it has dedicated arrow keys.

7.5
Design
Build Quality
Keycap Material ABS

The Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini feels well-built, is made of hard plastic with an aluminum base plate, and has four rubber feet on each corner of the underside that do a good job of keeping the board in place. The textured doubleshot ABS keycaps feel nice to type on, and all the smaller alphanumerical keys feel stable. However, the larger keys, namely the Backspace, Enter, Shift, and CapsLock, wobble slightly more. The stabilizers rattle when you shake the board, but otherwise, it shouldn't be noticeable during regular use. Unfortunately, there's a quality control issue with the clicky Razer Green switches on our unit. There are clear differences in the audible click from key to key; some are loud as expected, but others have a very faint sound that you can barely hear. We don't know if this is an issue on our unit only, but let us know in the discussions if you experience a similar problem.

6.5
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Minimum Incline
Medium Incline
Maximum Incline
Wrist Rest No

The Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini has unremarkable ergonomics. It's a straight board with two incline settings and no included wrist rest. Unfortunately, since its profile is high, you need to bend your wrists a lot to type, which may cause fatigue over time.

9.9
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting Yes
Color
RGB
Individually Backlit Keys
Yes
Color Mixing
Good
Effects
Yes
Programmable
Yes

The Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini has fantastic RGB backlighting, with individually-lit keys. You can adjust the brightness levels and change the lighting effects through the Razer Synapse 3 software. You can also change the effects directly on the board. It's good at color mixing, but some areas have a pinkish hue.

Design
Cable & Connector
Detachable
Yes (Wired Mode and Charge)
Length 6.6 ft (2.0 m)
Connector (Keyboard side)
USB type-C
10
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
Yes
Bluetooth Multi-Device Pairing
3
Proprietary Receiver
Yes
Battery Type
Rechargeable

Razer advertises that the Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini can charge from zero to full in under five hours and that a full charge lasts up to 200 hours, but we don't test either of these. There's a switch on the side of the board to let you swap between Bluetooth, USB receiver, and Wired mode, and there's an LED switch next to it that indicates battery life.

Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Hot Keys
Macro Programmable Keys
All
Trackpad / Trackball No
Wheel No
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad No
Windows Key Lock
Yes
Lock Indicator Caps Lock

The Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini has some extra features, including a Game Mode hotkey which locks the Windows key and disables Alt+Tab and Alt+F4, preventing you from minimizing, tabbing out of, or exiting your game. The Razer Synapse software lets you customize what the Game Mode does, and you can also set macros to any key. You can also program macros directly from the board.

Design
In The Box

  • Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini board
  • USB-A to USB-C braided cable
  • USB receiver
  • Razer stickers
  • Quick start guide

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Razer Green
Feel
Clicky
Operating Force
58 gf
Actuation Force
54 gf
Pre-Travel
1.8 mm
Total Travel
4.0 mm

The Razer Green switches on our Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini unit feel light and responsive, and they provide a nice tactile feedback. Some of the switches aren't as clicky, and there's a slight difference in the feel of the tactile bump. We expect these results to be different if you get the linear Razer Yellow switches.

7.0
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

The Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini provides a decent typing experience. The doubleshot ABS keycaps feel stable, although the larger keys have a slight wobble, noticeable while typing. The Razer Green switches feel light and responsive and provide nice tactile feedback; however, some of the switches on our unit aren't as clicky as others and have a slight difference in the feel of the tactile bump. Also, since the board has a fairly high profile and it doesn't come with a wrist rest, you may start to feel fatigue after typing during long periods. These results may be different if you get the keyboard with linear Razer Yellow switches.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Loud

The Razer Green switches on the Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini are loud, but we expect the Razer Yellow switches to be quieter.

10
Typing Experience
Latency
Latency Wired
1.2 ms
Latency Receiver
0.8 ms
Latency Bluetooth
9.5 ms

The Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini has incredibly low latency when used wired or with its USB receiver. While it's higher over Bluetooth, it's still good.

Software and Operating System
9.6
Software and Operating System
Software & Programming
Software Name Razer Synapse 3
Account Required
No
Profiles
6+
Onboard Memory
Yes
Cloud Sync
Yes
Macro Programming
Software and Onboard
Ease Of Use
Easy
Software Windows Compatible
Yes
Software macOS Compatible
No

The Razer Synapse 3 software is user-friendly and easy to use. You can set macros, remap keys, and customize the RGB backlighting on the Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini, as well as choose what the Game Mode hotkey does. You can save up to four profiles to the onboard memory and add another layer of customization by setting a HyperShift button. However, you can only reprogram keys that don't already have a secondary function assigned to them. You can also have a cloud profile saved when you move to a different computer with Synapse downloaded. Unfortunately, any customizations you make to the RGB backlighting won't save to the onboard memory.

8.5
Software and Operating System
Keyboard Compatibility
Windows Full
macOS Partial
Linux Partial
Android Partial
iOS Partial
iPadOS Partial

The software is only available on Windows, so you can't customize any of the settings on the other operating systems. However, all of the keys on the Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini should still work properly, except for the Pause Break and Scroll Lock on macOS as well as the Insert and Print Screen buttons on iOS and iPad OS.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini with clicky Razer Green switches, but it's also available with linear Razer Yellow switches. It's only available in black.

If you have this keyboard and notice it's different from ours, let us know, and we'll update the review. You can see the label of our unit here.

Compared To Other Keyboards

The Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini is Razer's first 65% wireless gaming keyboard for PC. It has many of the same features that some other models in the BlackWidow lineup have, like customizable RGB backlighting, macro-programmable keys, and onboard memory. Like the Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro, it has an incredibly low latency over both a wired connection and via its USB receiver. Unfortunately, unlike the other models that usually feel very well-built, our unit has some quality control issues with the switches.

For other options, see our recommendations for the best gaming keyboards, the best mechanical boards, and the best Razer keyboards.

Razer Huntsman Mini

The Razer Huntsman Mini and the Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini HyperSpeed are compact gaming keyboards, but the V3 Mini has dedicated navigation keys, including arrow keys. You can use the V3 Mini wirelessly, and it's available with Razer Green and Yellow switches. On the other hand, the Huntsman Mini is wired-only and is available with Razer Optical Purple and Red switches. Both boards have high profiles and no wrist rest, customizable RGB backlighting, and incredibly low latency, although it's slightly lower on the V3 Mini.

Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro

The Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro and the Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini HyperSpeed are similar mechanical gaming keyboards, but the V3 Pro is full-size, and the V3 Mini is a 65% compact board. Because of its smaller size, the V3 Mini lacks the dedicated media keys, volume wheel, F-row, and NumPad that the V3 Pro has. Also, despite being just as tall as the V3 Pro, the V3 Mini doesn't come with a wrist rest, which can cause wrist fatigue over time. Both are wireless, can pair with up to three devices at once via Bluetooth, and have outstandingly low latency, but the V3 Pro doesn't have the quality control issues with its Razer Green switches like our V3 Mini has.

Obinslab Anne Pro 2

The Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini HyperSpeed and the Obinslab Anne Pro 2 are both wireless mechanical keyboards. The Obinslab is more compact since it doesn't have the dedicated navigation keys the Razer has. While the Obinslab doesn't have a USB receiver, it can pair with up to four devices over Bluetooth, which is one more than the Razer. Also, our Obinslab unit doesn't have the same quality control issue that our Razer has, so the typing experience and build quality feel much better. Both boards have incredibly low latency over a wired connection, but the Razer's Bluetooth latency is much lower.

Keychron K2

The Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini HyperSpeed and the Keychron K2 are both wireless mechanical keyboards, but they're for different uses. The Razer is a better choice for gaming thanks to its incredibly low latency, macro-programmable keys, and customization software. Also, unlike the Keychron, the Razer has a USB receiver. On the other hand, the Keychron is a better option for office use, thanks to its full compatibility with Windows, macOS, and Linux. Also, the Keychron doesn't have the same quality control issues as our Razer unit does, so its typing quality is better.

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