Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Oct 14, 2020 at 10:27 am
Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro Picture
8.2
Mixed usage
9.2
Gaming
6.1
Mobile/Tablet
7.5
Office
8.7
Programming
Connectivity Wireless
Size
Full-size (100%)
Mechanical
Yes

The Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro is an outstanding wireless mechanical gaming keyboard. The Green tactile switches on our unit offer low pre-travel and light actuation force, and it's also available with silent linear switches. It has full RGB backlighting and macro-programmable keys, which are customizable through the companion software. Unlike the Razer BlackWidow Elite, the V3 Pro supports Bluetooth and Razer's proprietary Hyperspeed technology via its dedicated receiver. Despite its straight design, the ergonomics are still decent due to the two incline settings and detachable wrist rest.

Our Verdict

8.2 Mixed usage

The Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro is a great keyboard for mixed use. It's outstanding for gaming with full RGB backlighting, and the Razer Green switches on our unit offer low pre-travel and light actuation force. These may be too loud for the office; however, it's also available with silent linear switches. The plushy wrist rest should make typing feel comfortable and pain-free. While it's designed for gaming, programmers should be happy with its macro-programmable keys and multi-device pairing feature. You can pair it with Bluetooth-enabled mobile devices, but it's likely too large to travel with.

Pros
  • Full RGB backlighting.
  • Great typing quality.
  • Plushy detachable wrist rest.
  • Macro-programmable keys.
  • Great build quality.
Cons
  • Companion software limited to Windows.
  • Straight profile.
9.2 Gaming

The Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro is outstanding for gaming. The clicky Razer Green switches on our unit offer low pre-travel and light actuation force. That said, this keyboard is also available with silent linear switches. It has full RGB backlighting and macro-programmable keys, which are customizable in the Razer Synapse 3 companion software. The keycaps are made of doubleshot ABS plastic that feels great to touch, and gaming feels comfortable thanks to the detachable plushy wrist rest.

Pros
  • Full RGB backlighting.
  • Low pre-travel.
  • Plushy detachable wrist rest.
  • Macro-programmable keys.
  • Great build quality.
Cons
  • Straight profile.
6.1 Mobile/Tablet

The Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro is an acceptable keyboard for use with your smartphone or tablet. You can pair it over Bluetooth, and it has a multi-device feature, but it's too big to travel with. The body feels very sturdy and the battery is rechargeable.

Pros
  • Multi-device pairing.
  • Bluetooth support.
Cons
  • Large and bulky.
  • Companion software limited to Windows.
7.5 Office

The Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro is a good office keyboard. Despite its straight design, the ergonomics are still satisfactory due to the two incline settings and the detachable plushy wrist rest. The Razer Green switches on our unit offer a great typing quality without causing a noticeable uptick in typos, but are too loud for an office. That said, it's also available with silent linear switches. The build quality is excellent and the doubleshot ABS keycaps feel great to touch.

Pros
  • Great typing quality.
  • Plushy detachable wrist rest.
  • Great build quality.
Cons
  • Clicky Green switches.
  • Straight profile.
8.7 Programming

The Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro is an excellent keyboard for programming. It offers great typing quality with the tactile Razer Green switches but is also available with linear switches. It has full RGB backlighting and all the keys are macro-programmable, which are customizable in the companion software. The ergonomics are decent thanks to the detachable wrist rest and two incline settings. It has an excellent build quality and the doubleshot ABS keycaps feel good to touch.

Pros
  • Full RGB backlighting.
  • Great typing quality.
  • Plushy detachable wrist rest.
  • Macro-programmable keys.
  • Great build quality.
Cons
  • Companion software limited to Windows.
  • Straight profile.
  • 8.2 Mixed usage
  • 9.2 Gaming
  • 6.1 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.5 Office
  • 8.7 Programming

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
1.7" (4.2 cm)
Width 17.5" (44.4 cm)
Depth 6.5" (16.5 cm)
Weight 2.5 lbs (1.1 kg)

The Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro is a rather large keyboard due to its full-sized design and it takes up even more room due to its detachable wrist rest. There's no TenKeyLess or compact version.

8.5
Design
Build Quality

The Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro has excellent build quality. It's made largely of plastic with an aluminum faceplate that exhibits very little flex. Keycaps are made of doubleshot ABS plastic and feel superior to the ones on the Razer BlackWidow Elite. There's some minor wobble to the keys, most noticeably with the spacebar, shift, backspace, and enter keys. Also, the stabilizers rattle when you shake the board. The incline feet are grippy enough to keep it from sliding around, and they feel more solid than the ones on the Elite.

7.5
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Incline Settings
2
Wrist Rest Detachable

The Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro's ergonomics are good. It has a typical straight board design, but the two incline settings and detachable plushy wrist rest should make it comfortable to use.

10
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting Yes
Color RGB
Brightness Settings
Yes
Individually Backlit Keys
Yes

This keyboard has full RGB backlighting that's very similar to the Razer BlackWidow Elite's, only not as bright. The brightness is controlled directly on the keyboard using FN+11 and 12 to decrease and increase respectively. The colors, effects, speed, and brightness are customizable through the companion software.

Design
Cable
Detachable
Yes (Wired Mode and Charge)
Length 6.5 ft (2.0 m)
Connector (Keyboard side) USB type-C

This keyboard comes with a detachable braided USB-C cable. It's not as thick as the Razer BlackWidow Elite's but is of good quality, despite being rather kinky.

10
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
Yes
Proprietary Receiver
Yes
Multi-Device Pairing
3
Battery Type
Rechargeable

This keyboard has outstanding wireless versatility. You can connect to it over Bluetooth or its proprietary receiver, and it pairs with up to three different devices. You can switch between paired devices via a switch on the left side.

Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Dedicated
Macro Programmable Keys
All
Extra Controls
Wheel
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad Yes
Windows Key Lock
Yes

The Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro has nice extra features. Every key is macro-programmable, and there's even a hotkey to record and save macros to the board. It has dedicated media keys and a volume control wheel, which is also programmable.

Design
In The Box

  • Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro keyboard
  • Detachable wrist rest
  • USB to USB-C cable
  • Wireless receiver
  • Razer stickers
  • Quick start guide

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Razer Green
Feel
Clicky
Actuation Force
44.3 gf
Pre-Travel
1.92 mm
Total Travel
4.00 mm

Our Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro uses Razer Green switches, which are tactile and clicky. They don't require a lot of force to actuate, which gives them a very light feel. That said, if you don't like the feel of tactile switches or want something quieter, it's also available with silent linear Yellow switches.

8.0
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

The Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro has great typing quality. The doubleshot ABS keycaps feel good to the touch, and while there's a slight wobble to the keys, it's not noticeable while typing. The ergonomics are decent and shouldn't cause any fatigue or pain, and the Razer Green switches on our unit offer a light and easy typing experience. That said, it's also available with silent linear Yellow switches, which may change the typing quality.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Loud

The Razer Green switches on our Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro are loud and clicky, which may disturb those around you. That said, it's also available with Razer Yellow switches, which are silent and linear.

Software and Operating System
9.1
Software and Operating System
Software
Software Razer Synapse 3
Account Required
No
Profiles
6+
Onboard Memory
Yes
Cloud Sync
Yes
Backlight Programming
Yes
Macro Programming
Yes
Software Windows Compatible
Yes
Software macOS Compatible
No

The Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro is compatible with the outstanding Razer Synapse 3 companion software. From here, you can set macros, reprogram keys, and customize the RGB backlighting. It doesn't require an account, and you can set an unlimited amount of profiles.

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

This keyboard is fully compatible with Windows. On macOS, the 'Scroll Lock and 'Pause/Break' buttons don't work. The Windows key doesn't work as intended on Android, and some minor keys don't work on iOS/iPadOS.

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

We tested the Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro with Razer Green switches (tactile and clicky), and it's also available with Razer Yellow switches (linear and silent). You can see our unit's label here.

Compared to other keyboards

The Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro is a great wireless keyboard. It's quite similar to the Razer BlackWidow Elite in many respects, but it has wireless support via Bluetooth and its proprietary receiver. It's the wireless variant of the Razer BlackWidow V3, which we haven't tested, but we expect it to perform similarly. Like many Razer keyboards, this is an exceptional choice for gamers due to the light Razer switches and customizable features. For more options, check out our recommendations for the best gaming keyboards, the best RGB keyboards, and the best mechanical gaming keyboards.

Razer BlackWidow Elite

The Razer BlackWidow Elite is a slightly better keyboard than the Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro. The Elite has USB passthrough and brighter RGB backlighting. That said, the V3 Pro can be used wirelessly over Bluetooth or its proprietary receiver.

Razer Huntsman

The Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro is overall a better keyboard than the Razer Huntsman. The V3 Pro can be used both wirelessly and wired, and it has a detachable wrist rest. The V3 Pro requires more force than the Huntsman to actuate a key and has a longer pre-travel distance, but it's prone to less typos. The V3 Pro also has dedicated media keys and features a programmable volume control wheel.

Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED

The Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro is a slightly better keyboard than the Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED. The V3 Pro has a detachable wrist rest, and all keys are macro-programmable. That said, the LIGHTSPEED won't take up much space on a desk, and the companion software is also available on macOS.

Razer Huntsman Elite

The Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro is a better keyboard than the Razer Huntsman Elite. The V3 Pro can be used both wirelessly and wired, has on-board memory, and it's compatible with more operating systems. The V3 Pro has a longer pre-travel distance, but it's prone to fewer typos, and it provides a better typing experience than the Elite due to its tactile feedback when a key is registered. However, the Elite may represent better value for some people.

Razer BlackWidow

The Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro is a better keyboard than the Razer BlackWidow. The V3 Pro can be used wirelessly and has a detachable wrist rest. On the other hand, the regular BlackWidow offers a similar typing quality and may represent better value for some people.

Razer BlackWidow Lite

The Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro is a better keyboard than the Razer BlackWidow Lite. The V3 Pro can be used wirelessly, has full RGB backlighting, and comes with a detachable wrist rest. On the other hand, the Lite's TenKeyLess design will take up less room on a desk and may represent better value for some people.

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