Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Oct 14, 2020 at 10:27 am
Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro Picture
9.1
Gaming
6.0
Mobile/Tablet
7.8
Office
8.5
Programming
7.7
Entertainment / HTPC
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

9.1 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.
6.0 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.
7.8 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.
8.5 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.
7.7 Entertainment / HTPC

The Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro is good for use with a home theater PC. You can connect it over Bluetooth or via its USB dongle, which is great if you're worried about tripping over wires. It has dedicated media controls, and the keys are easily visible in the dark thanks to its full RGB backlighting. Unfortunately, you need a separate mouse to navigate the user interface because there's no trackpad.

  • 9.1 Gaming
  • 6.0 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.8 Office
  • 8.5 Programming
  • 7.7 Entertainment / HTPC
  1. Updated Feb 04, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
1.7" (4.2 cm)
Width 17.5" (44.5 cm)
Depth
6.5" (16.5 cm)
Depth With Wrist Rest
9.3" (23.5 cm)
Weight
2.53 lbs (1.149 kg)

The Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro Wireless is a rather large keyboard due to its full-sized design, and it takes up even more room if you use the wrist rest. If you prefer a compact size, check out the Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini HyperSpeed.

8.5
Design
Build Quality
Keycap Material ABS

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
Minimum Incline
Medium Incline
Maximum Incline
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
Individually Backlit Keys
Yes
Color Mixing
Great
Effects
Yes
Programmable
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 & Connector
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
Bluetooth Multi-Device Pairing
3
Proprietary Receiver
Yes
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. If you prefer a wired-only keyboard, check out its variant, the Razer BlackWidow V3.

Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Dedicated
Macro Programmable Keys
All
Trackpad / Trackball No
Wheel Yes
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad Yes
Windows Key Lock
Yes
Lock Indicator Caps, Scroll & Num lock

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. If you prefer a keyboard with a row of dedicated macro keys, consider the Corsair K100 RGB.

Design
In The Box

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

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

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.

10
Typing Experience
Latency
Latency Wired
1.2 ms
Latency Receiver
0.9 ms
Latency Bluetooth
7.3 ms

The latency is superb. It's recommended to use the USB dongle for gaming, although the Bluetooth latency is pretty good too and should be fine for slower-paced games.

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 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). It's the wireless variant of the Razer BlackWidow V3. You can see our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Keyboards

The Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro Wireless 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. 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.

Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED

The Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro and the Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED are two fantastic gaming keyboards. Even though the Logitech's low profile switches have a shorter pre-travel distance and lighter operating force, the Razer provides a much better typing experience. The Razer also has better build quality, and all its keys are macro-programmable, while the Logitech only lets you reprogram the dedicated macro keys.

Razer BlackWidow Elite

The Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro and the Razer BlackWidow Elite are very similar keyboards, but the V3 Pro is wireless. The V3 Pro has a multi-device pairing feature that lets you pair up to three devices at the same time so that you can easily switch between them. On the other hand, the wired Elite has a USB passthrough. Both keyboards are available with Razer Yellow linear switches and Green clicky switches, but the Elite is also available with Orange tactile switches.

Razer Huntsman Elite

Overall, the Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro is better than the Razer Huntsman Elite. The V3 Pro has wireless connectivity, which means it can be used with a wider range of devices, including smartphones and tablets. The Elite feels a bit more responsive because its Linear Optical switches have a shorter pre-travel distance and much lower operating force than the Razer Green switches on the V3 Pro. However, they might be too sensitive for general typing and can lead to more typos. Also, they don't provide tactile feedback like the Razer Greens.

Razer BlackWidow V3

The Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro and the Razer BlackWidow V3 are both fantastic gaming keyboards. The V3 Pro can be used wirelessly or wired, is compatible with mobile operating systems, and comes with a plushier wrist rest. Also, its keys are more stable and wobble less. On the other hand, the V3's linear Razer Yellow switches have a shorter pre-travel distance and lower operating force than the V3 Pro's clicky Razer Green switches, giving it a lighter and more responsive feel.

Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition

The Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro and the Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition are very different keyboards. The V3 is a full-size wireless keyboard with dedicated media controls, while the Huntsman TE is a wired TKL keyboard. The Huntsman TE's Linear Optical switches have a shorter pre-travel distance and lighter operating force than the Razer Greens on the V3, but they don't provide any tactile feedback and are overly sensitive for general typing, resulting in a worse typing experience than the V3. Also, the Huntsman TE doesn't include a wrist rest like the V3 does.

SteelSeries Apex Pro

Although the SteelSeries Apex Pro and the Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro are both full-size gaming keyboards, they're actually quite different. The SteelSeries is wired-only, and its Omnipoint switches allow users to set their preferred pre-travel distance. The Razer is a wireless keyboard with multi-device pairing capability, and it's available with Razer Green or Yellow switches. Unlike the Omnipoint switches, which are linear, the Razer Greens that we tested provide tactile and audio feedback. The Razer has lower latency, but it doesn't have features like an OLED screen and USB passthrough, which the SteelSeries does.

Corsair K100 RGB

Gaming-wise, the Corsair K100 RGB is better than the Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro. The Corsair is available in two types of linear switches, which are light to press, while the Razer is available with linear and clicky switches. In terms of features, the Corsair has a USB passthrough and dedicated macro keys, which the Razer lacks. However, the Razer is a wireless keyboard, which is great if you want to keep a clean, wire-free setup, and it can be paired to multiple devices simultaneously so that you can switch between them easily.

Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini HyperSpeed

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.

Razer BlackWidow

The Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro is a better keyboard than the Razer BlackWidow. The V3 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 Huntsman

The Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro and the Razer Huntsman are both outstanding gaming keyboards but with different features. The V3 can be used both wirelessly and wired, and it has a multi-device pairing feature that lets you connect up to three devices simultaneously. It has a detachable wrist rest and dedicated media controls, including a customizable volume wheel. The Huntsman's Razer Clicky Optical switches have a shorter pre-travel distance and require less force to actuate than the V3's Razer Green switches, making them feel lighter and more responsive. However, they might be too sensitive for general typing, which might lead to more typos. The V3 is available with linear switches as well, but the Huntsman only has one switch option.

Razer BlackWidow Lite

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

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