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Razer BlackWidow V4 75% Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v1.3.1
Reviewed Oct 13, 2023 at 12:28 pm
Latest change: Test bench update Nov 29, 2023 at 09:32 am
Razer BlackWidow V4 75% Picture
9.0
Gaming
7.1
Office
1.9
Mobile/Tablet
7.6
Programming
3.9
Entertainment / HTPC
9.3
Raw Performance

The Razer BlackWidow V4 75% is a wired gaming keyboard that continues Razer's BlackWidow lineup. Like other recent entries in the lineup, this model features a maximum polling rate of 8000Hz, layers of sound-dampening foam, and pre-lubed stabilizers. New features unique to this model include a poron gasket mounting system, a factory tape mod, and a high-density fiber plate—all features that soften the overall sound and feel of the board while typing or gaming. This keyboard also reintroduces Razer's newly-updated Orange Gen-3 Mechanical Switches, which are noteworthy for including a tactile bump very early on in the keystroke.

Our Verdict

9.0 Gaming

The Razer BlackWidow V4 75% is an amazing gaming keyboard. It delivers remarkably good latency performance that's also extremely consistent thanks to a maximum update rate of 8000Hz. This keyboard uses Razer's Orange Gen-3 Mechanical Switches, which have a tactile feel with a very early bump. They provide great latency performance but may take some getting used to if you typically use linear switches. It also has impressive build quality with several design elements, like poron gaskets, a factory tape mod, and pre-lubed stabilizers typically found on higher-end custom keyboards and improve the overall sound and feel.

Pros
  • Impressive build quality.
  • Outstanding latency performance.
  • 8000Hz effective update rate.
  • Per-key backlighting and shine-through keycap legends.
  • Poron gasket, tape mod, pre-lubed stabilizers, FS4 plate, and sound-dampening foam.
Cons
  • No dedicated macro keys.
7.1 Office

While not designed specifically for this use, the Razer BlackWidow V4 75% is decent for office work. It has impressive build quality and features several elements designed to provide a smoother, more pleasant typing experience, like pre-lubed stabilizers, poron gaskets, and layers of sound-dampening foam. There's also a comfortable included wrist rest that attaches to the board magnetically. Lastly, this keyboard's Razer Orange Gen-3 Mechanical Switches are lightweight but provide satisfying tactile feedback while still being quiet enough for most open office environments.

Pros
  • Impressive build quality.
  • Two adjustable incline settings and an included wrist rest.
  • Poron gasket, tape mod, pre-lubed stabilizers, FS4 plate, and sound-dampening foam.
Cons
  • Wired only; no Bluetooth multi-device pairing.
1.9 Mobile/Tablet

The Razer BlackWidow V4 75% is a wired-only keyboard and isn't suitable for use with tablets or mobile devices.

7.6 Programming

The Razer BlackWidow V4 75% is very good for programming. It has impressive build quality with several design elements, like poron gaskets, a factory tape mod, and pre-lubed stabilizers typically found on higher-end custom keyboards and improve the overall sound and feel. It also has a padded wrist rest for added support and full RBB backlighting for working in darker rooms. Unfortunately, it doesn't have dedicated macro keys like other recent models in the BlackWidow lineup, but you can record macros to any key either using the configuration software or using a hotkey combination.

Pros
  • Impressive build quality.
  • Two adjustable incline settings and an included wrist rest.
  • Per-key backlighting and shine-through keycap legends.
  • Poron gasket, tape mod, pre-lubed stabilizers, FS4 plate, and sound-dampening foam.
Cons
  • No dedicated macro keys.
  • Wired only; no Bluetooth multi-device pairing.
3.9 Entertainment / HTPC

The Razer BlackWidow V4 75% performs poorly as an entertainment or home theater PC keyboard. It's a wired-only model, so you must sit close to your computer. Additionally, it's somewhat bulky and heavy for its size and designed primarily for a desktop setup. It has dedicated media controls, and its shine-through keycaps make the legends visible in the dark.

Pros
  • Per-key backlighting and shine-through keycap legends.
  • Dedicated media keys and volume scroll bar.
Cons
  • Heavy and somewhat bulky.
  • Lacks a control knob.
  • Wired only; no Bluetooth multi-device pairing.
9.3 Raw Performance

The Razer BlackWidow V4 75% offers outstanding overall performance with remarkably good single-key and multi-key latency. It also has an 8000Hz effective polling rate that isn't bottlenecked by other latency elements, altogether delivering an extremely consistent and responsive-feeling experience for gaming in any genre at any competitive level.

Pros
  • Outstanding latency performance.
  • 8000Hz effective update rate.
Cons
  • 9.0 Gaming
  • 7.1 Office
  • 1.9 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.6 Programming
  • 3.9 Entertainment / HTPC
  • 9.3 Raw Performance
  1. Updated Nov 29, 2023: We've concerted this review to Test Bench 1.3.1, which adds a new estimated PCB latency test to the Single-Key Latency section and a new Analog test to the Switches section of this review. You can see the full changelog here.
  2. Updated Nov 15, 2023: We've found that latency results are impacted by the placement of the testing solenoid, so we retested this keyboard for consistency with other reviews. This review has been updated, and you can find more information regarding this retest here.
  3. Updated Oct 16, 2023: We made a minor change in the Switches section of this review, changing the Switch Name from the more generic Razer Orange to the more specific Razer Orange Gen-3.
  4. Updated Oct 13, 2023: Review published.
  5. Updated Sep 18, 2023: Early access published.
  6. Updated Sep 11, 2023: Our testers have started testing this product.
  7. Updated Sep 05, 2023: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  8. Updated Aug 23, 2023: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

DThe Razer BlackWidow V4 75% is available in a Black or White colorway. We tested the Black color option. Currently, this keyboard is only available for purchase with tactile Razer Orange Gen-3 Mechanical Switches. If you see this keyboard available for purchase with another switch type, let us know in the Discussions below, and we'll update this review.

We've tested other models in the BlackWidow V4 lineup separately. You can see the major differences between these models in the table below. You can see the label for the unit we bought and tested here.

Name

Size

Color Razer Gen-3 Mechanical Switch Options RGB Lighting Zones  Sound-Dampening Foam  USB Passthrough Dedicated Macro Keys Scroll Bar Knob Additional Notes
BlackWidow V4 Full-size (100%) Black Yellow, Green Per-key backlighting and both sides of the case PCB and Bottom Plate No 6 keys Yes No N/A
BlackWidow V4 75% Compact (75%) Black, White Orange Per-key backlighting and both sides of the case PCB and Bottom Plate No N/A Yes No Poron gaskets, factory tape mod, and FS4 plate
BlackWidow V4 Pro Full-size (100%) Black Yellow, Green, Orange Per-key backlighting, wrist rest, and both sides of the case PCB Yes 5 keys and 3 buttons on the side Yes Yes N/A

Compared To Other Keyboards

The Razer BlackWidow V4 75% continues Razer's popular BlackWidow lineup of flagship gaming keyboards. Like the Razer BlackWidow V4 and Razer BlackWidow V4 Pro, this keyboard features an 8000Hz update rate and uses Razer Mechanical Gen-3 switches. That said, this entry also marks several firsts for Razer. It's Razer's first Compact (75%) layout board and the first Razer keyboard to have a hot-swappable PCB, allowing you to swap out the stock switches for 3-pin or 5-pin Cherry-style switches of your choosing.

This keyboard also includes several design elements typically found on custom keyboards. These elements include poron gaskets, pre-lubed stabilizers, layers of sound-dampening foam, a factory tape mod, and a high-density FS4 plate. These elements contribute in a small way to lend a softer, slightly more springy typing feeling and a quieter, more neutral sound profile. Ultimately, this keyboard is an interesting upper mid-range option that attempts to blend the high-end gaming performance of Razer's BlackWidow lineup with some fairly niche features aimed at upgrading how the keyboard sounds and feels.

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ASUS ROG Azoth

The ASUS ROG Azoth and the Razer BlackWidow V4 75% are mechanical gaming keyboards with Compact (75%) form factors and hot-swappable PCBs. The ASUS is a wireless model available in tactile, clicky, or linear switch varieties. It also has a programmable OLED screen, which the Razer lacks. On the other hand, the Razer is only available with tactile switches but has a higher effective polling rate of 8000Hz.

Razer BlackWidow V4 Pro

The Razer BlackWidow V4 Pro and the Razer BlackWidow V4 75% are wired gaming keyboards in the same lineup. The LBlackWidow V4 Pro is a larger, full-size model.  It's available in linear, tactile, or clicky switch varieties and has dedicated macro keys, a USB passthrough, and a programmable control knob, which the BlackWidow V4 75% lacks. On the other hand, the BlackWidow V4 75% has a smaller Compact (75%) layout and a hot-swappable PCB. It only comes in a tactile switch variety, but it has a gasket mount system, a factory tape mod, and an FS4 plate, producing a better overall typing quality.

Razer BlackWidow V4

The Razer BlackWidow V4 and the Razer BlackWidow V4 75% are wired gaming keyboards in the same lineup. The BlackWidow V4 is a full-size model available in linear, or clicky switch varieties. On the other hand, the Razer BlackWidow V4 (75%) is a smaller, Compact (75%) model. It's only available in a tactile switch option. It also has a hot-swappable PCB and various internal features, including poron gaskets, a factory tape mod, and an FS4 plate that produces better overall typing quality.

Wooting 60HE

The Wooting 60HE and the Razer BlackWidow V4 75% are wired gaming keyboards. The Wooting has a Compact (60%) form factor and uses hall-effect switches, allowing you to customize the actuation behavior of individual switches. On the other hand, the Razer uses tactile mechanical switches. It also has a higher maximum polling rate of 8000Hz and includes elements like poron gaskets and an FS4 plate that offer a slightly better overall typing experience.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Dimensions
Size
Compact (75%)
Height
1.5" (3.9 cm)
Width 12.6" (32.1 cm)
Depth
6.1" (15.6 cm)
Depth With Wrist Rest
9.1" (23.0 cm)
Weight
1.99 lbs (0.901 kg)

The Razer BlackWidow V4 75% has a Compact (75%) form factor. It has dedicated arrow keys and a full function row, but it's missing a Numpad and a few of the keys normally found in the navigation cluster of a full-size board.

The wrist rest attaches magnetically, so it's easy to remove if you'd like to reduce the overall footprint this keyboard has on your desk.

8.5
Design
Build Quality
Keycap Material ABS

The BlackWidow V4 75% has excellent build quality. The lower case is made of plastic, and the top case is made of aluminum. The keycaps are doubleshot ABS plastic, but they feel comparatively high-quality compared to most ABS keycaps and have pleasant textured tops.

There are four rubber pads on the underside of the board, and each of the flip-out incline feet have a rubber strip that helps to keep the board in place.

The stabilizers come pre-lubed from the factory and produce noticeably less rattling sound compared to the Razer BlackWidow V4.

In addition to layers of sound-dampening foam for the PCB and case, several other elements inside the case are designed to improve the overall sound profile and typing quality. These additional features are much more common on custom keyboards, including a factory tape mod and poron gaskets. The plate is also made of FR4, a high-density fiber that provides a softer, quieter typing experience compared to the steel plates that are often found in other gaming keyboards.

6.0
Design
Ergonomics
Curved/Angled
No
Split Keyboard
No
Key Alignment
Staggered
Minimum Incline
Medium Incline
Maximum Incline
Home Row Height
32.8 mm (1.3")

This keyboard has two flip-out incline feet on the back edge of the keyboard, providing two optional incline angles. There's also a comfortable, plush wrist rest included in the box that attaches magnetically to provide additional support while typing.

9.1
Design
Hardware Customizability
Replaceable Cherry Stabilizers
Yes
Stabilizer Fixation
Screw-in or Plate-Mounted
Spacebar Stabilizer Size
6.25u
Size Of Right Mod Keys
1u
Hot-Swappable Switches
Yes
Switch Stem Shape
Cherry MX Style
Switch PCB Socket
5-pin Cherry
North-Facing Cherry MX Interference
Yes

The Razer BlackWidow V4 75% provides outstanding hardware customizability. It has a hot-swappable PCB, allowing you to change the stock switches for other 3-pin or 5-pin Cherry-style switches without soldering.

Out of the box, the stabilizers are plate mounted, but there are holes in the PCB to allow you to swap out the stock stabilizers for screw-in stabilizers if you prefer.

If you're interested in changing the stock keycaps, the right-side modifier keys are slightly less common 1u size rather than the standard 1.25u size.

10
Design
Backlight Features
Backlighting Yes
RGB
Yes
Per-Key Backlighting
Yes
Effects
Yes
Software Controllable
Yes

This keyboard has full RGB backlighting with individually backlit keys and additional RGB lighting zones on either side of the keyboard case. You can adjust the brightness levels and customize the lighting and effects using the customization software.

While the Razer BlackWidow V4 Pro has additional RGB lighting in the wrist rest, this keyboard doesn't.

9.0
Design
Backlight Clarity

This keyboard provides outstanding backlight clarity. There aren't any visible obstructions and the shine-through legends are clear and very easy to read in darker rooms. There's a faint red hue when set to white-only backlighting.

Design
Cable & Connector
Connectivity Wired
Detachable
Yes (Wired Only Keyboard)
Length 6.5 ft (2.0 m)
Connector (Keyboard side)
USB type-C

This keyboard comes with a braided power cable. It retains some kinks from its packaging.

0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Bluetooth Multi-Device Pairing
No
Proprietary Receiver
No
Battery Type
No Batteries

This is a wired-only keyboard.

5.5
Design
Macro Keys And Programming
Dedicated Macro Keys Count 0
Onboard Macro Programming
Yes
Macro Programming With Software
Yes

While the Razer BlackWidow V4 75% doesn't have any dedicated macro buttons, you can program macros to any key using the configuration software or directly on the keyboard using a hotkey combination.

Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Dedicated
Trackpad / Trackball No
Scroll Wheel
Yes
Control Knob
No
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad No
Windows Key Lock
Yes
Lock Indicator Caps Lock

The Razer BlackWidow V4 75% has various extra features, including LED lock indicator lights, dedicated media keys, and a scroll bar on the top right side of the board.

Pressing the FN+10 hotkey combination toggles 'Game Mode,' which by default acts as a Windows Key lock. You can also configure this hotkey to disable the Alt+Tab & or Alt+F4 keys using the configuration software. Additional Hotkey combinations for macro programming, backlighting controls, and sleep commands are listed in the keyboard's user manual. You can see an online version of this user manual on Razer's website here.

Design
In The Box

  • Razer BlackWidow V4 75%
  • USB-A to USB-C cable
  • Wrist rest
  • Stickers
  • Combination keycap and switch puller
  • User documentation

Typing Experience
8.0
Typing Experience
Typing Quality
Key Spacing
19.0 mm (0.748")

Razer BlackWidow V4 75% delivers impressive typing quality. The doubleshot ABS keycaps have a pleasant textured finish, and all keys are quite stable, with only minor wobbling that isn't noticeable while typing.

The Razer Orange mechanical switches are fairly lightweight and have a nearly immediate tactile bump that's satisfying for typing or gaming.

The stabilizers are pre-lubed from the factory, and while they wobble very slightly, they don't rattle like the stabilizers on previous entries in the BlackWidow lineup.

As mentioned in the Build Quality section above, this keyboard also includes several elements that are more commonly found on custom keyboards and are designed to improve the typing experience. These elements include layers of sound-dampening foam, a factory tape mod, poron gaskets, and an FS4 plate. The effect of these elements is a less stiff and pingy, somewhat more premium-feeling typing experience compared to previous entries in the Razer BlackWidow lineup and most other prebuilt gaming keyboards to date.

7.9
Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Average Loudness
50.5 dBA
High Pitch Clicks
No
Typing Experience
Switches
Switch Name
Razer Orange Gen-3
Switch Type
Mechanical
Feel
Tactile
Analog
No

The Razer BlackWidow V4 75% uses Razer Orange Gen-3 Mechanical Switches. At the time of writing, there are no other stock switch options available.

Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Operating Force
51 gf
Actuation Force
42 gf
Pre-Travel
2.1 mm
Total Travel
3.7 mm

The Razer Orange Gen-3 Mechanical Switches are fairly lightweight switches with moderate pre-travel. They have a small but satisfying tactile bump to overcome almost immediately at the start of your keypress.

Performance
9.5
Performance
Single-Key Latency
Best Connection
1.6 ms
Best Connection Std Dev ±0.1 ms
Wired
1.6 ms
Receiver
N/A
Bluetooth
N/A
PCB (Estimated)
0.0 ms

This keyboard has exceptionally low single-key latency. It's also remarkably stable due to its effective update rate 8000Hz, delivering an extremely responsive and consistent-feeling experience for gaming in any genre for casual or competitive play.

9.3
Performance
Multi-Key Latency
Connection Evaluated Wired
Key Press
1.7 ms
Key Release
5.6 ms

The RazerBlackWidow V4 75% offers outstanding multi-key latency performance. Both the Key Press and Key Release latency results are very low and remarkably consistent due to this keyboard's 8000Hz effective update rate, making this keyboard a standout choice for playing any game that requires additional keystrokes while multiple keys are pressed and maintained.

9.6
Performance
Data Transmission
Connection Evaluated Wired
USB Polling Rate
8,000 Hz
Effective Update Rate
8,000 Hz
N-Key Rollover (NKRO)
Yes
Multiple Keys Per USB Report
Yes

This keyboard has outstanding data transmission performance. It has full n-key rollover and can send multiple keystrokes per USB report. Furthermore, this keyboard has a maximum 8000Hz polling rate and a true 8000hz effective update rate to match, so performance isn't bottlenecked by scan rate or other latency components, providing exceptionally consistent latency performance.

8.5
Performance
Chord Split
4 Chord Split Delay
4.5 ms
8 Chord Split Delay
9.8 ms

This keyboard has excellent Chord Split performance with low 4-chord and 8-chord split delay, making it well-suited for playing rhythm games that require multiple simultaneous inputs.

Software and Operating System
Software and Operating System
Configuration Software
Software Name Razer Synapse 3
Software Windows Compatible
Yes
Software macOS Compatible
No
Onboard Memory
Yes
Profiles
6+

The Synapse 3 software is well laid out, easy to use, and offers plenty of adjustable features. You can customize the RGB lighting, set macros to any key, adjust the polling rate, and reassign keys. You can also enable a 'Game Mode' to disable Alt+Tab or Alt+F4 commands and assign a Hypershift button to enable a secondary layer of programmable keys. Note that certain settings, including custom RGB settings, can't be saved to onboard memory and require the software to run in the background.

Like the software options from other major manufacturers, this software receives criticism for requiring frequent updates and taking up disproportionate system resources. This software may be frustrating if you prefer more lightweight software options or no software at all.

10
Software and Operating System
Computer Compatibility
Windows
Fully Compatible
macOS
Fully Compatible
Linux (Ubuntu 22)
Fully Compatible
Media Key Compatibility
Windows, MacOS & Linux

This keyboard is fully compatible with Windows, macOS, and Linux. However, the customization software is only available for Windows.

The Pause and Print Screen hotkeys do nothing in macOS, which is normal.

0
Software and Operating System
Wireless Mobile Compatibility
Android
Not Compatible
iOS
Not Compatible
iPadOS
Not Compatible
Media Key Compatibility
Not Compatible

This is a wired-only keyboard that isn't compatible with mobile devices.