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.
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.
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.
The Razer BlackWidow V4 75% is a wired-only keyboard and isn't suitable for use with tablets or mobile devices.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|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|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This keyboard comes with a braided power cable. It retains some kinks from its packaging.
This is a wired-only keyboard.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.