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Razer BlackWidow V4 Pro Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Mar 08, 2023 at 12:11 pm
Latest change: Test bench update Mar 17, 2023 at 03:44 pm
Razer BlackWidow V4 Pro Picture
9.1
Gaming
2.9
Mobile/Tablet
7.6
Office
7.7
Programming
5.5
Entertainment / HTPC

The Razer BlackWidow V4 Pro is a mechanical gaming keyboard that continues Razer's BlackWidow lineup and is available with either linear or clicky switches. New features introduced with this entry include sound-dampening foam layers, pre-lubed stabilizers, dedicated macro keys on the left side of the keyboard, and a maximum polling rate of 8000Hz. This keyboard also has a rotary knob and a multi-function roller, both of which you can use to adjust volume, scroll through media, or adjust backlighting brightness and other keyboard settings. You can change the behavior of these controls and a wide range of other settings using the customization software.

Our Verdict

9.1 Gaming

The Razer BlackWidow V4 Pro is an outstanding gaming keyboard. It has exceptionally low latency, and the clicky Green switches have very low pre-travel and feel relatively light to press, making them very responsive. Unfortunately, these switches are somewhat inconsistent in how they sound and feel, but there's also a linear Yellow switch type available that we don't expect to exhibit this inconsistency. That said, the build quality and ergonomics are good overall. There are also many extra features, including a USB passthrough and eight dedicated macro keys that you can customize directly on the keyboard or within the customization software.

Pros
  • Exceptionally low latency.
  • Good ergonomics with two incline settings and an included wrist rest.
  • 8000Hz maximum polling rate.
  • All keys are macro programmable, and there are additional dedicated macro keys on the left side.
  • Full RGB backlighting.
Cons
  • Clicky Green switches are satisfying overall but individual switches sound and feel inconsistent.
  • While better than average, the ABS keycaps aren't as high quality as PBT keycaps.
2.9 Mobile/Tablet

The Razer BlackWidow V4 Pro isn't suitable for use with mobile devices or tablets.

7.6 Office

The Razer BlackWidow V4 Pro is a good keyboard for office work, though it isn't designed specifically for this use. It feels well-built and has good ergonomics with two incline settings and an included wrist rest for added comfort. The clicky Green switches are satisfying to type on, but they sound and feel somewhat inconsistent and are too loud for most open offices. That said, this keyboard is also available with linear Yellow switches instead, which are much quieter.

Pros
  • Good ergonomics with two incline settings and an included wrist rest.
  • All keys are macro programmable, and there are additional dedicated macro keys on the left side.
Cons
  • Clicky Green switches are satisfying overall but individual switches sound and feel inconsistent.
  • While better than average, the ABS keycaps aren't as high quality as PBT keycaps.
7.7 Programming

The Razer BlackWidow V4 Pro is a good keyboard for programming. It feels well-built and has good ergonomics due to its adjustable incline settings and detachable wrist rest. You can program macros to any key, and there are eight dedicated macro buttons on the left side of the keyboard that you can program directly on the board or using the customization software. It also has full RGB backlighting with shine-through keycaps that are easy to see in darker rooms. The clicky Green switches are fairly light to press and provide satisfying clicky feedback. Unfortunately, some of these switches sound and feel somewhat inconsistent. This keyboard is also available with linear Yellow switches, which we don't expect to exhibit this same inconsistency.

Pros
  • Good ergonomics with two incline settings and an included wrist rest.
  • All keys are macro programmable, and there are additional dedicated macro keys on the left side.
  • Full RGB backlighting.
Cons
  • Clicky Green switches are satisfying overall but individual switches sound and feel inconsistent.
  • While better than average, the ABS keycaps aren't as high quality as PBT keycaps.
5.5 Entertainment / HTPC

The Razer BlackWidow V4 Pro is a sub-par keyboard for an entertainment or home theater PC setup because it's a wired-only keyboard, meaning you'll need to sit close to your PC to use it. It's also quite large and not very easy to move around, even with its wrist rest removed. It feels well-built, has dedicated media keys, and has full RGB backlighting with shine-through keycaps, making the legends easy to see in darkened rooms.

Pros
  • Full RGB backlighting.
Cons
  • Clicky Green switches are satisfying overall but individual switches sound and feel inconsistent.
  • While better than average, the ABS keycaps aren't as high quality as PBT keycaps.
  • Wired-only.
  • Large, even compared to other full-size options.
  • 9.1 Gaming
  • 2.9 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.6 Office
  • 7.7 Programming
  • 5.5 Entertainment / HTPC
  1. Updated Mar 08, 2023: Review published.
  2. Updated Mar 03, 2023: Early access published.

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Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Razer BlackWidow V4 Pro is available in a black colorway with either Razer Green or Razer Yellow switches. There are no variants available at the time of writing. We purchased and tested this keyboard with Razer Green switches, and you can see the label for our unit here.

If you come across a variant of this keyboard or have a Razer BlackWidow V4 Pro that doesn't correspond to our review, let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Keyboards

The Razer BlackWidow V4 Pro continues Razer's popular BlackWidow lineup. As a departure from Razer's recent naming formula, this product is a wired-only model, while most other Razer products that carry the 'Pro' designation are wireless models. The standout features of this new entry are a handful of dedicated macro keys on the left side of the board and an 8000Hz maximum polling rate, which means it sends information to your computer eight times more often than most gaming keyboards with a standard polling rate of 1000Hz, producing exceptionally low latency. The build quality is similar to other flagship gaming keyboards from major brands like Corsair and Logitech. However, it uses lower-quality ABS keycaps, which are becoming less common on gaming keyboards at this price point. Additionally, the clicky green switches on the unit we bought and tested feel satisfying, but there's a noticeable inconsistency between individual switches, which is also an issue with several other models in this series, including the Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro and Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini HyperSpeed.

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Razer Huntsman V2

The Razer Huntsman V2 and the Razer BlackWidow V4 Pro are full-size wired gaming keyboards with very similar gaming performance. The Huntsman V2 has higher-quality PBT keycaps and is available with either linear or clicky Razer Optical switches. On the other hand, the BlackWidow V4 has additional dedicated macro keys, a higher maximum polling rate of 8000hz, and a multi-function roller bar which the Huntsman lacks. It's available with either clicky Razer Green or linear Razer Yellow switches.

Razer BlackWidow V3

The Razer BlackWidow V4 Pro and the Razer BlackWidow V3 are wired mechanical gaming keyboards in the same lineup. The V4 Pro is the newer version and features several improvements, including eight additional dedicated macro keys, sound-dampening foam layers, and a higher maximum polling rate of 8000Hz. Both keyboards are available with either clicky Razer Green or linear Razer Yellow switches.

Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro

The Razer BlackWidow V4 Pro and the Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro are mechanical gaming keyboards in the same lineup. The V4 Pro is the newer version and is a wired-only model. It features several improvements, including foam dampening foam layers, eight dedicated macro keys, and a maximum polling rate of 8000Hz. On the other hand, the V3 Pro is a wireless model. Both keyboards are available with clicky Razer Green or linear Razer Yellow switches.

Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro

The Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro and the Razer BlackWidow V4 Pro are full-size mechanical gaming keyboards. The DeathStalker V2 Pro is a wireless model with a low-profile design. It's available with linear Red or clicky Purple Razer low-profile optical switch types. On the other hand, the BlackWidow V4 Pro is a wired-only model with somewhat better gaming performance and a higher maximum polling rate of 8000Hz. It's available with liner Yellow or clicky Green Razer switches.

SteelSeries Apex Pro

The SteelSeries Apex Pro and the Razer BlackWidow V4 Pro are full-size mechanical gaming keyboards. The SteelSeries has a customizable OLED screen and uses OmniPoint switches which let you customize the pre-travel distance of each key. On the other hand, the Razer has additional dedicated macro keys, a multi-device roller, and a higher maximum polling rate of 8000Hz. It's available with linear Razer Yellow or clicky Razer Green switches.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Size
Full-size (100%)
Height
1.7" (4.4 cm)
Width 18.4" (46.7 cm)
Depth
6.0" (15.3 cm)
Depth With Wrist Rest
8.9" (22.5 cm)
Weight
2.63 lbs (1.193 kg)

The Razer BlackWidow V4 Pro is quite large, and the additional column of dedicated macro keys on the left makes it slightly wider than most full-size keyboards. That said, you can reduce the footprint of this keyboard on your desk by removing the wrist rest if you prefer.

7.5
Design
Build Quality
Keycap Material ABS

The build quality of this keyboard is good. The lower chassis is made of plastic, and the top plate is made of aluminum. The keycaps are made of ABS plastic, but they feel comparatively high-quality compared to most ABS keycaps and have pleasant textured tops. There are internal layers of sound-dampening foam and pre-lubed stabilizers, contributing to a more premium feel overall.

Unfortunately, the Razer Green switches have an inconsistent quality, with some keys lacking audible clicking sounds and requiring noticeably different amounts of force to operate. However, we've tested other models with the linear Razer Yellow Switches and didn't experience the same issues, so we expect this to only be a problem if you buy this keyboard with the Green switches.

7.5
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Minimum Incline
Medium Incline
Maximum Incline
Wrist Rest Detachable

The Razer BlackWidow V4 Pro has good ergonomics. There are two plastic feet on the back edge of the keyboard that offer two incline angles. There's also an included plush wrist rest that attaches magnetically and provides additional support while typing.

9.7
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting Yes
Color
RGB
Individually Backlit Keys
Yes
Color Mixing
Ok
Effects
Yes
Programmable
Yes

This keyboard has full RGB backlighting with individually-lit keys. You can adjust the brightness levels and customize the lighting and effects using the customization software. The wrist rest also has RGB lighting zones that activate when the wrist rest is attached to the keyboard. Overall, the color mixing is okay, but there's a faint red hue visible when set to white 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 two braided USB-A to USB-C cables. One cable powers the keyboard, while the second cable is for the USB passthrough.

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

The Razer BlackWidow V4 Pro is a wired-only keyboard.

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

This keyboard has quite a few extra features, including common features for gaming keyboards at this price point, like LED indicators, Game Mode, and dedicated media keys. There's also a rotary knob on the top left and a roller bar on the top right of the keyboard; you can use both of these controls to adjust media volume, RGB brightness, or other customizable commands. There are a total of eight dedicated macro keys, including five keys in a column on the left side and three keys on the left edge of the keyboard.

This keyboard also supports a maximum polling rate of 8000Hz. Using a higher polling rate means your keyboard communicates more frequently with your computer, ensuring the lowest latency possible. However, it also consumes more system resources from your computer.

Design
In The Box

  • Razer BlackWidow V4 Pro
  • 2x USB-A to USB-C charging cable
  • Wrist Rest
  • User documentation

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Razer Green
Mechanical
Yes
Feel
Clicky
Operating Force
57 gf
Actuation Force
51 gf
Pre-Travel
1.8 mm
Total Travel
4.0 mm

Overall, the Razer Green switches are fairly light to press and feel quite responsive due to the short pre-travel distance. They also have satisfying clicky feedback to let you know when you've actuated a key. Unfortunately, there's a noticeable inconsistency in how much force it takes to operate some keys, and some keys don't provide audible clicking feedback.

This keyboard is also available with linear Razer Yellow switches, which provide a smooth linear keypress without any tactile feedback. Based on our tests with other Razer keyboards, we don't expect these Yellow switches to suffer from the same inconsistency issue.

7.5
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

Overall, the typing quality on the Razer BlackWidow V4 Pro is good. The keys only exhibit minimal wobbling, keys are well-spaced, and while the keycaps are lower quality ABS, they feel superior to most ABS keycaps and have a slightly textured surface for added grip. Razer has also added layers of sound-dampening foam and pre-lubed the stabilizers on modifier keys with this model, so typing feels smoother than it does on previous entries.

Unfortunately, some of the clicky Green switches on the unit we bought and tested don't produce an audible click when actuated. Some switches also require different amounts of force to operate, producing a somewhat inconsistent typing experience. Note that this issue was also present on previous generation models with Green switches we've tested, including on the Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro and the Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini HyperSpeed.

This keyboard is also available with linear Razer Yellow switches. Based on our testing with other Razer keyboards using Razer's Yellow switches, we don't expect them to have the same inconsistent quality as the Green switches.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Loud

The Razer Green switches are satisfyingly loud and clicky, but there's some inconsistency in how individual switches sound, and some keys don't provide clicky feedback, making it difficult to know when you've actuated a key.

This keyboard is also available with Razer Yellow switches, which are linear and much quieter. We also don't expect them to exhibit the same sound inconsistency as the Green switches, based on other similar Razer keyboards we've tested.

10
Typing Experience
Latency
Latency Wired
0.4 ms
Latency Receiver
N/A
Latency Bluetooth
N/A

This keyboard has exceptionally low latency and delivers an extremely responsive-feeling experience for gaming in any genre.

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 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, 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.

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

8.2
Software and Operating System
Keyboard Compatibility
Windows Full
macOS Full
Linux Full
Android No
iOS No
iPadOS No

This keyboard is fully compatible with Windows, macOS, and Linux. However, the customization software is only available for Windows, and certain OS-specific buttons don't function in macOS, including Scroll Lock and Pause/Break.

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