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Razer Pro Type Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Sep 18, 2020 at 08:25 am
Razer Pro Type Picture
8.2
Mixed usage
8.8
Gaming
6.9
Mobile/Tablet
7.6
Office
8.6
Programming
Connectivity Wireless
Size
Full-size (100%)
Mechanical
Yes

The Razer Pro Type is a good wireless mechanical keyboard intended for productivity. Designed to complement the Razer Pro Click mouse, it has a simple design with a matte white finish. It can connect to four devices at once, either through a wireless USB receiver or over Bluetooth, allowing you to switch between them easily. The backlighting is bright enough to be visible in well-lit environments; however, it's limited to a single color and doesn't allow for custom lighting effects. The Razer Orange switches provide an excellent typing experience, with satisfying tactile feedback and incredible responsiveness. It isn't fatiguing to type on, but the lack of a wrist rest is rather disappointing. Although every key is programmable, customization requires the Synapse 3 software, which is only available for Windows.

Our Verdict

8.2 Mixed usage

The Razer Pro Type is an overall great keyboard. Its wireless connectivity helps keep a clean and wire-free setup, and it allows you to connect to multiple devices at once. It provides an excellent typing experience and doesn't cause much typing noise. While it isn't designed for gaming, most gamers should be satisfied with its performance. It has backlighting and macro-programmable keys, but there aren't any dedicated macro keys or media controls.

Pros
  • Excellent typing experience.
  • Multi-device pairing.
  • Bright backlighting.
  • Excellent build quality.
Cons
  • No software support for macOS.
  • Doesn't come with wrist rest.
  • No dedicated media controls.
8.8 Gaming

The Razer Pro Type is excellent for gaming. The Razer Orange switches are easy to actuate, and their short pre-travel distance provides incredible responsiveness. It's well-built, and it has backlighting for those who like to play in the dark. Every key is programmable, but sadly, there aren't any dedicated macro keys for MMO games.

Pros
  • Programmable keys.
  • Bright backlighting.
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Low pre-travel distance.
Cons
  • Doesn't come with wrist rest.
6.9 Mobile/Tablet

The Razer Pro Type is okay for use with mobile devices. Due to its Bluetooth support, it can connect to most mobile devices. Most keys function properly; however, there's no software support for customization. Also, it's too big and heavy to carry around.

Pros
  • Multi-device pairing.
  • Excellent build quality.
Cons
  • Doesn't come with wrist rest.
  • Too big and heavy for portable use.
7.6 Office

The Razer Pro Type is a good keyboard for office use. It provides an excellent typing experience that feels light and responsive without causing too much typing noise. It isn't fatiguing to type on, but some people may need a wrist rest due to the keyboard's relatively high profile, and there isn't one included in the box. Unfortunately, while it has full compatibility with Windows, macOS users don't have access to customization options due to the lack of software support.

Pros
  • Excellent typing experience.
  • Quiet typing noise.
  • Multi-device pairing.
  • Excellent build quality.
Cons
  • No software support for macOS.
  • Doesn't come with wrist rest.
8.6 Programming

The Razer Pro Type is an excellent keyboard for programmers. The Razer Orange switches provide a good amount of tactile feedback and are easy to actuate, resulting in an amazing typing experience. There's backlighting if you like to work in the dark, but it isn't customizable. Every key is macro-programmable, and it has a multi-device pairing feature that lets you connect up to four devices simultaneously for easy switching. Some people may need a wrist rest due to the keyboard's fairly high profile; however, there isn't one included.

Pros
  • Excellent typing experience.
  • Programmable keys.
  • Bright backlighting.
  • Excellent build quality.
Cons
  • No software support for macOS.
  • Doesn't come with wrist rest.
  • 8.2 Mixed usage
  • 8.8 Gaming
  • 6.9 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.6 Office
  • 8.6 Programming

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
1.6" (4.0 cm)
Width 17.4" (44.1 cm)
Depth 5.2" (13.3 cm)
Weight 2.0 lbs (0.9 kg)

The Razer Pro Type is a large, full-size keyboard. It looks a lot like the Razer BlackWidow Lite, just with an added numeric pad. Unfortunately, there aren't any TKL or compact variants available.

8.5
Design
Build Quality

Build quality is excellent. It has a plastic frame with a metal plate on top to provide rigidity. It flexes a little bit, but not enough to be a cause for concern. The feet are sturdy and provide enough grip to prevent the keyboard from sliding around. The keycaps are made of ABS plastic and have a soft-touch coating that feels nice. The coating doesn't feel cheap, but it might chip or fade over time. The stabilizers on the spacebar, Shift, and Enter keys aren't that great and rattle slightly.

6.5
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Incline Settings
2
Wrist Rest No

The ergonomics are okay. It isn't fatiguing to type on, but some people may need a wrist rest due to the keyboard's fairly high profile, and there isn't one included in the box. Unfortunately, while Razer does sell wrist rests separately, there isn't one specifically made for this keyboard.

9.7
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting Yes
Color White
Brightness Settings
Yes
Individually Backlit Keys
Yes

The Razer Pro Type has simple white backlighting, and it gets bright enough to be visible in a well-lit environment. Unfortunately, it's limited to two lighting effects, 'Static' or 'Breathing'. It isn't possible to create custom lighting effects even though the keys are individually-lit. The brightness is adjustable directly on the keyboard or through the software.

Design
Cable
Detachable
Yes (Charge Only)
Length 5.9 ft (1.8 m)
Connector (Keyboard side) USB type-C

The included USB-C is braided. It's stiff and maintains kinks. It's only for charging, as data is still sent over the wireless connection when it's plugged in. Note that while this keyboard uses a USB-C charging cable, the Razer Pro Click, a mouse designed to complement this keyboard, uses a Micro-USB cable.

10
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
Yes
Proprietary Receiver
Yes
Multi-Device Pairing
4
Battery Type
Rechargeable

The Razer Pro Type can connect to four devices simultaneously, one via the wireless USB receiver, and three over Bluetooth. You can switch between the devices that are connected through Bluetooth by holding 'FN' and pressing either '1', '2', or '3'. To access the device connected via the wireless USB receiver, set the switch at the top of the keyboard to 2.4GHz.

The built-in rechargeable battery is rated to last up to 12 hours with backlighting enabled, whether you use the wireless dongle or Bluetooth. With the backlighting off, it's rated to last up to 78 hours when using the wireless dongle, and 84 hours if you use Bluetooth. However, we don't test battery life.

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

The Razer Pro Type has media control hotkeys, not dedicated ones. Every key is macro-programmable except for the Windows key, but it requires the Synapse 3 software to set macros.

Design
In The Box

  • Razer Pro Type keyboard
  • User guide
  • Wireless USB receiver
  • USB-A to USB-C cable

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Razer Orange
Feel
Tactile
Actuation Force
44.1 gf
Pre-Travel
2.03 mm
Total Travel
4.05 mm

Unlike Razer's gaming keyboards, the Razer Pro Type is only available with Razer Orange switches, which are similar to Cherry MX Browns. These switches provide a good amount of tactile feedback and don't require much force to actuate. The pre-travel is low, making the keyboard feel very responsive.

8.5
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

The typing quality is excellent. The shape and spacing of the keys are relatively standard and shouldn't require much adaptation for most people. Although most keys wobble a bit, it isn't noticeable while typing. That said, the spacebar, Shift, and Enter keys wobble a lot more and rattle as well. Typing feels light and responsive, and the Razer Orange switches provide satisfying tactile feedback. It doesn't feel tiring to type on, but a wrist rest would have been nice since it has a relatively high profile.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Quiet

The Razer Pro Type doesn't generate a lot of typing noise, so it shouldn't be bothersome to those around you. That said, it can be loud if you tend to bottom out the keys. Unlike the BlackWidow Lite, it doesn't come with any O-rings to reduce typing noise.

Software and Operating System
6.6
Software and Operating System
Software
Software Razer Synapse 3
Account Required
No
Profiles
6+
Onboard Memory
No
Cloud Sync
Yes
Backlight Programming
No
Macro Programming
Yes
Software Windows Compatible
Yes
Software macOS Compatible
No

The Razer Pro Type uses Synapse 3 for customization. It allows you to program macros, remap keys, and create custom profiles. You can save as many profiles as you want within the software. There's no onboard memory, so you would need to re-install Synapse 3 and use the cloud sync function to retrieve your settings if you move to a different computer. Unfortunately, there's no backlight customization; you can only choose between a static or a breathing effect.

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

The Razer Pro Type is fully compatible with Windows. On macOS, the Pause/Break, Scroll Lock, and Context menu don't work, and there's no software for customization. All keys function on Linux, Android, iOS, and iPadOS; there's just no software support.

Compared To Other Keyboards

The Razer Pro Type is an overall great keyboard. It's well-built, has good multitasking features, and provides an excellent typing experience. However, it lacks dedicated media controls, backlight customization, and it's only available with one type of switch. For other options, check out our recommendations for the best ergonomic keyboards, the best wireless keyboards, and the best mechanical keyboards.

Razer BlackWidow Elite

The Razer Pro Type is marginally better than the Razer BlackWidow Elite overall; however, they're very different keyboards. The Pro Type is a wireless keyboard designed for productivity with multi-device pairing capabilities, while the Elite is a wired-only keyboard intended primarily for gaming. The Elite has more features, such as full RGB backlighting, dedicated media controls, onboard memory, and a wrist rest. Also, the Elite is more customizable because it's available with different types of switches. The Pro Type is only available with Razer Orange switches.

Logitech MX Keys

Overall, the Razer Pro Type is much better than the Logitech MX Keys. They're both designed with productivity in mind and share similar features like wireless connectivity, multi-device pairing, and a full-size layout with backlit keys. However, the Razer is a mechanical keyboard with Razer Orange switches and provides a significantly better typing experience than the scissor switches on the Logitech. The Logitech has better compatibility with various operating systems, but the Razer is more customizable because every key is programmable.

Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED

Overall, the Razer Pro Type is better than the Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED. The Razer has better build quality, its multi-device pairing feature lets you connect to more devices simultaneously, and every key is programmable. The Razer provides a better typing experience, but the Logitech might be more comfortable for some due to its low profile. The backlighting is limited to a single color on the Razer, while the Logitech has full RGB backlighting.

SteelSeries Apex Pro

The Razer Pro Type is marginally better than the SteelSeries Apex Pro overall; however, they're quite different. The Razer is a wireless keyboard with multi-device pairing capability, and it provides a better typing experience. The SteelSeries has more features, such as dedicated media controls, a customizable OLED screen, and a USB passthrough. Also, it has full RGB backlighting and comes with a wrist rest.

Das Keyboard X50Q

The Razer Pro Type is better than the Das Keyboard X50Q. The Razer has better build quality, wireless connectivity, and a multi-device pairing feature. It also provides a better typing experience and has better software support. On the other hand, the Das Keyboard has dedicated media controls, full RGB backlighting, and a wrist rest.

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