The best Razer keyboards

The best keyboards from Razer, including the Huntsman, BlackWidow and Turret

The best Razer keyboards

by William Austin-Lobley |
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If you know PC gaming, then you know Razer. The brand has been on the scene since 2005 and has grown synonymous with innovative, highly desirable hardware. Razer is a name found throughout the gaming industry, producing everything from affordable gaming mice and headsets to dizzyingly expensive gaming laptops and everything in between. If you want something a little bit more low-key and general, we've summed up the best keyboards you can buy today.

One area of particular popularity and success for Razer is its range of gaming keyboards. These all-important gaming peripherals demonstrate the quality and innovation for which Razer is known. But it’s not just the keyboards that get people excited - it's the beauty of Razer Chroma RGB and the power of the Razer Synapse software suite (which you can read more about further down).

There are dozens of types and iterations of Razer keyboards, so it can be difficult to know which to pick. Thankfully we’ve done the hard work so you don’t have to. Below you’ll find our roundup of the best Razer keyboards available today.

The best Razer keyboards shortlist:

• Razer Huntsman V2 Analog

• Razer Huntsman Mini

• Razer BlackWidow V3

• Razer BlackWidow Lite Silent

• Razer Cynosa V2

• Razer Turret for Xbox

What is Razer Synapse 3?

Razer Synapse is software that controls and configures Razer hardware, including its mice, headsets and keyboards. In effect, it’s a command centre. Razer Synapse 3 is the third version of this software - you can read more about it on the Razer site.

In Razer Synapse, you can rebind keyboards, alter mouse sensitivity, build macro commands and build game-specific profiles, among other things. You can use the software to customise the look of Razer Chroma RGB devices and synchronize the profile across compatible devices. Synapse 3 also works in conjunction with Philips Hue smart lighting and Amazon Alexa devices.

The best Razer keyboards:

The Huntsman V2 Analog is a premium offering from Razer. If you like to get granular with your setup, the Razer Analog Optical Switches will please. These switches offer a custom actuation point for ultimate control. Furthermore, the switches can operate dynamically - for example, pressing W 1.5mm will have a character walk, with movement speed increasing to a run at 3.5mm. While taking a beat to get used to, this operation mimics the level of dynamic control offered by controller analogue sticks. Itu2019s very impressive. Elsewhere, the wrist rest attaches to the keyboard via magnets, thereu2019s a USB passthrough and the aluminium base provides a sturdy, solid base.

Carrying only 60% of the key found on a full-sized board, the Mini truly lives up to its name. The reduced size means that its desk footprint is significantly smaller than full and TKL boards, allowing for streamlined and low-fuss setups. The small shape also allows gamers to play with the board at a 45-degree angle, which some find much more comfortable. Besides the size, the Mini also carries Razer's signature quality and excellent switches. Just be aware that, though great for gaming, the keyboard can feel a little restrictive for everyday and office tasks.

The BlackWidow gaming keyboard is one of the best-known peripherals produced by Razer, alongside the DeathAdder mouse. The V3 improves on the series' ever-popular and affordable formula. The switches are Razer Green, offering clicky and tactile feedback which will last 80 million strokes, and the ABS keycaps are robust. In the top right of the keyboard, there is a tactile analogue roller and media key - these can be configured to control the volume, brightness and playback of entertainment. There're also over 16 million colour configurations to choose from, allowing for some precise custom aesthetics. It even comes with a wrist rest for some added in-game comfort.

The BlackWidow Lite is a stealthy TKL keyboard in both look and sound. While the bold black body looks understated, the mechanical switches are from the Razer Orange range. These are both tactile and silent, with a dampening O-ring. This design is ideal for those who enjoy the feedback of mechanical keyboards, but donu2019t particularly dig the thwacking and clunking commonly encountered. Other than its silence, everything else on the Lite is as weu2019ve all come to expect from the BlackWidow range - high-quality and durable.

While not many Razer peripherals are inaccessibly expensive, a modest budget might not make it to the mechanical options. Luckily, Razer has furnished the marketplace with the Cynosa, a membrane gaming keyboard. Keystrokes have a nice and rapid response which is notably quiet, due to the membrane (so, it's good for late-night sessions). We think the no-frills layout of the media keys is the best that Razer currently offers - simple, but effective. It carries Razer Chroma RGB, too, so it certainly looks the part. Membrane keyboards come under fire quite a bit in online forums, but in our experience, the good ones - like the Cynosa - are nice to use day-in and day-out.

Bringing PC controls to Xbox console gaming, the Razer Turret is a clever all-in-one mouse, keyboard and mouse mat product. The TKL keyboard carries Razer Green Switches, which carry a fast actuation point for speedy gameplay. Designed to sit on your lap, the keyboard has a built-in wrist rest and a retractable mouse mat. The Turret gaming mouse has a 5G optical sensor, mechanical switches and ergonomic shape. A single 2.4GHz dongle provides a reliable and speedy wireless connection. Chroma works with Xbox Dynamic Lighting to create immersive and reaction RGB lighting. Compatible with Xbox One and Xbox Series X.

William Lobley is a Senior Content Writer and reviewer for WhatsTheBest, specialising in technology and gaming. He also writes for Empire Online.

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