Razer BlackWidow V3 keyboard review: convincing, but expensive

Introduction

Today we offer you the test of the Razer BlackWidow V3 gaming keyboard, a rather simple keyboard which is here equipped with tactile and audible mechanical switches.

Razer BlackWidow V3

The Razer BlackWidow V3 gaming keyboard is offered at a manufacturer price of 150 euros and seems to want to be simple. Its simplistic design and the few eccentricities it offers therefore make it suitable for players looking for a pragmatic device.

Here it is equipped with Razer Green tactile and audible mechanical switches that will appeal primarily to typists and surely much less to your office neighbors. Let’s discover this “new” model together in our full test.

Simplicity as the key word

We were almost murderers when it came to building the BlackWidow V3. Indeed, we initially believed that it was entirely made of plastic, which would be very damaging for a keyboard sold 160 euros when it was released. It turns out that the metal plate overhanging the plastic frame is so well integrated that it almost melts into it.

Razer BlackWidow V3

The metal plate blends perfectly with the frame // Source: Edouard Patout for Frandroid

We thus benefit from a keyboard with a monobloc design, entirely black and therefore very discreet. It will find its place on any desk and is generally convincing on the purely visual aspect. Only the presence of the luminous snake logo at the base of the keyboard ultimately betrays the device’s gaming DNA .

Razer BlackWidow V3

The keyboard offers a very simple design // Source: Edouard Patout for Frandroid

With a very classic 104-key organization, the Razer BlackWidow V3 also offers an action button associated with a click wheel at the top right. Logically, these appendages make it possible to control the multimedia contents being played on our machine. Discreet and accessible, they fulfill their role perfectly and are pleasant to use on a daily basis.

Razer BlackWidow V3

The dial is very practical in use // Source: Edouard Patout for Frandroid

Going back to the keys themselves, Razer has equipped the BlackWidow V3 with double injection ABS keys. A process that should allow better durability and characteristics that are still clearly visible even after several years of use. To the touch, the keys are slightly grainy and resist rather well to traces of grease.

Razer BlackWidow V3

The keys have a slightly grainy surface // Source: Edouard Patout for Frandroid

The Razer Green switches under the keys benefit from unitary RGB lighting that lacks a bit of power, but that’s not prohibitive. However, we regret that some of the characters on the upper keys are simply printed and thus do not benefit from the lighting integrated into the switches. Pity.

Underneath the keyboard are the non-slip pads which, together with the weight of just over 1.2 kilograms, keep the keyboard very well in place. There are also two retractable legs, each positionable at two different heights to adapt to user preferences. The BlackWidow V3 also has a nifty gutter that lets you route the 1.8m braided cable where you want it to fit the whole thing into your office.

Razer BlackWidow V3

The cable routing system is very practical // Source: Edouard Patout for Frandroid

Still on the ergonomic side, the keyboard comes with a wrist rest which is quickly returned to the box. Indeed, while the intention is laudable, the achievement is clearly less so. For starters, this wrist rest is constructed entirely from plastic and is therefore not particularly comfortable. Worse, the latter is not magnetic and has no fixing system and will therefore have to be repositioned manually as soon as the keyboard is moved.

Razer BlackWidow V3

The wrist rest is not convincing // Source: Edouard Patout for Frandroid

Despite this small hitch, Razer’s BlackWidow V3 remains a well-built keyboard that compels design and ergonomics. We appreciate here the simplicity of its design and the few good ideas implemented by the brand.

The Synapse driver and its features

Just like the Naga Pro we tested a few weeks ago , the use of Razer Synapse software is required for the keyboard to function properly. However, most of the important settings can be saved in the internal memory of the keyboard so that it can work without the driver. With the pilot, the settings can logically be associated with your games and applications.

Razer BlackWidow V3 - Synapse

First, the application offers complete customization of the keyboard keys. They can be configured individually and there is an ever-growing choice of features ranging from keyboard keys to macros. The dial is also customizable, but the options here are more limited. However, the action button cannot be personalized and will therefore only be used to manage the media being played.

Razer BlackWidow V3 - Synapse

On the RGB lighting side, there are a few quick settings and some options to manage the intensity and automatic shutdown of the latter. To go further in the customization, it will be necessary to turn to the module “Chroma Studio” which allows in addition to synchronize the lighting effects between all the compatible devices.

Note also that in addition to the wheel, the keyboard has a few shortcuts that allow you to change the intensity of the backlight, disable the Windows key or record macros on the fly.

A noisy, but effective keyboard

The BlackWidow V3 we received is fitted with Razer Green mechanical switches. These are touch switches and clicky which therefore emit a characteristic noise, in addition to the slight resistance felt before activation. The keyboard is therefore particularly noisy compared to the models we have already tested in the past.

Razer BlackWidow V3

The BlackWidow V3 is equipped with Razer Green switches // Source: Edouard Patout for Frandroid

In terms of characteristics, the necessary activation force here is 50 grams with an activation point located at 1.9 mm for a total stroke of 4 mm. Compared to the classic Cherry MX Blue, we benefit here from more responsive switches and less “resistant”, because they do not require as much force to be activated.

These noisy switches are generally favored by typists because of the tactile and audible feedback of activation, which helps to increase responsiveness. In this use, the keyboard is quite effective, although it will not necessarily suit everyone due to its very loud noise. On the other hand, the keys would have benefited from being a little more stable on the switches, which would have improved the feeling a little further.

Razer BlackWidow V3

The keyboard is efficient in writing and playing // Source: Edouard Patout for Frandroid

Although players generally turn to linear switches, this tactile version of the BlackWidow is also very comfortable in the game. The tactile feedback is always very appreciable to know precisely if the keystroke has been recorded. , and if you use headphones, the “click” is not really a problem anymore.

As is often the case with mechanical keyboards, the choice of switches will be made mainly according to individual tastes. Razer Green switches will therefore be suitable mainly for lovers of so-called “clicky” switches, but who are looking for a little more responsiveness than what the competition can offer.

Razer BlackWidow V3 Price and Availability

The Razer BlackWidow V3 keyboard is available for a suggested retail price of 149.99 euros.

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