Right out of the box, the Blackwidow V3 exudes quality. Despite a plastic frame, the keyboard has a beautiful aluminum plate to support the switches of your choice, namely the Razer Green clicky, or the Razer Yellow (QWERTY only) if you prefer a linear race. The whole thing is quite heavy, with over 1.2 kg on the scale. It must be said that under the keys hide a large battery, but also a state-of-the-art wireless transmission system. The keys feature a seamless cutout, particularly thick walls, and are molded in ABS so the lettering never fades, which makes us think this keyboard should stand up to the ravages of time and heavy use without any problem. . The dimensions remain classic for a full size model with 49cm in length, 6.1cm in height and 24cm in width. As often, Razer also offers us a wrist rest which is particularly comfortable here thanks to its thick gel padding. Finally, those who like to have a raised keyboard can take advantage of two-story legs, offering an additional 6 and 9 ° of inclination.
Guaranteed for 80 million keystrokes, Razer green switches have an activation distance of only 1.9mm, this which allows foolproof responsiveness, especially since it only takes 50g of pressure to press the keys. The keyboard also has all the usual refinements of gaming peripherals with a 10-key rollover, a gaming mode (to lock the windows key), full support for Razer’s RGB Chroma system, with as always, 16.8 million colors. Better still, we also have a few multimedia keys, with pause / play, rewind and fast forward, while a wheel adjusts the sound. Moreover, the latter is particularly well thought out, since it protrudes a little from the keyboard, which makes it very easy to use, without having to go over the numeric keypad. In the center of the wheel there is also a button that allows you to completely mute the PC.
As always, the keyboard is fully configurable via the Razer Synapse in-house software, whether to create countless plays of lights that react with your games and your music, or to create your macros. It should be noted in passing that the keyboard has an integrated memory that can store 4 different profiles, which guarantees you to find all your settings even when you change machines. Connection level, the Blackwidow V3 Pro therefore offers wired mode via a USB-C socket which is quite off-center, too bad, we would have preferred to have a more central position. In wireless, the keyboard offers us two options: either a Bluetooth connection, or a 2.4Ghz connection (Razer HyperSpeed) which will be made via a dongle intelligently hidden in the keyboard, behind a small hatch. Finally, there is a small knob on the left side of the chassis that allows you to select the desired connection mode, which allows you to switch between the two on the fly, whenever you need to plug in the keyboard. to several machines at the same time.
Super pleasant to use, the BlackWidow V3 Pro remains firmly anchored on our desk thanks to the combination of its generous weight, but also via five large non-slip pads. However, like any keyboard equipped with clicky switches, the use can be a bit noisy for the uninitiated. Regarding autonomy, we managed to hold between 24 and 36 hours using the keyboard fully (no automatic standby, and full RGB), knowing that we can enjoy more autonomy by opting for more energy efficient settings. Finally, our only complaint will be the wrist rest, which cannot be mechanically attached to the keyboard. Without a hinge or magnetic system, the latter only stays in place thanks to 6 large non-slip pads, the efficiency of which is however welcomed.
Listed at € 249.99, the Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro is clearly part of the high end in terms of keyboard, but in view of the services offered, it is difficult to be able to say that the tariff is not justified. All the features possible on a wireless mechanical keyboard are available, and the overall quality of the device is beyond reproach. The build feels super solid, and it’s safe to say that this keyboard will last you a hell of a while before you shift the weapon to the left. Be aware, however, that if you are ready to use a QWERTY model, it is possible to find the Blackwidow V3 Pro for a few tens of dollars cheaper. Finally, if you don’t care about wireless, multimedia keys, and the hyper-padded wrist rest, know that this keyboard is available in a wired version against 149.99 €.