This mechanical keyboard includes a wrist rest and audio-out/mic-in jacks. The backlight colors can be customized for each key and 5 keys are available that can be programmed as macros. Comfortable to use and lasts a long time.
The software that you have to use to customize the backlight is hard to use and the keys are fairly loud even for a mechanical keyboard.
Features a completely customizable, multi-colored backlight and programmable keys that can be used for macros. The quiet keys are comfortable to use and are spill-resistant.
The software needed to customize the keys and backlight can be confusing.
This keyboard features mecha-membrane keys, which have a soft membrane dome with a crisp click like mechanical keys. Includes a wrist rest and multi-colored backlight that is fully customizable. Keeps up with even the quickest typing.
The wrist rest starts to wear fairly quickly.
The DeathStalker features slim chiclet keycaps and a built-in wrist rest. Keeps up with all keystrokes and is comfortable to use. Features a green backlight to easily see each key.
The larger keys are fragile and can break if removing for cleaning.
This tournament-ready keyboard equips tactile (and clicky) green switches requiring just 50 grams of actuation force. It's customizable with its 16.8 million-color Chroma lighting system and macro capabilities. Each key can be remapped to execute different commands. Magnetic wrist rest, media keys, and convenient volume wheel. Available with linear and quiet yellow switches.
Razer's Synapse software, which controls Chroma lighting and macros, isn't always intuitive to use.
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A well-rounded computer setup has several parts — monitor, graphics card, audio interface, chair — but the keyboard might be the overall MVP. Sure, a keyboard isn’t quite as thrilling as an overclocked 12-core processor, but a quality one will improve your experience like no other component can. With over two decades’ experience manufacturing computer hardware and peripherals, Razer is one of the best options for a new keyboard.
Outside of the seat you park yourself on, the keyboard is what you’ll actually be touching the most. A precise, comfortable, and intuitive one can reduce fatigue during long sessions and put your favorite features near where your hands naturally sit. What’s more, the keyboards are often customizable to fit your individual preferences.
While Razer is primarily geared toward gaming, its products are right at home in an office, writer’s room, or anywhere else typing needs to get done. From quiet, compact models to flashy workhorses endorsed by esports pros, Razer has a keyboard for every computer user. Check out our buying guide for the basics and our product recommendations if you already know what you need.
Wired: These keyboards connect to your computer via USB cable. You sacrifice some freedom of movement with these, and there’s another cord to manage, but they have no lag and are powered by the same USB connection that transfers data. These keyboards are typically a bit cheaper than wireless equivalents.
Wireless: These keyboards use Bluetooth tech to pair with your device and generally have a range of between 20 and 40 feet. The lack of a cable presents a cleaner look for your workspace, and the keyboard can be moved to pair with tablets, other computers, and even gaming consoles. Wireless keyboards are slightly more expensive and must be charged occasionally via USB power adapter. Some older models use replaceable batteries, however. There is technically a higher risk for lag, but with current tech, it’s extremely unlikely that you will notice any.
As you can see, it’s hard to make an argument that one version is objectively better. If you travel often or desire an extremely neat workspace, a wireless keyboard may be for you. If you hate the idea of charging and don’t mind the cord, you can potentially save a few bucks on a wired model. No matter which version you choose, Razer offers plenty of lightweight, durable, and comfy options.
Gamers and PC enthusiasts are very similar to car nuts in that every component and every detail matters. This is why there are so many keyboard types available, all the way down to the types of switches used on each individual key. As far as the broad categories are concerned, though, the primary types are membrane, mechanical, and optical mechanical.
Membrane: The longtime standard for non-gamers and laptop users, membrane keyboards have a soft, gentle feel to them. The keys sit atop a rubber/silicone dome and act as pressure pads instead of individual switches. While comfortable and quiet, they’re not as precise. Given Razer’s place in the gaming sphere, the brand doesn’t currently offer a classic membrane keyboard.
Mechanical: Mechanical keyboards, as the name suggests, are made up of individual switches that feel crisp to use. These are extremely accurate and durable compared to membrane models. Not every switch feels the same, though, and they may be labeled “linear,” “tactile,” or “clicky” depending on the model.
Optical mechanical: Optical switches are still mechanical switches, but they are unique in the way they actuate. Instead of a physical connection between metallic contact points, optical switches use a light beam actuator. In layman’s terms, optical switches have light beams below them, and when you press a key, that light is blocked. When that light is blocked, your keyboard sends a signal and the corresponding action is carried out. The advantages compared to pure mechanical are fewer moving parts, faster responses, and improved durability.
Hands come in all shapes and sizes, so it’s only logical that keyboards do as well. Smaller hands feel more at home on smaller keyboards than on larger ones because they don’t have to move as far to reach distant keys. If you’re engaging in long gaming, editing, or writing sessions, your hands will definitely notice a difference.
Small Razer keyboards, such as the Huntsman Mini, measure 11.9 inches wide by 4.3 inches deep. Keyboards this size are known as 60% keyboards because they’re about 60% of the standard size. Gamers adore this layout because, with the proper angle, they allow you to reach all the keys with small wrist and hand movements. They also don’t take up much space on a desk, but at a cost — 60% keyboards don’t typically feature a tenkey (number pad) or function rows (arrow keys, page up, page down, and so on). If you don’t need these keys, a diminutive 60% model might be perfect for you.
If you have larger hands or prefer full functionality, Razer offers plenty of full-size keyboards measuring up to 18 inches by 6 inches.
Curved keyboards allow you to rest your elbows in more comfortable and natural positions. It may not seem like much, but small adjustments to your hand, arm, and shoulder positions can reduce muscle pain and neck tension.
Keyboards are practical tools, but like the majority of gaming peripherals, there’s a stylistic component as well. Take a quick gander at our recommended products and you’ll see Razer products are no different — they’re stuffed full of RGB lighting. These lights allow you to match your keyboard to the lighting and décor of your room, and they help you identify your keys in the dark.
RGB-equipped Razer keyboards are recognizable for their Chroma designations. Chroma allows you to choose from 16.8 million colors, as well as various lighting effects and customizable options. The software you use to control these features (and reprogram keys) is called Razer Synapse.
If you listen to music as you work or play, media keys will quickly become some of your closest allies. Keyboards with media keys allow you to control volume, play, pause, and skip through your playlist with the push of a button, so you needn’t minimize your task or Alt + Tab to make adjustments.
An important note: these keys usually sit on the function key row, so if you have a mini or 60% keyboard, media keys may not be an option.
In a way, a keyboard wrist rest is like a proper gaming chair: once you’ve used one, you’ll never want to be without it again. And just like with chairs, ergonomics and comfort go a long way toward increasing productivity and enjoyment whatever the task.
Several, but not all, Razer keyboards come with a plush, cushioned wrist rest that elevates your wrists to be in line with your keys. This takes pressure off your wrist joints and reduces aches and pains over time. What’s more, these are usually magnetic, so they stay attached to your keyboard to keep everything in place.
In addition to purely mechanical keyboards and optical keyboards, Razer offers something called a Mecha-Membrane as a compromise for select models. This design takes the soft, fatigue-reducing feel of a membrane and adds a mid-height key actuator with a noticeable and responsive click. The advantage here is quiet and easy operation with a still sharp feel.
Is Mecha-Membrane better than pure mechanical? There are arguments for either, and personal preference is key (no pun intended). We recommend getting your hands on both versions to see which is best for you.
Want to keep your lighting profile, macros, and other settings intact? Select Razer products have onboard memory, so no matter what you plug your keyboard into, your layout will remain consistent. You can save up to five profiles.
Inexpensive: Entry-level Razer keyboards range from $60 to $100. That’s significantly spendier than a basic keyboard, but you’ll find a fair number of standard features here. This price point includes Chroma RGB backlighting, wrist rest, and dedicated media keys. Expect Mecha-Membrane, Orange, and Green switches.
Mid-range: At $100 to $150, you’ll notice the increased prevalence of onboard memory, cool finishes, and 60% form factor designs. Your switch options increase as well, and you’ll find Yellow switches and optical switches in this segment.
Expensive: Budget $150 and above for the best Razer has to offer in terms of switches, styles, and leatherette wrist rests. Wireless keyboards start to pop up above $200, as do low-volume models such as the Xbox One-rated Turret.
Mouse and keyboards are for computers only, right? Not always. The Xbox One is compatible with Razer’s Turret keyboard, and it features a built-in hard mouse pad for couch-friendly gaming. This can give you PC precision without spending hundreds (or thousands) on a new computer.
A. While there are countless keyboards to choose from, compatibility is a much simpler topic. On the whole, if your computer has a free USB slot, it’s almost guaranteed to work. Razer keyboards work with both PCs and Macs, and Razer offers a version of their Synapse software for both. As always, confirm that your version of the software and your keyboard drivers are up to date, but these devices are largely plug-and-play.
A. We’ve covered keyboards with membrane switches, keyboards with mechanical switches, and keyboards with optical mechanical switches, but we’re not done yet. Razer offers several unique mechanical switch models — Yellow, Orange, Green, Red, and Purple — each with its own “personality.” We’ll list them below for clarity, along with their equivalent by Cherry MX, the market leader in mechanical switches. Razer utilized Cherry MX switches in its keyboards until 2014, when it switched to proprietary designs.
A. Communication is very important when you’re gaming with friends, but nobody wants to hear the click-clack racket of your keyboard at the same time. Thankfully, even if you have your mind set on a mechanical keyboard, there are ways around it.
The easiest option is to use a push-to-talk key instead of voice activation. That way, the only time your mic is activated is when you push a specific button, allowing you to filter out background noise. Gamers may not want a separate keybind for talking, though, which means you’ll want to use voice activation and a noise gate to filter out keyboard sounds.
Put simply, noise gates eliminate sounds below a certain volume threshold. Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) programs like Discord and streaming applications like Streamlabs OBS often include them as standard. You’ll want to adjust the noise gate to pick up sounds as loud as your normal speaking voice but tune it to block sounds quieter than your speaking voice. You may need to do some fine-tuning from there, but trust us, your friends will thank you.
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