Razer is the pioneer of gaming peripherals. Since 1999 they’ve been pushing new peripherals and have built up an impressive catalog of gaming gear.
Razer’s line-ups of gaming keyboards vary from tiny, minimalist TKLs to large full-sized monoliths with all the bells and whistles one could ask for.
With such a large product stack under their name, it’s easy to feel a tad overwhelmed by all the choices.
I have listed the five best keyboards that Razer offers in my opinion.
If you’re convinced that you want a Razer keyboard, here are the five best Razer keyboards you should be eyeing in 2023.
1. Razer Huntsman V2 TKL
- Foam dampens sound well
- Great optical switches
- Fast actuation
- PBT keycaps
- Strong build quality
- Stabilizers could still be better
The Huntsman TKL V2 is a testament to Razer’s commitment to improving its products every year. The TKL form factor really is the sweet spot for a compact gaming keyboard that ticks all the boxes.
Razer’s optical switches are present on the Huntsman TKL V2, and they’re the best they’ve ever been. The switches feel amazingly smooth, and the response time is nearly instantaneous—so gamers can rest easy knowing that they won’t be missing any headshots because of lapses in the hardware.
The superb build quality of the Huntsman TKL doesn’t just stop at the body either. Razer uses PBT keycaps that are strong and feel great to type on. There is also a sound dampening foam pad inside the chassis to reduce vibrations, and it works flawlessly. It’s pretty clear that Razer has used its industry experience to deliver a truly well-built TKL keyboard.
You also get a nice braided and detachable USB Type C cable. Making the cable detachable was a great call on Razer’s part and allows for even more customization from the user’s end!
All in all, the Razer Huntsman TKL V2 is a great mechanical keyboard if you’re a gamer trying to spruce up their setup without having to pay an arm a leg. At $150, this is an awesome little keyboard that you won’t regret adding to your setup.
2. Razer Huntsman V2 Analog
- Good build quality and shine-free PBT caps
- Comfy, detachable wrist rest
- Great adjustable actuation optical switches
- Fastest keyboard razer makes
- The most expensive keyboard Razer makes
- Hard to notice 8,000 Hz
At $250, the Huntsman V2 Analog is Razer’s most expensive mechanical keyboard yet. But in this instance, the high price is justified (mostly) by what the Huntsman V2 Analog brings to the table.
This is Razer’s first time using analog optical switches on a keyboard. These switches are designed to mimic a controller trigger degree of inputs by allowing the user to program specific levels of actuation.
The main benefit for gamers is a switch that can be as fast as you want it, rivaling this keyboard with the Steelseries Apex Pro. The Huntsman V2 Analog and Huntsman Mini Analog are the only two keyboards in Razer’s line up that offer this functionality.
Apart from this, the Huntsman is a solid keyboard—just like other Razer keyboards that go for well below $200.
3. Razer Huntsman Mini V2
- PBT caps
- Removeable USB-C cable
- Great optical switch options
- Ergonomic compact form factor
- Some limitations with keymapping and function layer
The Razer Huntsman Mini v2 is a keyboard built for hardcore eSports players who need extra desk real estate to flick their mice, or conversely, for minimalists who don’t care for arrow keys or number pads on their keyboards. It’s safe to say that this form factor is not for everyone.
In its essence, the Huntsman Mini V2 is a little brother to the Huntsman TKL V2. Razer decided to release a 60% variant of its ever-popular TKL model after overwhelming demand from fans on the internet.
Razer’s linear optical switches are present in the Huntsman Mini (just like its big brother), and still work flawlessly. They are fast and responsive, and Razer seems to have improved the sound of the switches from version one.
You can also get the Huntsman Mini with Razer’s optical clicky switches if you like the satisfying tactile feel, but with much lower response times.
Starting at $100, the Razer Huntsman Mini is priced very competitively against other 60% keyboards, which usually tend to be much pricier as they’re offered by more niche keyboard manufacturers.
4. Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini HyperSpeed
- Low latency wireless
- 200 hour battery life
- Good mechanical switches
- ABS keycaps are disappointing
The Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini HyperSpeed is a stellar wireless mechanical keyboard. It has 2.4Ghz wireless connectivity that’s low latency and will pose no issues when gaming.
The BlackWidow V3 Mini HyperSpeed uses mechanical switches instead of Razer’s optical ones, and you can get it in two different switch types. The yellow linears offer smooth feel and the green clicky switches cover both ends of the mechanical switch fandom. While they’re not as polished as Razer’s stellar optical switches, these mechanical switches are pretty great for what you get.
A wireless keyboard is only good as its battery life, and Razer has no worries here. The BlackWidow boasts a 200-hour battery life, and the included USB C cable allows you to charge up the keyboard relatively fast.
Unfortunately, Razer has opted for ABS keycaps on the BlackWidow, and not the far superior PBT keycaps found in their Huntsman series. But, at $120, the BlackWidow V3 Mini HyperSpeed is a solid wireless gaming keyboard that checks almost all the boxes that you need.
5. Razer BlackWidow V4 Pro
- 8000 Hz Polling Rate
- Second utility scroll dial
- Dedicated macro keys
- Next level RGB
- Only comes in full size
The Razer BlackWidow V4 Pro is the latest entry into their mechanical keyboard line up.
There are a couple of big new features for the fourth gen Blackwidow pro.
RGB on this keyboard is just everywhere, with it even lining the detachable wrist rest and the sides of the keyboard creating a nice underglow effect.
The new command dial allows you to quickly change multiple settings including RGB brightness and mode, and a bunch of other things.
The BlackWidow also gets an upgrade over the V3 with 8000 Hz polling and lubed stabilizers.
For RGB, macro and dial lovers, the BlackWidow V4 Pro is a dream keyboard. I hope Razer puts out a smaller form factor keyboard of this RGB beauty.
Razer vs Other Brands
Obviously, Razer isn’t the only well-established gaming brand out there. So, what makes Razer’s keyboards stand out from the competition?
Razer has been a large pusher of optical keyboard switches.
Razer’s optical switches have set an industry standard for being well-built and reliable. They are over 30ms faster to actuate when compared to regular old mechanical switches, and have good key feel compared to the other major brands.
Razer’s Synapse customization software is leagues ahead of many other brands. While they still have a ways to go, Razer seems to be dedicated to improving customer experiences when it comes to Synapse.
Overall, Razer has been iterating on their products and truly delivering great gaming products based on the feedback of their customers. From PBT keycaps to now after-market cables and caps, investing in the Razer ecosystem is a good bet.
Razer vs Corsair
If I had to pick one major competitor to Razer’s keyboards, it would be Corsair. They both share the hardcore gamer appeal with their flashy RGB and riced-up keyboards that offer a boatload of extra features.
Razer has much more offerings that span various form factors where Corsair can’t even compete. Razer’s smaller TKL and 60% offerings truly revolutionized the gaming keyboard space.
Another point in Razer’s favor is the switch variety. While neither brand is super open-ended in terms of switches used, Razer does edge out against Corsair simply because they have a wider offering of mechanical and optical switch types. Corsair in contrast usually tends to stick to Cherry MX switches—which, while not necessarily bad, does limit your options when buying a new keyboard.
To me, Razer’s design language is much more appealing than Corsair’s. If you’re someone who’s looking for a sleek keyboard with great build quality (not to mention keys that feel amazing to type on), you’ll be very happy with any of Razer’s offerings.
Corsair does win when it comes to extra bells and whistles like macro keys and volume dials (some Razer keyboards do have dials, but not all), but in my opinion, that’s not enough to convince me to buy a Corsair over a Razer keyboard.
Razer vs SteelSeries
SteelSeries is another brand that butts heads frequently with Razer in the keyboard space. They both share similar design aesthetics with cool, seek builds that appeal to RGB-loving gamers everywhere.
SteelSeries does have a few things going for their keyboards that Razer does not have. Their acclaimed line of Apex Pro series of keyboards features an OLED display on the top right corner that can display handy pieces of information (or whatever the user wants, really).
SteelSeries’ Apex Pro line-up also features first-of-its-kind adjustable optical switches. These let you fine-tune the actuation points on a per-key basis, which can be quite handy for some gamers.
Apart from these differences, Razer and SteelSeries keyboards feel very similar. They have similar build quality; which is to say they’re both built really well. They’re also priced similarly to each other, so neither one doesn’t really offer a better deal than the other.
Razer does have the advantage of having a wider range of wireless keyboards. SteelSeries tends to stick with wired for most of their models, so if you’re looking for a reliable wireless keyboard to game on, Razer might just be what you’re looking for.
The Razer Keyboard lineup
Razer has a lot of keyboards, here’s a handy reference on how to differentiate product lines.
This keyboard line up has the most variety in sizes and in my opinion has superseded the Blackwidow as the flagship keyboard line up. The Huntsman is defined by having optical switches, using lasers to determine actuation and even having keyboard with adjustable actuation in the analog series.
Choose the Huntsman if you value durability, switch speed, and perhaps a less standard keyboard size.
The BlackWidow family is the OG keyboard lineup for Razer. These keyboards feature traditional mechanical switches. The BlackWidow has a couple of full size keyboards with insane RGB and media controls and a low latency wireless 65% keyboard.
The DeathStalker lineup are Razer’s low profile keyboard offerings. Take a look at DeathStalker keyboards if you’re interested in low profile mechanical switches and good wireless gaming performance, in either full size or TKL.
The Ornata keyboards are low profile membrane keyboards. These keyboards are more affordable but still have good RGB and software features. Take a look at these keyboards if you want to save a buck but still want to be in Razer’s ecosystem.
The Turret lineup are Razer’s lap keyboards, designed for gaming in front of a TV with no desk. The Turrent gives you mechanical switch gaming goodness and a hard mouse pad that sits on your lap.
The Tartarus lineup is for one handed keyboards. Take a look at a Tartarus keyboard if you only care about gaming and don’t need to worry about typing regular text. The Tartarus gives you access to a ton of keys on a single hand, as well as a scroll wheel and thumbstick.
Razer Pro Type
The Pro Type lineup isn’t geared towards gamers, its a mechanical keyboard that has understated design choice meant for an office. That means a lot less RGB and edgy cases. The switches are also more silent, as to not disturb co-workers.