Getting a Razer keyboard is probably one of the best and easiest ways to improve your PC gaming setup. They are some of the best in the business and cover a range of sizes, styles, designs, and mechanisms, so there's bound to be one that will suit you. The reputation of Razer's keyboards is now well established, especially with the likes of the BlackWidow and Huntsman ranges being so ingrained in any discussion on gaming planks.
Razer keyboards are some of the best planks in the business. They might have a reputation which puts them at the premium level of peripherals, generally, but with an increasing amount of affordable Razer keyboards out there now, it's never been easier to get on of the best Razer keyboards. No matter the model (from all-singing options to the less feature-crammed planks), they are some of the best gaming keyboards around.
The two sides of the gaming keyboard fence are covered by the best Razer keyboards: the mechanical category and the membrane alternatives. Some even straddle that line to give you the best of both worlds.
Whatever you go for, when you team a Razer keyboard with something you picked up during the Prime Day laptop deals or a quality gaming PC - like the Razer BlackWidow Elite and ASUS ROG GA15 PC that I use - the results are brilliant for gaming.
Blackwidow keyboards have been at the top of the mechanical tree for many years, and this latest Elite iteration seems likely to keep it there - it's seriously good. As we said in our review sum-up: "There’s no denying the quality of the materials or the construction, and the green switches will delight gamers who prize responsiveness and speed, as well as a clicking that can be driven to chainsaw-like levels of buzz when you’re moving really fast. The Elite may look understated, but becomes ostentatious when its lighting is fully powered up, and that’s just the way we like it".
This is a great summary of a quality keyboard that is everything we have grown to expect in a BlackWidow product. If you're looking for further reassurance, I use this in conjunction with my ASUS ROG GA15 PC every day and now swear by it - for work and play. I used the 'standard' BlackWidow for a while before upgrading to the Elite model, and while the former was a great, solid keyboard, the Elite represents a quality step up in every way. I would have no problem declaring it my personal favorite Razer keyboard that I've used (thus far).
- Read more: Razer BlackWidow Elite review
The Razer Cynosa Chroma might not be the very best Razer keyboard going in every capacity, but it is the absolute best budget Razer keyboard. In short, it'll bag you loads of Razer goodness and quality in keyboard-form for an affordable price.
Its basis in being a membrane keyboard makes the Cynosa Chroma a quiet performer, as you're pressing down on a rubbery sheet rather than hammering clicky buttons under your keys constantly.
It backs up this subtle-tapping approach by putting in a good performance, too. The keycaps are satisfying to type with, the presence of macro settings gives you flexibility over the function of each key, the RGB design is fun and brings brightness to a plain chassis, and its compact footprint means it's great for any desks, particularly those who are in short supply of table real estate.
Razer's Huntsman range of keyboards is rapidly becoming the company's premier lineup. As a USP, they are the only set of keyboards to feature Razer's excellent opto-mechanical switches. This is worthy of your attention as they provide a mix of the tactile, 'clicky' feel of a mechanical switch with optical actuation via lasers. As a result, actuation delay (the time it takes for a key-press to be registered) is basically eliminated. Nice. Thus, as opposed to the full press of a switch sending a signal to your PC, the Huntsman Elite's keys register the moment they touch a laser beam. It's so much faster, and striking a key multiple times or having to input several controls quickly is easy.
More broadly, there are some excellent quality-of-life upgrades that help the Huntsman further its claim as the best Razer keyboard: there's a memory foam wrist rest; a digital dial that allows you to adjust brightness and volume; and a host of other settings. It'll demand a striking price tag, but this Razer keyboard has the gaming chops, feature set, and quality to make it one of the best planks going.
- Read more: Razer Huntsman Elite review
The Ornata V2 is a brilliant answer to the question: should my Razer keyboard be mechanical or membrane? The answer is, actually, it can be both, and that comes in the form of the Razer Ornata V2.
Utilizing a 'mecha-membrane' approach to its design, the Oranata V2 blends the two approaches and techs into a glorious combination: it has a mechanical 'click' with the feel of membrane switches. As Razer itself says, the Ornata V2 "combines the best of both worlds by providing a soft cushioned touch for gaming comfort, along with a crisp tactile click".
as a result, it is very easy to use and also incredibly responsive, enhanced further by the keycaps which are a comfortable distance from each other - no need to be stretch Armstrong or contort your hands into weird shapes. One of the bestRazer keyboards, and an excellently refreshing take on the go-to technologies which underpin most of our modern keyboards.
- Read more: Razer Ornata V2 review
Don't let the size of the Razer Huntsman Mini fool you - it's every bit the equal of its full-size counterparts. That's because it also features the same excellent opto-mechanical switches for ultra-fast actuation and a satisfying 'click' with every key bump. It's a delight for typing as a result, but its main draw is its speed. You can respond every so slightly faster than your foes with this one, and that's crucial in competitive shooters like Apex Legends.
The smaller footprint means it's easy to transport as well, making this the ideal choice for tournament use or those who travel a lot. It's also a good pick if you want to use it on one of the best gaming laptops, as it doesn't take up a huge amount of space.
This is a great keyboard solution from Razer that will especially appeal to those multi-device gamers and anyone looking for versatility: it's compatible with Xbox One as well as PC. What's more, its excellence in multi-device setups comes from the fact that it is wireless.
Interrogated more closely, the Turret's two parts perform just as well as the full-blooded counterparts which provided their inspiration. To start with, the keyboard is just like the BlackWidow in its reliability, quality, and design (its retractable mouse pad is also a wonderful design touch). Meanwhile, the included mouse is on par with the Mamba model - one of the best Razer gaming mice you can get.
The Razer Turret, as a package, is definitely one of the best Razer keyboard solutions as it neatly gets rid of two cables - an excellent bonus.
Cutting to the chase, the Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition gaming keyboard is not just a Huntsman Elite minus the number pad. Instead, the main difference is in its keys. Underneath the caps, you're getting Linear Optical switches in this Razer keyboard as opposed to the clicky Optical switches found within most Elites. With lower actuation points (now a mere 1mm) and even less force required, you'll find that this is one seriously responsive keyboard.
Elsewhere, Razer has finally opted for a standard bottom row (so you can customize the keys if you want to change things up) and glorious Doubleshot PBT keycaps instead of cheaper ABS ones found on the more expensive Elite. These more durable keycaps won't end up wearing out as easily, so no more telltale glossy WASD keys for you.
And if you're hoping to use the Hunstman TE as a regular day-to-day keyboard? It'll do the job admirably though it'll take some time to get used to the keyboard for typing, and it's not a quiet keyboard by any means. At the end of the day, this is not just one of the best Razer keyboards you can get, but one of the best gaming keyboards full stop.
- Read more: Razer Turret review