Two weeks ago, Razer introduced a new range of wireless accessories, which included the BlackShark V2 Pro headset, the DeathAdder V2 Pro mouse, and BlackWidow V3 Pro keyboard. While the first two products were new wireless versions of existing products, Razer didn’t have a wired version of the BlackWidow V3 Pro. That changes today, as the company has announced the BlackWidow V3.
Like the BlackWidow V3 Pro, the new keyboard feature Doubleshot ABS keycaps, which have thicker sidewalls that make the keys more durable. Additionally, the doubleshot molding process makes it so that letters are engraved in the keycap, rather than printed, so the letters won’t wear away, even with “thousands of hours of use”.
Additionally, the Razer mechanical switches have been improved with additional side walls for increased stability. The switches also have a new a transparent housing, which lets light shine through more easily, thus making the RGB backlight brighter compared to previous models. As for the switches themselves, the keyboard can be had with Razer Green switches, which have more of a clicky feel, or Razer Yellow switches, which are linear.
One thing that’s noticeably different from the BlackWidow V3 Pro is the media controls. Instead of a set of buttons, the wired version uses a single button and a roller, which can be used to adjust volume, skip tracks, scroll, adjust brightness, and so on. The BlackWidow V3 also offers cable routing options in the chassis, and it includes a wrist rest, at least in the full-size variant.
We say this because the Razer BlackWidow V3 is also available in a tenkeyless configuration, which ditches the numpad and the media controls that would sit above it. Additionally, this variant doesn’t include a wrist rest, and only the U.S keyboard layout features Doubleshot ABS keycaps, while the full-size variant has them in more regional layouts.
Otherwise, the two variants feature most of the same features. Both have N-key rollover, 1000Hz ultrapolling, Razer Chroma lighting, and so on.
The new keyboards are available today. The full-size version costs $139.99 in the United States or €149.99 in Europe, making it nearly $100 cheaper than the wireless version. Meanwhile, the tenkeyless layout comes in at $99.99, or €109.99.