Although primarily known for producing hardware for gamers, Razer’s line of keyboards are surprisingly a good fit for office-oriented tasks. Don’t worry if some of their keyboards are a little too flashy for a stuffy office cubicle: Razer produces their own switches so you could switch up your office keyboard with something sleek and professional-looking, then switch it out to something edgy and cool when the bosses aren’t watching. It’s a clever way to stay productive when working from home, or so we like to tell our editors.
Out of all the keyboards Razer produces, however, we found the best 3 Razer keyboards that’s perfect for both gaming and office work. Ideally, you don’t do both at the same time, but we’re not your manager.
Best Razer Keyboards for Gaming and Work
Razer BlackWidow Elite
One of the best Razer keyboards you can get for gaming, the Razer BlackWidow Elite is a wired, full-sized keyboard that looks and feels durable thanks to its mixed alloy and plastic chassis. If the design hasn’t tipped you off yet, this Razer keyboard was intended for gaming: sleek, yet bold, lines, a plushy leatherette wrist rest, two incline positions, and various RGB settings. However, thanks to the amazing amount of customization you can do with this keyboard, it’s also an extremely ergonomic tool for work-related activities (the leatherette wrist rest is a great boon for anyone typing up reports for hours on end).
The customization options are quite varied, thanks to the Razer Synapse 3, the Razer keyboards proprietary customization software. The Razer Synapse 3 allows you to control the kind of lights to display, latency options, and pretty much every other aspect of keyboard customization possible. But the keyboard itself has a ton of practical bells and whistles in and of itself: a USB passthrough, a volume control knob, an audio jack, and dedicated media keys. It also comes with your choice of Orange, Green and Yellow switches so you can soup up your Razer keyboard once you clock out from work.
Here are some downsides, though: it doesn’t have any dedicated macro keys which, while irrelevant for office work, isn’t the best if you want a laptop for both gaming and work. The Razer Synapse 3 is also only compatible with Windows, so macOS users won’t have access to the same customization options. But then again, who games on a mac anyway?
Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition, Chroma V2
On the opposite end of the BlackWidow Elite, which is one of the best Razer keyboards for gaming, the BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma V2 is probably one of the best Razer keyboards for office work. Obviously, it being a Razer keyboard, the Chroma V2 still bears strong gaming aesthetics, with its RGB lighting and tactile keys, but it also has toned-down lines and a sleek, black background. It’s wired, like the Elite, but it’s also TenKeyLess, meaning it’s 10% smaller than a regular-sized keyboard.
The Chroma V2 has dedicated media hotkeys so you can control your music as you work, and while it only has one incline setting, it does feature a detachable wrist rest that is absolutely essential when you’re balancing spreadsheets all night.
Again, the keys can be switched up with the linear Razer Yellow, Clicky Razer Green, and the Tactile Razer Orange, so you can customize its look so it can match your Alienware Area 51 Threadripperv, which you swore to your bosses is essential for your work as a copywriter. So far, key switching is seamless, easy, and everything snaps on and off without feeling flimsy. It also runs on the Razer Synapse 3, so all customization options are available to you.
However, again, it’s not fully compatible with macOS or Linux, so you won’t really have all the customization options for gaming. It also doesn’t have a NumPad, so if your work involves a lot of numbers, this might be a huge disadvantage.
The vanilla version of the other two Razer keyboards on this list is the Razer BlackWidow, and it’s the best of both worlds with one, extra feature that we love: it’s under $100, making it essential for the best gaming PC for under $1,500. But even as an entry-level, wired-only option, the vanilla Razer BlackWidow has incredible gaming performance, with extremely low latency and multiple customization options. Like its more expensive and more complex siblings, the vanilla BlackWidow has switchable keys and two incline settings.
And…that’s it, it doesn’t really have any other features other than the ones listed above. The vanilla Razer BlackWidow doesn’t have wrist rests, and while it does have incline settings, they all still ride pretty high, making it a little uncomfortable after a few hours of gaming or working. Again, it runs on the Razer Synapse 3, so macOS and Linux users are left with a very vanilla keyboard. All things considered, however, a gaming and work keyboard for under $100 is still a steal.
Here’s the Thing About Razer Keyboards, Though
Most Razer keyboards, outside of a few extra features and what-have-you’s, all share the same pros and cons across the board:
Pros of a Razer Keyboard
- Highly Customizable: Every Razer keyboard is programmable, so every key and macros can be set independently using the Synapse 3 software. RGB lighting can also be customized down to which key lights up in what color.
- Premium Builds: Most Razer keyboards use a combination of hard plastics covered with a metallic plate, making their keyboards feel like you can use it to knock someone’s teeth out (don’t do this). Also, the wrist rests (at least, for the Elite and the Chroma V2) are such a welcome addition.
- Further Customization Using Switches: Razer keyboard switches can be, well, switched out with proprietary Razer keys just to give your setup a little extra oomph. There are also optical switches and hybrid switches if you really want to go wild.
Of course, Razer keyboards aren’t perfect:
Cons of a Razer Keyboard
- Customization Software is Only Compatible with Windows: Razer keyboards use the native Razer software called Razer Synapse 3 to control the customizable aspects of your keyboard. However, it’s not compatible with macOS and Linux. It doesn’t have on-board memory either, so you can’t configure it on Windows and then switch to Mac. However, if you’re not an Apple fanboy, this isn’t much of a con.
- Most Razer Keyboards are Wired: We’re on the second decade of the new millennium, why is Razer still making wired keyboards?!
Razer Keyboard Prices:
You can find these keyboards on the Razer website, but you can get them a bit cheaper on Amazon. The prices we list here, however, are bound to change because it’s Amazon and prices go up and down depending on quality and availability.