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The best wireless mechanical keyboards

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Sharon Harding

it’s not a secret mechanical keyboard Provides the best tactile typing experience available. We also know that wireless keyboards improve productivity, reduce workspace clutter, and connect easily with a wide variety of devices. Thankfully, the selection of wireless mechanical keyboards has grown so much in recent years that you can find options with feature sets that are on par with even the most expensive wired keyboards.

When considering today’s cable-free mechanical keyboard options, there’s a lot more to consider than switch type. For example, how many devices can you switch keyboards on? Should you use a USB receiver with one of these wireless connections? Battery life is also a top priority (all options here is rechargeable), and like any premium keyboard, features like programmability, onboard memory, and high-quality keycaps are key.

With these qualifications in mind, we searched for the best wireless mechanical keyboards for power users.

Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro

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Specs at a glance: Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro
Connection option Bluetooth 5.0, USB-A dongle, USB-A cable
switch Razer Green or Yellow
key cap ABS resin
size 17.7 x 9.8 x 1.7 inches
(450.×248.4×42.3mm)
weight 3.1 pounds
(1.4kg)
guarantee 2 years
Price (Suggested retail price) $200

buy: Starting at $140 at Amazon When best buy

Razer’s BlackWidow V3 Pro is a rare wireless option with nearly all the features you’d expect from a decked-out wired mechanical keyboard. From full-height switches and a full-size programmable layout with media keys to onboard memory, multiple Bluetooth profiles, and braided cables, there’s very little you’re missing here.

The BlackWidow V3 Pro has been my go-to productivity booster for years. All keys, including the four media keys, are Razer synapse software. This is good enough, but you can also program each key with a secondary input that is activated when you press the keys you designate as “Hypershift” keys simultaneously.

Keybindings can launch macros, open software or websites, move the mouse, and more. The keyboard easily adapts to the apps you’re using, allowing you to create app-specific profiles that automatically launch when you open the specified program.

Unfortunately, some of the most advanced features like macros and app launches don’t work unless Synapse is open. This makes it difficult to take advantage of the keyboard’s four onboard memory profiles. In fact, you have to open Synapse and use a dongle or cable instead of Bluetooth to save the onboard memory profile.

BlackWidow V3 Pro only available with Razer Green click switch, with 4mm total travel and 1.9mm actuation at 50g force, or Razer Yellow Linear Switches (3.5mm / 1.2mm / 45g). The green switches I used create an impressive roar, paired with a bold click where the large keys bottom out and the plastic stabilizer rattles. Without sound deadening components like those found in the Epomaker TH96 below, you’ll often hear a metallic ding when bottoming out.

At 3.1 pounds, the BlackWidow V3 Pro is pretty heavy and rugged, but its plastic bottom case and easy-to-clean aluminum top plate aren’t unique. It’s also a bit disappointing to see ABS plastic at this price point, but these keycaps might pass PBT given how good they are at resisting fingerprints (for better grip and durability). Also, I replaced my keycaps with non-Razer PBTs.) Plus, the legend is a double shot, so it doesn’t go away.

BlackWidow V3 Pro is the only keyboard with a wrist rest. The luxury of the accessory means that you can actually use it for a while.

Razer says the keyboard will last up to 192 hours before needing a charge. Setting the per-key RGB backlighting to all white gives 5 hours at 100% brightness and 14 hours at 50% brightness. That’s less than the rainbow RGB backlight’s battery life (13 and 25 hours, respectively). Thankfully, Synapse has a battery meter that gives you an accurate percentage.

good stuff

  • Full-size, full-height keyboard with all trimmings
  • All keys, including media keys, are programmable with up to two inputs.
  • Abundant onboard storage

bad person

  • super expensive
  • Some advanced features are app dependent
  • Aggressive typists should be aware of stabilizer rattles and occasional pings

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