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Which Keyboard is Best for You?

  • 17 February 2021
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Hello Insiders!

With many models and types of keyboards to choose from, it can be difficult to choose a keyboard that suits your preferences. Between those intense gaming sessions or those long office workdays, this is a guide to help answer that age-old question, “Which keyboard is best for me?”. This is the second iteration of this thread.

This thread will be separated into 5 sections:
1. Introduction
2. Membrane / Mecha-Membrane Keyboards
3. Mechanical Keyboards
4. Optical Keyboards
5. Conclusion

You may view all sections, or you can just choose to read the specific one(s) which you are interested in.

Section 1: Introduction to Razer’s Lineup:

At the time of writing this guide, Razer sells four different types of keyboards: Membrane, Mecha-Membrane, Mechanical and Optical. They are all each very different, and all have different price points.

Razer also offers three different sizes of keyboards: Full size, and tenkeyless (TKL), and 60%. I will mention the latter two more when we get to the “Mechanical” and “Optical” keyboard sections.

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BlackWidow Elite for the win!
Good job on this well written presentation @Jenjar. It is a big help for those gamers looking for superior keyboard. For me, the BlackWidow Elite is the best. It has an excellent quality with a lot of features like Hypershift. 👏
Hi - I'm looking for a silent TKL with backlighting, and it looks like options are BlackWidow Lite TKL Orange, and the BlackWidow TE Chroma (Orange or Yellow). Is the Lite the only one with O ring dampers? I never learned to type light, so I always bottom out the keys. Chroma has better backlighting, but it depends on noise difference. Thanks. And apologies if I posted in wrong forum.
Will razer hustman the best keboard for me
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Huntsman elite but i could be swayed if they did a huntsman elite wireless, the Blackwindow V3 PRO would be a step back right now with no opto switches.
I'm just waiting for my Huntsman TE to arrive. Slightly worried that it might be a bit too sensitive for me, but we will see! If I get on ok with it my plan is to grab some Mercury keycaps and have a black and white mix.
Razer BlackWidow Ultimate.
this will help the new users in choosing their next keyboard
This is really helpful and informative. I will surely take these into consideration when buying a Razer keyboard.
I am still using my Razer Blade 15 and also saving up to have a Razer Blade Pro 17, hoping to have it very soon.

  • Razer Huntsman v2 Analog ,Corsair K83 Wireless Entertainment Keyboard ,Razer Pro Type ,Filco Ninja Majestouch, Logitech Craft...These are some of the best keyboard that you can use in 2021.
I am satisfied and very happy with my Huntsman. I worked hard to get this!
Does Razer truly make any SILENT keyboards? I currently have a Verbatim wireless keyboard mouse combo (model 99779), and it is truly silent (my cubemate can't hear it AT ALL when I'm typing, and I can barely hear it), but some keys keep getting stuck and i have to replace the batteries every month. This was about $35 from Staples. So, I'm willing to spend more money to get some quality but still want silent. Does Razer have something similar? It seems that the mechanical or opto-mechanical, linear, yellow switch is the direction I may want to go if I do get a Razer, but when I watch youtube videos on particular ones with these features, they still seem awfully clicky or loud. I actually bought a huntsman elite based on a video, but the keys were REALLY clicky, so I reboxed and returned. Even the Black Widow with yellow keys seemed loud/clicky on the youtube sound tests. It seems that some of the quieter ones might be the smaller ones, such as the Huntsman Mini. However, I like having a tenkey pad. Do any of the Razer mini keyboards come with an ability to connect any kind of tenkey pad? I haven't even looked at or shopped for tenkey pads yet. I may not even need to connect one to the keyboard if i can connect it to the computer another way to still be able to use it. So, forgive me if that's a stupid question right now. I'm willing to get a mini if that's what it will take. I'm not a gamer, just a data engineer/developer who is spoiled with the silent keyboard sound. Even my laptop keys are mostly quiet on my Lenovo Legion Y520, but not as silent as the Verbatim.
So, what truly is the most silent Razer keyboard? Is the Huntsman mini the best one? I've watched a lot of sound test videos, but am getting lost especially when I think i found one, but then hear that it's awfully clicky in another sound test.
Thank you for your help!

Jenjar
Section 3: Mechanical Keyboards:

Mechanical:

The mechanical keyboard uses mechanical switches, which consist of a housing, spring and stem. Upon pressing the switch, the stem moves downwards, which compresses the spring until the switch is actuated and registered, which then springs back up when unpressed, completing the keystroke.

Razer offers three different mechanical switches in their line of keyboards, each with different properties:

Razer Green Switch - Features a tactile bump and louder click sound with an actuation force of 50 grams, an actuation point of 1.9mm, and total possible travel distance of 4.0mm. These switches are optimized to offer the best-in-class gaming and typing performance.

Razer Orange Switch - Features a tactile bump, without an audible click like the Green switch, making it quieter and an actuation force of 45 grams, an actuation point of 1.9mm, with a total possible travel distance of 4.0mm. These switches offer the same performance and optimization for gaming and typing as the Green switch, while offering a quieter sound and smaller actuation force.

Razer Yellow Switch - Razer’s linear switch has no tactile bump or sound, and is the fastest and quietest switch, with an actuation force of 45 grams, an actuation point of 1.2mm, with a possible travel distance of 3.5mm. These are optimized for rapid fire keypresses.

You can learn more about the different mechanical switches Razer offers here. All Razer mechanical switches offer a 80-million keystroke lifespan.

Razer’s Mechanical keyboards are geared more toward enthusiasts than Membrane and Mecha-Membrane, but Razer does offer entry-level options. The top of the line mechanical keyboard is the Blackwidow Pro V3, which retails for $229.99 USD, and is offered with both the green and yellow switch, along with a plush wrist rest and wireless connectivity. You may also get the wired, more budget friendly Blackwidow V3 for $139.99 USD, which also comes with either green in yellow switches, with both fullsize and tenkeyless (TKL) options.

There are also two work-oriented Blackwidow models, which are the tenkeyless, orange switched Blackwidow Lite for $89.99 USD, and the fullsized wireless, orange switched Razer Pro Type for $139.99 USD.

You can view all mechanical models here.

To Finalize: The Mechanical line is the go-to choice for many people. There are many different options depending on the switch that suits you best. It is all based on personal preference; between a clicky and tactile keyboard, a silent and tactile keyboard, or a silent and linear keyboard. Razer’s mechanical keyboards are in a different tier so if they are out of your budget, I would recommend the Ornata V2 (Mecha-Membrane).
This is really helpful and informative. I will keep in mind while buying.
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Very nice and informative thread!
I've got the Razer Cynosa Lite RGB, which is a Membrane keyboard, that I brought over two months ago.
I love the Razer Huntsman Mini. White is so cool!
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Excellent job Jenjar, as always
Jenjar
Section 2: Membrane / Mecha-Membrane Keyboards:

Membrane:


Membrane keyboards have one large pressure pad, which when compressed in a certain area, will register a specific keystroke. They feel soft and mushy, and do not put out much of a sound, making them the quietest of the keyboards in this guide.

Membrane keyboards are also the most budget-friendly keyboard from Razer. The Cynosa V2 is $59.99 USD, and it is only available in a full size layout. You can learn more about it here.

To Finalize: Membrane keyboards are the best choice if you are on a smaller budget, and want a softer-feeling, quiet keyboard.

Mecha-Membrane:

The Mecha-Membrane keyboard uses the same pressure pad design as the membrane, however in Razer’s case, adds a small metal clip inside the keyswitch, which gives it a tactile bump and sound, instead of the membrane’s softer, mushy feel and quiet sound.

The Mecha-Membrane keyboard is the next budget friendly out of Razer’s lineup, with the only model, The Ornata V2 at $99.99 USD. You can read more about the Ornata V2 here.

To Finalize: Mecha-Membrane keyboards are the best choice if you have a slightly larger budget, and want a slightly tactical feel and sound, however don’t want to jump to a full mechanical or optical keyboard.

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Thanks! I don't need the info, but this will help a looot of people.
huntsman v2
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The best keyboard is the one you have in front of you right now.
I am happy with ornate chroma, a mecha membrane keyboard, it is my favorite. Best recommend for gamers as an entry level keyboard.
black widow chroma chroma v2 tournment edition with yellow switches, still one of the fastest and amazing ergonomics, minimalist enouth but with everything i need