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Razer has just released its latest gaming keyboard, the BlackWidow V4 Pro, which offers an unprecedented level of functionality and customizability. While other manufacturers are opting for more compact designs, Razer is taking a different approach by incorporating a full-size keyboard layout with a numpad, along with more than six extra buttons and dials that can be programmed for use in both games and productivity programs.
The keyboard boasts five macro keys on the left side, along with an additional three thumb-like buttons on the left edge, as well as a volume roller and four programmable media keys on the top right. There’s even a second dial on the top left that can be programmed with a variety of functions and switched between with every turn of the dial.
For those who appreciate RGB lighting, the BlackWidow V4 Pro is equipped with Razer’s Chroma RGB platform, allowing for the lights to synchronize with other RGB devices around your desk, as well as games running on your PC. The keyboard features a stunning start-up animation when it is plugged in or your PC is turned on and even comes with a wrist rest that has its own RGB lights.
Underneath all the buttons and lights, the BlackWidow V4 Pro is a typical gaming keyboard with no mention of hot-swappable switches. It is worth noting that you would need a soldering iron if you wish to use any switches other than Razer’s preinstalled clicky green or linear red switches. Razer’s in-house switches are rated for 100 million keypresses, the same as Cherry’s latest-generation MX switches.
The keyboard has a polling rate of up to 8,000Hz, which should minimize input latency, and the keycaps are made of ABS plastic, with a double-shot shine-through design. As a final touch, the BlackWidow V4 Pro can be connected to your computer using two USB-C cables, one of which is optional but enables the board’s passthrough USB-A 2.0 port.
This level of functionality comes at a premium, however, with the BlackWidow V4 Pro retailing for $229.99 (£229.99/€269.99).