Razer’s new BlackWidow V4 Pro wireless gaming keyboard is a beast with a price to match

It’s got knobs, switches, RGBs, and rollers.

It’s still weird to think that Razer, a brand known for PC gaming peripherals, only released its first wireless gaming keyboard in 2020. We haven’t seen many wireless keyboards from Razer since, though there was the excellent 65% Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini Hyperspeed and the lovely productivity suite board. But not a lot for full-sized gaming keyboard fans—until now.

Razer has just announced its newest wireless gaming keyboard the BlackWidow V4 Pro. From the looks of it, this board is set to carry forward many features we’ve loved in previous Razer keyboards, but also one we’ve never been too fond of: the price. Retailing at $US230 or $AU400, this beast isn’t cheap.

To be fair, it looks like a very feature-complete piece of kit, especially for fans of that Razer aesthetic. It’ll come with the full complement of individual key-based RGB lighting effects as well as glows under the chassis and wrist rests. It would be a bright centerpiece of any desktop, though you’ll have to deal with Razer’s Synapse software for full customization. 

The BlackWidow V4 looks nice on the keys and switches front too. You can choose between Razer’s mechanical clicky green switches or the quiet yellow ones depending on your style. To customize further you’ve got five dedicated macros with three on the side, and a new knob which has been dubbed the Razer Command Dial.

I’m just going to say it. I love knobs. On keyboards. A tactile, twisty dial is a pretty big selling point for me, and not enough boards feature them. This one boasts eight default modes for doing everyday tasks like zooming or switching tabs, and up to 100, you can customize it yourself. This could mean scrolling through documents, or media adjustments, or for folks who like to use art programs it can be used to adjust brush sizes and the like. 

Speaking of media adjustments, there’s also a dedicated media roller above the number pad with four buttons set aside for extra controls. I quite like having a setup just for media on a keyboard. It’s nice to change those settings without having to go into the individual app. Plus, the roller looks like it’d be fun to use which is really all I care about here.

The last feature I really like the look of is the USB 2.0 passthrough. Sure, it’s only 2.0, but any USB passthrough on keyboards is always a blessing. It’s so much more convenient to be able to plug temporary things in via the keyboard than to find a port on the computer itself. I’m hoping we’ll see more USB passthrough on keyboards in the future.

There are tonnes of features packed into this board, but it all comes down to the price. There are after all some excellent budget gaming keyboards out there. The Razer BlackWidow V4 Pro looks like it’ll be a much more fancy wireless board for your PC gaming setups, with an equally fancy price to match

Thanks To PCGamer

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