When it comes to keyboards that is smaller than a full size keyboard, you get a lot of options. From Ten Keyless to full mini keyboards, well Razer made a 65% keyboard called the Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini Hyperspeed. Based on their full sized V3 BlackWidow this little beast of a keyboard was a real joy to work with.
What Razer did is take the BlackWidow V3 and took away the function keys, Numpad and the home cluster(that sits just above the arrow keys) and kept the arrow keys. Compared to the BlackWidow that I have it is really 65% of the size. What I loved about it is that the keys(compared to other 60% etc keyboards) is that the keys don’t feel stuck together. What I mean by this is that it felt like I am using a normal keyboard and not a keyboard that comes from a small notebook(like a small 12inch model).
The Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini that I had for review had the Razer Yellow mechanical switches, I actually fell in love with them! They have the feel of my normal BlackWidow’s keys(which is Razer Green Mechanical switches)but I won’t wake the dead(especially if you have a late/early session of gaming). This is all thanks to the sound dampeners that is built into the switch’s. They keycaps on the Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini is based on doubleshot ABS, so you won’t be breaking them soon. All of the keys that have alternative functions(like number keys that is also function keys) has clearly viewable side prints on the keys. What I did have to try and figure out is how the onboard Chroma worked, but a little reading(yes I still read manuals) got me there.
What I also liked about the BlackWidow V3 mini is that is has 3 ways of connecting the keyboard to your pc/notebook. Razers Hyperspeed 2.4Ghz wireless connection(you can even use other Razer Hyperspeed products with this one USB dongle), Bluetooth and then a USB-C connection. The USB also can be used to charge the keyboard as well.
As always if you have Razer Synapse installed you can controll and customize the keyboards RGB, but you also have the option to use the built in programed layouts.
The Razer BlackWidow V3 mini has a solid feel and weight to it. It does have legs on the bottom to lift it but it does not come with a wrist rest. For me this was not a problem as I generally don’t use it as it is always in my way. The battery life on the keyboard is great, I had to charge it once a week, but this might change depending how often you use the keyboard and if you have the Chroma set to full brightness. Razer estimates that you would be able to get up to 200hours on a single charge of the battery’s.
Overall I was really pleased with the Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini Hyperspeed. It is a real solid keyboard and does feel like you using a full sized keyboard(that is missing some keys). I would also suggest that you look for the Razer Yellow switch version, as it will give you the feel of a mechanical keyboard without the load clicking(unless you like the clicking and clacking). It does however come with a bit of a steep price(this is most probably due the Rand Dollar exchange), coming in at about R3200-R3600 depending at what retailer you buy the unit from. However it would be a worthwhile investment for gamers and professionals that is looking at a smaller keyboard for that desks that has limited space.