Compact keyboards are beneficial to those who are always on the go and usually tend to work well with almost any desk. Decreasing clutter by removing the cords and the size of the keyboard can be a huge game-changer for those seeking pure efficiency in a small, yet productive form factor. Pair that with a world that’s moving at a rapid pace towards a wireless future, the Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini Hyperspeed couldn’t have come at a better time. Boasting some insane specs, a form factor that eventually grew on me, and some rather useful features - the V3 Mini is an almost perfect all-rounder keyboard.
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This would mark Razer’s first attempt at making a 65% keyboard and the BlackWidow V3 Mini Hyperspeed features Razer’s iconic BlackWidow design. The plastic base with a glossy plastic lip, allows the trio of snakes to illuminate its way into view with the customizable RGB logo. The plastic base is remarkably durable. Well, durable enough to give me confidence that it won’t accumulate scratches or get nicked easily. The plastic bottom is mated to an aluminium top plate that gives the keyboard some weight. However, thanks to Razer’s incredible usage of space on the V3 Mini, there aren’t many places to scuff the keyboard with fingerprint stains.
The plastic keycaps themselves are pretty par for the course. The plastic is visibly textured, allowing the RGB to shine through brightly. The BlackWidow V3 Mini shares the same font as other BlackWidow keyboards. But the RGB can feel slightly overwhelming at this size, especially if you keep it in the rainbow RGB configuration. The right shift key may be a problem for some users, but I rely mainly on the left shift key, so this never bothered me in the slightest. It’s not a deal-breaking sacrifice, but more of a slight learning curve when adjusting to a new keyboard. Speaking of learning curves, the BlackWidow V3 Mini does take some time to settle in.
The keyboard doesn’t feature a function row, but it makes good use of its Fn key. Pressing the Fn will switch of any lighting you have on and highlight any keys that provide a secondary function with a white light. The number row also serves a dual purpose of being F1-F12, but there are also side-printed functions for adjusting RGB brightness, your standard media controls, and macro recording. Outside of the RGB settings, the media controls and macro keys had absolutely no input lag. After a few days, I found myself right at home with all the nifty shortcuts on the V3 Mini.
Once I got over making silly little mistakes, the V3 Mini was a delight to use.
The BlackWidow V3 Mini comes with Razer Yellow switches with added sound dampeners, which really have been a delight to use.
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26 August 2021
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