The Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini HyperSpeed was announced on 25 May 2021. The keyboard expands the BlackWidow V3 family with another option.
BlackWidow V3 Mini: The New 65% Keyboard
Originally, the BlackWidow V3 was available in three different versions: The standard BlackWidow V3 with cable, the wireless BlackWidow V3 Pro with extended media controls and the compact BlackWidow V3 Tenkeyless which comes without a numpad. Now, Razer created a fourth option for all those who think that tenkeyless is still too big: the new BlackWidow V3 Mini. It is a 65% keyboard featuring arrow keys and part of the navigation block, but omitting numpad and function row.
Don’t judge it by its size
The BlackWidow V3 Mini is small, but is has quite a lot to offer. Just like the larger versions, the BlackWidow V3 Mini features Razer’s Chroma RGB lighting, n-key rollover, a gaming mode and the possibility to freely remap any keys of your choosing. Multiple configurations can be stored in separate profiles and on-board storage enables you to activate a profile even when on another computer. There is obviously no space for dedicated media controls, but common media functions are accessible via shortcuts.
You can buy the keyboard with either tactile Razer Green Switches or with linear and noise-dampening Razer Yellow Switches. Both versions feature double-shot ABS keycaps, they are more resistant to wear off than common keycaps.
Versatile Connectivity Options: Wireless, Bluetooth and Cable
The Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini HyperSpeed is a wireless mechanical keyboard. The term HyperSpeed refers to Razer’s 2.4 GHz wireless technology that allows to connect compatible mouse and keyboard with just one single dongle. The keyboard also supports Bluetooth and can be paired with up to three devices. The integrated battery promises up to 200 hours of use per charge, calculated with disabled illumination. Charging simply requires plugging in the detachable USB-C cable, you can continue to use the keyboard in the process.
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Tech Specs for Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini HyperSpeed
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Mechanical Keyboard Score
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July 16, 2021
"The Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini is an excellent wireless keyboard for gamers and regular PC users working in tight spaces. The Yellow Switch version we tested is blissfully responsive and offers excellent, near latency-free wireless connectivity. The only serious downside is that the Chroma lighting can seriously impede battery life."
June 6, 2021
"The Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini HyperSpeed hits the sweet spot between functionality and size, clearing up desk space while offering a premium design and functionality. But it’s pricey compared to some fantastic 65% keyboards, and its keycaps can get uncomfortable during heated gaming."
June 1, 2021
"This Mini version is a more compelling and exciting proposition than the bigger, bulkier BlackWidow V3 Pro. It's a shame the Chrome lighting destroys the battery life."
May 28, 2021
"The Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini HyperSpeed is one of the best gaming keyboards on the market, combining a just-big-enough keypad with excellent functionality and a sleek design."
May 25, 2021
"The 65% keyboard is the sweet spot for gaming and working and Razer just laid down a marker for the rest to aim for. This keyboard oozes style, quality and performance, but the trade off for going wireless is a pretty high price."
May 25, 2021
"Razer’s refined compact keyboard gains a little girth to get way more comfortable, and Bluetooth and wireless support let you take it anywhere."