Razer Review Guide – Best Razer Mouse, Headset, Keyboard & More
There are not a lot of gaming brands out there that can boast the same level of affinity and love from its ever-growing following as Razer. Founded way back in 1998, Razer specializes in providing top of the line PC gaming equipment and peripherals too. The Razer brand is synonymous with a lot of positive characteristics like amazing design, performance and more. It’s no surprise that Razer more than holds its own in the gaming space. If you are a Razer fan then this guide is perfect for you. We’ve picked out what we think is the best Razer Gaming Gear on the market at the moment.
The Razer DeathAdder is indeed a classic and probably the best mouse in its price range. Performance wise there is not a lot that this mouse can’t do. We feel its performance does give the Logitech G502 a run for its money.
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Testing this mouse out on games like Overwatch, Deus Ex we found the accuracy, responsiveness, and acceleration to be quite stunning. The mechanical switches and tactile scroll wheel see to that. The mouse’s sensor is state of the art and can function on almost any surface including glass.
There is indeed not a lot wrong with this mouse. The mouse is super comfortable to use and the hard-core gamer can play for hours on end without a second thought.
Whilst Razer does mention that the mouse’s colors are customizable with the full spectrum available, the positioning of these lights are a letdown. As soon as the mouse is clutched the lighting is hidden from view unlike the lighting on the Mamba RZ01.
The mouse seamlessly syncs to the Synapse software. The Razer synapse is great but the only con it has is that it gets updated an annoying number of times in a short span.
You can purchase a Chroma mouse mat which has LED light as well which can add to the price tag.
If you have budgetary constraints we would definitely recommend you opt for the Chroma option. The Elite does offer slightly better customizability, DPI and performance but value for money wise, we feel the Chroma still has the edge.
1000 Hz Ultra Polling
7 programmable buttons
Weight: 0.21 lbs
Durability: Up to 50 million clicks
Note: We have chosen to review the DeathAdder Elite version. The Chroma version is less expensive and quite popular among users but the Elite version is ideal for eSport enthusiasts. The Elite boasts 7 programmable buttons as opposed to 5 on the Chroma version.
Razer Deathadder Elite
+ Stunning performance and accuracy + Great Acceleration + Extremely well built + Fantastic Grip
If you are the type that likes to work hard play hard, doesn’t like to spend too much, and are unsure whether to go for a membrane or a mechanical then this keyboard is PERFECT for you.
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The Razer Ornata Chroma offers the best of both worlds. It boasts the same clicky sound that a mechanical offers, whilst offering the cushioned feel of a membrane. The tactile feedback is much better than any membrane keyboard but falls short of full mechanical options.
The membrane is what transmits the signal, so it’s no surprise that the performance is closer to a membrane than that of a mechanical board.
The keyboard also features a gaming mode which enables all its anti-ghosting capabilities.
What we really loved about this is the comfort it offers. We think this is arguably one of the most comfortable keyboards in the market. The massive wrist rest is ideal for those who spend hours on end gaming.
This device facilitates faster typing thanks to the mid height keys. It’s not often we say that a Razer is well worth its price tag but this one certainly is.
The inter-device sync is great and though this keyboard doesn’t offer any USB pass-through for headphones or your mouse. This keyboard strikes a superb balance between being a work and gaming board.
Anti-Ghosting 10 Key roll-over
Mid Height Keycaps
Fully programmable keys
On the fly Macro recording
Weight: 2.1 pounds
Note: This keyboard available in the Chroma and Expert versions. Our review is based on the Chroma version. The Expert version has green backlighting only. The Chroma version offers full customizable lighting effects through Synapse. No major performance difference between the 2 versions, however.
Razer Ornata Chroma
+ Comfy Wrist rest + Solid performance and response + Insane responsiveness for a non-mechanical keyboard
After gaming and using it for a multitude of purposes over many hours, we can say that the sound quality is absolutely excellent. A lot of gaming headsets tend to compromise on the bass but not this one.
Another thing we liked is the quality of the mic. The sound quality and clarity were quite sharp which was great. The retractable feature helps a lot and ensures that the mic’s presence is not annoying.
The headset is extremely light weighing at just under a pound. One would think this would make it ideal for long gaming sessions however the ergonomics seem to get in the way.
Not all the features are rosy on this headset though. The design of the ear cups we feel is quite poor. The headset tends to sit tightly on the ear and it can be quite painful to use after many hours of gaming. This makes it almost impossible to use over the duration of a frag night for instance.
The build has a plastic feel about it and we feel it could be better considering the price tag involved. The only thing we liked about the ear cups were their foldable feature which really helps the portability aspect.
Overall, the headset offers amazing sound quality and customizability but we recommend you use it in short spurts.
7.1 Virtual Surround Sound
40mm/ 50mm driver versions
Interface: USB (PC & MAC)
PC, XBOX, PS4 compatible
Note: Our review focuses more on the 40mm version and its characteristics.
Razer Kraken Gaming Headset
+ Great gaming sound quality and bass + Mic quality and extendibility is great + Beautiful LED lighting
- A big letdown is the comfort - Ear cup design could be better
Where do we begin! The Razer BlackWidow Ultimate will go down as one of the greats in the gaming space. A truly excellent keyboard that has it all.
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When Razer mentions “Feel the difference” they weren’t kidding with this one. The 1st thing that caught our eye and our fingers is how well-built this keyboard is aesthetically and functionally. The responsiveness for the mechanical switches was quite amazing.
Everything oozes quality from the braided fiber cable to the inter-device synchronization. We would recommend the compact versions instead of the Full RGB if you are buying this for your kids or purely for gaming purposes.
Quality wise, we found that the Razer mechanical switches are extremely similar to the Cherry MX switches. This is great when you add in the fact that these last much longer than traditional Cherry MX keys. Make sure you understand the type of mechanical keys when you choose your version.
The Razer Green is comparable to the Cherry MX Blue and the Razer Orange (which is found in the Stealth/ Ultimate version) is the Cherry MX Brown equivalent.
If you are looking for something that is Tactile and less Clicky, then the Stealth version is great. We found that the Stealth version is quieter than your average mechanical keyboard but still louder than most other membrane pieces.
The Razer synapse software is great despite there being some minor driver compatibility issues on MACs. You can customize everything and save all your settings to the cloud too.
The keyboard also has a USB slot for your mouse and 3.5 jack for headphones which comes in very handy. The Deus EX and Overwatch versions are slightly heavier and all the versions have a very sturdy feel about them which is a great trait for a gaming keyboard.
Available in multiple style versions: Clicky, Stealth, Clicky Metal & Cherry MX Blue
Available in multiple size versions: Compact, Compact RGB, Full Backlit, Full RGB (Overwatch and Deus Ex editions) and Ultimate Stealth.
The one feature that the Razer Kraken and the ManO’War have in common is that they both offer stunning high quality 7.1 virtual surround sound. What they don’t have in common is the comfort level. The ManO’War offers a very comfortable gaming experience.
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One can confidently wear this and game for hours on end and the fact that they weight just 0.83 pounds also helps.
When we talk about a wireless piece we look for latency and battery life. This wireless gaming headset performs admirably on both fronts. 14 hours of battery life is quite good and we found that the latency was virtually non-existent.
The build quality usually has a say in the durability of a product, and we found that these headphones feel a bit flimsy despite the comfort they offer.
The retractable mic is a neat feature and the mic quality is quite good too.
This headset is a signature Razer in terms of the price as well. Despite the great performance and ergonomic aspects, we feel the price is still on the higher side. Although, if you are a Razer fan, then this would be a great choice.
The aluminum stand can come in quite handy if you decide to opt for it too.
50mm Neodymium magnet drivers
7.1 Virtual Surround Sound
Works with PC, Mac, PS4 and Steam Link
Optional headphone stand
Battery Life: Up to 14 hours
Weight: 0.83 pounds
+ Extremely comfortable + Great 7.1/ sound quality + Very Decent Battery life time
Aesthetically the Mamba RZ01 resembles the DeathAdder very closely, with the exception of the lighting. Elements of the performance are also comparable.
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The DPI or sensitivity has just 4 options even though it’s advertised as on the fly switching. A few more options would be a bit better we feel.
The polling rate of 1000Hz is quite exceptional for a wireless mouse. The precision of this mouse is extremely good as well and delivers similar benefits as the wired DeathAdder.
Thanks to the lighting the mouse is very cool to look and is a bonus for those who like such things. The battery life is quite good too enabling 16 to 20 hours of continuous gaming. It is worth noting that the wired Razer Mamba Tournament edition is a pretty fantastic mouse as well. Although maybe not entirely up there with the DeathAdder.
Although the mouse has upsides in terms of comfort and precision, its price tag is quite high. Choosing between Wired and Wireless options can sometimes be a subjective decision but in terms of value for money, the mamba is definitely a letdown.
We also noticed that there are some firmware issues. The Adjustable Click Force tech that gets advertised often controls the click feedback.
The actuation force can be adjusted between 45 and 95 grams. As Razer recommends, lighter force is better for MOBA and a higher force is better for FPS games.
Whilst this is especially useful during MOBA games, it does not add on to the core performance of the mouse in a significant manner.
1ms response time
16-20 Hours of battery
Adjustable click force
Razer Mamba Wireless Gaming Mouse
+ Very good performance for a wireless option + Extremely Precise + Great battery
- Firmware issues arise sometimes - Very Expensive
The Orbweaver is a feature packed keypad offering by Razer. If you have used other keypads like Logitech’s G13 you will definitely appreciate the quality of the mechanical keys on offer. This makes the device ideal for FPS, RTS, and MMORPGs too.
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The customizability and comfort are huge positives with the adjustable rest modules quite sufficient for a plethora of surfaces.
Hardware wise, we feel this pad is top-notch. The tactile feedback for the keys is very good but the thumb buttons don’t have the same feature. You can also individually configure the LEDs too.
What holds it back, however, is Razer’s infamous Synapse software. We came across issues related to profile selections and mods which put a dent in the experience.
The major con with the Orbweaver is related to the build quality. The device has a bit of a flimsy feel although it does deliver great performance. The plastic feel is a bit of a no-no for a lot of folks out there. The main issue was related to the glue which tends to leak out of the palm rest following repetitive use for many months.
30 fully programmable keys
8-way thumb pad
Razer Green Mechanical Switches (Cherry MX blue equivalent)
50G accentuation force
Adjustable hand, thumb, palm-rest modules
Razer Orbweaver Chroma
+ Great features & Customizability + Very Comfortable + Excellent performance
- Build quality could be better - Glue issues arise after prolonged use - Pricey