Razer’s Best Non-Optical Keyboard Down to $99

Razer BlackWidow Elite
(Image credit: Best Buy)

Razer’s peripherals tend to come with a premium attached to them, which means that we don’t usually get to recommend deals on some of their more feature-heavy gear. That’s why we jumped at Best Buy’s current deal on the Razer BlackWidow Elite mechanical keyboard. At $99.99 (down from $169.99), this really is a rare opportunity to get one of these at a deep discount.

The Razer BlackWidow Elite Wired Mechanical Keyboard is Razer’s top of the line non-optical mechanical keyboard, and the version on sale today packs Razer’s own in-house green switches. These have a tactile, clicky feel, an actuation point of 1.9 mm and a full travel distance of 4.0 mm. That puts them about on par with Cherry MX Reds, though they do require slightly more force to actuate, needing 50 grams vs the Reds’ 45 grams.

The keyboard itself also has full per-key RGB lighting through Razer Chroma, as well as a full tenkey and dedicated media keys including a volume control knob. It also has a wristrest, full 10 key rollover anti-ghosting, and individual programming and macro options for every key.



Razer BlackWidow Elite Wired Mechanical Keyboard: was $169.99 now $99.99 at Best Buy

The Razer BlackWidow Elite is Razer’s top-of-the-line non-optical mechanical keyboard, and comes with plenty of bells and whistles to prove it. The version on sale here comes with Razer green switches, full per-key RGB, ten key rollover, dedicated media keys, a tenkey and a wrist rest.

For the past few years, Razer’s put a lot of effort into developing its own switches, and that’s led to it taking two spots in our list of the top five best keyboards. These include the BlackWidow Elite’s optical cousin, the Huntsman. But if you want something more physical and clicky, you can’t go wrong with this deal.

Michelle Ehrhardt

Michelle Ehrhardt is an editor at Tom's Hardware. She's been following tech since her family got a Gateway running Windows 95, and is now on her third custom-built system. Her work has been published in publications like Paste, The Atlantic, and Kill Screen, just to name a few. She also holds a master's degree in game design from NYU.

  • NightHawkRMX
    Still a lot to pay for a keyboard imo.
    NightHawkRMX said:
    Still a lot to pay for a keyboard imo.

    I mean that's fair enough, but quality keyboards were never cheap, even back in the 90's I remember spending ~$75 for a nice mechanical keyboard which is equivalent to ~$140 today. Personally I can't stand typing on cheap membrane keyboards with my arthritis it's a nightmare.