This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
PC gamers are familiar with Razer, but business users may not know much about the company. They are a manufacturer of gaming PCs, keyboards, mice, headsets, etc.
Their keyboards, in particular, are a bit pricey, but they have released a number of very good mechanical keyboards, and I've had my eye on them at mass merchandisers and computer shops, and I've hesitated whether or not I should buy one.
However, the reason why I never bought it is because I didn't like the unique Razer appearance of black and fluorescent green with LEDs glowing in seven colors. I know it's a big hit with gamers. But I want to use it for business purposes.
Finally, Razer has come out with a keyboard that can be used for business as well. It's the Razer Pro Type (17,488 yen). It's a full-size keyboard with a simple white design and a white LED backlight. The site design is also white, and you can tell at a glance that this is a completely different product category from the rest of the Razer range.
The key switches are inset from the top of the aluminum base, and the keys themselves are high off the base. It's at this height that the white LEDs reflect beautifully on the base surface.
The key switches are Razer's original orange shafts. It's a tactile switch with neat sound feedback, but it's a bit quieter than the green shaft's creaking sound. Not too noisy even at high input speeds, creating a pleasant typing sound. There is a moderate amount of rebound after typing, so you don't have to pull your finger out on your own and you won't feel tired even after long hours of typing. I thought it would be great for people who are responsible for long hours of transcription, such as interviews and minutes.
The key layout is a step sculpture with different heights for each step, and the key surface is cylindrical. The coating is smooth to the touch, and the finger separation is beautiful. The key layout is only available as a US layout.
This unit is a wireless keyboard and is 2-Way for Bluetooth and 2.4 GHz wireless. There is a switch for switching between the two modes at the rear. 2.4 GHz connection uses an attached USB receiver. In the Bluetooth connection, it is possible to switch up to three devices to be connected. Therefore, if you combine it with the 2.4GHz connection, you can switch with up to 4 PCs.
Charging is USB Type-C, and it can be charged directly from the computer, but it doesn't work as a USB keyboard. It is only charging.
In a bright place in the daytime, it is difficult to see the letters of the keytop when the LED backlight is lit. In that case, you can darken the backlight with fn+F11, so you can see it clearly by turning off all the lights. To make it brighter, use fn+F12.
And that's all we can say, "Nice keyboard," but there's an even more geeky feature. Using the company's Razer Synapse 3 utility app, you can change the function of each and every key. You can swap out the usual Caps and left Ctrl, assign certain app launches, or specific sentences to keys that you're not using, and you can do all sorts of other cool features.
The settings can be saved on a profile basis, so you can instantly revert the assignment function back to its standard state or export it and take it to another Razer keyboard.
It's fun to make your own keyboard as hardware, but it's also fun to make your own features in asoftware, and it's sure to get your work done in a big way. The price on the official website is also very reasonable.
This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.