designed for gaming


Mechanical switches have always been superior for speed and accuracy, and before 2010, they were only used for typing – because they were made precisely for that purpose. Razer then made the radical decision to use mechanical switches for a gaming keyboard, and that birthed the world’s very first gaming mechanical keyboard, the Razer BlackWidow.

Four years later, Razer redefined the limits of gaming performance by creating mechanical switches that were designed specifically to meet the demands of gaming - the Razer™ Mechanical Switch was born.

Multi-Award Winning Razer Switches

The Razer
Mechanical Switches


Razer controls the entire manufacturing process of each switch, even the blueprint. Through this, Razer Switches are designed from the ground up and optimized to cater for the demands of competitive play. This enables tighter tolerance and quality assurance protocols, to make sure that every switch lasts. Featuring an 80 million keystroke lifespan – designed to last 60% longer than other leading switches – Razer™ Mechanical Switches give gamers the assurance they need in the most intense situations.

Razer Switches Timeline

1970

The Introduction of Mechanical Keyboards The use of mechanical keyboards started around the 1970s. Back then, keyboards were big, bulky, and expensive to manufacture.

2010

World's First Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - The Razer BlackWidow In 2010, Razer created the Razer BlackWidow. Equipped with tactile keys, it was the only keyboard then to meet the needs of gamers.
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2016

World's First Ultra-Low-Profile Mechanical Switch The exploration of mechanical switches on mobile devices birthed Razer's own ultra-low-profile mechanical switches—with true actuation and reset points. They were introduced with the Razer Mechanical Keyboard Case, and subsequently, the Razer Blade Pro.
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2017

Razer's First Linear Switch – Razer™ Yellow Switches The launch of the Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2 featured the new Razer™ Yellow Switch. Its linear and silent design with reduced travel distance allowed rapid-fire keypresses, giving gamers everywhere the competitive advantage.
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2018

Razer™ Mechanical Switches with Dual Side Walls Alongside the new Razer BlackWidow Elite comes with a switch upgrade - the new Razer™ Mechanical Switch now comes with dual side walls for increased stability and consistency.
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AN EVOLVED MECHANICAL SWITCH

The Razer™ Mechanical Switch has evolved—dual side walls for greater stability, in addition to increased protection against dust and liquids. With an industry-leading 80 million keystroke lifespan, the Razer BlackWidow Elite is built for reliability and extended peak gaming performance.

Hear The Difference

The Razer BlackWidow Keyboards


The Razer BlackWidow has been consistently redefining gaming excellence, securing its position as the best-selling gaming keyboard in the world and the clear choice of pro gamers everywhere. Available in an impressive range of variations, you can choose the specific combination of design, features, and switches to suit your exact needs.