Razer Pro Type Ultra wireless review: a mechanical click for adults
Enlarge / Razer Pro Type Ultra.
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It’s almost 2022, but it’s still hard to find a good wireless mechanical keyboard. There are options, of course, but if you’re looking for a number pad, a decent price, or different color options, the pool gets small. In the battle for more wireless mechanical options, however, an unlikely ally has emerged: expensive peripheral maker Razer, now stepping into the productivity space with fewer RGB lights or snake logos.
Announced this week for $ 160 and slated to ship in the fourth quarter, the Razer Pro Type Ultra can connect to three devices via Bluetooth (you switch between them with keyboard shortcuts). It also has a wireless dongle and a cable for wired connections, so it is ready for today’s multi-device world. Razer’s Synapse software allows users to reprogram the Pro Type Ultra’s buttons and even create macros to make work more efficient.
However, the Pro Type Ultra is not a solution for everyone. For one, it adds to the already high price of the original Razer Pro Type, which currently has an MSRP of $ 126 (although it’s cheaper at times). The new keyboard offers much longer battery life, cushioning foam for a quieter sound profile, and a palm rest – at the cost of a little extra cash.
And since only one type of linear switch is available, fans of tactile and clickable keyboards are left out. Razer has focused on “Quiet” to improve productivity, but I previously worked in offices with tech journalists; Nobody holds back with their loud, clicking keyboards, and neither should Razer.
A keyboard that is wirelessly connected to four devices
For $ 160, you could buy four cheap wired mechanical keyboards and plug them into four different devices. Or you can get the Pro Type Ultra and have it constantly coupled with four devices that you can switch through as required. If this feature isn’t your thing, then you should consider other options as this goes a long way towards the Pro Type Ultra’s price point.
|Technical data at a glance: Razer Pro Type Ultra|
|Keycaps||Doubleshot ABS plastic|
|Connectivity options||Bluetooth Low Energy, 2.4 GHz dongle or USB-C to USB-A cable|
|Programmability||All keys except Windows and Fn|
|size||17.3 × 5.2 × 1.6 in. (439 × 131 × 40 mm)|
|weight||2.3 lbs (1038 g) with cord|
|Price (RRP)||$ 160|
|Other perks||Detachable USB-C to USB-A cable, detachable palm rest|
I connected the Pro Type Ultra to my work laptop, my personal laptop and a tablet via Bluetooth and left the dongle in a stationary PC. Switching through any Bluetooth device worked without any problems. By pressing Fn and 1, 2, or 3, I was able to control another machine in no time. (The three LEDs in the upper left corner of the keyboard will flash one, two, or three times to let you know which Bluetooth profile you are using.)
Switching to a PC with the WLAN dongle was even easier. A switch at the top of the keyboard allows you to select Bluetooth, 2.4 GHz (the dongle) or wired mode. To see these labels from a typical sitting position, I had to lean forward awkwardly … or memorize the switch positions.
Even when using a Bluetooth mouse next to the Pro Type Ultra, there weren’t any obvious lag issues. However, if you’re concerned, the dongle is supposed to offer less lag than the bluetooth connection. It uses Razer’s HyperSpeed technology, which the company also uses for its gaming peripherals, where lag is an even bigger no-go. (Note: if you have a supported Razer mouse, you can connect two devices to a single dongle and save a USB port.)
Enlarge / It’s easy to switch from bluetooth to wired to dongle.
Dongle storage is critical to people like me who lose things easily. Fortunately, the Pro Type Ultra has a small dongle compartment on the underside. The plastic cover there isn’t too thick so I would be careful with that. Enlarge / On the underside of the keyboard there is a dongle memory and two fold-out feet.
In the meantime, the cable matches the keyboard in white. Although it’s chunky, the cable uses cheaper rubber than something braided.Enlarge / A braided cord would have been nice.
Limited wireless competition
The Razer Pro Type Ultra is more expensive than most other productivity-oriented mechanical wireless keyboards, but cheaper than many gaming-focused keyboards.
For example, the Keychron K10 is significantly cheaper (up to $ 104 MSRP at the time of writing) and still lets you connect to three devices via Bluetooth. But there is no dongle.
The “non-Ultra” type Razer Pro mentioned above has an MSRP of $ 126 and can be linked in any number of ways the Ultra can. However, the battery life is much shorter – up to 84 hours with a Bluetooth connection compared to the Ultra’s 214 hours.
Sticking to better-known brands gives you more options on the gaming side of the keyboard spectrum, but those options come at a price. Razer’s BlackWidow V3 Pro has an MSRP of $ 230 – we recently estimated it will cost $ 169-180 – and you can connect to multiple devices and use a dongle too. It also has media buttons and a fancier palm rest. You can get the Logitech G915 Lightspeed for $ 200 or the G613 for an MSRP of $ 80 (available for about $ 71 at the time of writing), but each only has one Bluetooth profile.
Logitech has a few more wireless options that further improve control of multiple devices by allowing you to drag and drop files onto PCs using the company’s Flow feature, but none of these keyboards are the size of real mechanical switches.