ZDNet independently tests and researches products to bring you our best recommendations and advice. When you buy through our links, we may earn a commission.Our process
'ZDNet Recommends': What exactly does it mean?
ZDNet's recommendations are based on many hours of testing, research, and comparison shopping. We gather data from the best available sources, including vendor and retailer listings as well as other relevant and independent reviews sites. And we pore over customer reviews to find out what matters to real people who already own and use the products and services we’re assessing.
When you click through from our site to a retailer and buy a product or service, we may earn affiliate commissions. This helps support our work, but does not affect what we cover or how, and it does not affect the price you pay. Neither ZDNet nor the author are compensated for these independent reviews. Indeed, we follow strict guidelines that ensure our editorial content is never influenced by advertisers.
ZDNet's editorial team writes on behalf of you, our reader. Our goal is to deliver the most accurate information and the most knowledgeable advice possible in order to help you make smarter buying decisions on tech gear and a wide array of products and services. Our editors thoroughly review and fact-check every article to ensure that our content meets the highest standards. If we have made an error or published misleading information, we will correct or clarify the article. If you see inaccuracies in our content, please report the mistake via this form.
Razer is well known for its gaming laptops and accessories, but in recent months its Kiyo webcam and Seiren range of microphones have begun to attract a new audience of business users who need a more professional setup for video calls and presentations when working from home. That initial step into the business market was almost accidental, but the company has now released a new Productivity Suite that includes a mouse, keyboard and even a mouse mat, specifically aimed at business users.
Rather than the menacing black designs and flashing lights of its gaming accessories, the Bluetooth-equipped Pro Type keyboard and Pro Click mouse opt for a more sobre white-and-grey finish that's more suitable for office work. The Pro Type keyboard costs £139.99 (inc. VAT) or $139.99, but aims to earn its keep with a sturdy, efficient design and additional productivity features.
Rather than the sleek, low-profile designs favoured by many modern keyboards, such as Apple's ill-fated 'butterfly' keyboards, the Pro Type uses Razer's proprietary mechanical key design. This isn't particularly elegant -- the keys are big and chunky, and sit high above the body of the keyboard -- but the Pro Type provides a firm, responsive typing action that suits my own heavy-handed typing style, and will appeal to people who really need to type up a storm when they're working. Razer claims that the keys are sturdy enough to last for 80 million keystrokes, and my only complaint is that the large mechanical keys can be a little loud at times.
The Pro Type includes a standard top row of function keys, but these can also be used with Razer's Synapse software to record custom shortcuts in the main apps that you use for work. Battery life is relatively modest at around 80 hours without using backlighting, but the keyboard can be charged via USB, and it works as a conventional wired keyboard when using a USB cable.
The Pro Click mouse does better with battery life, with Razer quoting up to 400 hours when connected via Bluetooth. It boasts a streamlined design that was created in collaboration with the ergonomic specialists at Humanscale. Priced at £99.99 (inc. VAT) or $99.99, the Pro Click can also use the Synapse software to assign commands and shortcuts to its eight programmable buttons.
The mouse and keyboard both also include a USB radio transmitter dongle as well as Bluetooth connectivity. You can use Bluetooth to pair the mouse and keyboard with three separate devices, which makes it easy to switch between desktop and laptop PCs at work, while the USB dongle provides one additional connection with greater range than conventional Bluetooth.
The final element in the suite is the Pro Glide mouse mat, a 3mm thick foam mat with woven cloth surface that aims to provide a comfortable, non-slip working surface. It costs just £9.99 (inc. VAT) or $9.99.
Razer's Productivity Suite is one of the more expensive keyboard-and-mouse combos, but the sturdy design and programmable versatility of the Pro Type keyboard and Pro Click mouse will appeal to professional users who type for hours on end and need additional shortcuts for their key apps.