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Razer Pro Type vs Ultra (2022): Comparing Wireless Mechanical Keyboards

When it comes to the Razer Pro Type vs. Pro Type Ultra, it’s more than just a new detachable wrist rest. Under the hood, the later iteration comes with several improvements that align with its productivity angle. However, it goes without saying that it’s the more expensive wireless mechanical keyboard of the two.

On that note, we compare the Razer Pro Type Ultra to the Pro Type to clear up whether it’s a worthwhile upgrade or not. That way, we can hopefully help you make a more informed buying decision.

Razer Pro Type vs Ultra Comparison Chart

ModelRazer Pro TypeRazer Pro Type Ultra
 Razer Pro Type vs UltraRazer Pro Type vs Ultra
PriceCheck Price at Walmart.comCheck Price at Razer.com
Switch TypeRazer Orange, tactileRazer Yellow, linear
Wrist RestNoYes, detachable, plush leatherette
BacklightingWhiteWhite
ConnectivityBluetooth, 2.4GHz dongleBluetooth, Razer Productivity Dongle (2.4GHz), wired (USB-C to USB-A cable)
SoftwareRazer Synapse 3Razer Synapse 3
Battery LifeBacklighting on: Up to 12 hours on Bluetooth and 2.4 GHz
Backlighting off: Up to 84 hours on Bluetooth, up to 78 hours on 2.4GHz
Backlighting on: Up to 13 hours on Bluetooth and 2.4GHz
Backlighting off: Up to 214 hours on Bluetooth, 207 hours on 2.4GHz
Weight1.98 lbs2.42 lbs
Dimensions (W x L x H)5.23″ x 17.4″ x 1.53″5.15″ x 17.28″ x 1.57″

Design and Build

Between the Razer Pro Type and Pro Type Ultra, there’s more to it than the wrist rest.

Razer Pro Type vs Ultra Design and Build
The Razer Pro Type (left) has Orange switches, while the Pro Type Ultra (right) has Yellow ones.

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, only the Pro Type Ultra comes with a detachable wrist rest, which doesn’t snap on or use magnets and basically sits below the keyboard. It’s made out of plush leatherette, and aside from comfort and pressure relief, it also makes for better ergonomics, providing ample support.

Other not-so-obvious distinctions include a soft dampening foam inside for quieter typing on the Pro Type Ultra. Being as silent as possible seems to be the goal of Razer here, as it’s equipped with the brand’s linear Yellow switches. For the uninitiated, that means there isn’t any tactile feedback. In contrast, the Pro Type uses tactile Orange switches that require a bit more actuation force, but the difference is hardly noticeable. At any rate, both have a short pre-travel distance, or in other words, they feel responsive.

These keyboards are available only in a white and gray colorway, and they feature white backlighting that can’t be set to any other color, which goes against the grain of Razer’s RGB-lit gaming variety. From an aesthetic perspective, they look more or less the same and complement the Pro Click mouse series.

Click here for our Razer Pro Click vs. Logitech MX Master 3 comparison.

Performance and Connectivity

While the Razer Pro Type and Pro Type Ultra connect via Bluetooth or 2.4GHz, only the latter works wired.

Razer Pro Type vs Ultra Performance and Connectivity
A closer look at the charging port, mode switch and Razer Productivity Dongle of the Razer Pro Type Ultra (in photo).

Both keyboards connect wirelessly over Bluetooth or 2.4GHz, but whereas the Pro Type uses a relatively standard 2.4GHz USB receiver, the Pro Type Ultra uses the Razer Productivity Dongle. This allows it to connect another peripheral that uses it too on the same receiver, namely the Pro Click Mini. In short, it can save one USB port on your PC or laptop.

Moreover, the Pro Type Ultra can be used wired, and needless to say, this setup offers the lowest latency, making it suitable for gaming on the side. Technically, the Pro Type can also be used while it’s plugged in, but it still needs to use a wireless connection. In terms of gaming, it can do the trick in a pinch, but it can’t exactly keep up with fast-paced games such as first-person shooters. If you do use it for this purpose, you’d best use its 2.4GHz dongle instead of Bluetooth, which is typically slower.

What’s more, the Pro Type and Pro Type Ultra can pair with up to four devices: three via Bluetooth and one over 2.4GHz. You can switch between Bluetooth devices pressing the Function key and either the 1, 2 or 3 key.

For the record, these keyboards have a switch at the top that lets you toggle between Bluetooth and 2.4GHz modes.

Battery Life and Software

With backlighting off, the Razer Pro Type Ultra’s battery lasts more than twice as long as the Pro Type’s.

Razer Pro Type vs Ultra Battery Life and Software
The Razer Pro Type Ultra (in photo) features a detachable plush leatherette wrist rest.

On a single charge, the Pro Type can last up to 84 hours on Bluetooth or 78 hours on 2.4GHz with backlighting off, and with the feature on, the numbers dwindle down to 12 hours regardless of the connection type. In comparison, the Pro Type Ultra blows its predecessor out of the water, as it’s good for up to 214 hours on Bluetooth or 207 hours on 2.4GHz with backlighting off, or up to 13 hours with the feature on. Both charge via USB-C.

To no one’s surprise, they can be customized using the Razer Synapse 3 software. That includes their lighting effects, but it’s limited to Static and Breathing only. Also, you can set macros for all their keys, except for the Windows and Function keys. In addition, you can create profiles and remap keys, which is par for the course.

It’s worth mentioning that Synapse 3 is compatible only with Windows. For that reason, you can’t make the most out of the Pro Type and the Pro Type Ultra on macOS or Linux. You’ll also have to resync your settings via the cloud if you use them on another device, as they don’t have onboard memory. On top of that, you need to keep the app running, otherwise your macros and other tweaks won’t work.

Verdict

The improvements of the Razer Pro Type Ultra over the Pro Type make it deserving of the ‘Ultra’ moniker.

All in all, the Razer Pro Type Ultra keyboard is almost identical to the Razer Pro Type. Emphasis on “almost,” though. After all, it builds on its predecessor with a plush leatherette wrist rest, as well as a soft dampening foam and Yellow switches for quieter typing. Also, it has a significantly longer battery life and uses the Razer Productivity Dongle, as opposed to a standard 2.4GHz USB receiver.

Long story short, the Pro Type Ultra is more comfortable and ergonomic, and it’s less likely to bother those around you, even for a mechanical keyboard. You also won’t have to charge it as often, and it can even work wired if you find it without any juice left. All those points make it our recommendation here, especially if money’s no object. However, the Pro Type can go a long way if you’re on a budget, or if you prefer tactile switches for a more satisfying feedback.

FAQs

📌 Is the Razer Pro Type Ultra wireless mechanical keyboard good for gaming?

Yes, the Razer Pro Type Ultra is well-suited for gaming, as it can be used wired for low latency.

📌 Does the Razer Pro Type Ultra have RGB lighting?

No, the Razer Pro Type Ultra only has white backlighting. On Razer Synapse 3, you can only adjust its brightness and choose an effect between Static and Breathing.

📌 Can you use the Razer Pro Type wired?

Though you can use the Razer Pro Type while it’s plugged to the PC, you still need to connect it over Bluetooth or 2.4GHz. Otherwise, it will only charge.

📌 Is the Razer Pro Type good for gaming?

The Razer Pro Type is decent for gaming on 2.4GHz but not on Bluetooth, and even then, it isn’t suitable for fast-paced games because of its latency.

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Vincent Lanaria

Senior Editor, researcher and writer passionate about running, cooking, and how technology mixes with the two.