Razer Huntsman The Fastest Keyboard of This Universe! Razer Huntsman comes with great craftsmanship and speed. Here is the Razer Huntsman Review.
The Razer Huntsman‘s optomechanical switches are the next evolutionary step for Razer gaming keyboards. The clicky buttons with a light barrier offer more speed and durability, but do you feel a speed advantage?
With Razers Huntsman, pressing a button opens an infrared light barrier for the shutter release, which literally happens at the speed of light. An “intrusive” click is generated independently of any mechanism. In addition to lightning-fast, direct triggering (1.5 mm), and strong tactile feedback, the smooth-running switches have a linear resistance.
Razer Huntsman – the Lightspeed keyboard
Gamers are speed fanatics. With monitors, the 240 Hz refresh rate has already been optimized beyond my personal perception threshold. The next advantage in the millisecond range should now be achieved by optomechanical switches. With new, complicated Razer optomechanical purple switches, the devilish input lag when pressing a button is minimized from 8 to 2 milliseconds. It’s something.
For most users, the longer shelf life is more noticeable than the speed advantage. The new release mechanism is more resistant to wear as fewer mechanical components are required. This doubles the typical durability from 50 to 100 million keystrokes. Let’s get to the technical details of the Huntsman and the Purple Switches:
Product features of the Razer Huntsman
Minimalist design and good workmanship
With the Razer Huntsman and the Huntsman Elite, there are two variants of the gaming keyboard. The upgrade to the Elite brings underglow lighting for all sides including the palm rest, which is one of the differences in addition to multimedia buttons and rotary control for the volume. The Huntsman is like the Tournament Edition, a version limited to the essentials without gimmicks.
The compact, matt black plastic bed has a firmly screwed aluminum lid. On the underside, there are rubber pads to prevent slipping and folding feet for two different angles of installation and inclination. The Huntsman is connected using a 2 meter long, braided USB cable.
Without frills, pleasantly simple, the Huntsman likes to draw your gaze to its free-standing keys and the space that it leaves for the chroma lighting.
Thanks to the aluminum cover, the keyboard is very stable. The folding feet can carry a few pounds – but you shouldn’t sit on them. A few small openings all around should effectively prevent dirt and dust from entering. We can’t fault the workmanship.
Clean layout with no macro or media buttons
I find a row of keys for macros annoying and the reduced layout of the Huntsman is therefore very pleasant. Rotary control for the volume (reprogrammable) makes the standard version look a little jealous of the elite, otherwise, the design of the keyboard works according to the principle “less is more”. No fat space bar and shifted arrow keys like for example with the Omen by HP Sequencer.
If you need macros, you can easily program them. FN-F9 starts the recording, a second time FN-F9 stops it and requires the key combination to which the sequence is to be assigned. The macros can then be edited in the Synapse software.
Click and trigger at the same time
How is the Razer Huntsman feeling? Fast and direct. We cannot determine any difference from conventional mechanical switches in terms of speed.
Sensitive gamers can look forward to very precise feedback. Razer placed the bright, loud click exactly on the trigger point. The keyboard doesn’t click so loudly that it can be heard through the headset in stud shooters.
No matter where you hit the button, a bracket serves as an accurate guide. You can use the space bar at the outer end, but it is still pressed along its entire length.
At an internal Quake Champions session, the Huntsman did well and helped me win. In the game, she plays another advantage: Chroma.
Synapse Software and Chroma – The Largest RGB Ecosystem
After plugging in, the Razer Huntsman would like to download a 119 MB installer for the Synapse software, which can then be used to configure the individual lighting. Chroma is the largest RGB ecosystem and also includes products from partners. Including Philips Hue, cases from Lian Li, NZXT, or hardware from MSI, Zotac, AMD, and many others. The system is constantly being expanded.
Chroma is not only diverse on the hardware side, Chroma also enjoys broad support in games and programs. Quake Champions, Rage 2, Overwatch, Apex Legends, Fortnite, Rise of the Tomb Raider, and many other games integrate chroma profiles.
Chroma peripherals can provide visual support in competitive games and light up in different patterns and zones depending on the character, weapon, power-up, or perks. When it comes to immersion, Chroma can also go a step further in gaming. By integrating Hue lamps or light panels from Nanoleaf, you can create a kind of Ambilight for gaming
Conclusion on the Razer Huntsman: Fast, clean, and colorful
The Razer Huntsman is a very straightforward “mechanical” gaming keyboard. The reduced layout gives a compact footprint. Thanks to free-standing, floating buttons, the look is still modern. When it comes to processing, Razer has no weaknesses and justifies the price with the use of aluminum.
The second big argument is the complicated optomechanical switches. Input-lag allergy sufferers gain a few milliseconds and the new design increases the durability to 100 million keystrokes. The linear “clicky” buttons pamper gamers with absolute precision, but colleagues in the office could be bothered by the clacking.
A highlight – in the truest sense of the word – is the chroma RGB lighting, which can illuminate each key in 16.8 million colors. Thanks to broad support in games, it can also score with functionality. Multimedia buttons including a volume wheel and a USB port would have done the Huntsman quite well, at least with the former, the Elite version can serve.