Razer Huntsman V2 review: no need for speed. What switches does the razer huntsman use

The Razer Huntsman TE is a unique gaming keyboard. The keys are incredibly responsive and lightweight, and all programmable via Synapse 3 software. Full RGB backlighting is great for darkroom gaming, and the PBT dual keycaps are sure to last long without the risk of fading or chipping off the key legend.

Razer Huntsman V2 review: no need for speed

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Razer’s newest keyboard, the Huntsman V2, is all about speed. It is equipped with optical mechanical switches that can theoretically register keystrokes much faster than their traditional mechanical counterparts. Then the 8000Hz polling rate means it can report the keystroke to the computer almost instantly.

So yeah, it’s theoretically very fast, possibly faster than most people will notice. But that speed doesn’t come at the expense of other vital components of a modern mechanical keyboard. It supports RGB lighting, software for customizing key maps and lighting effects, and – for the full-size model – a volume knob and dedicated media controls. But Razer has also made some choices with the linear switches in particular, which means the Huntsman V2 may not suit every gamer’s tastes.

The new Huntsman V2 comes in four different price points, depending on whether you want a numeric keypad and whether you like clicking or linear switches. The tenkeyless model starts at $ 149.99 with click switches or $ 159.99 with linear, while the full-size model costs $ 189.99 or $ 199.99. It’s relatively expensive by standard mechanical keyboard standards, which means the Huntsman V2 has a lot to prove.

Our review of Razer Huntsman V2 Tenkeyless

Good Stuff

  • Economical aesthetics
  • Feature-rich software
  • Detachable USB-C port

Bad Stuff

  • Thick writing
  • No indicator lights
  • A response frequency of 8,000 Hz is probably an exaggeration

As with all Razer products, the Huntsman TE supports Synapse configuration software. The software allows you to create macros, customize key mappings, and set the RGB lighting of the keyboard.

Our Verdict

The Razer Huntsman TE is a unique gaming keyboard. The keys are incredibly responsive and lightweight, and all programmable via Synapse 3 software. Full RGB backlighting is great for darkroom gaming, and the PBT dual keycaps are sure to last long without the risk of fading or chipping off the key legend.

The Razer Huntsman TE has no wireless functionality and cannot be used with mobile devices.

The Razer Huntsman TE is a decent keyboard for office use. Typing is quite comfortable and the keys are very responsive and require very little force to register a keystroke; however, some may find them too sensitive, leading to more typos. Typing noise is minimal, which is fine in noise-sensitive offices, but the stabilizers aren’t great as some keys rattle a bit.

The Razer Huntsman TE is decent for programming. It is very easy to write and does not cause fatigue. The build quality of the keyboard is superb, but there is a buzzing noise on some keys. Unfortunately, while each key is programmable, Synapse 3 is only available on Windows, so macOS and Linux users cannot customize the keyboard.

The Razer Huntsman TE is a lame keyboard for entertainment / HTPC applications. It’s wired only, so you have no choice but to keep cable distance from your connected devices. It doesn’t have a keyboard wheel or trackpad either, but at least it has full RGB backlighting and hotkeys for media control.

  • 9.3 Games
  • 3.9 Mobile phone / Tablet
  • 7.0 Office
  • 7.3 Programming
  • 4.9 Entertainment / HTPC
  1. Updated Feb 4, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  2. Updated on January 20, 2020: review posted.

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The Razer Huntsman TE is small because it is a keyboard without ten keys; however, it has a fairly high profile. If you need an even more compact keyboard, try the Razer Huntsman Mini.

Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition Build Quality Close up

The Razer Huntsman TE has an excellent build quality. It is mostly made of hard plastic, with an aluminum plate for stiffness. The keyboard does show some flexibility, but the overall design feels quite solid. Uses double PBT keycaps that are great for durability; however, the stabilizers are a bit worse as rattling is heard on some keys. In addition, the space bar is very sensitive as the keyboard registers the keystroke when you hit the desk. Lastly, the keyboard supports are very solid but tend to dust easily build up.

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The Razer Huntsman TE has reasonable ergonomics. Although it has a fairly high profile, the keys are very light to type and won’t fatigue when typing for extended periods of time. The keyboard has two tilt settings, but unfortunately it doesn’t have a palm rest. If you need a TKL keyboard with the included palm rest, check out the Cooler Master MK730.

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The Razer Huntsman TE has full RGB backlighting. It can be customized using Razer Synapse 3 software and each key can be customized individually. If you think the backlighting is too dim, check out the HyperX Alloy Origins, which is one of the brightest we’ve seen.

The keyboard uses a removable USB-C cable which is great for portability and durability as it can be easily replaced if damaged.

The Razer Hunstman TE is a wired-only keyboard.

Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition additional features

This keyboard has a great set of extra features. Each key on the keyboard can be programmed using Synapse 3 software, and the keyboard has built-in memory for storing up to five profiles. There is a hotkey to put the computer into “sleep” mode and a hotkey to activate “game mode”. Game Mode disables the Windows key feature so you don’t accidentally minimize the game, and you can choose which keys you want to disable. There is also a macro programming key that allows you to set a macro without using Synapse 3 software.

The Razer’s Huntsman Tournament Edition is a rugged, vibration-responsive keyboard for competitive gamers who conveniently treat the game to typing without typing.

Razer Huntsman TE is not without its downsides

I have one major criticism of the Huntsman TE. If you write a lot, it’s almost too fast. And if you are a particularly heavy typist like me, you will make a lot of mistakes.

It’s not that the keyboard is bad for typing. But the nature of the technology inside and the fact that these switches are linear doesn’t make Razer the best for typing. In this regard, a regular Hunter is the better choice. I have lost count of accidental keystrokes because one of my fingers brushed the wrong key.

The Huntsman TE, however, perfectly embodies Razer’s “for gamers” mantra. If typing is secondary and what you need is a keyboard that can handle some serious competition, look no further.

Designed by pros to benefit everyone

As with the recently launched Viper, Razer enlisted the help of professional players to help build the perfect Huntsman TE. Aside from the ridiculously fast switches, you have a few small design details that may not seem so important, but are all for serious gamers.

It starts with placing the cable. It is located on the left side of the keyboard as many competing players position it at an angle during gameplay for a more comfortable use. Being on the left side does not bother anything else, especially your mouse. Razer also deserves two additional cheers on the cable. It is removable, which is crucial for a tournament-friendly keyboard that will be thrown into a good chunk of your bags. Second, it’s USB-C. The time has finally come for even gaming keyboards to ditch the ancient micro-USB standard.

Another handy addition to the Huntsman TE is the onboard storage where up to five separate profiles can be stored. If you travel a lot, to LAN events or tournaments, you can use your keyboard and preferred profiles without connecting to the Razer Synapse 3 app.

Built-in storage means there’s no need to use Razer Synapse when you hit the next LAN.

You have all the features available, including Hypershift’s helper key functions and Chroma customization, but you can just take them with you and don’t have to worry about needing a companion app. The last thing you need to do before the ESL One finale is install Razer Synapse on your main computer!

It is also built to last. The case is mostly made of plastic, but it feels durable. The top plate is made of aluminum, however, so it will stand the test of time, especially if it frequently enters and exits the bag.

If you’re looking for a luxurious typing setup, this is definitely not a mechanical keyboard for you. But if you want to improve your game, it definitely is. At $ 150, it’s halfway for optical keyboards, and it’s set at a fairly reasonable price for everything you get.

Lighting Up Synapse

As with all Razer products, the Huntsman TE supports Synapse configuration software. The software allows you to create macros, customize key mappings, and set the RGB lighting of the keyboard.

Consistent with the portable keyboard component, the Huntsman TE has a built-in memory that can store up to five keyboard profiles. This is roughly average for a medium to high-end motherboard. I would say five is too much, but all you have to do is make the defaults and specific configurations for the best games. Synapse can store any number of profiles on your home computer and sync them with any number of games and applications.

The lighting on the Huntsman TE is relatively subtle. Customizable key-by-key light with Razer Chroma Studio software gently slips through the legends, even at maximum brightness. With enough lights, it’s worth adjusting, but the look is a bit subdued for something from Razer, a company closely related to bold PC hardware lighting.

How Far Will You Go to Compete?

The Huntsman TE is definitely made for a certain type of gamer. Given the suggested retail price of $ 129.99, many buyers might be happier spending the same money and getting a high-end mechanical keyboard that will likely have more bells and whistles (like multimedia keys and USB pass-through ports) and could be better for everyday computer use.

Still, there is something about Huntsman TE. I can’t guarantee it will make you a better player, but it can accentuate a certain instinctive playstyle – one where you play as fast as you can think and the best keyboard is the one that just comes out in its own way. If you’re fast enough in your favorite games to achieve this kind of near-telepathic flow, the Huntsman TE could be the perfect way to achieve speed and victory.

At this point, I usually quickly introduce keyboard toggle options and tell you to follow your heart: be it smooth linear switches, bumpy touches, or clickable… clickable switches. But it’s not that simple with the Huntsman V2, which comes with clickable or linear toggle options.

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