|Item model number||RZ03-02520200-R3U1|
|Item Weight||1.9 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||5.52 x 17.51 x 1.38 inches|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||5.52 x 17.51 x 1.38 inches|
|Manufacturer||Razer USA Ltd|
|Date First Available||June 26, 2018|
Razer Huntsman Gaming Keyboard: Fastest Keyboard Switches Ever - Clicky Optical Switches - Customizable Chroma RGB Lighting - Programmable Macro Functionality - Classic Black
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- Faster than legacy mechanical switches: Razer Optical switches use light-based actuation, registering key presses at the speed of light (30% shorter actuation distance than other clicky switches at 1.5 millimeter) with satisfying, clicky feedback
- Ultimate personalization & Gaming Immersion with Razer Chroma: Fully syncs with popular games, Razer hardware, Philips Hue, and gear from 30+ partners; supports 16.8 million colors on individually backlit keys
- Quality, Aluminum Construction: Covered with a matte, aluminum top frame for increased structural integrity
- Fully Programmable Macros: Razer Hypershift allows for all keys and keypress combinations to be remapped to execute complex commands
- Unrivalled Durability: Supports up to 100 million clicks with a 2 year manufacturer warranty, double the lifespan of most competitor keyboards
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The Razer Huntsman introduces the new Razer Opto-Mechanical Switch, utilizing optical technology for unmatched speed, and a key stabilizer bar so every keypress is precise and accurate. Personalize settings with hybrid on-board memory and cloud storage.
Actuation at the Speed of Light
The New Razer Opto-Mechanical Switch
Evolved gaming switches with actuation at the speed of light. Combined with a new switch design, it’s the first clicky switch that actuates and resets at the exact same point for rapid performance.
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The Razer Huntsman introduces the new Razer Opto-Mechanical switch, utilizing Optical technology for unmatched speed, and a key stabilizer Bar so every keypress is precise and accurate. Combined with a new switch design, it's the first click switch that actuates and resets At the exact same point for rapid performance. Personalize settings with hybrid on-board memory and cloud storage.
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Flat out, you cannot store lighting profiles on the keyboard's memory as they lead you to believe. If you are on a Mac or a PC without the spyware ridden Razer Synapse 3 software you are stuck with the distracting default color cycling lighting effect.
You can't even choose to set a static color. A Razer engineer who worked on this keyboard posted on Razer's support forums and claimed they cut on-board lighting storage due vague complications with RAM use under complex lighting profiles and compatibility with older keyboards. I can understand hardware limitations but the compatibility claims are weak. In the engineers own words, the on-board storage only extends to the macro feature. Which most people won't use anyways.
Still, the marketing clearly leads you to believe your entire profile would be stored in the on-board memory. Quoted from this very store page "HYBRID ON-BOARD MEMORY AND CLOUD STORAGE: Access personalized settings anywhere".
Let's be real here. This is an issue that won't affect the majority of users. I'm sure most of you are perfectly fine with having the Synapse software installed and being forced to make an account (all while giving your personal info to Razer). But those of use who just want simple static lighting or very basic lighting features are out of luck.
It's a $120 keyboard. Razer can do better than this. You can buy better than this for less money from a company with less of a history of misleading their costumers.
If Razer fixes this issue, I'll update this review. But I'm not holding my breath.
During long gaming sessions, I found that the keys felt more comfortable than other keyboards I've used in the past. I think the reason for this is that I don't actually have to press as hard for the keys to register. Razer states that the keys on the Huntsman require slightly less force and register quicker than other keyboards. All I can say is that this keyboard feels "broken-in" for lack of a better term. It just feels good, and "fast." Additionally, the keyboard has 4 media buttons and a moveable dial (one of the 4 buttons is the dial itself - as it can be pushed in, in addition to being rotated) - all of which can be remapped to your liking. By default, they were set to control music playback - in my case, it controls Spotify. I never really planned on using these media controls, but now that I have them - I can never go back. It's great when I'm playing a game with my own music running, but also being able to pause that music should a cutscene in the game start to play - all by pressing a button.
Lack of Macro keys and USB ports:
Unfortunately, the Razer Huntsman does not have macro keys like other keyboards in its price range (Corsair's K95 does have them). Understandably, this would have been nice to have for some users. (Personally I never used macro keys much myself when I had keyboards that did have them.) Also present on other expensive keyboards is a USB passthrough port. Again, the Huntsman lacks this as well.
As stated before, most mechanical keyboards are "loud" and can annoy people who maybe sitting relatively close to you. If you are in an office situation, I would recommend using a different keyboard that has "quiet" mechanical keys like Cherry Browns on a Corsair keyboard; or Razer Orange keys on the Razer Blackwidow. Unfortunately, Razer does not offer a more "quiet" version of the Huntsman Elite at this time.
The keys on the Huntsman are quite bright, even when compared to Razer's other offerings like the Ornata Chroma. The difference here is that while the letters on the keys of the Huntsman are significantly brighter; the Ornata Chroma's underlying membrane is also illuminated giving the keys the illusion that they are floating on a "bed of light." I wish that Razer somehow found a way to also duplicate that bed of light effect on the Huntsman, but I am definitely happy with the extra bright letters. As you can imagine, the lighting on the Huntsman can be customized to pretty much anything you can imagine.
I replaced the keycaps on my Huntsman with Doubleshot PBT Keycaps from HyperX, after seeing a popular Youtube personality replace his. (These Keycaps run about $25, and are meant for HyperX's own mechanical keboard.) And while not all the HyperX Keycaps were compatible (the larger keycaps for RETURN, SHIFT, SPACEBAR, etc did not fit the Hunstman's switches), I still managed to replace most of the keyscaps. The over all effect is that the keyboard is now even more illuminated. That's because the bottom of the HyperX Keycaps (which are made of white plastic) react with the lighting to give a more brilliant glow to the entire keyboard. Since replacing the keycaps on the Huntsman seemed to work; I would assume a fair number of other keycaps types would probably work for the Huntsman as well. But of course please do your own research before purchasing.
The Huntsman uses two USB connectors. Once connected, you must download the latest version of Razer Synapse. This is Razer's all-in-one software for all their PC keyboards, mice, etc. I actually own several Razer products, and after using Synapse for over a year, I've gotten used to using it. It's not hard to use, but it could definitely use some interface improvement. Still, most users can easily get to the most important things such as lighting customization, re-assigning keys, and making macros. Razer does require a login with your information for the software to work. The reasoning I suppose is that you can use the same settings if you use the same Razer products on several PCs. I would assume that most people don't use this feature - but I actually do. I use Razer products at my home and at my work - so this actually works well for me. Settings that I make at home can easily be assigned at my work and vice-versa.
The Huntsman is a pretty pricey keyboard with exceptional build quality. The body is metal, and the keys are stabilized so that there is minimum "wobble." Add to this the "fast" actuation feel, and you have an excellent high-end keyboard. Gaming, and typing feel really great. If you can forgive the "loud" keys, this is an excellent option if you're looking for a high-end keyboard for gaming and work.
OVERALL... the last keyboard I replaced the Huntsman with was the Razer Chroma Black Widow I had it for around 5 years .. and I have to say it is nothing like it!!.. The Huntsman blows that keyboard out of the water. This keyboard feels great sounds great and I am in LOVE with it. It is super smooth to type on and game on. I read one of the negative reviews for the keyboard after I purchased it saying "my fat fingers press down on the keyboard to hard and the stands collapse.!" haven't had that issue. Also the wrist cushion stays in place and is super comfy.
IF you are up in the air right now and can't decided wither or not to get the k95 or razer huntsman? Get the Huntsman you won't be disappointed
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It feels, sounds and looks amazing. The keys seem solid and do not move much when moving your hands around the keyboard. The new opto-mechanical switches are definitly quicker than your average cherry MX. I can already feel like I'm doing better in Osu!, a rythm game.
As this is a top of the line, high-end keyboard though I would have expected a little more quality with the material they chose for the hand-rest. I have a feeling it won't last very long sadly, although I might be wrong.
Overall, this is an amazing keyboard; the best one I've ever own, really, and I've owned many. I would recommend the Razer Huntsman Elite to any enthusiastic gamer or write. It is worth the price.
The Razer Purple switches require a tiny bit less force than the Razer Green switches, but it's enough to notice, and in a positive way. Also, having a the metal bar for every key balances out the keypress, so that you can literally press on any part of any key and achieve the desired result.
I also really appreciate the volume dial and mute button on the top right, and I like the muted, design of the Huntsman elite which doesn't have a zillion other keys.
In comparison to the very similar BlackWidow Elite, the Huntsman Elite is $50 more expensive. But in my opinion, once you're paying that much for a keyboard, you might as well get the best keys you can get, and the Huntsman Elite just has a better feel. I also like the space bar feel on the Huntsman Elite better.
The one thing I didn't like about the Huntsman Elite is the wrist rest. Although it's very pretty with an LED halo, and the memory foam padding is great, it has a metal border, which is both hard, cold, and sharp against my wrists. It's also significantly elevated (to allow the halo to be seen), a design that I find uncomfortable. But this is pretty minor, as it's easy enough to swap in some other wrist rest.
Two other minor criticisms: First, in order to accomodate the halo around the key board, the Huntsman Elite is slightly raised and has a sharp front edge. I generally prefer the sloping front edges of most Razer keyboards, and frankly , I don't care much ab out the under keyboard glow any ways. And second, the Razer Huntsman Elite takes 2 USB ports (the second provides lighting for the halo), but it it doesn't offer a USB pass-through. THat would have been great, as I like them for finger print readers.
Is the performance noticeable over other high-end keyboards? No it is not.
Is it worth buying for most gamers? Absolutely not.
Will the negligible delay make you rely more on your own skill and reaction time? Hell yeah it will!
Is it an awesome LASER KEYBOARD with 1MS INPUT LAG? Hell yeah it is!
Does the marginal improvement make this keyboard worth buying for performance pushers?? HELL YEAH IT DOES.
Also it's pretty high up off the desk, but that's likely my own setup. Keys are very responsive and snappy, and feel AMAZING. It won't make you a gamer god but it'll remove the usual input lag that even high-end mechanical keyboards give you so you can rely more on your own skills instead of having to put up with decreased personal performance.
Average human reaction time is around 200-280 milliseconds. I'd rather have 201ms than 205ms. Negligible difference? Yes. Probably not worth it for most people but there's a sense of pride that comes along with having a laser-breaker keyboard when everyone else has a glorified ratchet mechanism.
- Switches feel good.
- LED quality and configuration is what you would expect. Razer software is not amazing but gets the job done.
I was very skeptical about their new "light interrupt" switch implementation, and rightly so. Keys will often fail to register, or will only register the down-stroke and not the up-stroke. This is especially annoying when gaming and you need to communicate quickly. This can also cause unexpected stuff to happen with key combos like alt-tab, where the "tab" gets stuck down even when the key was clearly been released.
Avoid this keyboard and the other "opto-mechanical" keyboards. They are flashy and sound great but their performance doesn't match their price tag.
I got these mainly because I prefer its narrower ten key less (TKL) form factor. Since I seldom use the dedicated keypad on most keyboards I type in, I decided to go for a TKL keyboard this time around and have more room to navigate with my mouse.
The keys on the Huntsman TE are more sensitive and it took me a couple of days to adapt to them. They are definitely louder than the non mechanical keyboard I was using. However, I actually prefer the sound of these. They definitely sound and feel more like the keyboard from the original IBM PCs. The sound comes when the keys bottom out when you are typing... more like a solid thwack rather than a click... I like it. The keys are also firm and solid.
I have no doubt this keyboard will be excellent for gaming as well. There are various game profiles available that you can match via the excellent Synapse software to make the RGB lights sync up with the game you are playing.
Speaking of the Synapse software, I initially had issues making the Synapse 3 installer run on my PC. I went online and used Razer's customer support top chat with a help desk person online. Razer's help desk was able to help me identify and resolve the issue which had something to do with the .NET install on my PC.
Once I got Synapse working, I found it very useful in playing playing with the various features of the keyboard... Specifically with programming the way the RGB lights come on. I created various settings/color combos that I can switch among via the tray icon using the Synapse' Chroma Studio.
Overall, I am very happy with this keyboard. I am loving it the more I use it.
Nice braided cables, and high-quality USB plugs. Looks amazing in the dark with the RGB LED backlights. Also, the software is easy to use. The Palm rest feels like a very soft leather! Overall really enjoying this Keyboard.
PROS - Teclado mecánico, bastante responsivo (no requiere mucha presión en las teclas para detectar la pulsación), sensación de teclas bastante rígidas, teclado de tamaño pequeño (excelente para espacios reducidos), teclas personalizables (OJO, solo las teclas, no los switches), cable USB-C (Por lo que si el largo del que viene incluido no es suficiente o queda de sobra, puedes elegir uno del largo de tu preferencia), sonido de teclas ruidoso (también podría ser un contra dependiendo de cada persona y espacio de uso).
CONTRAS - Sin teclado numérico, sonido de teclas ruidoso, switches actuadores NO personalizables, iluminación de teclas muy tenue.
Lo recomiendo si eres gamer solamente, especialmente juegos FPS.
Only nitpick I have about the keyboard is that it is significantly noisier than the previous gaming keyboard he was using. Not ideal if the computer is in a shared area of the house where the other family members are trying to work, read a book, or watch a movie.
The other minor nitpick I have, is that this thing is way overpriced for what it is.
The colors are just fantastic, you can do anything you want with the Chroma App, setup custom lighting effects and all. Obviously its very pricey but I love my keyboard and the feel of it!
Talvez las unicas cosas que le veo que podrian mejorar, es la altura del teclado, es un teclado muy grueso aun con el reposamuñecas, por lo que en mi caso particular me resulta un poco incomodo acomodarme.
Las pestañas para los niveles de altura es otro de los detalles que le juegan en contra, ya que estos se abren hacia atrás por lo que si empujas el teclado es muy probable que se cierren y tengas que levantar el teclado para volver a modificar la altura.
No estaría de mas que le pusieran un puerto USB, considerando que ya de por si necesitas dos puertos USB de tu PC para poder alimentar este teclado, y ya de paso una herramienta para remover la teclas.
pero en general la verdad es muy buen teclado, estoy muy contento con el.