Razer Huntsman V2 review: An opto-mechanical keyboard on top of responsiveness

Ergonomics

The Huntsman V2’s chassis is made almost entirely of plastic. An aluminum plate has been attached to the top of the keyboard, to reinforce the whole. The construction is therefore robust and rather sober for a model gaming, being the black keyboard from the feet to the keys. With dimensions of 44.5 x 14 cm, this model is quite imposing on a desk, even more so with its 9 cm wide leatherette palm rest.

An essential accessory to enhance the hands, since the Huntsman V2 is quite tall (3.9 cm). It is also very comfortable and magnetic to stay attached to the keyboard. A flawless for this accessory that is provided here in the box.

The keys are rough and grip the fingers well. They are made of double injection PBT, a molding technique that gives them excellent longevity. The keys F1 to F8 do not have a basic shortcut, in order to leave the field free for the user to configure the ones of their choice in the Razer Synapse software. The “M” of the F9 key is used to assign macros on the fly – but we find it easier to go through the software – and the F10 allows you to activate the game mode to lock the Windows key in particular.

The F keys are configurable.

The F keys are configurable.

Above the number pad are the dedicated multimedia keys which are frankly very convenient, but whose click is not really muffled and not very pleasant to the touch, which is still a detail you said. The slightly notched volume control wheel is also very practical in everyday life; however, it will be criticized for not being very well anchored in its location, which somewhat tarnishes the premium look of the keyboard.

The dedicated multimedia keys are very practical.

The dedicated multimedia keys are very practical.

The backlighting of the keys is successful, as is often the case with Razer. It is adjustable key by key and many light effects allow you to customize it. Again, you’ll have to turn to Razer Synapse in the Chroma Studio tab to control everything.



Razer Synapse.


Key backlighting is complete.

The USB-A connection cable is made of paracord, a guarantee of quality and durability, but it is not removable. Too bad, especially since it is in the TKL version. Beneath the keyboard, of course, are anti-slip pads and Razer’s motto “For gamers. by players” copied extensively throughout the chassis and adjustable legs to tilt the Huntsman V2 to 6° or 9°, depending on user preference.



The feet are adjustable.


The palm rest and the bottom of the keyboard.

Editor rating: 5 out of 5

Beaten

Unlike their Blackwidow keyboards, Razer chose opto-mechanical switches for their Huntsman series. Activation is therefore not done physically as on a classic mechanical keyboard, but optically when the key passes in front of a beam of light. Therefore, this type of switch is a little more responsive and suffers less from the vagaries of time: they are guaranteed for 100 million clicks, or about twice as long as the classic mechanical versions. Not welded to the chassis, this type of switch is usually hot swappable (interchangeable), but this is not the case with Razer, which does not sell its switches separately.

Razer purple opto-mechanical switches.

Razer purple opto-mechanical switches.

As mentioned above, our model has brand-specific clicky purple switches, so the keyboard makes a lot of noise. Some appreciate the tactile side of these models that offer both physical and audible feedback upon key activation, but if you want to play or work in a quieter environment we can only point you to the Linear Reds, which will also be quite loud. . The violet ones have a 1.5mm activation stroke and require a force of 45cN, while the red ones are a bit more sensitive with a 1.2mm stroke and a force of 40cN.

The voting rate (polling rate) of the keyboard is huge: it reaches 8000 Hz, which should ensure the lowest latency, although in practice 1000 Hz is already more than enough. In any case, the responsiveness of the keys is excellent and the rebound is very fast. We found the keystrokes pleasant, but we regret that the chassis resonance is so audible. In addition to the click of the keys, there will be a pronounced and haunting metallic echo to deal with with every key press. However, Razer is supposed to have inserted a layer of foam into the chassis to reduce this noise…

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