Razer Huntsman Elite Optical Gaming Keyboard Review

Makris low Makris one whoa hey was it at the dorm if some guy handed me a briefcase and told me to do what I was born to do have your keyboards what do you think all joking aside just like the title suggests today we’re gonna be taking a look at racers newly announced Huntsman Elite keyboard and because you guys have been supporting me so much and I really wanted to get back to you I am gonna be doing a giveaway for this keyboard as well but I love all the details on that at the end of the video for now let’s go ahead.

Razer Huntsman Elite Optical Gaming Keyboard Review

Razer Huntsman Elite Optical Gaming Keyboard Review

Just take a look at this thing starting as always with construction and design the Razer Huntsman Elite combines many of the popular design choices of razors last few keyboard lines into whatI think is their best looking keyboard  yet the Huntsman Elite is a hundred and forty mechanical keyboard with an exposed switch design over a fingerprint-resistant metal backplate it borrows from the simplified aesthetic of the Black Widow ex which made it very popular on its release two years ago you’ll also notice the addition of the under glow around the board which we saw introduced with the sign Oso chroma Pro and lastly the Huntsman also includes the nice pillowy leatherette magnetic wrist rest that we got with the or nada in the Black Widow B 2 the main improvement here being the addition of the under glow around the wrist rest as well I’ve always liked that racers wrist rests are long enough to accommodate even the largest of hands which is one of the gripes that I often have with included wrist rest from many other brands as my long fingers result in my wrists ending up on the desk most of the time and the soft nature of the padding greatly reduces fatigue over long gaming sessions the keyboard itself much like the Black Widow X feels nice and weighty and solidly built and has minimal flex when mashing down on the board so let’s take a look now and what is probably the most interesting aspect of the Huntsman line of keyboards and that is the new optomechanical switch or as I like to call it the purple switch because well that’s my favorite color and it made me a little bit excited to see purple switches now on razer keyboards but essentially what they are is they’re optical switches and it’s important to understand the difference between mechanical and optical switches so a mechanical switch has two metal contact points that when they connect together send a signal into the computer which registers the keystroke the optical switches use kind of the same technology as what would be in a mouse sensor but now it has those optical sensors and every single one of these switches and essentially the way that it works is it’s constantly firing a beam of light that’s being interrupted by the stem of the switch and when that gets to press down that beam of lights able to go all the way across and connect with a sensor which basically allows it to register at the speed of light and sends that signal into the computer and it’s more consistent than using the metal contacts and it also has much better durability because over time those metal contact points can corrode and degrade and by not having that movable piece that’s essentially going to give you a much longer lifespan which is why these are rated to last at a  hundred million clicks some other differences you’ll notice is that they have a lighter key press at 45 grams they have a slightly shorter actuation distance at 1.5 millimeters and a total travel at three point five millimeters which is kind of a good sweet spot between something like the razor yellows and the razor green switches another big difference you’ll notice on these switches as well is that they have stabilizers built into every single switch that runs here on both sides kind of works like a stabilizer that would be in your space bar your Enter key and that just helps eliminate key wobble which is always kind of been a gripe of mine up razor switches in the past and so that completely eliminates that and results in a more agile switch and also just a more stable overall experience when gaming and with typing another cool thing about the optomechanical switch is that the click mechanism and the actuation are two separate mechanisms that work in parallel so with a classic mechanical switch you have the actual click happening before the switch actuate just slightly before but by having them separate but going at the same time you will actually feel the click and hear it at the exact same time that it registers in the computer which makes them different than mechanical switches as well it’s also important to note that the optomechanical switch is only offered on the huntsmen line of keyboards and is the only switch plan to be on them at this time and just so you guys can hear how this new switch sounds for yourselves here is a quick sound test the key caps on the huntsmen elite are made of ABS plastic and of a nice smooth texture to them they have the same crisp font that all of razors newer keyboards have which is a welcomed sight and while all of the keys are nicely illuminated by those optomechanical switches the secondary functions are still not translucent which has been a gripe of  mine with razor keyboards for years in terms of lighting the huntsmen elite offers the same bright vibrant lighting we’ve come to expect from chroma enabled devices the huntsmen is by far the most customizable and flashy razor keyboard yet and offers an impressive hundred and sixty-eight unique lighting zones which can all be changed independently to create even more elaborate effects than ever the under glow for the keyboard itself has 38 zones the wrist rest has 24 and the media keys are also RGB enabled as well as of course full / key illumination across the board the huntsmen elite is powered by razer synapse 3 software which i’ve always said in my eyes is the current industry leader in keyboard and lighting software its intuitive interface makes it easy for those who just want to set the board to one of the great looking presets and powerful enough for those looking for more elaborate effects can create their own multi-layered designs in terms of extras the huntsmen elite comes with a set of dedicated media keys with a multifunction digital dial default it works is your typical volume scroll wheel but using Razors hyper shift technology which i’ll elaborate a little bit more on here in just a minute it can become much more you can use it for  editing by say binding your zoom in and zoom out functions to it or you can use an in-game to cycle through your weapons you can use it for any number of things just by changing its function in synapse I’ll admit that I was a little bit bummed to see no dedicated macro keys on this board maybe it’s because I’m a bit old-school in that regard but I just like to have some dedicated keys but the hypership technology seeks to make up for it the way it works is essentially allowing you to assign macros or different functions to each key that can be activated by holding the hypership key and hitting the appropriate key with the assigned macro that you want it’s not as simple as just having dedicated buttons but after some practice it does give you a lot of options Fraser’s never included key cap pullers with their mechanical keyboards but with each release I always expect to see one thrown in but unfortunately the huntsmen elite keeps up with this trend and does not include a key cap puller another interesting feature of the huntsmen elite is the possibility for additional add-ons in the future the RGB wrist rest connects to the keyboard via a set of pogo pins which are able to send both data and power via USB 2.0 connection this is also why you won’t find a USB pass-through on this board even though it does come with two USB connectors a Razors hinted at the possibility of  additional devices being offered in the future to augment the huntsmen that would connect via these pins I’m very curious to see where this goes as it would be cool to have something like maybe a touchscreen integrated into the wrist rest just keep in mind that this will no doubt come at some additional cost the underside of the huntsmen elite has six large rubberized pads in two step extendable legs to keep the keyboard in place during use and the cable is nicely braided and ends in two USB connectors overall the huntsmen  elite is the best keyboard Razer has released to date my only complaints is the lack of included key cap polar and the fact that the secondary functions still aren’t illuminated still minor gripes aside the improved lighting looks great paired with a minimalistic aesthetic of the board and the digital dial is a cool concept that adds some flexibility the star of the show is the optomechanical switches that perform better than any of Razer switches offering a solid experience that much like the Huntsman itself combines the best aspects of all of their switches so far the Huntsman elite comes in at a that’s  definitely a steep price point but that being said I do recommend that you guys check it out as in my eyes it is the best Razer keyboard yet well that’s it for this review guys let me know on those comments down below what you think about razors new optomechanical switch and like I said I am going to be giving one of these keyboards away all you have to do to be eligible to win is like this video and make sure you’re subscribed to my channel and I will be choosing a winner down in the comments below also if you want to learn more about the optomechanical switch I also have a for switch comparison of olive razor switches now in the description as well so you guys can learn more about the differences between the switches and also like I mentioned there is another version of the Huntsman keyboard I also have the comparison between these two keyboards.

In this Razer Huntsman Elite Optical Gaming Keyboard Review, i have explained the good and bad things about this product that allows you to make a better decision.

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