Here we have it, folks, it’s the follow-up to Razer’s newest gaming keyboard, the Razer Huntsman TE or Tournament Edition. The OG Huntsman was released last year and you can read the review of that one by clicking here.
For those of you who are new to the Huntsman series, and too lazy to read the previous review, let me fill you in as to what separates this keyboard from the rest of the pack. It’s actually pretty cool. One of the major deciding factors when picking a gaming keyboard is what kind of switch do you prefer. Most mechanical gaming keyboards use something called Cherry MX Switches. Cherry is a German company that makes key switches for gaming keyboards, which is not a reference to the color. This is important because most gamers have a preference for what type or color MX switches they like. Red, brown and blue are typically the most popular, but Razer decided to buck the trend with the Huntsman and are using something called a Linear Optical Switch.
When a mechanical key is pressed, contact is made at a specific actuation point which tells the computer that a key has been pressed. Now with the Razer Huntsman TE, there is no physical connection beneath the key, but rather a small laser beneath each and every key that makes a completed connection, telling the computer that a key has been pressed. Check out the image below for context if I confused you…because I might of confused myself.
Alright, so it is a lot easier to look at the picture and understand what is actually happening when you press a key. This is the key selling point of the Razer Huntsman TE. Because there is no mechanical switch contact, the keys act as a hair-trigger, requiring very little force to engage.
What does this mean for you? Simply this; When you are in the heat of battle, you want to be the one that moves the quickest, shoots the fastest and accomplishes all feats necessary to secure the victory before your opponent. When every .00001 of a second matters, you’re going to want to be using the most time-efficient tools and that is what you are getting with the Razer Huntsman TE. It is a true gaming keyboard, made for gaming.
This does not come without its flaws though if I may be candid with you all. As I type this article, yours truly is mistyping a lot. Now, I’m sure with more time, patience and practice I will be able to type without as many errors, but due to how effortless it is to press a key, you are bound to make a handful of mistakes while typing.
Is this a big deal for gaming? Not at all. The good definitely outweighs the bad in this instance. If you are looking for a single keyboard for gaming, as well as typing up a research paper? Well, then this one may not be for you. Just like several other pieces of gaming paraphernalia out there by Razer, Logitech, and the like, not everything is created to be used in all instances. I can say though that this is one hell of a gaming keyboard.
Razer has made this keyboard a must-have for gamers, especially those who are constantly on the go. With its ten-keyless design and removable USB C cable, you can quickly and easily take this keyboard on the go. Its compact form fits on any desk, and of course, you can utilize the Razer Synapse Gaming Software to program your keyboard to operate exactly how you want it to. Oh, and how can I forget? Using the software you can also customize the RGB lighting to really make this keyboard your own. The onboard memory will allow you to save your settings directly to the keyboard, another perk for the gamer on the go.
Overall, I have to admit that I am in love with this. I love the way it feels, I love the control I have over it and I love that Razer is still creating new and intriguing products. They are not afraid to think outside the box. As I always recommend when buying a new keyboard or mouse, go somewhere that allows you to actually try before you buy. Press the keys and see how they feel. Make sure it is something that is going to work for you. It’s like a pair of pants. Yeah, you can get away with one that’s a little too big, or too small, but you’ll never truly be comfortable. Keyboards are just the same. Let them work for you, don’t work for them.
I bet you are wondering what this futuristic technology is going to cost you. $500? Nope. $250? Yeah right! $129? You got it! You can order the Huntsman TE direct from Razer for $129.99 by clicking this oh so convenient link here.
† As usual, there are no affiliate links contained within this post. We were provided a Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition Keyboard for review purposes and were not compensated for this review.