- Super Responsive
- Highly Customizable with Chroma
- Shorter Actuation & Very Light
- Nice Build Quality
- Braided Cable
- Very Cheap Keycaps (ABS)
- Unjustifiable Price Tag
With more and more keyboards in the market – it’s hard to find the right ones. We are talking about Mechanical Keyboard and sorts by the way. We have those Cherry MX Switches, then, we also have optical switches in the market – which uses laser or a light source instead. Finally, we have those proprietary mechanical switches that’s used by one company only – like the Logitech G Romer-G Switches. Today, not only we have these but also hybrid switches that companies like Razer makes. We have been using the Razer Huntsman Keyboard for more than 2 weeks right now and it’s about time to give our final verdict in our Razer Huntsman Review.
The Razer Huntsman has a decent build to it. On the top the keys are hovering and there isn’t any plate that keeps the keys inside. It’s more of a open design. The body comprises of a metal plate which holds the switches and a plastic base where all the components are tucked in. The whole body construction is pretty decent and it’s solid. The metal plate on the top adds a premium feel and a design like this has it’s advantage – like cleaning it is going to very easy.
One of the important aspect of a keyboard would be the Keycaps. The Razer Huntsman uses a Single Shot ABS Keycaps. ABS Keycaps are lightweight and they are cheaper – making it the most affordable and commonly used keycaps in the budget keyboard segment. These particular key caps has its cons – it has the capability to shine even faster than keycaps like PBT for instance – this can cause a huge problem. If by any chance, you touch your keyboard while eating fried chicken or something, those oily fingers are just good enough to make it shiny. It feels very hollow too.
Do take note that these keys are not resistant to chemicals – which means – wiping with alcohol would just make things worse. So, you have to be very careful and the chances of replacing the key caps would be high. But the problem is – with non standard key layout, finding spares or replacement is going to be hard in general.
One other thing to note is that, the cable on this keyboard is braided and it adds durability – which is a nice touch.
The Razer Huntsman does not come with a wrist rest. It’s only available on the Elite but if you have your own wrist Rest or something, yeah sure – that works too. One other thing is that – the keyboard does have inclines at the back to give the raised typing experience. You have two different feet – one goes up to 4 degrees and the other one goes up to 8 degrees. With that said, it does work as it claims but almost 90% percent of the time, the feet would just close back even due to the slightest movement. I was very disappointed with that and I just had to place my keyboard on a different incline instead.
Features: Razer Chroma
One of the features that these Razer Huntsman keyboard comes with is the support for Razer Chroma. Now for this to work, you have to make sure that you have an internet connection and you’ll have to download Razer Synapse 3.0. Even if you can’t find it, the moment you connect the keyboard to your PC or laptop, you’ll see a pop-up for installing the Razer Synapse with no problems.
After you install, there’s just tons of customization you could do with the app itself. For one, you can change the lighting to various modes like: Fire, Breathing, Reactive, Ripple and many more. Once you switch over to advanced effects, there’s more to it. You can customize the keyboard with the help of Chroma Studio. It also allows you to integrate the keyboard to apps and games respectively.
The Switch: Opto-Mechanical
The key-highlight of the Razer Huntsman keyboard is the switches. These switches are called the Razer Opto-Mechanical Switch. These switches have a 45G actuation force and according to Razer, it has a 100 million keystroke lifespan. Let’s see how the key works.
How it Works
Razer’s Opto-Mechanical Switches are more of a hybrid but has a 70% to 30% ratio. The Optical part is what makes the keyboard register the characters. There are few different types of optical switches and if you want to know more about it, the folks over at Tech-Critter does a fine job in explaining – click here to check that out.
Moving on. The Razer switch light is blocked with the button isn’t pressed. Once it gets actuated, the light hits the sensor (receiver) – then triggers the key. It’s simple as that. Now you might be wondering – what about the mechanical part? Now, the Mechanical part is just purely sound only. It gives that clicky sound to give you the feel like as if you’re typing on a mechanical keyboard. The switch itself has a stabilizer bar to make sure that it is steady and levelled.
The typing experience on the Huntsman is nice. The actuation point is very short and super responsive. Considering the fact that light is faster, the response rate on this thing is impressive. I love the clicky sound which I am a huge fan of and coming from a Cherry MX Blue switch – this particular one does feel very light. There are times where the key just fails to register – when I press – the computer just doesn’t seem to register anything properly. I had to disconnect and reconnect to make sure that my keyboard works well – again.
The keyboard does have other flaws too. The switch – the moment you look at it – it feels like “eh. Nothing’s wrong with it.” But when you look closely, the switches are prone to wear and tear quickly. The way the stabilizer is fixed, it’s kind of scary. Talking about the stabilizer, which they claim that it offers better stability and sorts. It does keep every single key levelled but the keys are wobbly. This really tripped me off and I was kinda bummed out.
If you were to look at the spacebar or any of the longer keys – you’ll notice that the stabilizers are pretty new. I use a Logitech G610 Orion Blue and the Cherry Stabilizers are really nice. These stabilizers have a thin metal pin that the spacebar key clips to – keeping it stable and sorts. So far I barely had any issues with it. It’s really not that bad. In general the experience with the keyboard is very nice and I really love typing on it. It does have a gaming mode that offers precision which does help you – thanks to the 10-Key Rollover.
Honestly, I personally liked the Razer Huntsman – because of its quick response and shorter actuation points. In a market where we have other keyboards, the Razer Huntsman does stand out with it’s hybrid standard. The RGB on this is nothing but Lit. But the question is, are you willing to fork out RM 629. Honestly, it’s a really expensive price tag for a keyboard like this. With that, there are other alternatives in the market and even Cherry MX Blue switch keyboards like the Logitech G610 Orion Blue costs half the price.
Is the Razer Huntsman a keyboard I would recommend? Well, I would – if it wasn’t this pricey. But if you are someone who has pools of money to splurge on a new keyboard, then yeah why not. I swear to god, I really wish it was a lot affordable – because I really like this keyboard.