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Razer Huntsman V2 review








Samuel Willetts >Published August 8, 2022 >Gaming hardwareRazerKeyboards like the Razer Huntsman V2 don't come around very often, leaving such an incredibly positive and lasting impression on you that all alternatives simply pale in comparison. Its optical switches and other wonderful qualities have been so enjoyable that I almost forgot to review it.

The Razer Huntsman 2 has been my gaming keyboard for nearly a year. I prefer the full-size model with the numpad and media keys. It's worth noting that it is also available in the tenkeyless or 60% versions. Although I cannot speak for the quality of these versions, I imagine that most of what I have to say here will be applicable to them.

ProsConsOptical switchesDoubleshot PBT keycapsQuiet acousticsExtra comfy wrist restExpensiveNo USB pass-throughNon-detachable cable



Design

The Razer Huntsman V2 is priced at around $200 USD/PS200 GBP. You would expect that its build quality would reflect this premium price. It thankfully lives up to those expectations. Its chassis is just over 1kg in weight. The aluminium top plate shows no sign of flex during stress testing or normal use.

The Razer Huntsman V2 has dual step retractable stands that increase the incline from 3 to 6 degrees. I feel the same solidity. Personally, I prefer a low incline keyboard. The default setting is very comfortable for me even after long hours. Six rubber feet are also included on the Huntsman V2's base. These help to keep the keyboard in its place while you play.

Let's not forget keycaps. Razer chose to use a simple font on the Huntsman V2 in place of the more stylised keyboards such as the MSI Vigor GK50. Thanks to the doubleshot PBT coating, every key can be easily read and should stay that way long after you bring it home.



Overall, I am very pleased with the Razer Huntsman V2's design and look. However, there are some small issues I would like to see addressed in a future version. The main problem with the full-size keyboard is the lack of a detachable cord. This is an issue that is also present on the tenkeyless or 60% models. It's not just convenience, but the ability to change the cable could extend the device's life expectancy should anything go wrong. For a more symmetrical appearance, I would prefer the port to be moved to the center of the board.

Final thoughts: I'd love to see the Razer Huntsman V2 in other colours or with a top plate made of brushed aluminium, rather than the matte one that's available. The contrast between the keycaps & chassis would have given it a brighter look, which would be a great compliment to Corsair K100's vibrant design. This could be fixed in a second way, which I will discuss in the next section of my review. However, it is only for those who want to customize their keyboard.



Features

The factory-lubricated switches and the built-in dampening gel are my favourite parts of Razer Huntsman V2. Although they may seem minor, both are essential to the keyboard's experience by keeping the acoustics in check. It has really made a difference to me as someone who uses a gaming computer in a shared area and hates the loud sounds that mechanic keyboards make.

The magnetic wrist rest is a close second. The Razer Huntsman V2 includes a magnetic wrist rest. I can't believe I've ever found a more comfortable one. It isn't for everyone though, and can cause sweaty wrists in warmer weather.

The full-size keyboard has a set of media keys above the numpad. They are all well-built and responsive, which is one of its advantages. The volume dial and quick mute buttons are my favorites. The LED brightness of the latter corresponds to the level of your volume as you adjust it. You won't be deprived of all the features, but a smaller size will mean that you can use the dedicated function key.

The Huntsman V2 has many other features that you would expect from a premium keyboard. You can control the per-key Chroma RGB via Razer Synapse and you can hotswap your keycaps to replace them. The LEDs are not able to transmit much light through the included ones, and some symbols can be difficult to see in the dark because they are printed instead of transparent.

USB passthrough is the only thing I think could improve its features. It would be a convenience to have the HyperSpeed Wireless dongle placed in my Razer Viper V2 Pro, although it is not essential.



Performance

Razer Huntsman V2's optical switches and 8,000Hz polling speed are the most appealing features. Razer claims you can expect response times of as low as 0.2ms and extremely low input latency that will put mechanical keyboards to shame.

Although I couldn't find any difference in Razer Huntsman V2 responsiveness to other mechanical keyboards, it might be more about me than the keyboard. However, I have nothing but positive comments about my gaming and typing experience with the Razer Huntsman V2.

My unit uses red linear optical switches that provide quiet keystrokes and a smooth experience. However, you can also get the Razer Huntsman V2 which has purple tactile clicky switches. It's my preferred keyboard, whether I'm using it to write reviews or jump into competitive FPS games like Apex Legends.

The 45g actuation force is perfect and the 12mm travel time are just right. They don't prevent me from gliding across the board as I write this review. Similar to Nvidia Reflex's technical advantages, I would choose it over any other option to ensure that my performance is as good as possible. The Razer Huntsman V2 has been a joy to use.



Software

Let's talk about how Razer Synapse can improve your Huntsman V2 experience before I close this review. It's completely optional, but I recommend it to most people.

Here you will find all the usual lighting customization options including brightness sliders and effects. You can also get a synchronised light show while on the move if you have other Razer peripherals that are Chroma RGB enabled, such as its gaming mouse. You can save any customisations here to either a software profile, or one of the four hardware profiles.

Creating macros with Razer Hypershift is the main reason why you should be here. You can assign any of the six keys a secondary function by holding down the function key. This allows you to launch programs via custom shortcuts. This is actually a better option than dedicated macro keys. I prefer smaller keyboards.

Synapse also allows you to adjust the polling rate for the Razer Huntsman 2 from within Synapse. However, most modern systems will be able to run the full 8,000Hz. A gaming mode toggle will disable the Windows Key, Alt+Tab and Alt+F4 when you open a game. You can also switch between a "Typing" and a "Gaming" keyswitch optimization. The former adds a delay to the game, but I didn't find it necessary.



Verdict

Razer Huntsman 2 is my favorite gaming keyboard. The red linear optical switches on the Razer Huntsman V2 are extremely responsive and easy to use for both gaming and general typing. The factory lubrication is great and the built-in dampening foam makes them easy on the ears. There is nothing I would rather use.

This is not to say that the Huntsman V2 keyboard is perfect, but I find my issues with it more preferable and much easier to forgive. Razer, please make sure that a USB Type-C cable with USB passthrough and a detachable USB Type C cable are on the horizon for V3. A brushed aluminium backplate would be a good idea, along with a few tweaks to the keycaps to make those LEDs shine brighter.

The Razer Huntsman V2 is priced at $200 USD/PS200 GBP. It's still one of the most affordable ways to buy a full-size optical gaming keyboard. However, it is more expensive than competitors such as the Corsair K100. Logitech and SteelSeries have yet to produce an optical option. However, you may find something better suited to your needs using tested and proven mechanical switches.

Razer Huntsman V2

It is the best keyboard you can purchase today. The combination of its amazing build quality and design, along with its cutting-edge specs and switches makes it an outstanding gaming and typing experience. 10
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