Razer Huntsman Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Mar 31, 2020 at 11:27 am
Razer Huntsman Picture
Mixed usage
Connectivity Wired
Full-size (100%)

The Razer Huntsman is an amazing full-size gaming keyboard. It features unique Razer clicky optical switches that feel responsive and are great to type on. This board is very well-built and looks sleek, and it offers full RGB lighting. Unfortunately, a nice and comfortable wrist rest would have been nice to have, as it's not the most ergonomic keyboard to use for long periods. Nevertheless, its design is great, but some might not like the clicky switches.

Our Verdict

7.7 Mixed usage

The Razer Huntsman is a good keyboard overall. It's geared towards gaming, but can also be used for programming thanks to its programmable keys. It also has full RGB lighting, which is useful for dark environments. However, it's not the most comfortable to type on during long sessions, which might not be the best option for the office.

  • Very well-built design.
  • Full RGB lighting, customizable.
  • Great typing experience.
  • Responsive switches.
  • Not the most comfortable to use.
  • Can be loud for some.
9.3 Gaming

The Razer Huntsman is an excellent gaming keyboard. It features unique Razer clicky optical switches that are fairly light and feel very responsive. The board is very well-built and you can also customize the full RGB lighting easily. You can also set macros directly on the board or in the software.

2.3 Mobile/Tablet

The Razer Huntsman keyboard is wired-only and isn't designed to be used for mobile devices.

7.1 Office

The Razer Huntsman is a decent office keyboard. It offers a great typing quality thanks to its nice switches and nice feedback, but it might be a bit loud for some due to the clickiness of the switches. Also, its ergonomics aren't the best as it doesn't have a wrist rest or any ergonomic characteristic.

8.0 Programming

The Razer Huntsman is a great keyboard for programmers. It offers a great typing quality and its design should last you a while. Unfortunately, it doesn't have the best ergonomics and might not be the best option to work on for long hours. On the other hand, you can program macros on all the keys, which is very useful.

  • 7.7 Mixed usage
  • 9.3 Gaming
  • 2.3 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.1 Office
  • 8.0 Programming

Test Results

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1.4" (3.6 cm)
Width 17.5" (44.4 cm)
Depth 5.5" (14.0 cm)
Weight 1.8 lbs (0.8 kg)

The Razer Huntsman is a full-size keyboard that takes a decent amount of space on your desk. It's quite larger than the Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition due to its NumPad.

Build Quality

The Razer Huntsman is very well-built. It has an aluminum plate on top of a solid all-plastic body, which results in very little flex. The keycaps are ABS plastic, but they still feel decent. The weaker point of this build seems to be the small incline feet that are wobbly and loose.

Board Design
Incline Settings
Wrist Rest No

The ergonomics of this keyboard are okay. It has two different incline settings which can help you find the best angle for you. Unfortunately, it can get slightly fatiguing to type on during long periods, and a wrist rest would have been helpful. If you prefer a keyboard that comes with a wrist rest, check out the Razer BlackWidow V3.

Backlighting Yes
Color RGB
Brightness Settings
Individually Backlit Keys

This keyboard supports full RGB lighting and each key is individually-lit, which makes it great to customize and create patterns.

Length 6.6 ft (2.0 m)
Connector (Keyboard side) Not Detachable

This wired keyboard has a long cable that should easily reach your computer.

Wireless Versatility
Proprietary Receiver
Multi-Device Pairing
Battery Type
No Batteries

This wired-only keyboard can't be used wirelessly.

Extra Features
Media Keys
Hot Keys
Macro Programmable Keys
Extra Controls
USB Passthrough
Numpad Yes
Windows Key Lock

The Razer Huntsman has a few extra features. While the media keys aren't dedicated, it still offers useful features like onboard macro programming and a Game Mode hotkey to stop your game from minimizing by disabling the Windows key. For dedicated media control and a volume wheel, check out the Razer Ornata V2. If you want a USB passthrough, look into the HyperX Alloy Elite 2.

In The Box

  • Razer Huntsman keyboard
  • Manuals

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Key Switches
Razer Optical
Actuation Force
35.5 gf
1.56 mm
Total Travel
3.50 mm

The clicky optical switches on the Razer Huntsman gaming keyboard are unique. These are a tactile and clicky variant of the switches found on the Huntsman Tournament Edition. Its actuation force is rather low and the switches actuate very quickly. If you like the idea of having optical switches, you can check out the Wooting one , which also allows you to have analog inputs where the input depends on how much force you apply on the key, just like a controller.

Typing Experience
Typing Quality

The overall typing quality of this keyboard is great. The switches feel nice to type on and offer good feedback, both tactile and audible. Unfortunately, the keycaps wobble a bit and since they're quite easy to actuate, this can lead to more typos. The keycaps also feel a bit slippery and the Razer BlackWidow Elite's feel slightly better. These switches seem to be better for gaming than typing, but do a good job at both. If you want a similar keyboard that provides a better typing experience, check out the Razer BlackWidow Lite.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise

Due to the clickiness of the switches, this keyboard can be loud when typing. It's better suited to use in an environment where you're alone, as it could bother surrounding colleagues in an office setting. If you want a keyboard available in a wide variety of switches, including quiet Cherry MX Brown switches, check out the Ducky One 2 SF.

Software and Operating System
Software and Operating System
Software Razer Synapse 3
Account Required
Onboard Memory
Cloud Sync
Backlight Programming
Macro Programming
Software Windows Compatible
Software macOS Compatible

This keyboard is compatible with the Razer Synapse 3 software. You can easily control the lighting effect, record macros, and create multiple profiles for this keyboard. It even has onboard memory so you won't lose all your preferred settings if you switch to another computer.

Software and Operating System
Keyboard Compatibility
Windows Full
macOS Partial
Linux Partial
Android No
iOS No
iPadOS No

This keyboard has decent overall compatibility. While it's fully compatible with Windows, only a few keys don't work on macOS. Also, the software isn't available on both macOS and Linux, so you'll have to customize everything on a Windows computer first.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

This keyboard is available in black, mercury white, and quartz pink, but there shouldn't be any differences between those models. We reviewed the black model and expect our results to be valid for the other colors as well.

Compared To Other Keyboards

This keyboard features Razer clicky optical switches, which offer a unique overall experience, and can feel a bit different than most typical mechanical switches. The board is very well-built, feels durable and also features full RGB lighting that doesn't bleed out too much like some other brands. For more options, check out our recommendations for the best keyboards, the best gaming keyboards, and the best mechanical keyboards.

Razer BlackWidow

The Razer Huntsman is better than the Razer BlackWidow. The Huntsman has Razer Optical switches which offer a quick and responsive gaming experience and a better typing quality, and it's also better-built. On the other hand, the BlackWidow has clicky switches that offer audible feedback.

Razer Huntsman Elite

The Razer Huntsman is basically a less-featured version of the Razer Huntsman Elite, as it doesn't have dedicated media controls, underglow LEDs, and doesn't include a wrist rest. Otherwise, they're nearly identical and they both offer the same switch options. The Clicky Optical switches provide a better typing experience than the Linear Optical switches, but they also generate a lot more typing noise.

Razer BlackWidow V3

The Razer Huntsman and the Razer BlackWidow V3 are both exceptional for gaming. The V3 comes with a wrist rest, a dedicated media key, and it has a volume control wheel that can be reprogrammed. However, the Huntsman has a better typing experience, and the clicky Razer Optical switches on our unit have an even lower actuation force and pre-travel distance than the V3, which should give it a lighter and more responsive feel.

Ducky One 2 Mini

The Razer Huntsman and the Ducky One 2 Mini are rather different keyboards. The Huntsman has a full-size board that has proprietary optical clicky switches while the Ducky has Cherry MX Brown switches, although it's available in a wider switch variety. The Ducky is also a compact 60% format, but it's also available in more formats. Unfortunately, the Ducky doesn't have software and all customization has to be done on the board directly.


The Corsair K70 RAPIDFIRE is marginally better than the Razer Huntsman. The Corsair has dedicated media controls that include a volume wheel, a USB passthrough, and it comes with a wrist rest. On the other hand, the Razer has a better build quality and full RGB backlighting. The Cherry MX Speed switches on the Corsair feel more responsive due to their shorter pre-travel distance, they don't provide tactile feedback, and they generate very little typing noise. On the Razer, the Razer Optical switches require less force to actuate, and they're tactile and clicky like Cherry MX Blues.

Razer BlackWidow Elite

The Razer Huntsman and the Razer BlackWidow Elite are fairly similar when it comes to their overall design, but the switches are quite different. The Huntsman uses optical clicky switches while the Elite uses Razer's Orange tactile and silent switches. The Elite also comes with a comfortable wrist rest and dedicated media keys.

Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition

The Razer Huntsman and the Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition are very similar but use different switches. The Tournament Edition is also a TKL board, which means it doesn't have a NumPad. The Huntsman uses clicky optical switches and the Tournament Edition uses linear optical switches that are noticeably more sensitive.

SteelSeries Apex Pro

The SteelSeries Apex Pro is better than the Razer Huntsman. It has amazing features and customization options as you can set the pre-travel distance on a per-key basis. The switches are linear, so you don't get tactile feedback, but at their lowest setting, they provide a really quick press for gaming. The SteelSeries also has a comfortable wrist rest. The Razer has clicky switches, which might be too loud for an office environment, but are still light and responsive for gaming.

Razer Ornata Chroma

The Razer Huntsman is a better gaming keyboard than the Razer Ornata Chroma. Its optical clicky switches actuate a lot faster than the Ornata's clicky mecha-membrane switches. The Huntsman is also noticeably better-built, but it doesn't come with a nice wrist rest like the Ornata does.

Razer Ornata V2

The Razer Huntsman is a better mechanical keyboard than the Razer Ornata V2. It uses the proprietary Razer optical switches, which actuate quickly. The build quality is also much better. On the other hand, the RGB lighting of the Ornata V2 bleeds a lot more than the lights on the Huntsman, and it comes with a detachable wrist rest, which helps its ergonomics.

Razer BlackWidow Lite

The Razer Huntsman is slightly better than the Razer BlackWidow Lite. It features full RGB lighting while the BlackWidow Lite only has white backlighting. Also, the Huntsman is a full-size keyboard while the BlackWidow Lite is a TKL. The Huntsman uses optical clicky switches that actuate quicker than the Razer Orange switches found on the BlackWidow Lite.

Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro

The Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro is overall a better keyboard than the Razer Huntsman. The V3 Pro can be used both wirelessly and wired, and it has a detachable wrist rest. The V3 Pro requires more force than the Huntsman to actuate a key and has a longer pre-travel distance, but it's prone to less typos. The V3 Pro also has dedicated media keys and features a programmable volume control wheel.

Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma V2

The Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma V2 is a better keyboard than the Razer Huntsman. The TE comes with a detachable wrist rest and offers a better typing experience with its linear and quiet Yellow switches. That said, the Hunstman has a Numpad and on-board memory.

HyperX Alloy Elite 2

The Razer Huntsman is slightly better than the HyperX Alloy Elite 2. The Razer comes with proprietary Razer Optical switches, which are easier to press and offer a low pre-travel distance, but they're loud. On the other hand, the HyperX has a USB passthrough, dedicated media keys, and the HyperX Red switches are quiet.

Wooting one

The Razer Huntsman and the Wooting one both use optical switches, but the Wooting one offers more features. You can enable analog inputs like on a controller joystick or trigger button, which allows for more control in games. You can also customize the pre-travel distance of the Wooting's switches, which you can't do on the Razer. On the other hand, the Huntsman is a full-size keyboard with a NumPad, which the Wooting one doesn't have, and it feels better-built and more durable.  

Cooler Master MK730

The Razer Huntsman and the Cooler Master MK730 are similar keyboards. The Razer is a full-sized keyboard that's available with optical or linear switches, which are light to press. However, the Cooler Master is available with three different types of Cherry MX switches and it has a wrist rest.

Dierya x KEMOVE DK61 Pro

The Dierya x KEMOVE DK61 is a better keyboard than the Razer Huntsman. The Dierya's compact size takes up less space on a desk and it has wireless capabilities. On the other hand, the Razer has a Numpad, two incline settings, and superior companion software.

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