Razer Huntsman Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Mar 31, 2020 at 11:27 am
Razer Huntsman Picture
9.4
Gaming
3.3
Mobile/Tablet
7.4
Office
7.7
Programming
4.9
Entertainment / HTPC
Connectivity Wired
Size
Full-size (100%)
Mechanical
Yes

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

9.4 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.

Pros
  • Very well-built.
  • Full RGB lighting.
  • Great typing experience.
  • Responsive switches.
  • Macro-programmable keys.
Cons
  • Not the most comfortable to use.
  • Can be loud for some.
3.3 Mobile/Tablet

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

7.4 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.

Pros
  • Very well-built.
  • Great typing experience.
Cons
  • Not the most comfortable to use.
  • Can be loud for some.
7.7 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.

Pros
  • Very well-built.
  • Full RGB lighting.
  • Great typing experience.
  • Macro-programmable keys.
Cons
  • Not the most comfortable to use.
  • Can be loud for some.
  • Wired-only.
4.9 Entertainment / HTPC

The Razer Huntsman is inadequate for use with home theater PCs. It's wired-only, which means you might have to run a cable across the room. Also, it lacks a trackpad, so you need a separate mouse for navigation.

Pros
  • Full RGB lighting.
  • Great typing experience.
Cons
  • Not the most comfortable to use.
  • Can be loud for some.
  • No trackpad.
  • Wired-only.
  • 9.4 Gaming
  • 3.3 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.4 Office
  • 7.7 Programming
  • 4.9 Entertainment / HTPC
  1. Updated Feb 05, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
1.4" (3.6 cm)
Width 17.5" (44.4 cm)
Depth
5.5" (14.0 cm)
Depth With Wrist Rest
N/A
Weight
1.76 lbs (0.800 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.

8.0
Design
Build Quality
Keycap Material ABS

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.

6.5
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Minimum Incline
0 °
Medium Incline
3 °
Maximum Incline
6 °
Wrist Rest No

The ergonomics 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.

9.9
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting Yes
Color
RGB
Individually Backlit Keys
Yes
Color Mixing
Good
Effects
Yes
Programmable
Yes

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

Design
Cable & Connector
Detachable
No
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.

0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Bluetooth Multi-Device Pairing
No
Proprietary Receiver
No
Battery Type
No Batteries

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

Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Hot Keys
Macro Programmable Keys
All
Trackpad / Trackball No
Wheel No
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad Yes
Windows Key Lock
Yes
Lock Indicator Caps, Scroll & Num 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.

Design
In The Box

  • Razer Huntsman keyboard
  • Manuals

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Razer Optical
Feel
Clicky
Operating Force
49 gf
Actuation Force
35 gf
Pre-Travel
1.4 mm
Total Travel
3.5 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. They have a short pre-travel distance and low operating force, making them incredibly light and responsive. If you like 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.

8.0
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
Noise
Loud

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.

9.8
Typing Experience
Latency
Latency Wired
3.5 ms
Latency Receiver
N/A
Latency Bluetooth
N/A

The Razer Huntsman's latency is superb. You shouldn't feel any delay when gaming.

Software and Operating System
9.6
Software and Operating System
Software & Programming
Software Name Razer Synapse 3
Account Required
No
Profiles
6+
Onboard Memory
Yes
Cloud Sync
Yes
Macro Programming
Software and Onboard
Ease Of Use
Easy
Software Windows Compatible
Yes
Software macOS Compatible
No

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

7.2
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 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 operating force and shorter pre-travel distance than the V3, which should give it a lighter and more responsive feel.

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 Elite

The Razer Huntsman and the Razer BlackWidow Elite are fairly similar overall. The main difference is that the Huntsman uses optical clicky switches, while the Elite that we tested uses Razer's Orange switches, although it's available with Razer Green and Yellow switches as well. The Elite has more features, like dedicated media keys, a USB passthrough, and it comes with a comfortable wrist rest. Typing feels better on the Elite mainly because the Huntsman's keys wobble and feel slippery.

Corsair K70 RAPIDFIRE

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.

SteelSeries Apex Pro

The SteelSeries Apex Pro and the Razer Huntsman are both exceptional gaming keyboards. The main difference between them is that the SteelSeries uses linear switches that allow you to adjust the pre-travel distance to your liking, while the Razer uses clicky optical switches. The SteelSeries has more features, like a customizable OLED screen, dedicated media controls, and a USB passthrough. Also, it includes a wrist rest, which the Razer doesn't.

Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition

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

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 and the Razer Ornata V2 are very different keyboards. The Huntsman uses mechanical switches. while the V2 uses hybrid switches that feel more like rubber domes. The Huntsman's switches have a much shorter pre-travel distance and lower operating force, so they lighter and more responsive. The V2 has a wrist rest and dedicated media keys, but it lacks onboard memory, which the Huntsman has. The V2's latency is a bit higher, but it shouldn't be noticeable for most people.

HyperX Alloy Origins

The HyperX Alloy Origins and the Razer Huntsman are both outstanding full-size gaming keyboards with full RGB backlighting and programmable keys. The Razer's Clicky Optical switches have a shorter pre-travel distance but a slightly higher operating force than the HyperX Reds. They provide tactile feedback, which the HyperX Reds don't; however, they're also much louder, making them less ideal for quiet office environments. The Razer has onboard memory to save custom profiles, but on the other hand, the HyperX has a detachable USB-C cable.

Razer BlackWidow Lite

The Razer Huntsman is better for gaming than the Razer BlackWidow Lite, mainly because the Lite's latency is quite high for a wired keyboard. Also, it only has white backlighting and lacks onboard memory to save custom profiles. That said, the Lite's Razer Orange switches provide a better typing experience as they're not overly sensitive like the Razer Clicky Optical switches on the Huntsman.

Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro

The Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro and the Razer Huntsman are both outstanding gaming keyboards but with different features. The V3 can be used both wirelessly and wired, and it has a multi-device pairing feature that lets you connect up to three devices simultaneously. It has a detachable wrist rest and dedicated media controls, including a customizable volume wheel. The Huntsman's Razer Clicky Optical switches have a shorter pre-travel distance and require less force to actuate than the V3's Razer Green switches, making them feel lighter and more responsive. However, they might be too sensitive for general typing, which might lead to more typos. The V3 is available with linear switches as well, but the Huntsman only has one switch option.

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.

Wooting one

The Razer Huntsman and the Wooting one both use optical switches, but the Wooting 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 Razer is a full-size keyboard with a numpad, which the Wooting doesn't have, and it feels better-built and more durable.

Razer Huntsman Mini

The Razer Huntsman Mini is essentially a compact 60% version of the Razer Huntsman. The Mini provides a better typing experience because it has PBT keycaps as opposed to the Huntsman's ABS keycaps, but the Mini's layout feels a bit cramped and can cause fatigue over time. Other than that, the Mini has a detachable USB-C cable, and it offers more incline settings. The smaller version is also available with Razer Linear Optical switches.

SteelSeries Apex 7 TKL

The Razer Huntsman and the SteelSeries Apex 7 TKL are outstanding mechanical gaming keyboards with a few noteworthy differences. The Razer is a full-sized keyboard with clicky Razer Optical switches that feel very responsive due to a low pre-travel and light force required to actuate keys. Unfortunately, its software isn’t compatible with macOS, and it doesn’t have an included wrist rest. The SteelSeries has companion software with support for Windows and macOS and has an included wrist rest. It also has several extra features, including an OLED screen, a volume wheel, and a USB passthrough. Our unit has SteelSeries tactile Brown switches, though it’s also available with clicky Blue and linear Red switches.

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.

Logitech G512 Special Edition

The Razer Huntsman and the Logitech G512 Special Edition are fairly similar, but the Razer performs slightly better for gaming. Its optical switches have a lower pre-travel, so typing on it feels a bit more responsive. Also, you can macro-program all of its keys, while the Logitech only lets you set macros to function keys. That said, the Logitech is available with different kinds of switches so you can choose something that better fits your needs. Both keyboards have remarkable latency and full RGB backlighting.

HyperX Alloy FPS RGB

The Razer Huntsman and the HyperX Alloy FPS RGB perform very similarly and are both fantastic full-sized gaming keyboards. The Razer uses optical switches, whether clicky or linear. It feels slightly better-built and has two different incline settings. On the other hand, the HyperX uses normal mechanical linear switches, and its cable is detachable, though it can only be used wired. It also has an extra USB port that you can use to charge your phone.

Corsair K100 RGB

The Razer Huntsman and the Corsair K100 RGB are two fantastic gaming keyboards. They're both full-sized and have many of the same features with macro-programmable keys and RGB lighting. The Corsair is available with linear switches while the Razer is only available with clicky Razer Optical switches. The Corsair offers better typing quality and also comes with a wrist rest.

Ducky One 2 Mini V1

The Razer Huntsman and the Ducky One 2 Mini V1 are rather different keyboards. The Razer is a full-size keyboard with proprietary Optical Clicky switches, while the Ducky is a 60% keyboard with Cherry MX Brown switches. However, the Ducky is available in more formats and switch types. Unfortunately, the Ducky doesn't have software and all customization has to be done on the board directly. Also, its latency is much higher, making it less ideal for fast-paced gaming.

Dierya x KEMOVE DK61 Pro

The Dierya x KEMOVE DK61 Pro and the Razer Huntsman are very different keyboards. The Dierya has a compact 60% layout and can be used wirelessly, while the Razer is full-sized and can only be used wired. If you want a keyboard that you can use with multiple devices, the Dierya may be a better choice since its Bluetooth support lets you pair with up to three devices at once, and it's compatible with a variety of operating systems, including iOS and Android. However, the Bluetooth is sometimes unreliable, and the latency is very high. If you want a keyboard for gaming, the Razer may be a better choice since it has very low latency, so you shouldn't notice any delays.

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.

Das Keyboard 4 Professional

The Razer Huntsman is much better than the Das Keyboard 4 Professional for most uses. The Razer's optical switches have a shorter pre-travel distance and are easier to actuate, making them more responsive than the Das Keyboard's Cherry MX Browns. Also, the Razer has significantly lower latency. Both switch types provide tactile feedback, but the Razer's switches are much louder because they also give audio feedback. Feature-wise, it's a bit of a toss-up. The Razer has backlighting, programmable keys, and software support, while the Das Keyboard has USB passthroughs and dedicated media controls.

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