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Razer Huntsman Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Mar 31, 2020 at 11:27 am
Razer Huntsman Picture
7.7
Mixed usage
9.3
Gaming
2.3
Mobile/Tablet
7.1
Office
8.0
Programming
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

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.

Pros
  • Very well-built design.
  • Full RGB lighting, customizable.
  • Great typing experience.
  • Responsive switches.
Cons
  • 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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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
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.

8.5
Design
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.

6.5
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Incline Settings
2
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.

10
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting Yes
Color RGB
Brightness Settings
Yes
Individually Backlit Keys
Yes

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

Design
Cable
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
Proprietary Receiver
No
Multi-Device Pairing
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
Extra Controls
No
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad Yes
Windows Key Lock
Yes

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 and its hybrid mecha-membrane switches.

Design
In The Box

  • Razer Huntsman keyboard
  • Manuals

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Razer Optical
Feel
Clicky
Actuation Force
35.5 gf
Pre-Travel
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.

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.

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.

Software and Operating System
9.1
Software and Operating System
Software
Software Name Razer Synapse 3
Account Required
No
Profiles
6+
Onboard Memory
Yes
Cloud Sync
Yes
RGB Programming
Yes
Macro Programming
Yes
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 for this keyboard. 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 Huntsman Elite
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

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 Huntsman Tournament Edition
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

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.

Razer BlackWidow Elite
SEE PRICE
BestBuy.com

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 BlackWidow Elite uses Razer's Orange tactile and silent switches. The BlackWidow also comes with a comfortable wrist rest and dedicated media keys.

Ducky One 2 Mini
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

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.

Razer Ornata Chroma
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

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 BlackWidow Lite
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

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.

SteelSeries Apex Pro
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

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 V2
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

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.

Wooting one
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

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.  

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