The Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition (TE) is a superb gaming keyboard that features Razer's proprietary Linear Optical switches. These switches provide a responsive typing and gaming experience; however, some may find them overly sensitive, as they can often cause unintended keystrokes to register. The overall build quality is excellent, and the keyboard has full RGB backlighting, which can be easily customized via Razer's Synapse 3 software. This keyboard is part of Razer's optomechanical switch lineup that includes the Huntsman and the Razer Huntsman Elite.
The Razer Huntsman TE is a good keyboard for most uses. The optical switches are very sensitive and react quickly to every keystroke, but some may find that it leads to more typos than usual. Gamers and programmers will be happy that every key can be programmed, but sadly, this keyboard can't be used with any mobile devices, as it's a wired-only keyboard.
The Razer Huntsman TE is an exceptional gaming keyboard. The keys are extremely responsive and light, and they can all be programmed via the Synapse 3 software. The full RGB backlighting is great for dark room gaming, and the doubleshot PBT keycaps are sure to last a long time, with no risk of the key legends fading or chipping.See our Gaming recommendations
The Razer Huntsman TE doesn't have wireless capabilities and can't be used with mobile devices.
The Razer Huntsman TE is a decent keyboard for office use. It's fairly comfortable to type on, and the keys are very responsive, requiring very little force for a keystroke to register; however, some may find them overly sensitive, leading to more typos. Typing noise is minimal, which is good for noise-sensitive offices, but the stabilizers aren't all great, as some keys rattle a bit.
The Razer Huntsman TE is good for programming. It's very easy to type on and doesn't cause any fatigue. The keyboard's build quality is excellent but there is some rattling on certain keys. Unfortunately, even though every key can be programmed, the Synapse 3 software is only available on Windows, so macOS and Linux users won't be able to customize the keyboard.
The Razer Huntsman TE is small, as it's a tenkeyless keyboard; however, it has a fairly high profile.
The Huntsman TE has an excellent build quality. It's mostly made out of hard plastic, with an aluminum plate to provide rigidity. The keyboard exhibits some flex, but the overall build feels fairly sturdy. It uses doubleshot PBT keycaps, which is great for durability; however, the stabilizers are slightly inferior, as there's some rattling on certain keys. Also, the spacebar is very sensitive, as the keyboard registered a keystroke when we hit the desk. Lastly, the keyboard's kickstands feel very solid but tend to accumulate dust easily.
The Huntsman TE has decent ergonomics. Although it has a fairly high profile, the keys feel very light to type on and doesn't cause any fatigue when typing for an extended period. The keyboard has two incline settings, but unfortunately, it doesn't come with a wrist rest.
The Huntsman TE has full RGB backlighting. It can be customized via Razer's Synapse 3 software and each key can be customized individually.
The keyboard uses a removable USB-C cable, which is great for portability and durability, as it's easily replaceable if it gets damaged.
The Razer Hunstman TE is a wired-only keyboard.
This keyboard has a great set of extra features. Every key on the keyboard can be programmed via the Synapse 3 software, and the keyboard has on-board memory to store up to five profiles. There's a hotkey to put the PC into 'sleep' mode, and a hotkey to activate 'Game mode'. Game mode disables the Windows Key function so that you won't accidentally minimize the game, and you can choose which keys you want to disable. Also, there's a macro programming key that lets you set a macro without using the Synapse 3 software.
The Huntsman TE's linear optical switches have a very low actuation point. While this provides a very responsive feel, it can often cause unintended keystrokes to register.
The typing experience on the Huntsman TE is decent. Besides the spacebar having a slight wobble, the rest of the keys are very stable. The PBT keycaps have a fine-textured feel to them and the keys feel springy and responsive. That said, linear switches don't provide any tactile feedback, making it harder to sense if a keystroke has been registered. And although the spacing of the keys is fairly standard, some may find the actuation overly sensitive, causing more typos than usual.
Typing noise on this keyboard is quiet, though it may make more noise if you tend to bottom out the keys. In a quiet environment such as an office, it shouldn't be bothersome to those around you.
The Huntsman TE has excellent software support. The Synapse 3 software lets you set macros and can store a large number of profiles, in addition to the five profiles that you can store on the keyboard's on-board memory. Each key's backlight can be customized individually; however, we were unable to save the backlight profile, as it constantly reverted to its default setting when moving to another computer. There's also cloud sync available, which makes it easy to carry your settings over to another computer, though it requires an account.
This keyboard has decent compatibility. Since Razer's Synapse software is only available for Windows, Linux and macOS users won't be able to customize the keyboard in any way, though all the keys function on Linux. On macOS, however, the Scroll Lock, Pause, and Context Menu buttons don't work.
The Ducky One 2 Mini is a much better mixed usage keyboard, but the Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition is a better gaming keyboard. The Ducky has a great build quality with an excellent typing experience, but it doesn't have a dedicated software, so any customization has to be on the keyboard itself. However, the linear switches on the Razer make it exceptional for gaming, and it comes with a dedicated software.
The SteelSeries Apex 7 TKL is a better keyboard for mixed usage than the Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition, but they're both excellent options for gaming. The SteelSeries is more comfortable to use thanks to its included wrist rest, and its tactile key switches provide a much better typing experience. It also features a small OLED screen in the top right corner, though this likely won't add too much extra functionality for most people. On the other hand, the Razer uses a detachable USB-C cable for its connection, which is nice, and some people may prefer its linear switches with much less pre-travel.
The SteelSeries Apex Pro is a better keyboard than the Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition. Both keyboards use linear keys, but the Apex Pro provides a much better overall typing experience. The Apex Pro is a fullsize keyboard and its software is compatible with Windows and macOS, while the 80% TenKeyLess Huntsman's software can only be used on Windows.