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Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Jan 20, 2020 at 09:11 am
Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition Picture
7.5
Mixed usage
9.1
Gaming
3.1
Mobile/Tablet
6.9
Office
7.6
Programming
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Connectivity Wired
Size
TenKeyLess (80%)
Mechanical
Yes

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.

Our Verdict

7.5 Mixed usage

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.

Pros
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Full RGB backlighting.
  • Very customizable.
Cons
  • Low actuation point can be overly sensitive for some.
9.1 Gaming

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.

3.1 Mobile/Tablet

The Razer Huntsman TE doesn't have wireless capabilities and can't be used with mobile devices.

6.9 Office

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.

7.6 Programming

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.

  • 7.5 Mixed usage
  • 9.1 Gaming
  • 3.1 Mobile/Tablet
  • 6.9 Office
  • 7.6 Programming

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
1.5" (3.8 cm)
Width 14.3" (36.2 cm)
Depth 5.5" (14.0 cm)
Weight 1.6 lbs (0.7 kg)

The Razer Huntsman TE is small, as it's a tenkeyless keyboard; however, it has a fairly high profile. If you want an even more compact keyboard, check out the Razer Huntsman Mini.

8.5
Design
Build Quality

The Razer 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.

6.5
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Incline Settings
2
Wrist Rest No

The Razer 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. If you want a TKL keyboard with an included wrist rest, check out the Cooler Master MK730.

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

The Razer Huntsman TE has full RGB backlighting. It can be customized via Razer's Synapse 3 software and each key can be customized individually. If you find the backlights too dim, check out the HyperX Alloy Origins, which is one of the brightest we've seen.

Design
Cable
Detachable
Yes (Wired Only Keyboard)
Length 6.6 ft (2.0 m)
Connector (Keyboard side) USB type-C

The keyboard uses a removable USB-C cable, which is great for portability and durability, as it's easily replaceable if it gets damaged.

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

The Razer Hunstman TE is a wired-only keyboard.

Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Hot Keys
Macro Programmable Keys
All
Extra Controls
No
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad No
Windows Key Lock
Yes

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.

Design
In The Box

  • Razer Hunstman Tournament Edition keyboard
  • USB-C cable
  • User guide
  • Razer stickers

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Razer Linear Optical
Feel
Linear
Actuation Force
38.1 gf
Pre-Travel
0.95 mm
Total Travel
3.43 mm

The Razer 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. For tactile optical switches, check out the Razer Huntsman. If you like the idea of having optical switches, you can check out the Wooting one too, 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.

6.5
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

The typing experience on the Razer 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. If you find these optical switches too sensitive, the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro is a good alternative, as it uses standard Cherry MX Red switches with a higher pre-travel distance. Likewise, the Durgod Taurus K320 is available with even more Cherry MX switch variants.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Quiet

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.

Software and Operating System
9.1
Software and Operating System
Software
Software Razer Synapse 3
Account Required
No
Profiles
6+
Onboard Memory
Yes
Cloud Sync
Yes
Backlight Programming
Yes
Macro Programming
Yes
Software Windows Compatible
Yes
Software macOS Compatible
No

The Razer 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.

7.2
Software and Operating System
Keyboard Compatibility
Windows Full
macOS Partial
Linux Partial
Android No
iOS No
iPadOS No

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.

Compared To Other Keyboards

The Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition is an outstanding mechanical gaming keyboard. Its linear optical switches have an incredibly short pre-travel distance that makes it one of the most responsive keyboards we've tested; however, it's overly sensitive for general typing. If you want a similar keyboard that provides a better typing experience, the Razer Huntsman Mini is a better choice, as it's available with Clicky Optical switches that have a longer pre-travel distance. For other options, check out our recommendations for the best gaming keyboards, the best mechanical keyboards, and the best RGB keyboards.

Razer BlackWidow Elite

The Razer BlackWidow Elite is a much better keyboard than the Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition. The BlackWidow is a full-size keyboard that comes with a comfortable wrist rest for those long gaming sessions, and it's available with tactile, clicky, or linear switches, so you can get the one you prefer the most. On the other hand, the Huntsman is a smaller keyboard, which is good for FPS gaming, but it's only available with linear switches. Both keyboards have full RGB lightning and each key is macro programmable through the Synapse 3 software.

Razer Huntsman

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.

Ducky One 2 Mini

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.

SteelSeries Apex Pro

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.

Logitech G Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

For gaming, the Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition is a better keyboard than the Logitech G Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. The Razer has linear optical switches that have a very low pre-travel distance and actuate very quickly. However, it might be a bit too sensitive for some people and the GX Blue Clicky will be a better option for them. The Razer also feels a bit better-built, but not by much. The keycaps feel a bit more durable, but that's about it.

HyperX Alloy Origins

The HyperX Alloy Origins is a bit better than the Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition. While both are excellent gaming keyboards with proprietary linear switches, the HyperX has a much better overall typing experience. Other than that, they have few differences, as the Razer is a TKL keyboard and the HyperX is full-sized.

SteelSeries Apex 7 TKL

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.

Razer BlackWidow Lite

The Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition is a better gaming keyboard than the BlackWidow Lite, which is more geared for office use. The Huntsman has one of the lowest pre-travel distance we've measured and feels very quick, but this can be too much for some. The BlackWidow Lite offers a much better typing quality but only has white backlighting, while the Huntsman features full RGB lighting. 

Razer Huntsman Mini

The Razer Huntsman Mini is better than the Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition. Other than their size difference, the only thing that makes the Mini better is its significantly better typing quality. This is mostly due to the TE's Razer Linear Optical switches, which are overly sensitive and can cause more typos than usual. The Mini is available with Linear Optical switches as well; however, they might perform differently.

Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma V2

The Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma V2 is a more versatile keyboard than the Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition. While they're both outstanding choices for gamers, the V2 is also a great choice for programmers and for office work. It has a better typing experience and ergonomics. Both keyboards have outstanding RGB backlighting and have programmable macros. That said, the Huntsman has PBT plastic keycaps and has onboard memory.

Obinslab Anne Pro 2

The Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition and the Obinslab Anne Pro 2 are both excellent mechanical keyboards for gaming. The Razer is a slightly larger wired 80% keyboard, while the Anne Pro 2 is a more compact wireless 60%. The typing experience of the Anne Pro 2 is significantly better thanks to their Gatreon Brown switches, while the Razer uses their own Linear Optical switches.

Ducky One 2 RGB TKL

The Ducky One 2 RGB TKL is a better keyboard than the Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition. The Ducky has spare keycaps and a wide range of switches to choose from, whereas the Razer has proprietary switches. That said, the Razer has dedicated media hotkeys and superior companion software.

Corsair K63 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

The Corsair K63 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is better than the Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition for most uses, but the Razer has a slight edge when it comes to gaming, as the optical switches are much more responsive. The K63 Wireless can be used with mobile devices, it has multi-device pairing, and it has dedicated media control keys. Also, it comes with a wrist rest and provides a significantly better typing experience, however, the Razer has full RGB backlighting and onboard memory to save profiles.

Cooler Master MK730

The Cooler Master MK730 is a bit better than the Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition. The Cooler Master is available in a few different types of switches, while the Razer is just available with linear switches. The Cooler Master offers better typing quality and it has better ergonomics, while the Razer is better built with doubleshot PBT keycaps.

Durgod Taurus K320

The Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition is a better wired keyboard than the Durgod Taurus K320. The Razer's build is better as it's reinforced with an aluminum plate. It has better software support and RGB backlighting. That said, the Durgod is available in a wider variety of switch variants and colors, some of which include RGB backlighting.

Wooting one

The Wooting one is very different than the Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition. The Wooting features optical switches that allows analog inputs, which the Razer can't do, even if it also uses optical switches. You can also customize the pre-travel distance of the Wooting one's switches, although it doesn't get as short as the Razer's. On the other hand, the Razer feels much more durable and better-built.

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