Razer Huntsman V2 Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Oct 07, 2021 at 11:48 am
Razer Huntsman V2 Picture
9.5
Gaming
2.8
Mobile/Tablet
8.3
Office
8.2
Programming
5.5
Entertainment / HTPC
Connectivity Wired
Size
Full-size (100%)
Mechanical
Yes

The Razer Huntsman V2 is the updated version of the original Razer Huntsman, and it's Razer's first keyboard with an 8000Hz polling rate, which should help the board feel more responsive. It has exceptionally low latency, and the Razer Linear Optical switches on our unit feel light and very responsive thanks to their low operating force and short pre-travel distance. However, if you prefer a different feel, it's available with Razer Click Optical switches. Also, it has customizable RGB backlighting, dedicated media keys, and a multi-function knob that controls volume by default. All its keys are macro-programmable, either directly from the board using the Macro key or from the Razer Synapse 3 software. Unfortunately, while it feels very well-built, some of its larger keys wobble and have a different sound and feel than other keys. We tested the full-size variant, but it's also available in a TenKeyLess size.

Our Verdict

9.5 Gaming

The Razer Huntsman V2 is a fantastic gaming keyboard, thanks to its exceptionally low latency. The Razer Linear Optical switches on our unit have a very short pre-travel distance and a light operating force, providing a very responsive feel. You can set macros to any key from directly on the board or using the Synapse 3 software. It has customizable RGB backlighting, two incline settings, and a comfortable leatherette wrist rest. However, while it feels very well-built, the larger keys wobble a bit, and some of them have a different sound and feel than the smaller keys.

Pros
  • Exceptionally low latency.
  • Short pre-travel distance and light operating force.
  • Customizable RGB backlighting.
  • All keys are macro-programmable.
Cons
  • Larger keys wobble and feel different than smaller keys.
2.8 Mobile/Tablet

The Razer Huntsman V2 isn't designed for use with mobile devices or tablets since it's a wired-only full-size board.

8.3 Office

The Razer Huntsman V2 is great for office use. It feels excellent to type on, and it has a nice leatherette wrist rest and two incline settings. The Razer Linear Optical switches on our unit feel light to type on, and they're very quiet, which is great for a quiet office. However, they provide no tactile feedback, and the pre-travel distance is short, meaning that they may feel too sensitive for some people. Also, it feels very well-built, but unfortunately, the larger keys wobble a bit, and some of them have a different sound and feel than the smaller keys.

Pros
  • Excellent typing experience.
  • All keys are macro-programmable.
  • Very quiet Linear Optical switches.
  • Has two incline settings and a wrist rest.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
  • Larger keys wobble and feel different than smaller keys.
  • Linear switches may be too sensitive for typing.
8.2 Programming

The Razer Huntsman V2 is great for programming. The Razer Linear Optical switches feel light and are very quiet to type on; however, they provide no tactile feedback, and the pre-travel distance is short, meaning that they may feel too sensitive for some people. It has customizable RGB backlighting, and you can set macros to any key directly from the board or the Synapse 3 software. The board has two incline settings and a nice leatherette wrist rest. It feels very well-built, though the larger keys wobble, and some of them have a different feel and sound compared to smaller keys. Unfortunately, you can't pair it to multiple devices at once since you can't use it wirelessly.

Pros
  • Excellent typing experience.
  • Customizable RGB backlighting.
  • All keys are macro-programmable.
  • Very quiet Linear Optical switches.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
  • Larger keys wobble and feel different than smaller keys.
  • Linear switches may be too sensitive for typing.
5.5 Entertainment / HTPC

The Razer Huntsman V2 is inadequate for a home theater PC setup. Since it's a wired board, the board needs to be connected directly to the PC. Also, it doesn't have a trackpad, so you'll need a mouse to navigate the interface.

Pros
  • Customizable RGB backlighting.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
  • No built-in trackpad.
  • 9.5 Gaming
  • 2.8 Mobile/Tablet
  • 8.3 Office
  • 8.2 Programming
  • 5.5 Entertainment / HTPC
  1. Updated Oct 07, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Oct 04, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
1.5" (3.9 cm)
Width 17.6" (44.8 cm)
Depth
5.5" (14.0 cm)
Depth With Wrist Rest
9.1" (23.0 cm)
Weight
2.51 lbs (1.137 kg)

Since this is a full-size board, it takes up a lot of space. However, there's a TenKeyLess variant called the Razer Huntsman V2 TKL that's smaller.

8.5
Design
Build Quality
Keycap Material PBT

The Razer Huntsman V2 feels very well-built. Its body is made of solid-feeling plastic, and it has a metal base plate that helps the board feel rigid. There are six rubber pads on the underside that hold the board in place and an additional six on the wrist rest. The four incline feet also have rubber grips on them, but they don't hold the board in place as well. The keycaps are doubleshot PBT, which is an improvement over the original Razer Huntsman's ABS keycaps. Most smaller keys feel stable, but the larger ones, like the Spacebar, Shift, Enter, and Backspace, have some wobble, and they have a different sound and feel compared to the smaller keys.

7.5
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Minimum Incline
Medium Incline
Maximum Incline
Wrist Rest Detachable

The Razer Huntsman V2 is a straight board with good ergonomics thanks to its two incline settings and a plushy leatherette wrist rest. It has four inline feet with rubber grips to hold the board in place, but they aren't as grippy as the six rubber pads on the underside of the board.

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

The Razer Huntsman V2 has RGB backlighting that you can adjust on a per-key basis. You can adjust the brightness and change the lighting effects directly from the board or the customization software.

Design
Cable & Connector
Detachable
No
Length 6.6 ft (2.0 m)
Connector (Keyboard side)
Not Detachable
0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Bluetooth Multi-Device Pairing
No
Proprietary Receiver
No
Battery Type
No Batteries
Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Dedicated
Macro Programmable Keys
All
Trackpad / Trackball No
Wheel Yes
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad Yes
Windows Key Lock
Yes
Lock Indicator Caps, Scroll & Num lock

The Razer Huntsman V2 has a few extra features that the original Razer Huntsman doesn't have, like dedicated media keys and a multi-function knob that controls volume by default. All of its keys are macro-programmable, and you can set macros directly from the board using the Macro key.

Design
In The Box

  • Razer Huntsman V2
  • Detachable wrist rest
  • Razer stickers
  • User guides

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Razer Linear Optical
Feel
Linear
Operating Force
46 gf
Actuation Force
47 gf
Pre-Travel
1.3 mm
Total Travel
3.6 mm

Our Razer Huntsman V2 unit has Razer Linear Optical switches, which feel light and responsive thanks to their low operating force and short pre-travel distance. It's also available with Razer Clicky Optical switches. We tested the switches on the Gaming mode in the software, but the Typing mode seems to have the same keystrokes settings.

8.5
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

The Razer Huntsman V2 feels excellent to type on, and the doubleshot PBT keycaps have a nice texture to them. The incline settings and wrist rest help reduce fatigue in your wrists, and the Razer Linear Optical switches on our unit feel light and responsive, thanks to the low operating force and short pre-travel distance. The board is also available with Razer Clicky Optical switches, which should have a different typing experience. Some of the larger keys, like the Spacebar, Shift, Enter, and Backspace keys, have some wobble to them, and some keys have a different sound and feel to them. If you have this board and experienced a similar issue, we'd love to hear from you in the discussions. We tested both the Typing and Gaming modes in the Keyswitch Optimation setting, but we didn't notice a difference when typing.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Very Quiet

The Razer Linear Optical switches on our unit are very quiet, thanks to the sound dampening foam inside the board that helps reduce any pinging noises that might occur when you bottom out a key. However, it's also available with Razer Clicky Optical switches that should be much louder.

10
Typing Experience
Latency
Latency Wired
0.5 ms
Latency Receiver
N/A
Latency Bluetooth
N/A

The Razer Huntsman V2 has exceptionally low latency. We ran our tests with the board set to its maximum polling rate of 8000Hz and set the Keyswitch Optimization mode to Gaming, which likely helps reduce debounce delay.

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

The Razer Synapse 3 software offers lots of customization for choosing lighting effects, remapping keys, setting macros, and creating profiles. There are also two Keyswitch Optimization modes: Typing mode adds a debounce delay to prevent extra inputs from a single keystroke, and Gaming mode has zero debounce and should make actuation extremely responsive.

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

All of the keys on the Razer Huntsman V2 work on Windows and Linux, and only the Pause, Scroll Lock, and Fn keys don't work on macOS. However, the software is only available on Windows, so you can't make any customizations on macOS or Linux.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the Razer Huntsman V2 with Razer Linear Optical switches, but it's also available with Razer Clicky Optical switches. Also, we tested the full-size variant, but it's also available in a TKL size. Both sizes are available in black only. You can see our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Keyboards

The Razer Huntsman V2 is an upgrade of the original Razer Huntsman. The V2 includes extra features seen on other recent Razer boards, like dedicated media keys, a multi-function knob that controls the volume by default, PBT keycaps, and a wrist rest. Also, it's Razer's first board with an 8000Hz polling rate, and it has one of the lowest latencies we've tested, along with the Corsair K65 RGB MINI and the Corsair K100 RGB.

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Razer Huntsman Elite

The Razer Huntsman Elite and the Razer Huntsman V2 are wired mechanical gaming keyboards, but the V2 performs better overall. The V2 is Razer's first keyboard with an 8000Hz polling rate, and its latency is lower than the Elite's. Also, the V2 comes with PBT keycaps, which feel more durable and are less prone to shine than ABS keycaps, and the typing experience is much better on the V2 due to an issue with our Elite unit's spacebar. On the other hand, the Elite has an RGB strip along the sides of its wrist rest and around the board itself, which fans of RGB may prefer. Both boards are available with Razer Linear Optical and Razer Clicky Optical switches.

Razer BlackWidow V3

The Razer BlackWidow V3 and the Razer Huntsman V2 are very similar wired mechanical gaming keyboards, but the Huntsman V2 performs slightly better overall. The Huntsman V2 is the first Razer board with an 8000Hz polling rate, and it has much lower latency than the BlackWidow V3. It also comes with PBT keycaps instead of the ABS keycaps on the BlackWidow V3, and its wrist rest is plushier. It's available with Razer Linear Optical and Razer Click optical switches, which should be more durable and faster than standard mechanical switches. On the other hand, the BlackWidow V3 is available with linear Razer Yellow and clicky Razer Green switches.

Razer Huntsman

The Razer Huntsman V2 is an upgrade to the original Razer Huntsman. The boards are similar, but the V2 includes a few extra features, like dedicated media keys, a multi-function knob that controls the volume by default, PBT keycaps, and a wrist rest.  Also, it's Razer's first board with an 8000Hz polling rate, and it has lower latency than the original. Both boards are available with  Razer Click Optical switches, but only the V2 is available with Razer Linear Optical switches.

SteelSeries Apex Pro

The SteelSeries Apex Pro and the Razer Huntsman V2 are both full-size mechanical gaming keyboards. The SteelSeries has proprietary linear OmniPoint switches that let you adjust the amount of pre-travel distance needed to input a keystroke, which lets you customize the switch's operating force to match your gaming or typing needs. The SteelSeries has a programmable OLED screen and a USB passthrough, both of which the Razer lacks. On the other hand, the Razer has one more incline setting, more dedicated media keys, and lower latency. The Razer is available with Razer Linear Optical and Clicky Optical switches.

Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro

The Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro and the Razer Huntsman V2 are comparable mechanical gaming keyboards, but the BlackWidow V3 Pro is wireless while the Huntsman V2 is wired. You can use the BlackWidow V3 Pro wirelessly via its USB receiver, or you can pair it with up to three devices at once via Bluetooth. It's available with clicky Razer Green and linear Razer Yellow switches. On the other hand, the Huntsman V2 is the first Razer board with an 8000Hz polling rate, and it has slightly lower latency than the BlackWidow V3 Pro. Also, it comes with PBT keycaps instead of the ABS keycaps on the BlackWidow V3 Pro. It's available with Razer Linear Optical and Razer Click optical switches, which is advertised to be more durable and faster than standard mechanical switches.

Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition

The Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition (TE) and the Razer Huntsman V2 are wired mechanical gaming keyboards. The V2 is Razer's first keyboard with an 8000Hz polling rate, and its latency is slightly lower than the TE's. Also, the V2 comes with a nice plushy wrist rest, which the TE doesn't. On the other hand, the TE is a TenKeyLess board, which some people might prefer; however, its smaller size means it lacks some of the features that the V2 has, like a numpad, dedicated media keys, and a volume control knob. Both boards are available with Razer Linear Optical switches, but the V2 is also available with Razer Clicky Optical switches. The linear switches on our V2 unit feel a bit heavier than those on our TE unit, and some of the keys had a different feel and sound than others.

Razer Huntsman V2 Analog

The Razer Huntsman V2  and the Razer Huntsman V2 Analog are very similar boards, but each has unique features. The V2 is Razer's first board with an 8000Hz polling rate, and its latency is lower than the V2 Analog's. It's available with Razer Linear Optical and Razer Clicky Optical switches. On the other hand, the V2 Analog has Razer Analog Optical Switches, which you can set to act as an analog joystick. This makes the switches reactive to the amount of pressure you apply as you move the key downwards. The V2 Analog has a USB passthrough and an RGB strip that wraps around the sides of the board and the wrist rest.

Corsair K100 RGB

The Corsair K100 RGB and the Razer Huntsman V2 are both full-size mechanical gaming keyboards. Both boards have dedicated media keys, a volume control knob, and exceptionally low latency. However, the Corsair also has a programmable multi-function wheel, a USB passthrough, and dedicated macro keys. It's available with linear Cherry MX Speed switches and Corsair OPX switches. On the other hand, the Razer is available with Razer Linear Optical and Clicky Optical switches.

Keychron K6

The Keychron K6 and the Razer Huntsman V2 are designed for different uses. The Keychron is a 65% compact office board that you can use wirelessly via Bluetooth. You can pair it with up to three devices at once, and it's compatible with both desktop and mobile operating systems. It's available with a variety of Gateron and LK Optical switches. On the other hand, the Razer is a full-size wired gaming keyboard with dedicated media keys, a volume control wheel, and a wrist rest. It has an 8000Hz polling rate, and its latency is much lower. It's available with Razer Linear Optical and Clicky Optical switches.

Razer BlackWidow Elite

The Razer Huntsman V2 and the Razer BlackWidow Elite are very similar wired mechanical gaming keyboards. Both boards have RGB backlighting, plushy wrist rests, dedicated media keys, and a volume control knob. However, the Huntsman V2 is the first Razer board with an 8000Hz polling rate, and it has marginally lower latency than the BlackWidow Elite. It's available with Razer Linear Optical and Razer Click optical switches, which are advertised to be more durable and faster than standard mechanical switches. On the other hand, the BlackWidow Elite is available with linear Razer Yellow, tactile Razer Orange, and clicky Razer Green switches. Also, it has a USB passthrough, which the Huntsman V2 doesn't have.

Razer Huntsman Mini

The Razer Huntsman V2 is a full-size gaming keyboard, while the Razer Huntsman Mini is a 60% compact gaming model. The V2 comes with a wrist rest, dedicated media keys, and a volume control knob. Also, it has an 8000Hz polling rate, and its latency is lower than the Mini. On the other hand, while the Mini lacks some of the features the V2 has, it gives you more space on your desk to move your mouse, which some gamers may prefer. Both boards are available with Razer Linear Optical and Clicky Optical switches.

Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED

The Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED is a wireless gaming keyboard, while the Razer Huntsman V2 is a wired gaming keyboard. The Logitech is a straight, flat board with low-profile switches and flat keycaps, which some people may not like. The GL switches come with a linear, tactile, or clicky feel. You can use the board wirelessly via its USB receiver and Bluetooth, and you can pair it with up to two devices at once. Sadly, you can only reprogram the dedicated macro keys. The Razer is a high-profile board with a wrist rest and feels better built. All keys on the Razer are macro-programmable, unlike on the Logitech. The Razer has an 8000Hz polling rate, a slightly lower latency, and it has standard-size switches. It's available with a choice of Razer Linear Optical and Clicky Optical switches.

Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini HyperSpeed

The Razer Huntsman V2 and the Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini HyperSpeed are mechanical gaming keyboards of different sizes. If you prefer a full-size wired board with a Numpad and a dedicated F-row, the Huntsman V2 is a better choice. Also, its larger size gives room for dedicated media keys and a volume control knob. It has an 8000Hz polling rate, and its latency is slightly lower. It's available with Razer Linear Optical and Clicky Optical switches. On the other hand, the BlackWidow V3 Mini HyperSpeed is a better choice if you want a 65% wireless board that can pair with up to three devices at once via Bluetooth. It's available with linear Razer Yellow and clicky Razer Green switches.

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