Razer Huntsman V2 Analog Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Mar 05, 2021 at 11:12 am
Razer Huntsman V2 Analog Picture
9.5
Gaming
2.7
Mobile/Tablet
8.0
Office
8.2
Programming
5.5
Entertainment / HTPC
Connectivity Wired
Size
Full-size (100%)
Mechanical
Yes

The Razer Huntsman V2 Analog is an exceptional gaming keyboard that features Analog Optical switches. These linear switches have an adjustable pre-travel distance that you can customize to your liking. You can also enable its analog mode to mimic the feel of an analog joystick or program the keys to perform two actions with one keypress. It provides an excellent typing experience and shouldn't cause any fatigue thanks to the inclusion of two incline settings and a plush leatherette wrist rest. It has full RGB backlighting, macro-programmable keys, as well as a USB passthrough. Unfortunately, its analog mode only works for games that support gamepads and requires a fair amount of adaptation to make full use of it. Also, it's a wired-only keyboard, so it's not the most ideal for use with mobile devices or a home theater PC.

Our Verdict

9.5 Gaming

The Razer Huntsman V2 Analog is an exceptional gaming keyboard. It has remarkably low latency, full RGB backlighting, and macro-programmable keys. It features Analog Optical switches that are easy to actuate, and it allows you to customize the pre-travel distance to your liking. You can also use its analog mode for finer movement control; however, it only works in games that support gamepads, and it might take a while to train your fingers to apply the appropriate amount of force.

Pros
  • Customizable pre-travel distance and low operating force.
  • Macro-programmable keys.
  • Full RGB backlighting.
  • Excellent typing quality.
  • Good ergonomics.
Cons
  • Analog mode only works if game supports gamepads.
2.7 Mobile/Tablet

The Razer Huntsman V2 Analog is a wired-only keyboard that can't be used with mobile devices.

8.0 Office

The Razer Huntsman V2 Analog is great for office use. It has good ergonomics and provides a light typing experience. However, its Analog Optical switches are linear and don't give any tactile feedback, making it harder to know if a keystroke is registered. Also, typing noise is on the louder side and might not be ideal for quiet offices.

Pros
  • Full RGB backlighting.
  • Excellent typing quality.
  • Good ergonomics.
Cons
  • Loud typing noise.
8.2 Programming

The Razer Huntsman V2 Analog is great for programming. It's very well-built, and it provides a light and comfortable typing experience. Every key is macro-programmable, and there's full RGB backlighting if you like working in the dark. Unfortunately, it's a wired-only keyboard with no multi-device pairing feature, which might disappoint those working on two computers. Also, while most keys work on macOS and Linux, there's no software for customization on those platforms.

Pros
  • Macro-programmable keys.
  • Full RGB backlighting.
  • Excellent typing quality.
  • Good ergonomics.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
  • No multi-device pairing.
5.5 Entertainment / HTPC

The Razer Huntsman V2 Analog is inadequate for use with a home theater PC. It's a wired-only keyboard, so you need to run a cable from the couch to your PC, which isn't ideal if you're worried about kids or pets tripping over wires. Also, there's no trackpad, which means you need a separate mouse to navigate the user interface. On the upside, it has dedicated media controls and backlighting.

Pros
  • Full RGB backlighting.
  • Excellent typing quality.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
  • No trackpad.
  • Large size.
  • 9.5 Gaming
  • 2.7 Mobile/Tablet
  • 8.0 Office
  • 8.2 Programming
  • 5.5 Entertainment / HTPC

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
1.7" (4.4 cm)
Width 17.5" (44.4 cm)
Depth
5.5" (14.0 cm)
Depth With Wrist Rest
9.1" (23.0 cm)
Weight
2.64 lbs (1.198 kg)

The Razer Huntsman V2 Analog is a larged full-size keyboard, and it takes up even more space if you use the wrist rest.

8.5
Design
Build Quality
Keycap Material PBT

The Razer Huntsman V2's build quality is excellent. It has a plastic frame reinforced with a metal plate that feels rigid, exhibiting little to no flex. The PBT keycaps are textured and feel high-quality, but not all the keys are stable as there's some rattle on the spacebar and right Shift. The feet aren't very grippy, so it's easy to move the keyboard around, but it's not bad enough to be an issue in regular use. The incline feet are stable and don't collapse when pushing the keyboard.

7.5
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Minimum Incline
3 °
Medium Incline
6 °
Maximum Incline
9 °
Wrist Rest Detachable

The Razer Huntsman V2 Analog has good ergonomics. Without any incline setting, it naturally sits at a 3-degree angle. There are two incline settings, and it includes a leatherette wrist rest. It's comfortable to type on and shouldn't cause fatigue over time.

10
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting Yes
Color
RGB
Individually Backlit Keys
Yes
Color Mixing
Great
Effects
Yes
Programmable
Yes

The Razer Huntsman V2 has full RGB backlighting with individually-lit keys. Like the Razer Huntsman Elite, there are light strips on the sides of the keyboard and the wrist rest to create an underglow effect. The wrist rest has connectors to draw power from the keyboard, so you can't position it further away if you want the strips to light up. White backlighting looks good with no visible mixing of red, green, and blue. You can control the brightness directly on the keyboard, but you need the Synapse 3 software to customize the colors and effects.

Design
Cable & Connector
Detachable
No
Length 6.7 ft (2.0 m)
Connector (Keyboard side)
Not Detachable

The cable is braided and has two connectors, a USB-A and a USB-C. Both need to be connected to use the USB passthrough. If you don't have a USB-C port on your computer, a USB-C to USB-A adaptor is included in the box.

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

The Razer Huntsman V2 is a wired-only keyboard.

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

The Razer Huntsman V2 has many features. It has dedicated media controls at the top right corner of the keyboard and a USB-A passthrough on the left side. Every key is programmable through software, and you can also set macros on-the-fly.

Design
In The Box

  • Razer Huntsman V2 Analog Gaming Keyboard
  • Wrist rest
  • USB-C to USB-A adaptor
  • USB connector covers
  • User guides

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Razer Analog Optical Switches
Feel
Linear
Operating Force
45 gf
Actuation Force
47 gf
Pre-Travel
1.0 mm
Total Travel
4.0 mm

Razer's Analog Optical Switches are linear, which means they don't provide any tactile feedback, and they're very easy to actuate due to their light operating force. You can adjust the pre-travel distance from 1.5 mm to 3.6 mm; however, the results are very different from the actual settings. For example, we set the pre-travel at 1.5 mm, but the keys actuated at 1 mm in real usage, and when it's set to 3.6 mm, the real actuation point is 2.98 mm. Also, it seems like there's no difference between the various settings below 2 mm. You can see the differences between the settings and real usage here.

The analog mode lets you use the keys like an analog joystick, which is meant to provide finer movement control in some types of games, like racing games, FPS, and flight sims. It makes the keys feel like pedals, so you move faster as the key travels downwards. However, this feature only works in games that support gamepads, and Synapse 3 has to be running in the background. Some games can only receive inputs from a controller or a mouse/keyboard combo, but not both at the same time. In this case, you have to remap all of the controller's functions to the keyboard for the analog mode to function properly and not use the mouse at all, as any mouse input can cause erratic movements in-game.

8.5
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

The Razer Huntsman V2 Analog provides an excellent typing experience. The keys are stable, except for the spacebar and Right shift, which descend unevenly and rattle a bit. The PBT keycaps are textured and feel comfortable to type on. The keys are well-spaced, so it requires very little adaptation to type accurately. However, it isn't recommended to set the actuation point too low as it becomes overly sensitive and can lead to more typos. Also, there's no tactile feedback since the switches are linear. On the upside, typing on it feels light and responsive and shouldn't cause fatigue over time.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Loud

Even though the Razer Huntsman V2 Analog uses linear switches, typing noise is still on the loud side, so it might not be ideal for quiet office environments.

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

The latency is remarkably low. Most people shouldn't feel any 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 Huntsman V2 Analog is customizable through the Synapse 3 software. In addition to customizing the backlight, you can adjust performance settings such as the actuation point and the debounce height. You can also program keys to perform two actions: one when the key is pressed, and the other when the key is released. Enabling the analog mode lets you use the WASD keys like an analog joystick, but it only works in games that support gamepads.

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

The Razer Huntsman V2 Analog has decent compatibility. On macOS, the Pause/Scroll Lock key doesn't work, and there's no software for customization. All keys work on Linux, but like macOS, there's no software support.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the Razer Huntsman V2 Analog in black, and there are no other variants. You can see our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Keyboards

The Razer Huntsman V2 Analog is an exceptional mechanical keyboard. However, its analog mode has some limitations, and it might take a long time to train your fingers to apply the appropriate amount of force, as most gamers are likely to bottom out the keys in the heat of the moment. For more options, check out our recommendations for the best gaming keyboards, the best mechanical keyboards, and the best RGB keyboards.

Razer Huntsman Elite

The Razer Huntsman V2 Analog is essentially the Razer Huntsman Elite, but with Analog Optical switches as they're nearly identical in their exterior designs. The difference between the Analog Optical and the linear optical switch is that the Analog Optical has an adjustable pre-travel distance and lets you use the keyboard like an analog joystick. Also, it allows you to program the keys to perform two functions with one keypress. The Elite's linear optical switch requires less force to actuate, which is both a good and bad thing because even though it makes it easier to actuate, it's overly sensitive for general typing, leading to more typos.

Corsair K100 RGB

The Razer Huntsman V2 Analog and the Corsair K100 RGB are both exceptional wired gaming keyboards; however, they're also quite different. The Razer uses Analog Optical switches that can function like an analog joystick, and you can customize the pre-travel distance to your liking. On the other hand, the Corsair uses more traditional Cherry MX Speed switches and is available with Corsair OPX switches as well. That said, the Analog Optical and the Cherry MX Speeds are both linear switches that require about the same amount of force to actuate and don't provide any tactile feedback. Feature-wise, the Corsair has an extra column of dedicated macro keys that the Razer lacks and a dial that you can customize to perform various functions.

SteelSeries Apex Pro

The Razer Huntsman V2 Analog and the SteelSeries Apex Pro are exceptional gaming keyboards with fairly similar features. Razer's Analog Optical and SteelSeries' Omnipoint switches are both linear with adjustable pre-travel distances. The difference is that the Analog Optical lets you program two actions in one keypress or use it like an analog joystick. Other than that, the SteelSeries has a customizable OLED screen and software support for macOS, which the Razer lacks.

Razer BlackWidow Elite

The Razer Huntsman V2 Analog and the Razer BlackWidow Elite are very similar overall. The main difference is that the Huntsman has linear analog switches that let you use the keyboard like an analog joystick, while the BlackWidow uses more traditional mechanical switches and is available in three switch types, tactile, clicky, and linear. The only other difference is that the Huntsman has LED lighting on the sides to create an underglow effect. Both keyboards offer an excellent typing experience, but the Huntsman's switches might be too sensitive for some and might cause more typos.

Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED

The Razer Huntsman V2 Analog and the Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED are very different keyboards. The Razer is a wired-only keyboard that features Analog Optical switches, while the Logitech is a low-profile, wireless keyboard that's available with tactile, clicky, or linear switches. The Razer lets you customize the pre-travel distance, perform two actions in one keypress, or use the keyboard like an analog joystick. On the flip side, the Logitech has an extra column of dedicated macro keys and a multi-device pairing feature. The Logitech has better compatibility because it can be used with mobile devices and has software support for macOS.

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