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Wooting two HE Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Jul 04, 2022 at 10:43 am
Wooting two HE Picture
9.2
Gaming
2.8
Mobile/Tablet
7.6
Office
7.7
Programming
5.0
Entertainment / HTPC
Connectivity Wired
Size
Full-size (100%)
Mechanical
Yes

The Wooting two HE is a wired gaming keyboard with specialized Gateron Lekker switches installed that let you adjust the pre-travel distance in a wide range by hair-thin increments of 0.1mm. These switches work differently from standard mechanical or optical switches as they use magnetic Hall Effect sensors rather than a metal contact point or a laser to register a keypress. Like the Wooting one, this model also has an Analog Mode, so your keypresses can mimic the inputs of a joystick, and a Tachyon Mode to reduce any input latency. However, the Wooting two HE features notable upgrades, including PBT keycaps rather than ABS and a much wider range to adjust your pre-travel distance.

Our Verdict

9.2 Gaming

The Wooting two HE is an outstanding keyboard for gaming use. Its latency is extremely low, and you can use the companion software to enable several additional features designed to enhance gaming performance. Importantly, you can adjust the pre-travel distance on a per-key basis, so you can get the sensitivity of your keypresses right where you want it. On top of its software features, it's also a well-built unit that offers a nice typing experience. However, it lacks an included wrist rest, meaning it gets uncomfortable to use for long periods.

Pros
  • Feels well-built and solid.
  • Many additional features to enhance gaming performance.
  • Companion software is available on all major operating systems.
  • Incredibly low latency.
Cons
  • No included wrist rest to improve comfort during long typing sessions.
2.8 Mobile/Tablet

The Wooting two HE is a wired-only keyboard, so it isn't suitable to use with mobile devices.

7.6 Office

The Wooting two HE is a good keyboard for office use. It offers a great typing experience and feels well-built. Its companion software is fully compatible with all major operating systems, so you can customize the board to your liking regardless of what operating system you use. It's also quiet to type on, thanks to the linear Gateron Lekker switches installed. Unfortunately, it has a high profile and a rather aggressive incline, and it doesn't come with a wrist rest, so it feels uncomfortable to type on for long periods.

Pros
  • Feels well-built and solid.
  • Companion software is available on all major operating systems.
  • Great typing quality.
Cons
  • No included wrist rest to improve comfort during long typing sessions.
  • Wired-only.
7.7 Programming

The Wooting two HE is a good keyboard for programming. It feels well-built, and it offers a great overall typing experience. You can use this keyboard in a Windows, macOS, or Linux setup, and its companion software is available on all major operating systems. There's also full RGB backlighting with individually-lit keys, and the key legends are shine-through, so you can easily read them in the dark. Unfortunately, typing for long periods can cause wrist strain as it lacks an included wrist rest. Also, you can't program full macros to a key, but you can program up to four actions per keypress.

Pros
  • Feels well-built and solid.
  • Companion software is available on all major operating systems.
  • Great typing quality.
Cons
  • No included wrist rest to improve comfort during long typing sessions.
  • Wired-only.
5.0 Entertainment / HTPC

The Wooting two HE is a wired-only keyboard, making it a poor choice to use with home theater PC setups. It also lacks a trackpad for any on-screen navigation, so you'll have to use a separate peripheral. On the upside, it does have full RGB backlighting, so it's easy to see your keys in the dark.

Pros
  • Feels well-built and solid.
  • Great typing quality.
Cons
  • No included wrist rest to improve comfort during long typing sessions.
  • Lacks a trackpad for on-screen navigation.
  • Wired-only.
  • 9.2 Gaming
  • 2.8 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.6 Office
  • 7.7 Programming
  • 5.0 Entertainment / HTPC
  1. Updated Jul 04, 2022: Review published.
  2. Updated Jun 23, 2022: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
1.6" (4.0 cm)
Width 17.6" (44.6 cm)
Depth
5.9" (15.0 cm)
Depth With Wrist Rest
N/A
Weight
2.21 lbs (1.004 kg)

The Wooting two HE is a full-size keyboard that takes up a fair amount of space on your desk.

8.5
Design
Build Quality
Keycap Material PBT

The Wooting two HE has an excellent built quality. The chassis is made of plastic that exhibits barely any flex, while the top plate is solid aluminum. The keycaps are double-shot PBT with a rough texture that feels great on the fingertips and provides a bit of extra grip. On the bottom of the board, the eight silicone feet do a good job keeping the board in place. There are also grooves for cable management, so you can hide your cable out of view.

6.5
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Minimum Incline
4.5°
Medium Incline
N/A
Maximum Incline
10.5°
Wrist Rest No

The Wooting two HE has alright ergonomics. It has one incline setting to help alleviate some wrist strain, but it would feel more comfortable overall if you use a wrist rest. Unfortunately, this keyboard doesn't have a wrist rest, but you can purchase one separately from Wooting.

9.6
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting Yes
Color
RGB
Individually Backlit Keys
Yes
Color Mixing
Poor
Effects
Yes
Programmable
Yes

The Wooting two HE has full RGB backlighting with individually-lit keys. The key legends are shine-through, making them easy to read in the dark. Unfortunately, the teal-colored switch stems interfere with the backlighting, so pure white backlighting takes on a teal tone.

Design
Cable & Connector
Detachable
Yes (Wired Only Keyboard)
Length 6.5 ft (2.0 m)
Connector (Keyboard side)
USB type-C

The Wooting two HE comes with a USB-A to USB-C braided cable. There are cable management channels built into the bottom of the board, meaning you can tuck it away from view during use. While the cable feels good, it does retain some kinks from the packaging.

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

The Wooting two HE is wired-only.

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

In addition to the Windows key lock, full anti-ghosting, and NKRO features that are commonly found on gaming keyboards, the Wooting two HE has a ton of extra features that are accessible using the companion software. Notably, you can adjust the pre-travel distance between 0.1mm and 4.0mm in very precise increments of 0.1mm. You can enable an "Analog Mode," so your keypresses mimic joystick controls. In this mode, you can also map controller buttons to your keyboard. Though it's important to note that this feature is only compatible with games that support Xinput or DirectInput.

"Tachyon Mode" disables your RGB lighting effects in order to optimize for input speed. It does reduce the latency overall when enabled, but it can cause some stability issues if you enable the mode while using analog controls. While you can't program full macros on this keyboard, it does have two multi-input features. The "Dynamic Keystroke" feature allows you to program up to four actions to different levels of the keypress, while the "Mod Tap" feature allows you to program up to two actions per key. With the Mod Tap feature, you register the first action by tapping the key and the second action by pressing and holding the key. There's a "Rapid Trigger Mode" that dynamically changes the actuation and reset point of your keypresses, to reduce any travel time between repeated keypresses.

If these features weren't enough, the Wooting two HE also has media hotkeys, and 16MB of onboard memory storage.

Design
In The Box

  • Wooting two HE
  • USB-A to USB-C cable
  • 4x Extra Gateron Lekker Linear60 switches
  • Keycap puller
  • Wooting post card

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Gateron Lekker Linear60
Feel
Linear
Operating Force
43 gf
Actuation Force
42 gf
Pre-Travel
1.2 mm
Total Travel
4.2 mm

The Wooting two HE uses Gateron Lekker Linear60 switches. These switches differ from standard mechanical switches as they use magnets inside of them rather than a metal pin contact point. With these switches, you can adjust the pre-travel distance between 0.1mm and 4.0mm in increments of 0.1mm. A variety of measurements were taken to check the consistency and accuracy of this feature, and the results found that the actual recorded pre-travel distance is within 0.1mm of the programmed pre-travel distance, so it performs very accurately and consistently.

The measurements shown above use the default pre-travel setting (1.0mm). The actuation force remains the same regardless of what you have your pre-travel distance set to.

8.0
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

The Wooting two HE offers great typing quality. The keycaps are made of double-shot PBT with a slightly rough texture that provides additional grip during use. The keys themselves have a bit of side-to-side wobble on them, especially the alphanumeric keys. The larger keys feel very stable and have very little wobble to them. The keyboard has a standard layout, so the keys don't feel cramped, and there isn't a learning curve for using it. The Gateron Lekker switches offer a nice typing experience. While they're a linear switch, they offer a bit of resistance that feels nice to type on, and since you can adjust the pre-travel distance, you're in control of how sensitive your keypresses are. Unfortunately, due to the lack of a wrist rest, you may feel some wrist fatigue during long periods of use. Also, the acoustics aren't as pleasant on this keyboard as you'll likely bottom out the keys frequently, and there aren't any sound-dampeners around the switch housing.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Quiet

The Wooting two HE is quiet to type on thanks to the Gateron Lekker Linear60 switches installed on the board. There aren't any sound-dampeners around the switch housing, so typing may be louder if you tend to bottom out the keys.

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

The Wooting two HE has exceptionally low latency. This measurement was obtained using the settings designed to deliver the lowest latency possible. Tachyon Mode was enabled, and the pre-travel distance was set to 0.1mm. With Tachyon mode disabled, and the pre-travel distance left at its default setting (1.0mm), the latency is 3.5ms, which is still incredibly low.

Software and Operating System
9.6
Software and Operating System
Software & Programming
Software Name Wootility
Account Required
No
Profiles
6+
Onboard Memory
Yes
Cloud Sync
No
Macro Programming
Software
Ease Of Use
Easy
Software Windows Compatible
Yes
Software macOS Compatible
Yes

The Wooting two HE uses the Wootility software for customization. The software is easy to use and comes with helpful definitions of the various features available. Beyond the usual key remapping, macro programming, and lighting effects customization, Wootility also lets you adjust the pre-travel distance, enable various additional features, and set the board to an analog or a digital mode. In analog mode, you can set analog bindings to your keys to replicate a joystick controller. For example, in a driving game or flight simulator, the keyboard will recognize how far you've depressed a key and register a slight turn or sharper turn. You can assign Xbox or classic controller buttons to your keyboard and even adjust the curve of the analog input from preset options to get the feel from the inputs that you want. There's also a web version of the software called Wootility Web that offers all of the customization options and features, which is great when you don't want additional software running in the background.

7.6
Software and Operating System
Keyboard Compatibility
Windows Full
macOS Partial
Linux Full
Android No
iOS No
iPadOS No

The Wooting two HE has good overall compatibility. The companion software is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux, and all buttons work as intended on Windows and Linux. On macOS, only the Scroll Lock and Pause buttons don't work.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Wooting two HE only comes with Gateron Lekker Linear60 switches and only comes in one colorway: black. There are a few different language layouts available, which come with ABS or PBT keycaps, depending on what layout you get. We bought and tested the ANSI United Stated layout with PBT keycaps, and you can see the label of our unit here.

Compared To Other Keyboards

The Wooting two HE is a wired gaming keyboard using specialized Hall Effect switches that allow you to set the actuation point between 0.1mm and 4.0mm. Hall Effect switches differ from standard mechanical and optical switches because they use an electromagnetic matrix rather than a metal contact point or a laser to register a keypress. This method allows for a wider range in which you can set your actuation point, and it means the keyboard can recognize how far you've depressed a key with more accuracy. This keyboard also has an analog mode, which allows you to mimic joystick controls using your keyboard. Other keyboards, like the SteelSeries Apex Pro, also use Hall-Effect switches, but the range for customizing the actuation point isn't as wide. Similarly, the Razer Huntsman Analog lineup allows you to adjust your actuation point, but these keyboards use optical switches, which aren't as accurate, and the feature doesn't always work correctly.

For more recommendations, check out our picks for the best gaming keyboards and the best mechanical keyboards overall. Or, if you're on a bit of a budget, you can check out our picks for the best gaming keyboards under $100.

SteelSeries Apex Pro

The SteelSeries Apex Pro and the Wooting two HE are both wired-only gaming keyboards with Hall Effect switches inside. You can adjust the pre-travel distance on a per-key basis on both keyboards, but only the Wooting has an "Analog Mode." When you enable Analog Mode, your keypresses mimic joystick controls, so the more you depress your key, the more intense the action occurs in-game. The Wooting also has several software features that you can enable to enhance game performance. On the other hand, the SteelSeries has more hardware features built into the keyboard, like a USB pass-through, a volume wheel, and a small OLED screen.

Ducky One 3

The Ducky One 3 and the Wooting two HE are two wired-only, full-size keyboards with some key differences. The Wooting uses specialized switches allowing you to adjust the pre-travel distance and use the keyboard in Analog Mode, where it emulates joystick controls. On the other hand, the Ducky has a hot-swappable PCB, meaning you can change out the stock switches for ones of your preference without having to solder. 

Razer Huntsman V2

The Razer Huntsman V2 and the Wooting two HE are both wired-only gaming keyboards with some key differences. The Wooting uses a specialized switch allowing you to adjust the pre-travel distance on a per-key basis. You can also enable an Analog Mode, which makes the keys act as joystick controls. On the other hand, the Razer uses linear Optical switches, which have a light actuation force and short-pre travel distance, but you can't customize them like the switches on the Wooting.

Razer Huntsman V2 Analog

The Razer Huntsman V2 Analog and the Wooting two HE are premium wired-only gaming keyboards with adjustable pre-travel distances and an analog mode that mimics joystick controls. However, the Wooting implements this technology much better than the Razer, as it performs more consistently and accurately. Also, the range in which you can adjust your pre-travel distance is much wider on the Wooting as it uses a different type of switch than the ones found in the Razer.

Razer Huntsman Mini Analog

The Razer Huntsman Mini Analog and the Wooting two HE are premium gaming keyboards with an adjustable pre-travel distance and analog mode to mimic joystick controls. However, the Wooting's implementation of this technology is much more consistent and accurate, and you can adjust your pre-travel distance within a much wider range than you can on the Razer.

Wooting one

The Wooting two HE is the upgraded version of the Wooting one, and features some marked differences. The Wooting two HE uses Gateron Lekker Linear60 switches, which use Hall Effect sensors instead of the optical sensors found in the switches on the Wooting one. By using these switches, you have a wider range to customize your pre-travel distance. The Wooting two HE also features a better build quality with PBT keycaps instead of ABS.

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