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Razer Huntsman Elite review

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While it borders on being obnoxiously noisy, the tactile and audible feedback of the Huntsman makes it one of the most pleasant typing and gaming experiences I've had in a long time. Now that I've become accustomed to it, I'm afraid there's no going back.

Strengths

  • Toes the line between clicky and linear.
  • Impressive (if not totally justified) innovation.
  • Detachable wrist rest and dedicated media keys are a nice luxury with more possibilities down the line.
  • A delightfully tactile typing experience.

Could be better

  • The racket this thing makes might be NSFW for some.
  • Synapse for Mac needs some TLC.

How much of a difference can a millisecond make in the heat of battle? How finely tuned does your trigger finger have to be to recognise such a minute improvement in reaction time? After spending about two weeks with Razer's latest gaming keyboard, the Huntsman Elite, I still don't have the answer to those questions. However, I can say without a shadow of a doubt that it's one of the finest gaming keyboards I've ever had the pleasure to use. And this deep love for Razer's engineering marvel extends past its obvious gaming applications; the Razer Huntsman Elite is one of the finest keyboards I've ever used full-stop.


Design

  • New Opto-mechanical switches require less force than regular mechanical switches
  • Sleek design and hardy build quality match the premium price tag

Performance

  • Opto-mechanical switches are seriously responsive
  • Satisfying clicky feedback from each keypress

Features

  • Dedicated media keys and volume dial are a handy bonus
  • Full RGB customisation, even on the included wrist rest

Verdict

The Razer Huntsman Elite gives an ambitious pitch that's almost impossible to measure in any practical way outside of comparing the experience to typing on any other mechanical keyboard. Thankfully, the overall experience is an absolute delight if you don't mind the rhythmic clickety-clack of the Razer Purple's slightly noisier mechanical melange of clicky, linear and tactile.

While it borders on obnoxiously noisy, the tactile and audible feedback of the Huntsman makes it one of the most pleasant typing and gaming experiences I've had in a long time and now that I've become accustomed to it, I'm afraid there's no going back.


Pricing and availability

As mentioned above, the Hunstman Elite will set you back $339.95 and the Huntsman just $249.95. For a bit of perspective, Razer's BlackWidow V2 with Yellow Switch costs the same at the Hunstman Elite at $339.95 and the popular BlackWidow X Chroma costs $259.95, just $10 more than the Hunstman. So in terms of Razer's pricing, the Hunstman range is par for the course.

The Huntsman range is available through your usual brick-and-mortar storefronts; with JB Hi-Fi and EB Games selling the Hunstman Elite at $339 and $249.95, respectively. You can also find it online via Razer's official store at the recommended retail price (with free delivery).

Razer Huntsman Elite Opto-Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Razer Huntsman Elite Opto-Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Experience the superior responsiveness of Razer's Opto-Mechanical switches with the Razer Hunstman Elite mechanical gaming keyboard.

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Specs

Razer Huntsman Elite Opto-Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Build

Keyboard Type
Mechanical
Depth
234mm
Width
448mm
Height
36mm
Weight
1.71g
Colours
Black

Connectivity

Wired/Wireless
Wired

Features

RGB
Yes
N-key Rollover
No
USB Passthrough
No
Dedicated Media Controls
Yes
On-board Memory
5 profiles

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