Keyboard Peripherals

REVIEW | Razer Huntsman Keyboard: Optical Dominance

Change has been the long spotlighted word for the tech industry – especially on categories that seem to have hit a dead end for innovation and such. Mechanical keyboards and RGB are topics that seem to have been repurposing concepts and just stuck on playing around with different sizes or light placement – The Huntsman comes into play.

The Razer Huntsman incorporates all the essentials with a twist as it uses an opto-mechanical switch which I could not emphasize enough to be a heavenly experience for me who’s used to loud switches.

What’s in the Box

The box was pretty straight forward – expected as this is the base Huntsman keyboard. From the start this keyboard has taken a piece of my heart as I am fond of the minimalistic RGB look – not to mention that it has everything you need for a go-to daily driver for your everyday needs.

A form factor which balances between small to medium – The Huntsman plays with this perfectly

What’s up with optical switches?

Basically, these are still mechanical switches but instead of fully relying on a mechanical system for actuation – It uses light cause ya’ll know that light is fast.

I actually expected to have no sound when testing this keyboard but rather it gives a satisfying crisp click rather than a soundly click present on Cherry and Gateron switches. It’s a lighter Cherry blue/Akko Aqua switch that actuates at a good distance. As a matter of preference I had problems with red switches or other lighter linear switches as I was used to heavir and tactile switches. However, alike the Akko aqua switches this Opto-mechanical violet Razer switches is a perfect balance of tactility and actuation speed in my regards who’s preference falls on clicky switches.

Razer Opto-Mechanical Switches Found in all Huntsman Variants

What makes up the Huntsman

I absolutely love the base Huntsman. I was glad that they opted for the more regular font rather than the striking gamer type font – It’s more readable and not aggressive looking. The Huntsman carries a whole range of keyboard features such as the game mode and macro recording which are pretty standard on most feature packed keyboard these days. Media keys are also present within the binding of the FN key which actually is enough for me to go with this rather than paying a whole lot of extra for the Elite version that has a separate and dedicated media kew nowb and section on top of the numpad.

It does bother me that this keyboard has significant flex even with the aluminum top plate. I think this is the draw back for having a slim or at least a rather less girthy frame for the keyboard. a price to pay for aesthetics. The adjustable feet of the Huntsman also requires commendation for having 2 different heights – It does however clip back on easily when movement which is annoying in rare cases.

Joining the Hunt

After extensive use of the Huntsman – on different settings such as gaming, browsing, and general work use – I’ll give this keyboard a pass and green light on all aspects with little reservations.

It’s that kind of keyboard that you’ll hold up and say “I’m good with this” cause it literally has everything you need to finish your day. not to mention the remarkable keys and actuation it comes with the crisp click within.

The OEM profile of the Hunstman was also comfortable to work with – I’m used to flat profiles as it solves my issue with reaching some keys simultaneously; having a flat profile sets all keys at an equal level hence having a more accessible path to – let’s say the shift, control, alt, etc.

The caveat of the base Huntsman however is that the board itself gets dirty easily and catches fingerprints easily. Good thing the Huntsman is easy to clean due to the floating-open design it has.

Final Recommendations

There is no actual reason to not buy the Huntsman.

Absolutely Acceptable.

Price wise, feature wise, and quality wise – This is a product that gives you a price that is a worthy tag for everything you get in that very box. This isn’t those “paying for the brand” thing.

Razer has outdone themselves with the birth of the Huntsman – They even gave the market options from the base Huntsman by having the Huntsman Elite, Huntsman Mercury, Huntsman Quartz.

Pros

Best feeling opto-mechanical switches yet – Razer has outdone themselves by creating these Razer violet optical switches. These switches are the best feeling optical option without losing the feel of having a mechanical keyboard in front of you.

Price to Performance – The price of the base Huntsman isn’t actually bad sitting around 8,000 pesos which is a price I would see myself spending happily with all the functions and accessibility options of the keyboard. Not to mention the software integration and after sales support from Razer.

Cons

Visible Flex – Even with the aluminum top plate there is significant flex present with the board which is surprising to say the least.

Flimsy feet and aesthetic sensitivity – The multi-level feet of the Huntsman is a great idea; however – movement has it closing on weird occasions. The minimalist design of the keyboard has it’s own drawbacks such as catching fingerprints and such.

Seth Francisco Capili
Seth is a marketing and business professional by choice - a tech enthusiast and writer by birth. Back from the brink of almost disconnecting with his technological side; Seth reunites with his technological persona through writing and managing a business around computers. With a knack for interacting with people and machine - Seth spearheads the social media management and content writing efforts of GGWPTECH.
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