Razer unleashed their latest gaming peripherals, the Razer Huntsman (Elite) Mechanical gaming keyboard. Unlike your typical RGB-enabled mechanical gaming keyboard, the Razer Huntsman is built with Razer’s Opto-Mechanical switches. These switches uses infrared light beam to detect key actuation precisely. The new keyboard is available in two variants, the Razer Huntsman and Huntsman Elite. The Huntsman looks like a basic Razer mechanical keyboard that uses the Opto-mechanical switches. On the other hand, the Razer Huntsman Elite features dedicated media keys and a multi-functional digital dial. You also get a nice wrist rest and both the keyboard and wrist rest have 4-side underglow. Check out more details below and where you can grab one of these.
Razer Huntsman Keyboard with Razer Opto-Mechanical Switches Launched
Razer, the leading global lifestyle brand for gamers, today announced the new Razer Huntsman premium gaming keyboard line. The duo includes a full-feature Razer Huntsman Elite keyboard with dedicated media keys, wrist rest and underglow lighting, and a performance-focused Razer Huntsman keyboard. Both units are equipped with Razer’s latest Opto-Mechanical Switches with key actuation at the speed of light.
RAZER OPTO-MECHANICAL SWITCH
Razer’s new Opto-Mechanical Switch showcases the gaming brand’s continued innovation in gaming switches. Using optical technology, an infrared light beam inside each switch precisely detects actuation when a key is pressed. A 1.5 mm actuation point allows the Razer Opto-Mechanical Switch to actuate 30 percent faster than traditional clicky mechanical switches.
The Razer Opto-Mechanical Switch offers faster performance without compromising tactility. It has the same actuate and reset points for rapid fire keypresses as found in a linear switch, and provides a similar tactile feel found in the best-selling Razer Green switches with a lighter actuation force of 45 g. The lifespan of a Razer Opto-Mechanical Switch is rated up to 100 million keystrokes, doubling that of traditional mechanical switches. With the use of optical actuation technology and a metal key stabilizer bar fitted around each switch, there are fewer moving parts and no physical contact during actuation. This reduces switch degradation, making the Razer Huntsman a more consistent and durable keyboard that gamers may rely on for years.
According to Razer CEO and Co-Founder Min-Liang Tan: “We have amassed years of experience developing and manufacturing our very own Razer Mechanical Switches designed specifically for gamers,”. “This focused expertise has now expanded upon our brand’s legacy with the new Razer Opto-Mechanical Switch that delivers an all-new level of performance that is optimized for top-tier esports competition.”
HUNTSMAN ELITE KEYBOARD FEATURES
The Razer Huntsman Elite delivers full functionality with dedicated media controls for quick and easy access. Each of the three tactile media keys and multifunction digital dial is programmable through Razer Synapse 3, offering practically unlimited number of key binds, macros and lighting effects which can be custom-programed by users.
Introduced previously in the Razer Ornata Chroma and BlackWidow Chroma V2, the Huntsman Elite offers the same magnetically detachable, leatherette wrist rest for exceptional ergonomic comfort during long marathon gaming sessions.
The Razer Huntsman Elite is also the first Razer keyboard with Hybrid On-board and Cloud Storage to save and access personalized profile settings online via the cloud or offline via available onboard storage.
ALL AROUND CHROMA INTEGRATION
The Razer Huntsman Elite features an array of possible Razer Chroma lighting effects for a completely immersive gaming experience.
Razer Chroma lighting is found in each key of the Razer Huntsman, emanating an underglow around all sides of the keyboard and around the wrist rest.
Gamers can choose from 16.8 million colors and a variety of lighting effects. Customized settings can be created using the Razer Synapse 3 software platform and shared with millions of other Razer software users via the Razer Chroma Workshop. In-game Razer Chroma lighting profiles are also integrated into popular game titles, including “Fortnite,” “Overwatch,” “Warframe” and more. These profiles can display tutorials, dynamic effects that react to gameplay and more.
The Razer Chroma experience can extend to other devices for even more immersive visual feedback. Razer Huntsman Elite owners may pair it with other Razer Chroma-enabled products and synchronize with smart lighting in the home via Philips Hue integration with Razer Chroma.
Razer Huntsman Keyboard Technical Specifications
- Razer Opto-Mechanical Switch with 45 G actuation force
- 100 million keystroke lifespan
- Chroma backlighting with 16.8 million customizable color options
- Underglow lighting with 38 customization zones
- Ergonomic Wrist Rest with 24 customization zones underglow
- Multi-functional digital dial
- Dedicated media controls
- Hybrid onboard storage – up to 5 profiles
- Razer Synapse 3 enabled
- Fully programmable keys with on-the-fly macro recording
- 10 key roll-over with anti-ghosting
- Gaming mode option
- Braided Fiber Cable
- 1000 Hz Ultrapolling
- Aluminum matte top plate
Price and Availability
Both the Razer Huntsman and Huntsman Elite mechanical gaming keyboards are now available. The Huntsman retails for $149.99 USD, while the Huntsman Elite retails for $199.99 USD. You can check the latest pricing and availability via the links below.