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Razer Huntsman V2 TKL Review: Great Wired Keyboard

Razer Huntsman V2 Tenkeyless

Suggested retail price $ 150.00

“Razer’s Huntsman V2 TKL is a gaming keyboard that captivates you with its smooth switches.”

Strong Points

  • Ah-a very smooth linear opt mechanical switch

  • Excellent wrist rest comfort and ergonomics

  • Quiet typing

  • Neat design

  • Detachable USB-C cable

Disadvantages

  • No media key

  • Comfortable, but there are some issues with wrist rests

  • No tactile switch option

Razer will release today just a week after announcing the new TKL gaming keyboard. Basilisk V3 Gaming Mouse.. This is called Huntsman V2 Tenkeyless and we have a sample at hand to see if it’s worth competing with the very good ones. Best gaming keyboard You can buy it.

The Huntsman V2 TKL is part of the Huntsman line of wired gaming keyboards focused on ultra-high performance and is built to excel in competitive gaming. BlackWidow series..

As a result, they aren’t the most feature-rich planks, but the Huntsman V2 TKL proves that its excellent switches and excellent form factor are still great PC gaming companions.

design

Overview of Huntsman V2 TKL.

Looking at the Huntsman TKL, the first thing that stands out is the simple design. It’s just a TKL keyboard with no special features on the peripherals. The media keys are integrated into the F keys, they aren’t dedicated, they don’t have volume rollers, and they don’t have a lot of RGB goodness scattered in all sorts of unpleasant corners. There is also RGB, but only under the main key.

The combination of its simplicity with its black design and aluminum top plate makes it a pretty sophisticated keyboard that, strangely, doesn’t pay much attention to itself. Razer was the company that produced the quirky style of gear that was arguably the “gamer,” but now seems to be leaning towards more sophisticated and mature designs. Perhaps it is growing with its core audience.

Also included in the Huntsman V2 TKL — this is arguably the biggest upgrade from the original — an artificial leather wrist rest.I first encountered this soft and luxurious wrist rest BlackWidow V3 Pro, And here I still love it as much. The height is perfect for comfort, and it’s so soft that typing with it is a real treat.

Angled overview of the Huntsman V2 TKL.

There are some caveats. Its softness does not last forever. Thin materials feel like they come off and wear relatively quickly. On warm days, it may be a little too luxurious and begging for something. It is more breathable.

Fortunately, Razer also sells the wrist rest separately from the keyboard, so the more you type it up, the less likely it is to replace it. But moreover, the wrist rest isn’t really attached to the keyboard. There isn’t even a magnet to hold it in place.

The keyboard connects to your PC with a removable braided USB-C cable.

switch

At the heart of everything is the optical switch, or the opto-mechanical switch that Razer calls, why you want to buy a Razer Huntsman keyboard. They entered the market in 2018 and have grown rapidly in popularity for good reason.

Switch on the Huntsman V2 TKL.
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The Huntsman V2 TKL sample comes with a red linear variant of the switch, which is my favorite. In general, I’m like a tactile (brown) switch, but for game-focused keyboards like the Huntsman V2 TKL, I prefer linear switches. So thank Razer for these. The keyboard can also be used with click-sensitive optical switches, but there are no tactile options.

But what do you like about opt-mechanical switches? It’s smoothness.

Razer sells optical switches as faster, touting all sorts of mysterious terms such as “speed of light” and “fastest performance you’ve never experienced”. I didn’t care much about them. Sure, scientific testing can be better than traditional electromechanical switches because you don’t have to worry about debounce, but if you find someone who can tell the difference in speed in a blind test. , I will buy you beer. Maybe two.

The key of Huntsman V2 TKL.
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But smoothness. Few of the switches I’ve come across offer similar smooth movements, so I can hardly start explaining it. Switches such as Cherry and Gateron Red can be used to lubricate them and attach damping O-rings to the stem. Only with that effort can we approach the same smooth movement.

The switch movement is very supple and luxurious, so it can’t be used on many keyboards. At least you can’t use it without typing on the keyboard. Expensive custom keyboard area..

What I like very much about the Huntsman V2 TKL is the smoothness of the opt mechanical switch.

The switch is also almost silent. Thanks to the layer of muffling foam inside the keyboard, this is one of the quieter mechanical keyboards you will find.

There is only one pitfall. Because the switch is optical, it consumes more power than traditional electromechanical keys. That is, the keyboard cannot be wireless. So there is a cable. Also, the stabilizer is not the same as a cherry-based board. Most keys will fit, but long keys will not. However, the stock keycap is a double-shot PBT, so most people don’t have to bother to upgrade.

Game performance

Huntsman V2TKL is a fun companion when jumping into the game. The small layout of the keyboard is not as suitable for games as the really small ones like. Razer Huntsman Mini or BlackWidow V3 Mini, Also Corsair’s K65 RGB MiniHowever, it’s much better than a full-size keyboard due to the added mouse space. This allows you to play at a lower DPI, allowing for more accurate shooting.

Side profile of Huntsman V2 TKL.
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When combined with a comfortable wrist rest, height and smooth switches, you almost forget about the keyboard when playing. This is the best compliment I can give to my keyboard. It’s all a smooth voyage.

The keyboard polls at 8,000Hz, but 1,000 is enough, Corsair K70 RGB TKL Champion Edition I’ve already shown that the keyboard doesn’t need 8,000Hz.

Our view

Razer’s Huntsman V2 Tenkeyless is a simple yet great TKL keyboard for PC gamers. It’s not wireless, it’s not possible with optical switches (not without very limited battery life). Also, I don’t have a media key and I have some problems with the included wrist rest.

Despite these pitfalls, the excellent opt-mechanical switch and comfortable form factor can cause it to fall head-on.

Is there an alternative?

Closest alternative from Logitech is a G Pro mechanical keyboard, Packs about the same feature set. But it doesn’t come with the same great switch or comfortable wrist rest, so choose the Razer of the two.

Meanwhile, Corsair K70 RGB TKL Champion SeriesIt has a media key and also does 8K polling, but it doesn’t have the same comfortable switch as the Logitech board. There is no wrist rest.

How long will it last?

The Huntsman V2 TKL should last for at least 5 years under normal use, but I think the wrist rest needs to be replaced early (probably twice) during that time. Razer covers your keyboard with a two-year warranty.

Should I buy it?

Yes. The Huntsman V2 TKL costs $ 150 and is one of the best off-the-shelf TKL keyboards available today.

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