Razer is one of the most popular and well known gaming accessory manufacturers. They have been steadily improving the quality of their products over the years and are gradually shedding the image of simply being over-priced. The top of the range Razer gaming keyboard also comes with a top of the range price, nearly twice the price of the Razer BlackWidow. The optical analog key switches are the standout and unique feature, something currently unique to Razer, but something I think other keyboard and key switch manufacturers will adopt, or at least experiment with. Rather than a traditional mechanical switch they have developed their own design analog switch. Through the Razer Synaps software you can adjust the activation point from a shallow 1.5 mm to a deeper 3.6 mm. The shallow activation is great for fast paced gaming, with the longer travel more ideal for typing. They also include the ability to support 2 unique activations for each key, therefore supporting more complex key combination with a single key press. However, do not think that this will easily be able to replace a gamepad as advertised by Razer. We found that whilst many games would recognise the keyboard as a gamepad, using both the keyboard and mouse at the same time led to compatibility issues with many games not being able to accept input from both the keyboard and mouse simultaneously. The key caps are made from durable doubleshot PBT rather than cheaper ABS plastic and being doubleshort means the lettering will not wear off.
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The top of the range Razer gaming keyboard also comes with a top of the range price. Whilst other Razer keyboards offer better value for money, the solid build, included features and optical analog key switches making for an impressive keyboard. Will did notice compatibility issues when using a mouse and analog input from the keyboard, so do not think that the keyboard can easily replace a gamepad.
- Analog key switches are actually pretty good.
- Adjustable actuation between 1.5 mm and 3.6 mm to suit fast paced gaming or fast typing speeds.
- Doubleshot PBT key caps.
- Included RGB wrist rest has a nice feel, magneticallly attaching to the keyboard.
- Expensive and other Razer keyboards are better value for money. The BlackWidow is my favourite model.
- Analog keys will not replace a joystick for precise analog movements.
- Incompatibility issues in games when using a mouse and the analog keyboard input at the same time.
Features : 86%
Being the top of the range Razer gaming keyboard, it includes all of the necessary gaming features you expect. The analog key switches are unique to Razer, and I was surprised with how good they feel.
Build Quality : 86%
The Razer Huntsman range of keyboards all have a sturdy chassis and feel very solid in use.
Typing Experience : 90%
The customisation of the activation point on the analog key switches means that you can adjust them to a full 3.6 mm, matching the travel of most mechanical key switches. The switches do not have a tactile or clicky feel, so if you enjoy typing using linear switches, then you will enjoy these.
Value : 58%
The Razer Huntsman V2 Analog is not a cheap keyboard. The justification is the unique analog key switches that offer an advantage over traditional key switches with their adjustable activation point. Whether this is worth the USD $50 premium over the Razer Huntsman with mechanical key switches is really a decision on how much difference those switches will make.
Braided USB-C or USB-A
Key Switch Model(s)
Razer Analog Optical
Removable Key Switches