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The Razor Huntsman Elite is an outstanding keyboard to put it simply
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 6 November 2018
The Razor Huntsman Elite is an outstanding keyboard to put it simply. Almost everything on it is up to the standard of the price associated with it, but for the price you pay, it does come with some gripes. The media control buttons are definitely not worth the price you pay and the keyboard does not come with a USB passthrough. I mean for £200.00 I expect the holy grail of keyboards and if these aspects (media controls & USB Passthrough) of a keyboard are incredibly important to you will be thoroughly disappointed especially when you consider the price. But, for me, I could look past that, to see an outstand keyboard. From its simply sleek and modern design to the gorgeous sound of the keys, this is a great keyboard.
It’s not the typical Razor, balls to the wall deign that we are used to, it’s a more subdued version that I really appreciate. But I can understand the desire to make your desk look like a centre console from the Millennium Falcon. This however is not the keyboard to do that. The media control buttons are the usual disappointment on this keyboard, they have markings on them to indicate pause, forward and backwards, which you can’t see, as they are not backlit and drowned out by the incredible luminosity of the keyboard. Now, this keyboards backlit keys and RGB lights are amazing you can see every single colour this keyboard has to offer, even during the day. The volume control scroll wheel on the top right of the keyboard is a great addition, not just visually, but in functionality too, it acts as a multi-media dial, which can be programmed for an assortment of roles, such as control mouse DPI, zoom in and out, scroll, control mic volume and many more. Overall the appearance for the keyboard is absolutely amazing, people might feel it lacks pizazz. The crème dela crème of the keyboard has to be the wrist wrest, simple design, with the razer logo tastefully put right into the centre. The RGB light strip running along the length of the wrist rest is beautiful. I absolutely love it.
The build of the keyboard is as you’d expect for the price, sturdy, rigid and tough. The keyboard itself has very little play, even when in extreme battle and a 12 Years old is talking about your mother’s large posterior or how you’re undeniably a homosexual. When you fill with anger and need to take it out on your keys, the trusty work horse that is your keyboard takes it like a champ with very little flex. Which is impressive when you consider that the keyboard is mostly plastic, but the plastic itself is extremely impressive, tough and cold to the touch, reminds me of a heavy metal. The keys themselves are light and plastic, but they feel very well made and seem like they will last, only time can tell. Razer say that these Opto-Mechanical keys can last 100 million strokes. I’ve only had the keyboard for about a week, so I’ll get back to you on that.
By far my favourite part of this keyboard are the keys, the satisfying tactile click makes this keyboard a dream to type on and use for gaming. They feel similar to Razer’s green switches, with the same specification: 45 grams actuation force, 1.5mm to actuate and 3.5mm travel distance. These keys in my book feel absolutely amazing. But, it’s all up to personal taste, the best way to find out whether you like the feedback from a keyboard is for you to your local store and test out the keyboards on display.
They feel like mechanical keyboards, with the exception of using lights to register the keystroke, I did feel a slight change in speed, but nothing to scream about, I was rubbish at FPS games before the Huntsman Elite, I’m still bad now. If you’re an intense gamer, you might feel a greater difference to me, as you’re more experienced and a much more consistent player.
The Wrist rest is incredibly comfortable, best wrist rest on the market in my opinion.
The software that is used to programme and interact with the keyboard ‘synapse’ I thought was great. I found it easy to use and navigate, as well as reprogram the keys.
Overall, if you have the cash and wish to have the state of the art hardware to game comfortably with. I would definitely recommend the Huntsman Elite. Especially is you can look over the dedicated media buttons. If you wish to save some cash and have just as great of an experience I would recommend getting the regular Razer Huntsman.
Hopefully you found this review helpful.