Razer Huntsman Elite Gaming Keyboard

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Razer Huntsman Elite Gaming Keyboard – [Opto-Mechanical Purple Key Switches][Instant Response Actuation][Chroma RGB Lighting][Magnetic Plush Wrist Rest][Dedicated Media Keys & Programmable Dial]

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Razer Huntsman Elite Gaming Keyboard
Razer Huntsman Elite Gaming Keyboard

Description

  • Faster Than Traditional Mechanical Switches: Razer Purple switch technology uses optical beam-based actuation, registering key presses at the speed of light (30% shorter actuation distance than other clicky switches at 1.5 mm) with satisfying, clicky feedback
  • Ultimate Personalization and Gaming Immersion with Razer Chroma: Offers effortless, full integration with popular game titles and syncs with Razer hardware, Philips Hue, and gear from 30+ partners; supports 16.8 million colors on individually backlit keys
  • Quality, Aluminum Construction: Covered with a matte, aluminum top plate for increased sturdiness and support
  • Dedicated Media Controls: A multi-function digital dial with 3 tactile media keys give instant access to everything from brightness to volume adjustment
  • Ergonomic, Magnetic Wrist Rest: Made of plush leatherette to maximize comfort over extended gaming sessions
  • Fully Programmable Macro Support: Razer Hypershift allows for all keys and keypress combinations to be remapped to execute complex commands
  • Unrivalled Durability: Supports up to 100 million clicks with a 2 year manufacturer warranty, double the lifespan of most competitor keyboards

The Razer Huntsman Elite introduces the new Razer Opto-Mechanical Switch, utilizing optical technology for unmatched speed, and a key stabilizer bar so every keypress is precise and accurate. Combined with a new switch design, it’s the first click switch that actuates and resets at the exact same point for rapid performance. The keyboard also features a programmable digital dial for quick access to functions. Personalize settings with hybrid on-board memory and cloud storage. Comes with an ergonomic wrist rest for long-lasting comfort. Braided Fiber Cable.

9.2Expert Score
The Razer Huntsman Elite combines the best qualities of multiple mechanical switches with lightspeed optical technology, for the fastest and most satisfying typing experience yet.
Design
9.8
Features
9
Performance
8.8
PROS
  • Fastest key actuation ever
  • Tactile and audible key switch clicks
  • Nearly perfect keyboard layout
CONS
  • Requires two USB ports for power
  • Sharp edges on palm rest
  • Whiplash-inducing price

Additional information

Specification: Razer Huntsman Elite Gaming Keyboard

Brand Name

Item model number

RZ03-01870200-R3U1

Hardware Platform

Item Weight (pounds)

3.76

Product Dimensions

9.2 x 17.6 x 1.4 inches

Item Dimensions L x W x H

9.22 x 17.64 x 1.42 inches

Price History

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  1. Andrew

    OK… first off what I wasn’t really happy about. I just got my shipment yesterday the package came opened the seal tape the keeps the box closed was already cut. That was a little upsetting but I’ll get over it. Another bad thing.. the media keys that are on my keyboard are not working. I’m sure its not the keyboard itself because when I first plugged it in they were working fine so it must be a program on my computer that is overlapping spotify and youtube… I just havent figured it out yet, and no its not google music on chrome browser. Lastly the app that comes with the Razer keyboard.. super laggy at first… but after I restarted my computer worked just fine… and was able to customize the colors to my liking.OVERALL… the last keyboard I replaced the Huntsman with was the Razer Chroma Black Widow I had it for around 5 years .. and I have to say it is nothing like it!!.. The Huntsman blows that keyboard out of the water. This keyboard feels great sounds great and I am in LOVE with it. It is super smooth to type on and game on. I read one of the negative reviews for the keyboard after I purchased it saying “my fat fingers press down on the keyboard to hard and the stands collapse.!” haven’t had that issue. Also the wrist cushion stays in place and is super comfy.IF you are up in the air right now and can’t decided wither or not to get the k95 or razer huntsman? Get the Huntsman you won’t be disappointed

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  2. Andrew

    OK… first off what I wasn’t really happy about. I just got my shipment yesterday the package came opened the seal tape the keeps the box closed was already cut. That was a little upsetting but I’ll get over it. Another bad thing.. the media keys that are on my keyboard are not working. I’m sure its not the keyboard itself because when I first plugged it in they were working fine so it must be a program on my computer that is overlapping spotify and youtube… I just havent figured it out yet, and no its not google music on chrome browser. Lastly the app that comes with the Razer keyboard.. super laggy at first… but after I restarted my computer worked just fine… and was able to customize the colors to my liking.OVERALL… the last keyboard I replaced the Huntsman with was the Razer Chroma Black Widow I had it for around 5 years .. and I have to say it is nothing like it!!.. The Huntsman blows that keyboard out of the water. This keyboard feels great sounds great and I am in LOVE with it. It is super smooth to type on and game on. I read one of the negative reviews for the keyboard after I purchased it saying “my fat fingers press down on the keyboard to hard and the stands collapse.!” haven’t had that issue. Also the wrist cushion stays in place and is super comfy.IF you are up in the air right now and can’t decided wither or not to get the k95 or razer huntsman? Get the Huntsman you won’t be disappointed

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  3. Andrew

    OK… first off what I wasn’t really happy about. I just got my shipment yesterday the package came opened the seal tape the keeps the box closed was already cut. That was a little upsetting but I’ll get over it. Another bad thing.. the media keys that are on my keyboard are not working. I’m sure its not the keyboard itself because when I first plugged it in they were working fine so it must be a program on my computer that is overlapping spotify and youtube… I just havent figured it out yet, and no its not google music on chrome browser. Lastly the app that comes with the Razer keyboard.. super laggy at first… but after I restarted my computer worked just fine… and was able to customize the colors to my liking.OVERALL… the last keyboard I replaced the Huntsman with was the Razer Chroma Black Widow I had it for around 5 years .. and I have to say it is nothing like it!!.. The Huntsman blows that keyboard out of the water. This keyboard feels great sounds great and I am in LOVE with it. It is super smooth to type on and game on. I read one of the negative reviews for the keyboard after I purchased it saying “my fat fingers press down on the keyboard to hard and the stands collapse.!” haven’t had that issue. Also the wrist cushion stays in place and is super comfy.IF you are up in the air right now and can’t decided wither or not to get the k95 or razer huntsman? Get the Huntsman you won’t be disappointed

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  4. Andrew

    OK… first off what I wasn’t really happy about. I just got my shipment yesterday the package came opened the seal tape the keeps the box closed was already cut. That was a little upsetting but I’ll get over it. Another bad thing.. the media keys that are on my keyboard are not working. I’m sure its not the keyboard itself because when I first plugged it in they were working fine so it must be a program on my computer that is overlapping spotify and youtube… I just havent figured it out yet, and no its not google music on chrome browser. Lastly the app that comes with the Razer keyboard.. super laggy at first… but after I restarted my computer worked just fine… and was able to customize the colors to my liking.OVERALL… the last keyboard I replaced the Huntsman with was the Razer Chroma Black Widow I had it for around 5 years .. and I have to say it is nothing like it!!.. The Huntsman blows that keyboard out of the water. This keyboard feels great sounds great and I am in LOVE with it. It is super smooth to type on and game on. I read one of the negative reviews for the keyboard after I purchased it saying “my fat fingers press down on the keyboard to hard and the stands collapse.!” haven’t had that issue. Also the wrist cushion stays in place and is super comfy.IF you are up in the air right now and can’t decided wither or not to get the k95 or razer huntsman? Get the Huntsman you won’t be disappointed

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  5. Sean B.

    This keyboard is beautiful. The media controls are perfect. The wrist rest feels luxurious. The laser keys are a neat addition to mechanical keyboards. So where does this product go wrong? I have had several issues where the laser keys were sticking (!!!) – this was seemingly caused by connection errors between the keyboard and the wrist rest contacts separating during use. Disconnecting the rest and connecting it usually fixes the problem. I also experienced an issue where the keyboard was completely unresponsive upon start-up which meant an inability to access the number pad to enter my pin. Disconnecting the keyboard and reconnecting it seemed to reconnect me. Additionally, there are times on start-up where the keyboard is completely unresponsive until the Razer software has finished loading at the desktop. I’m pretty bummed out that this keyboard acts up more than my old second-hand keyboard did. I hardly use it for gaming now, as this was my intent when buying it, because of the aforementioned issues. But hey, it sure is a pretty keyboard – just sometimes it’s as functional as the Commodore 64 Classic.

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  6. Sean B.

    This keyboard is beautiful. The media controls are perfect. The wrist rest feels luxurious. The laser keys are a neat addition to mechanical keyboards. So where does this product go wrong? I have had several issues where the laser keys were sticking (!!!) – this was seemingly caused by connection errors between the keyboard and the wrist rest contacts separating during use. Disconnecting the rest and connecting it usually fixes the problem. I also experienced an issue where the keyboard was completely unresponsive upon start-up which meant an inability to access the number pad to enter my pin. Disconnecting the keyboard and reconnecting it seemed to reconnect me. Additionally, there are times on start-up where the keyboard is completely unresponsive until the Razer software has finished loading at the desktop. I’m pretty bummed out that this keyboard acts up more than my old second-hand keyboard did. I hardly use it for gaming now, as this was my intent when buying it, because of the aforementioned issues. But hey, it sure is a pretty keyboard – just sometimes it’s as functional as the Commodore 64 Classic.

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  7. Sean B.

    This keyboard is beautiful. The media controls are perfect. The wrist rest feels luxurious. The laser keys are a neat addition to mechanical keyboards. So where does this product go wrong? I have had several issues where the laser keys were sticking (!!!) – this was seemingly caused by connection errors between the keyboard and the wrist rest contacts separating during use. Disconnecting the rest and connecting it usually fixes the problem. I also experienced an issue where the keyboard was completely unresponsive upon start-up which meant an inability to access the number pad to enter my pin. Disconnecting the keyboard and reconnecting it seemed to reconnect me. Additionally, there are times on start-up where the keyboard is completely unresponsive until the Razer software has finished loading at the desktop. I’m pretty bummed out that this keyboard acts up more than my old second-hand keyboard did. I hardly use it for gaming now, as this was my intent when buying it, because of the aforementioned issues. But hey, it sure is a pretty keyboard – just sometimes it’s as functional as the Commodore 64 Classic.

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  8. Sean B.

    This keyboard is beautiful. The media controls are perfect. The wrist rest feels luxurious. The laser keys are a neat addition to mechanical keyboards. So where does this product go wrong? I have had several issues where the laser keys were sticking (!!!) – this was seemingly caused by connection errors between the keyboard and the wrist rest contacts separating during use. Disconnecting the rest and connecting it usually fixes the problem. I also experienced an issue where the keyboard was completely unresponsive upon start-up which meant an inability to access the number pad to enter my pin. Disconnecting the keyboard and reconnecting it seemed to reconnect me. Additionally, there are times on start-up where the keyboard is completely unresponsive until the Razer software has finished loading at the desktop. I’m pretty bummed out that this keyboard acts up more than my old second-hand keyboard did. I hardly use it for gaming now, as this was my intent when buying it, because of the aforementioned issues. But hey, it sure is a pretty keyboard – just sometimes it’s as functional as the Commodore 64 Classic.

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  9. kunoh

    I really like the feel of this keyboard. Typing and gaming feels great, and the over all build of this keyboard is top-notch. Be warned though – like many mechanical keyboards, typing on this keyboard can be loud. So I wouldn’t recommend this for office use. But for my home use, it’s perfect. I even managed to replace the keycaps with that of another brand.Performance:During long gaming sessions, I found that the keys felt more comfortable than other keyboards I’ve used in the past. I think the reason for this is that I don’t actually have to press as hard for the keys to register. Razer states that the keys on the Huntsman require slightly less force and register quicker than other keyboards. All I can say is that this keyboard feels “broken-in” for lack of a better term. It just feels good, and “fast.” Additionally, the keyboard has 4 media buttons and a moveable dial (one of the 4 buttons is the dial itself – as it can be pushed in, in addition to being rotated) – all of which can be remapped to your liking. By default, they were set to control music playback – in my case, it controls Spotify. I never really planned on using these media controls, but now that I have them – I can never go back. It’s great when I’m playing a game with my own music running, but also being able to pause that music should a cutscene in the game start to play – all by pressing a button.Lack of Macro keys and USB ports:Unfortunately, the Razer Huntsman does not have macro keys like other keyboards in its price range (Corsair’s K95 does have them). Understandably, this would have been nice to have for some users. (Personally I never used macro keys much myself when I had keyboards that did have them.) Also present on other expensive keyboards is a USB passthrough port. Again, the Huntsman lacks this as well.Loud keys:As stated before, most mechanical keyboards are “loud” and can annoy people who maybe sitting relatively close to you. If you are in an office situation, I would recommend using a different keyboard that has “quiet” mechanical keys like Cherry Browns on a Corsair keyboard; or Razer Orange keys on the Razer Blackwidow. Unfortunately, Razer does not offer a more “quiet” version of the Huntsman Elite at this time.Lighting:The keys on the Huntsman are quite bright, even when compared to Razer’s other offerings like the Ornata Chroma. The difference here is that while the letters on the keys of the Huntsman are significantly brighter; the Ornata Chroma’s underlying membrane is also illuminated giving the keys the illusion that they are floating on a “bed of light.” I wish that Razer somehow found a way to also duplicate that bed of light effect on the Huntsman, but I am definitely happy with the extra bright letters. As you can imagine, the lighting on the Huntsman can be customized to pretty much anything you can imagine.Key Replacement:I replaced the keycaps on my Huntsman with Doubleshot PBT Keycaps from HyperX, after seeing a popular Youtube personality replace his. (These Keycaps run about $25, and are meant for HyperX’s own mechanical keboard.) And while not all the HyperX Keycaps were compatible (the larger keycaps for RETURN, SHIFT, SPACEBAR, etc did not fit the Hunstman’s switches), I still managed to replace most of the keyscaps. The over all effect is that the keyboard is now even more illuminated. That’s because the bottom of the HyperX Keycaps (which are made of white plastic) react with the lighting to give a more brilliant glow to the entire keyboard. Since replacing the keycaps on the Huntsman seemed to work; I would assume a fair number of other keycaps types would probably work for the Huntsman as well. But of course please do your own research before purchasing.Software:The Huntsman uses two USB connectors. Once connected, you must download the latest version of Razer Synapse. This is Razer’s all-in-one software for all their PC keyboards, mice, etc. I actually own several Razer products, and after using Synapse for over a year, I’ve gotten used to using it. It’s not hard to use, but it could definitely use some interface improvement. Still, most users can easily get to the most important things such as lighting customization, re-assigning keys, and making macros. Razer does require a login with your information for the software to work. The reasoning I suppose is that you can use the same settings if you use the same Razer products on several PCs. I would assume that most people don’t use this feature – but I actually do. I use Razer products at my home and at my work – so this actually works well for me. Settings that I make at home can easily be assigned at my work and vice-versa.Conclusion:The Huntsman is a pretty pricey keyboard with exceptional build quality. The body is metal, and the keys are stabilized so that there is minimum “wobble.” Add to this the “fast” actuation feel, and you have an excellent high-end keyboard. Gaming, and typing feel really great. If you can forgive the “loud” keys, this is an excellent option if you’re looking for a high-end keyboard for gaming and work.

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  10. kunoh

    I really like the feel of this keyboard. Typing and gaming feels great, and the over all build of this keyboard is top-notch. Be warned though – like many mechanical keyboards, typing on this keyboard can be loud. So I wouldn’t recommend this for office use. But for my home use, it’s perfect. I even managed to replace the keycaps with that of another brand.Performance:During long gaming sessions, I found that the keys felt more comfortable than other keyboards I’ve used in the past. I think the reason for this is that I don’t actually have to press as hard for the keys to register. Razer states that the keys on the Huntsman require slightly less force and register quicker than other keyboards. All I can say is that this keyboard feels “broken-in” for lack of a better term. It just feels good, and “fast.” Additionally, the keyboard has 4 media buttons and a moveable dial (one of the 4 buttons is the dial itself – as it can be pushed in, in addition to being rotated) – all of which can be remapped to your liking. By default, they were set to control music playback – in my case, it controls Spotify. I never really planned on using these media controls, but now that I have them – I can never go back. It’s great when I’m playing a game with my own music running, but also being able to pause that music should a cutscene in the game start to play – all by pressing a button.Lack of Macro keys and USB ports:Unfortunately, the Razer Huntsman does not have macro keys like other keyboards in its price range (Corsair’s K95 does have them). Understandably, this would have been nice to have for some users. (Personally I never used macro keys much myself when I had keyboards that did have them.) Also present on other expensive keyboards is a USB passthrough port. Again, the Huntsman lacks this as well.Loud keys:As stated before, most mechanical keyboards are “loud” and can annoy people who maybe sitting relatively close to you. If you are in an office situation, I would recommend using a different keyboard that has “quiet” mechanical keys like Cherry Browns on a Corsair keyboard; or Razer Orange keys on the Razer Blackwidow. Unfortunately, Razer does not offer a more “quiet” version of the Huntsman Elite at this time.Lighting:The keys on the Huntsman are quite bright, even when compared to Razer’s other offerings like the Ornata Chroma. The difference here is that while the letters on the keys of the Huntsman are significantly brighter; the Ornata Chroma’s underlying membrane is also illuminated giving the keys the illusion that they are floating on a “bed of light.” I wish that Razer somehow found a way to also duplicate that bed of light effect on the Huntsman, but I am definitely happy with the extra bright letters. As you can imagine, the lighting on the Huntsman can be customized to pretty much anything you can imagine.Key Replacement:I replaced the keycaps on my Huntsman with Doubleshot PBT Keycaps from HyperX, after seeing a popular Youtube personality replace his. (These Keycaps run about $25, and are meant for HyperX’s own mechanical keboard.) And while not all the HyperX Keycaps were compatible (the larger keycaps for RETURN, SHIFT, SPACEBAR, etc did not fit the Hunstman’s switches), I still managed to replace most of the keyscaps. The over all effect is that the keyboard is now even more illuminated. That’s because the bottom of the HyperX Keycaps (which are made of white plastic) react with the lighting to give a more brilliant glow to the entire keyboard. Since replacing the keycaps on the Huntsman seemed to work; I would assume a fair number of other keycaps types would probably work for the Huntsman as well. But of course please do your own research before purchasing.Software:The Huntsman uses two USB connectors. Once connected, you must download the latest version of Razer Synapse. This is Razer’s all-in-one software for all their PC keyboards, mice, etc. I actually own several Razer products, and after using Synapse for over a year, I’ve gotten used to using it. It’s not hard to use, but it could definitely use some interface improvement. Still, most users can easily get to the most important things such as lighting customization, re-assigning keys, and making macros. Razer does require a login with your information for the software to work. The reasoning I suppose is that you can use the same settings if you use the same Razer products on several PCs. I would assume that most people don’t use this feature – but I actually do. I use Razer products at my home and at my work – so this actually works well for me. Settings that I make at home can easily be assigned at my work and vice-versa.Conclusion:The Huntsman is a pretty pricey keyboard with exceptional build quality. The body is metal, and the keys are stabilized so that there is minimum “wobble.” Add to this the “fast” actuation feel, and you have an excellent high-end keyboard. Gaming, and typing feel really great. If you can forgive the “loud” keys, this is an excellent option if you’re looking for a high-end keyboard for gaming and work.

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  11. kunoh

    I really like the feel of this keyboard. Typing and gaming feels great, and the over all build of this keyboard is top-notch. Be warned though – like many mechanical keyboards, typing on this keyboard can be loud. So I wouldn’t recommend this for office use. But for my home use, it’s perfect. I even managed to replace the keycaps with that of another brand.Performance:During long gaming sessions, I found that the keys felt more comfortable than other keyboards I’ve used in the past. I think the reason for this is that I don’t actually have to press as hard for the keys to register. Razer states that the keys on the Huntsman require slightly less force and register quicker than other keyboards. All I can say is that this keyboard feels “broken-in” for lack of a better term. It just feels good, and “fast.” Additionally, the keyboard has 4 media buttons and a moveable dial (one of the 4 buttons is the dial itself – as it can be pushed in, in addition to being rotated) – all of which can be remapped to your liking. By default, they were set to control music playback – in my case, it controls Spotify. I never really planned on using these media controls, but now that I have them – I can never go back. It’s great when I’m playing a game with my own music running, but also being able to pause that music should a cutscene in the game start to play – all by pressing a button.Lack of Macro keys and USB ports:Unfortunately, the Razer Huntsman does not have macro keys like other keyboards in its price range (Corsair’s K95 does have them). Understandably, this would have been nice to have for some users. (Personally I never used macro keys much myself when I had keyboards that did have them.) Also present on other expensive keyboards is a USB passthrough port. Again, the Huntsman lacks this as well.Loud keys:As stated before, most mechanical keyboards are “loud” and can annoy people who maybe sitting relatively close to you. If you are in an office situation, I would recommend using a different keyboard that has “quiet” mechanical keys like Cherry Browns on a Corsair keyboard; or Razer Orange keys on the Razer Blackwidow. Unfortunately, Razer does not offer a more “quiet” version of the Huntsman Elite at this time.Lighting:The keys on the Huntsman are quite bright, even when compared to Razer’s other offerings like the Ornata Chroma. The difference here is that while the letters on the keys of the Huntsman are significantly brighter; the Ornata Chroma’s underlying membrane is also illuminated giving the keys the illusion that they are floating on a “bed of light.” I wish that Razer somehow found a way to also duplicate that bed of light effect on the Huntsman, but I am definitely happy with the extra bright letters. As you can imagine, the lighting on the Huntsman can be customized to pretty much anything you can imagine.Key Replacement:I replaced the keycaps on my Huntsman with Doubleshot PBT Keycaps from HyperX, after seeing a popular Youtube personality replace his. (These Keycaps run about $25, and are meant for HyperX’s own mechanical keboard.) And while not all the HyperX Keycaps were compatible (the larger keycaps for RETURN, SHIFT, SPACEBAR, etc did not fit the Hunstman’s switches), I still managed to replace most of the keyscaps. The over all effect is that the keyboard is now even more illuminated. That’s because the bottom of the HyperX Keycaps (which are made of white plastic) react with the lighting to give a more brilliant glow to the entire keyboard. Since replacing the keycaps on the Huntsman seemed to work; I would assume a fair number of other keycaps types would probably work for the Huntsman as well. But of course please do your own research before purchasing.Software:The Huntsman uses two USB connectors. Once connected, you must download the latest version of Razer Synapse. This is Razer’s all-in-one software for all their PC keyboards, mice, etc. I actually own several Razer products, and after using Synapse for over a year, I’ve gotten used to using it. It’s not hard to use, but it could definitely use some interface improvement. Still, most users can easily get to the most important things such as lighting customization, re-assigning keys, and making macros. Razer does require a login with your information for the software to work. The reasoning I suppose is that you can use the same settings if you use the same Razer products on several PCs. I would assume that most people don’t use this feature – but I actually do. I use Razer products at my home and at my work – so this actually works well for me. Settings that I make at home can easily be assigned at my work and vice-versa.Conclusion:The Huntsman is a pretty pricey keyboard with exceptional build quality. The body is metal, and the keys are stabilized so that there is minimum “wobble.” Add to this the “fast” actuation feel, and you have an excellent high-end keyboard. Gaming, and typing feel really great. If you can forgive the “loud” keys, this is an excellent option if you’re looking for a high-end keyboard for gaming and work.

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  12. kunoh

    I really like the feel of this keyboard. Typing and gaming feels great, and the over all build of this keyboard is top-notch. Be warned though – like many mechanical keyboards, typing on this keyboard can be loud. So I wouldn’t recommend this for office use. But for my home use, it’s perfect. I even managed to replace the keycaps with that of another brand.Performance:During long gaming sessions, I found that the keys felt more comfortable than other keyboards I’ve used in the past. I think the reason for this is that I don’t actually have to press as hard for the keys to register. Razer states that the keys on the Huntsman require slightly less force and register quicker than other keyboards. All I can say is that this keyboard feels “broken-in” for lack of a better term. It just feels good, and “fast.” Additionally, the keyboard has 4 media buttons and a moveable dial (one of the 4 buttons is the dial itself – as it can be pushed in, in addition to being rotated) – all of which can be remapped to your liking. By default, they were set to control music playback – in my case, it controls Spotify. I never really planned on using these media controls, but now that I have them – I can never go back. It’s great when I’m playing a game with my own music running, but also being able to pause that music should a cutscene in the game start to play – all by pressing a button.Lack of Macro keys and USB ports:Unfortunately, the Razer Huntsman does not have macro keys like other keyboards in its price range (Corsair’s K95 does have them). Understandably, this would have been nice to have for some users. (Personally I never used macro keys much myself when I had keyboards that did have them.) Also present on other expensive keyboards is a USB passthrough port. Again, the Huntsman lacks this as well.Loud keys:As stated before, most mechanical keyboards are “loud” and can annoy people who maybe sitting relatively close to you. If you are in an office situation, I would recommend using a different keyboard that has “quiet” mechanical keys like Cherry Browns on a Corsair keyboard; or Razer Orange keys on the Razer Blackwidow. Unfortunately, Razer does not offer a more “quiet” version of the Huntsman Elite at this time.Lighting:The keys on the Huntsman are quite bright, even when compared to Razer’s other offerings like the Ornata Chroma. The difference here is that while the letters on the keys of the Huntsman are significantly brighter; the Ornata Chroma’s underlying membrane is also illuminated giving the keys the illusion that they are floating on a “bed of light.” I wish that Razer somehow found a way to also duplicate that bed of light effect on the Huntsman, but I am definitely happy with the extra bright letters. As you can imagine, the lighting on the Huntsman can be customized to pretty much anything you can imagine.Key Replacement:I replaced the keycaps on my Huntsman with Doubleshot PBT Keycaps from HyperX, after seeing a popular Youtube personality replace his. (These Keycaps run about $25, and are meant for HyperX’s own mechanical keboard.) And while not all the HyperX Keycaps were compatible (the larger keycaps for RETURN, SHIFT, SPACEBAR, etc did not fit the Hunstman’s switches), I still managed to replace most of the keyscaps. The over all effect is that the keyboard is now even more illuminated. That’s because the bottom of the HyperX Keycaps (which are made of white plastic) react with the lighting to give a more brilliant glow to the entire keyboard. Since replacing the keycaps on the Huntsman seemed to work; I would assume a fair number of other keycaps types would probably work for the Huntsman as well. But of course please do your own research before purchasing.Software:The Huntsman uses two USB connectors. Once connected, you must download the latest version of Razer Synapse. This is Razer’s all-in-one software for all their PC keyboards, mice, etc. I actually own several Razer products, and after using Synapse for over a year, I’ve gotten used to using it. It’s not hard to use, but it could definitely use some interface improvement. Still, most users can easily get to the most important things such as lighting customization, re-assigning keys, and making macros. Razer does require a login with your information for the software to work. The reasoning I suppose is that you can use the same settings if you use the same Razer products on several PCs. I would assume that most people don’t use this feature – but I actually do. I use Razer products at my home and at my work – so this actually works well for me. Settings that I make at home can easily be assigned at my work and vice-versa.Conclusion:The Huntsman is a pretty pricey keyboard with exceptional build quality. The body is metal, and the keys are stabilized so that there is minimum “wobble.” Add to this the “fast” actuation feel, and you have an excellent high-end keyboard. Gaming, and typing feel really great. If you can forgive the “loud” keys, this is an excellent option if you’re looking for a high-end keyboard for gaming and work.

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