The Huntsman V2 is Razer’s newest entry in its extensive keyboard lineup, and it’s going back to basics with a focus on pushing the boundaries of performance.
Razer’s current Huntsman Elite leaned a bit more into the luxury space with its 4-sided underglow and robust frame. But the trade-offs were a hefty weight and power requirements that took up two USB ports.
With the new Huntsman V2 and Huntsman V2 TKL, Razer has streamlined the design to address the main aspects of a proper keyboard experience: speed, feel and acoustics.
Let’s take a closer look at the different areas that were improved upon for the second generation of Huntsman keyboards.
Trading RGB for a More Svelte and Sophisticated Experience
The Huntsman V2 retains its premium look and durability with the same aluminum construction, but has shed a significant amount of weight. The removal of underglow and the switch to the new bezel-less, non-magnetic wrist wrest means overall dimensions are smaller and less materials are present. Plus, the cable is thinner and lighter with only one USB connector, as opposed to the double USB requirement on the Huntsman Elite.
While I’m bummed that the underglow is gone for this iteration, the improvements in weight and size are a worthwhile trade, especially since we all need to be much more mobile these days. All versions of the Huntsman V2 now come with a plush leatherette wrist rest as well as Razer’s upgraded doubleshot PBT keycaps. The keys now feature a standard bottom row for better compatibility with custom keycap kits.
For the full sized Huntsman V2, the non-detachable braided cable has been relocated to the left side for improved cable management, while the Huntsman V2 TKL features a detachable USB-C to USB-A braided cable.
Visually, those are the main differences between Huntsman V2 and the original. Of course, Chroma RGB is standard, and in case you missed it, you can further enhance the effect with Razer’s new Phantom Keycaps.
The Best Upgrades Are the Ones You Can’t See (or Hear)
On the inside, there’s a lot going on that will have keyboard enthusiasts typing with joy.
The most significant update, in my opinion, is the addition of sound dampening foam inside the body of the keyboard. There’s a noticeable reduction in the clacking noise of the keys, much to the pleasure of housemates and coworkers everywhere.
If your Huntsman V2 is spec’ed with the 2nd gen linear optical switches (red), this audible reduction is further enhanced thanks to individual silicone dampeners inside each switch. The result is a near-silent typing experience, reminiscent of the old Microsoft rubber dome keyboards from decades ago, except you get all of the best speed, accuracy and stability that Razer has to offer.
The effortless and silent typing experience of the linear optical switches is something that you must try in person in order to fully appreciate. I already know of a few friends that I’m going to gift this keyboard to because I’m tired of hearing their clacking keys over Discord.
Every Huntsman V2 features Razer’s acclaimed optical switches — available in clicky (purple) or silent linear (red) — paired with Razer HyperPolling Technology which has been supercharged with an 8000Hz polling rate; way up from the original’s 1000Hz.
What this translates to when gaming or typing is near-instant response from the keys: the Huntsman V2 has ultra-low latency at just 0.2 milliseconds (ms). For reference, Razer’s optical switch without HyperPolling has a latency of 1ms, while the average mechanical keyboard has a latency of around 2.0 to 2.4ms.
In all honesty, Razer’s HyperPolling is the difference between best and bestest, and something that won’t necessarily make too big of a difference for my escapades in Genshin Impact or my quest to type over 100 words per minute (I’m at 95 WPM right now!). But an advantage is an advantage, and for pro- or aspiring pro-gamers, a fraction of a millisecond could be the difference between a win or a loss.
Additional features of the Huntsman V2 include hybrid on-board storage for up to five profiles, fully programmable keys, gaming mode, and a multi-function digital dial with media keys (full sized only).
Where to Buy Razer’s Huntsman V2 and Huntsman V2 TKL Gaming Keyboards
I think Razer has done an excellent job with its second generation of Huntsman keyboards, giving gamers exactly what they desire while offering lifestyle improvements they didn’t even know were possible.
The Huntsman V2 (full sized) and Huntsman V2 TKL are available now at a starting price of $189.99 for the full sized version and $149.99 for the tenkeyless variant.
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