Razer Huntsman Elite Review

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Updated December 17, 2022
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Expert Score (From 3 Experts)
85/100

Customer Score (From 7605 Reviews)
4.7/5

Overview

Announced in mid-2018, the Razer Huntsman Elite is a premium mechanical gaming keyboard that is available with clicky or linear optical switches. The full-size mechanical keyboard will likely take up a significant amount of desk space since it measures about 17.5 by 9.1 inches with its wrist rest attached. Its wrist rest and two incline settings are quite typical with most of the best keyboards on the market.

The wired keyboard is also ideal for competitive gaming, with an outstandingly low latency of 1.3ms that is hard to match even when compared to the best gaming keyboards. Its per-key RGB lighting is fully customizable, and its build quality is decent since it has an aluminum top plate. Its keycaps are made of ABS plastic, but if you’d prefer PBT, go ahead and check out our Razer Huntsman V2 Analog review.

Reasons to Buy

  • Ultra-responsive key switches
  • Very low latency
  • Customizable RGB lighting
  • Good design
  • Macro-programmable keys

Reasons to Not

  • Not compatible with macOS & Linux platforms
  • Slippery ABS keycaps

Market Context

Compared to the same brand’s similar models: Consumers love the Razer Huntsman Elite for its responsive Linear Optical switches. This is one of the main differences it has against the Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro, which has clicky Razer Green switches. However, the V3 Pro is wireless and can support multi-device connectivity, while the Huntsman Elite is wired, and its cable is not detachable. The V3 Pro also has a louder typing noise than the Huntsman Elite, which is quieter.

The keycaps on the Razer Huntsman Elite are made of ABS material, while those on the Razer Huntsman V2 are made of PBT plastic. As a result, the V2 feels better to type on compared to the Huntsman Elite, and its latency of 0.5ms is also shorter than that of the Elite, at 1.3ms.

Compared to other brand’s similar models: The Razer Huntsman Elite has a USB passthrough, while the Corsair K100 RGB does not, but the keycaps on the K100 are made of PBT plastic, while those on the Huntsman Elite are made of ABS. Also, the K100 has a much lower latency of 0.5ms than the Huntsman Elite, at 1.3ms.

Critic Consensus

The Razer Huntsman Elite impressed expert testers with its super responsive Linear Optical switches and customizable RGB lighting. Product specialists from TechRadar were pleased with its frameless design and set of dedicated media keys on its top right. During their typing tests, they were blown away by how responsive its Optical switches were and appreciated that they were not noisy. Still, if you’d like more advanced features like customizing the pre-travel distance, have a look at our Razer Huntsman Mini Analog review.

The testing team at PC Mag was also quite happy that every physical feature on the keyboard had embedded lighting. They also liked that all its keys were macro-programmable and that these settings could be stored on the keyboard’s onboard memory.

However, they were not too pleased with its slippery ABS keycaps, and missing software support for Linux and macOS. If you want to game on devices running these Operating systems, consider browsing through our Razer Cynosa V2 review or our Razer BlackWidow V3 review.

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