Razer Huntsman V2 Analog Review: Gaming keyboard with optical switches

The Razer company starts the year 2021 with excellent resolutions. Players can now find the all-new Razer Huntsman V2 Analog on the official store and in stores. Under this familiar name lie real innovations for the world’s best-selling range of keyboards. Available in different models, the Huntsman now offers multifunction optical switches which have earned this newcomer its particular designation: Analog.

A respected manufacturing quality

This Razer Huntsman V2 Analog does not fundamentally change the appearance of the base model. It includes the media control options also seen on BlackWidow models with the special backlit volume control wheel. There is also this aluminum frame construction giving a good feeling of solidity to the whole. The keyboard does not bend under the pressure of the hands and the rendering is really convincing.

The Razer Huntsman V2 Analog is a replica of the largest model in the range. Suddenly, players will also be entitled to the numeric keypad which, it must be admitted, is quite useless for competitive play. But let’s say that thanks to this it acts as a really good keyboard for typing.

Razer Huntsman V2 Analog

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Connectivity revised from A to C

The first peculiarities that we can highlight are the presence of a USB 3.0 passthrough port on the left side. It is powered by a USB-A termination of the Razer Huntsman V2 Analog cable. This is also always reinforced with a braided coating and thus prevents unwanted twists and harm to the longevity of the entire keyboard.

Connectivity reviewed and thought for the future, on the other hand, the keyboard is now powered by a single USB-C plug. Previously, and as is always the case with most models of keyboards from other brands, you had to provide 2 USB-A ports to get enough power for everything to work.

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It is therefore a nice improvement for the comfort of use of the player, especially since the Razer Huntsman V2 Analog is accompanied by a USB-C to USB-A adapter for those who do not have this new standard of connection. Be careful, however, to power the keyboard with USB 3.0, otherwise, the RGB lighting will not work.

Razer Analog Optical Switches

To justify the sacred budget of $249.99 requested for the Razer Huntsman V2 Analog, the manufacturer of course did not stop at the connection. A symbolic element was needed which would mark the occasion and give a real breeze of fresh air to the entire range. For this year, the American company of Min-Liang Tan has implemented it is brand new “ Analog ” switches. This time, it is not a question of click, but of functionalities. Each switch on the keyboard has multiple functions and settings.

Razer Analog optical switches first, the Razer Huntsman V2 Analog can take into account the pressure on each of its keys. Thus, it is possible to simulate an action exerted on a joystick, for racing games for example. It was difficult to advise a player to play Rocket League, Forza, or even roam Night City on Cyberpunk 2077 with a keyboard/mouse combo. Now, with the Razer Huntsman V2 Analog, the player can gently turn with his vehicle by exerting more or less strong pressure on the corresponding button. The result is very satisfactory.

An activation sensitivity that can be adjusted as desired

On the other hand, as you will understand, it is also possible to adjust the activation point of the Analog switches between 1.5 and 3.6 mm. It was already possible to make such an adjustment on the SteelSeries Apex Pro, and Razer is thus leveling up, although it is essential to go through Razer Synapse where SteelSeries allowed to adjust this sensitivity on the fly on a scale. from 1 to 10 via the small OLED screen on the upper right corner.

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However, Razer goes even further in this approach. Here, the player can adjust the activation stroke on a per-key basis for stunning customization. To overcome this lack of adjustment “on the fly” like SteelSeries, the Razer Huntsman V2 Analog can still embed up to 5 different game profiles. A representative of the brand has even confirmed to us that e-Sport champions will also be able to offer their own custom profiles in the weeks/months following the launch of the keyboard.

The Razer Huntsman V2 Analog doubles its functionality with double-step Actuation

Finally, a once again very surprising feature is the Double-step Actuation. With this, the player can set two functions for a single key. As an example, the player can apply the ” Equip Grenade ” function at 1.5mm stroke and ” Throw Grenade ” at 3.6mm. In this way, Razer doubles the functionality of its keys. Let us add that it will still require a minimum of practice and precision of typing not to perform the wrong action because of too strong support.

Finally, let’s talk about the overall aesthetic of the keyboard. RGB effects are fundamental for the Razer company. For years, the manufacturer has attempted to create an ecosystem that connects all of its peripherals under a single lighting and a single point of control, Razer Chroma Studio. On this point, the Razer Huntsman V2 Analog is quite satisfactory.

It actually embeds full RGB lighting, perhaps lacking a bit of brightness, but also adjustable key by key. In addition, the supplied wrist rest is housed under the keyboard with a magnetic system and incorporates the RGB lighting around its outline. So this is a good argument for fans of colored lights!

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The innovation the Huntsmans deserved

If we put aside the huge budget requested by Razer for this new model, the Razer Huntsman V2 Analog is quite innovative. It is the very first model to embed Analog switches that allow thousand-and-one functions and, what is more, offers an alternative to controllers for games requiring flexible movements. The intention is excellent and works quite well in practice.

It is only on the point of the double activation that we will show a slight reluctance as its use will require great typing precision, which can lead to boring situations in part. But when you tame all these possibilities, the Razer Huntsman V2 Analog becomes a major strategic asset in competition and a pleasant keyboard to use for more scripted games.

Razer Huntsman V2 Analog Data Sheet:

  • Switch type: Razer Analog optical switch
  • Key touch: tactile and audible
  • Sizes: large
  • Lighting: Razer Chroma ™ backlight with 16.8 million customizable colors
  • Wrist rest: yes
  • Integrated memory: Integrated hybrid storage – up to 5 profiles
  • Multimedia keys: Dedicated multimedia controls
  • Cable gland: None
  • Connectivity: Wired
  • Keys: Doubleshot PBT
  • USB Passthrough: 3.0

Summary of the review

If we put aside the huge budget requested by Razer for this new model, the Razer Huntsman V2 Analog is quite innovative. It is the very first model to embed Analog switches that allow thousand-and-one functions and, what is more, offers an alternative to controllers for games requiring flexible movements. The intention is excellent and works quite well in practice.

It is only on the point of the double activation that we will show a slight reluctance as its use will require great typing precision, which can lead to boring situations in part. But when all these possibilities are tamed, the Razer Huntsman V2 Analog becomes a major strategic asset in competition and a pleasant keyboard to use for more scripted games.

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