Razer Huntsman

The Razer Huntsman is a gaming keyboard introduced at the end of June 2018. The term also refers to the manufacturer’s keyboard series that is characterized by the use of optical switches.

Huntsman – Optical Mechanical Keyboard

Let us immediately get started with the keyboard’s most interesting part – the optical switches of Razer. The Razer Huntsman and the simultaneously introduced Razer Huntsman Elite are the first two keyboards equipped with these new switches. The optical switches differ from common mechanical switches in the way they actuate by letting a beam of light passing though the switch instead of establishing a metal contact. As a consequence, some problems, as for example key chattering, are expected to be avoided by this technique. Moreover, Razer promises a life span up to 100 million clicks for the switches.

The Razer Huntsman features RGB lighting with about 16.8 million possible colors and various illumination effects. Different configurations can be saved in separate profiles. For efficient gaming, the keyboard offers a dedicated gaming mode and allows to record macros on-the-fly. The keyboard is available in various coloring options: besides traditional black there is also pink and mercury/white to choose from.

Tenkeyless: Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition

A compact version of the keyboard was introduced in September 2019 by the name of Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition. It is a keyboard in the so called tenkeyless format (TKL), meaning that the numpad was omitted in order to save some space. In contrast to the standard version which is equipped with clicky optical switches (purple), the Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition features linear optical switches (red). Other than that, both keyboards offer the same set of features.

Tech Specs for Razer Huntsman

Dimensions: 444 x 140 x 35 mm
Weight: 862 g
Connection: USB
Illumination: Yes (RGB)
Cable Length: 200 cm
Key Rollover: 10KRO
Numpad: Yes
Macro Keys: No macro keys
Media Keys: Yes (integrated)
USB Passthrough: No USB Passthrough
Switches: Razer Clicky Optical Switch
Extras: fully programmable
Available since: Jun. 2018

Further information on Amazon.com

Razer Huntsman Gaming Keyboard: Fastest Keyboard Switches Ever - Clicky Optical Switches - Customizable Chroma RGB Lighting - Programmable Macro Functionality - Classic Black
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Mechanical Keyboard Score


The mechanical keyboard score is our overall score for a keyboard. The score is based on the available ratings and critics and makes an easy comparison between different mechanical keyboards possible. It is also used for our mechanical keyboard ranking.


PC World

December 6, 2019

3 out of 5 stars

"Razer's Huntsman TE is one of the few keyboards (or maybe the only one) that combines optical switches, PBT keycaps, backlighting, and a portable tenkeyless design. Chances are you know whether you need it or not."

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November 6, 2019

9 out of 10 points

"The Razer Huntsman TE is a great keyboard with fast switches and excellent keycaps, but be prepared for some typos."

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October 9, 2019

4.5 out of 5 stars

"The Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition is a fast keyboard, with a stunning lightweight design. It's a bit expensive, but if you need that speed and portability it's worth it."

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Digital Trends

September 18, 2019

3 out of 5 stars

"The Huntsman Tournament Edition is perfect for e-sports, just ok for everything else."

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PC Mag

September 17, 2019

4 out of 5 points

"Razer's Huntsman Tournament Edition is a solid twitch-response keyboard for competitive players comfortable prioritizing gaming over typo-free typing."

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Tom's Guide

September 17, 2019

3.5 out of 5 stars

"Pick up the Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition if you want a tenkeyless esports keyboard with a novel key switch design. Avoid it if you don't want to spend $130 on a tenkeyless model."

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