Razer Huntsman

In the world of gaming peripherals, Razer is one of the most recognized brands. The company generally makes excellent stuff, and its latest Huntsman V2 and Huntsman V2 Tenkeyless are promising to almost eliminate input latency, which is critical for PC gaming.

Razer Huntsman V2 and Huntsman V2 Tenkeyless

Razer announced two different versions of the Huntsman V2 mechanical keyboard. First, there’s the full-sized model that comes with the number pad, volume wheel, media controls, and all the other buttons you could ever want. The Tenkeyless also drops all of the extra buttons and gives you the main keyboard.

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Either way, what makes the Razer Huntsman V2 is the low latency. Razer combined a few different technologies to get to its promise of almost no latency. First, the keyboard has a polling rate of 8,000Hz. Second, it uses optical switches, which use a light beam to detect keypresses instead of metal contacts. These get rid of any debounce delay, which creates a near-zero latency experience.

Razer actually calls it “the world’s fastest keyboard,” which is a pretty bold claim but based on the data shown off in the press release, it does seem like it could be true.

“We broke new ground with the original Huntsman, bringing Optical Switches to mainstream gaming for the first time,” said Chris Mitchell, Head of Sales & Marketing of Razer’s Peripherals Business Unit. “The improvements and refinements in the new Huntsman V2 range now give players a high-performance, gaming-focused keyboard that feels even smoother, responds even quicker, and sounds quieter than before.”

For PC gaming, this, along with a high refresh-rate monitor, can make a massive difference in terms of performance. That extra fraction of a second can be the difference between winning and losing, especially in competitive eSports matches.

Your Keyboard Has Latency

Whether you feel it or not, your keyboard does have latency, and it can make a difference in gaming. Unfortunately, wireless keyboards have even more latency than wired ones, so if you’re playing PC games on a cheap wireless keyboard, you are putting yourself at a slight disadvantage.

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The difference isn’t that big of a deal for many players, but if you’re at a high level, it’s worth investing in a wired mechanical keyboard with low latency.

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