Razer’s Huntsman V2 Analog Is Designed for Keyboard Fanatics


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Photo: Sam Rutherford

With so many people stuck at home, upgrading the good ‘ole home gaming battlestation has become sort of a hobby. Razer’s new Huntsman V2 Analog, the company’s latest flagship keyboard, has three new features that may be worth the splurge.

The most important new upgrade on the $250 Huntsman V2 Analog is support for adjustable actuation heights, which can be customized on a per-key basis from as shallow as 1.5mm up to as deep as 3.6mm. To make this happen, Razer took the second-gen linear optical switches it debuted last year and then upgraded them with a new laser sensor that allows users to decide how deep a keystroke should be, instead of it being set in stone at the factory.

Illustration for article titled Razers Huntsman V2 Analog Packs Three Fancy New Features for Discerning Keyboard Fanatics

Photo: Sam Rutherford

This is similar to what’s available on Steelseries’ Apex Pro (which is a reason why it’s one of our top-ranked gaming keyboards) and it provides a handy way to deliver the more responsive feel that people often prefer in faster-paced games like CS:GO and other shooters, while still allowing you to drop keystroke sensitivity down in a slower-paced game like Stellaris.

The second big upgrade has to do with the analog part of the Huntsman V2’s name. Razer added the ability for the keyboard to register full analog input, so instead of a key press simply registering as on or off, the Huntsman V2 Analog can tell how hard you’re pressing. It’s just like the analog shoulder buttons you get on all the major console controllers. It might take some fiddling around to get it working just the way you want, but this means the Huntsman V2 Analog can more accurately simulate the gas and brake pedals in a racing game, or distinguish between a walk, run, or dash based solely on how hard you press.

For those who love some nice RGB, there’s a bonus strip of lighting around the base of the keyboard.

For those who love some nice RGB, there’s a bonus strip of lighting around the base of the keyboard.
Photo: Sam Rutherford

The third major new feature is dual-step actuation, which allows you to split a key press into two different actions, like equipping a grenade in a shooter by pressing down, and then throwing the grenade when you let go of the key. Admittedly, this is a bit more of a niche feature, and while it might save time in some games, the titles where this might be useful already offer their own take on this setting, such as the Smart Cast setting in League of Legends.

Aside from its three big additions, the Huntsman V2 Analog also comes with a handy magnetic wrist rest, built-in media controls, and a passthrough USB 3 port. And of course, like so many of Razer’s gaming peripherals, the Huntsman V2 Analog comes with customizable per-key RGB lighting, doubleshot PBT keycaps, the ability to save settings directly to the keyboard, full Chroma support, and syncing with a number of other RGB-lit devices, such as Nanoleaf lights.



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