Razer Huntsman Offers ‘Opto-Mechanical’ Switches

The Huntsman is the latest from Razer

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Razer has another full-featured keyboard on the way, and just like the company’s latest releases that offer waterproofing and snackproofing, the Razer Huntsman has a few tricks to share. The new line has two products, a standard and an Elite model, the more expensive version offers dedicated media keys, a wrist rest and special underglow RGB lighting. Both models feature the new Opto-Mechanical Switches, which are the focal point of the new line.

The Opto-Mechanical Switch gets its name by using optical technology. An infrared light-beam inside each switch detects actuation when a key is pressed. Razer claims that a 1.5mm actuation point allows the Razer Opto-Mechanical Switch to actuate 30% faster than traditional mechanical switches. Razer also stated that tech “offers the same actuate and reset points for rapid fire keypresses as found in a linear switch, and provides a similar tactile feel found in the best-selling Razer Green switches with a lighter actuation force of 45g”. Since you are no longer using a physical device for actuation, the Opto-Mechanical Switch should last twice as long under the same use when compared to a standard mechanical switch.

“We have amassed years of experience developing and manufacturing our very own Razer™ Mechanical Switches designed specifically for gamers,” says Razer CEO and Co-Founder Min-Liang Tan. “This focused expertise has now expanded upon our brand’s legacy with the new Razer Opto-Mechanical Switch that delivers an all-new level of performance that is optimized for top-tier esports competition.”

The Razer Huntsman Elite is the premium keyboard, like we stated earlier it offers dedicated media controls. The three media keys and multifunction digital dial can be customized through Razer Synapse 3. Just like the Razer Ornata Chroma and BlackWidow Chroma V2, the Huntsman Elite offers a magnetically detachable, leatherette wrist rest for users.

The Razer Huntsman Elite is also the first Razer keyboard with Hybrid On-board and Cloud Storage to save and access personalized profile settings online via the cloud or offline via available onboard storage.

Interested parties can buy either version from the official website.