Razer Huntsman Elite Gaming Keyboard Review
Razor Huntsman and the Huntsman Elite, and these are designed to replace their super popular Black Widow keyboard. These are kind of like a secondary flagship device, but I think these are going to be the future of their keyboards. So, what makes these things special is their switch. They using these Razor optomechanical switches which are optical switches, so the traditional mechanical switch uses metal contacts to actuate the switch. But these use an infrared light beam that detected when you press the switch down. So, when the switch is up, that red beam gets blocked, press it down, the red beam goes through and the sensor picks it up and that an actuation. So these guys are the first people to come up with an optical light switch.It has been done before by other companies, but Razer is one of the first big players in the gaming industry to do it and I would be surprised if Logitech and corsair or any of the other bigger companies if they do it relatively soon as well.
So what makes an optimal mechanical switch special? For one these switches have fewer moving parts, so they just have a longer lifespan, these are actually rated for a hundred million keystrokes. Your standard mechanical switch like something from Cherry is rated for like 20 to maybe 50 million keystrokes. These are a hundred million, significantly longer-lasting, significantly more durable. Now, whether or not you actually gonna break your keyboard because you pressed it 100 million times is a different story, but just by the nature of how the switch works, these are more longer-lasting. Secondly, optomechanical switches don have something called events. So on a regular mechanical switch, manufacturers have to implement an input delay.
So, this is a purposeful delay around five milliseconds and they do this to prevent something called chatter. Optical mechanical switches don have chatter so they don have to implement this delay that input is just received by the computer a little bit faster feel like Razer built this entire keyboard around speed in addition to that optical sensor that reading a little bit faster they have a lower actuation force and a shorter travel on each keystroke and they ended up with this gaming keyboard that feels really fast, not sure if it the actuation force or the shortened travel or if it the optical sensor
I think all of them are working together, but it actually feels significantly and noticeably faster than a regular mechanical switch feels crisp and sharp.