Razer Huntsman TE Review

Razer Huntsman TE Review

7/10 Very Good

The Main Point

The Razer Huntsman TE is a great  keyboard. They took what the community asked for, and implemented it. The new switches are great and very fast, but I had some software problems and there is some slight pinging after each click during the razer huntsman te review. Overall, I still think that the Razer Huntsman TE is a great buy, and one of their best keyboards to date.

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The Good

  • The TKL form factor is, in my opinion, the perfect middle ground
  • The new optical switches feel great and are extremely fast
  • This keyboard is beautifully designed
  • There is a lot of software customization 

The Bad

  • There is a very slight metal pinging sound after each keypress
  • I had some large software issues

The Razer Huntsman TE is another product in Razer’s Huntsman line of keyboards. This keyboard was the first to have their linear red opto-mechanical switches. These new switches are great, but there are a few problems. Also, the Razer Synapse software has tons of customization options, but it can be very finicky at times. I personally had a couple other issues with this keyboard, but we will talk more about those later. This keyboard is beautifully designed, and it is quite close to being my perfect keyboard, so I was sad to find these issues.

Design

The Razer Huntsman TE has been beautifully designed. Personally, it is one of the best designed keyboards that I think I have ever seen. I love the tenkeyless design, because I have no use for a number pad. The aluminum top plate looks and feels amazing. It has two levels of adjustable feet on the bottom of the keyboard. This keyboard features a removable usb type c cable that is non-proprietary, meaning you can use whatever usb type c cable you want. The Razer Huntsman Te also has a standard bottom row, so you can get a custom keycap set and custom cable. The included doubleshot PBT keycaps feel great, and they will never start to shine like abs keycaps. These keycaps are also slightly textured, and they feel great. Overall, I love the design of this keyboard, and it is probably one of the best aspects of this keyboard.

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Switches

Razer’s new linear red opto-mechanical switches are great. They feel very good and are some of the fastest switches that you can get. They have an actuation distance of 1 millimeter and an actuation force of only 40 grams, these switches feel very fast. This has to be one of the fastest keyboards that I have ever tested. It is great for gaming, but typing on it can be somewhat difficult. After a couple of weeks typing on this keyboard, I still have quite a few mistypes. I have greatly enjoyed gaming on this keyboard, though. It isn’t a very noticeable difference in speed, but I can still notice this keyboard being slightly faster. It could definitely give an esports player a slight advantage, but otherwise, it isn’t that important. Now, let’s talk about the stabilizers. If you pick the keyboard up and shake it from side to side, the stabilizers rattle a ton. Also, after each keypress, you can hear a slight mechanical pinging. It isn’t the worst, but it is definitely there. Another thing is, if you bottom out on the spacebar, it can get very loud. This won’t be a problem if you are wearing a headset, but if you record or have someone else in the room, it may get annoying for them and your viewers.

Razer huntsman te side angle

Software

Now, for the Razer Synapse Software. I have some mixed feelings about this one. On one hand, it has tons of customization and is quite easy to work with. On the other, it has frequent updates and the in order to use your profiles, you have to have Razer Synapse downloaded. Ok, let’s start out with the good. You can choose from tons of premade effects, or make your own. You can also set macros, turn on gaming mode to disable the Windows key, and connect it to Alexa. The RGB on this keyboard isn’t over the top, but the subtleness of it looks quite good. Now for the bad. After each update you have to go into the app to get your profile to turn back on. I feel like almost every time I turn my computer on, it has another update. These updates don’t take that long, they’re just annoying. Also, you can’t take your RGB profiles with you to another computer without downloading synapse onto that computer. I think that this is quite dumb, as most keyboards at this point have that feature. At least the software isn’t always running like Hyper X’s.

Razer huntsman te being used for gaming

My problems

Before I start, I would like to say that I don’t think that this is a widespread issue. I haven’t heard of anyone else having this problem, and my second copy of this keyboard hasn’t had this problem. Ok, now I’ll start. My first copy of this keyboard had been working fine, and I had been using it for a few hours for this Razer Huntsman TE review. Then, all of a sudden, it turned off. I tried unplugging it and plugging it back in multiple times. Finally, I restarted my computer. After that it started to work again, so I kept using it, hoping that it was a one time issue. The next day I was using it again, and then it did it again. I ended up having to restart my computer again, and at that point I was worried, so I decided to return it and get a new one. I have had the new one for a couple weeks now, and it has been working fine. Now you know that I have had this issue.

7/10 Very Good

The Main Point

The Razer Huntsman TE is a great  keyboard. They took what the community asked for, and implemented it. The new switches are great and very fast, but I had some software problems and there is some slight pinging after each click. Overall, I still think that the Razer Huntsman TE is a great buy, and one of their best keyboards to date.

Buy the Razer Huntsman TE here

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