The Razer Huntsman V2 is the latest generation that brings a variety of improvements. The mechanical gaming keyboard is now equipped with 8K Hyper Polling technology, aka 8000Hz. To meet the diverse needs of gamers, Razer provides two Huntsman V2 models, namely full-sized and TKL or tenkeyless.
In this review article, I will discuss the TKL version which makes a slim body as one of its main selling points. Curious? Come on , just take a look at the short review!
Compact and easy to carry around
Buying a tenkeyless keyboard means you’re looking for something that’s sleek and doesn’t take up much space on your desk. An extra bonus, the Razer Huntsman V2 TKL has a compact design that makes it easy to carry around. Its weight is also light, about 0.9 kilograms.
Although it still requires a USB-C cable to connect to a PC (not yet wireless), this cable is not permanent or easy to remove. The cable itself is braided fiber so it is tougher and not easily damaged.
Just for information for those who don’t know, one thing that makes the body of the Huntsman V2 TKL look slim is that there is no numpad button area. Dedicated multimedia keys are not available, and some functions must be accessed while pressing the Fn key.
The exterior appearance of the Huntsman V2 TKL is arguably Razer’s signature. The dominance of the matte black color which is quite fierce will look charming once the RGB (Razer Chroma) lights are on. You can choose the effect itself and modify it with a total of 16.8 million color choices.
Razer relies on Doubleshot PBT keycaps which are claimed to have high durability so that the writing does not fade even after a long time of use. While at the bottom there are support legs to help get the ideal keyboard tilt angle. The main material is a combination of aluminum on the top plate and ABS plastic.
Please note that Razer also provides a wrist rest in the Huntsman V2 TKL sales package. The material is soft and comfortable when in contact with the skin. But unfortunately, there is no such connection between the wrist rest and the keyboard, so it is often easy to shift its position. Maybe it would be better if given a connector with a magnetic system.
Do you need 8K polling rate on the keyboard?
As mentioned above, the Razer Huntsman V2 TKL puts forward the responsive 8K aka 8000Hz Hyper Polling technology. Razer claims its latency is close to zero. This technology comes with Razer optical switches which are available in two options, namely Linear (Red) and Clicky (Purple). The version I’m reviewing is Clicky.
The tactile sensation is solid. When used to play games, I feel this keyboard is able to provide a fast response. Since my main job is related to typing, I feel Huntsman V2 TKL can also be a reliable partner. Typing at high speed feels so easy and doesn’t make your fingers sore.
Minus value? Noisy! Yes, the Clicky version with this purple switch sounds noisy and has the potential to annoy people around you. I’m personally much more interested in trying the Linear model with the Red switch, because it says it uses extra silencer to reduce noise.
Besides that, I don’t think that Hyper Polling 8K is something that casual gamers like me can immediately feel. Honestly, even though it feels responsive, I personally don’t find a significant difference in terms of speed compared to when playing with the Razer Blackwidow Ultimate keyboard that I’ve been using since 2016.
I am a fan of First-Person Shooter (FPS) games. For me, this high polling rate would be more useful on a mouse, like in the Razer Viper 8K series of mice. Especially if I play games with high frame rates and use a monitor with a high refresh rate too.
Who knows. Maybe you who are a professional gamer can benefit more from the 8K poll rate in Huntsman V2 TKL. If so, please share your experience in the comments section below.
Razer Synapse 3 for customization
You can access settings related to RGB effects through the Razer Synapse 3 application. Through the same software there is also an option to adjust the function of each button. The Huntsman V2 TKL has on-board memory for storing macros and other configurations.
Responsive compact gaming keyboard
The Razer Huntsman V2 Tenkeyless is a mechanical gaming keyboard that’s compact and ideal for traveling. Behind its sleek design, this keyboard still offers the latest technology to support gamers playing at a competitive level. Although I have to admit, I don’t have the data to guarantee that the 8K Hz polling rate will have a significant impact on performance, compared to other gaming keyboards.
For those who are interested, the Razer Huntsman V2 Tenkeyless Clicky Purple is sold at a price of IDR 2,499,000. For the Linear Red variant which is promised to be quieter, the price is IDR 2,699,000.
The Razer Huntsman V2 Tenkeyless is suitable for:
- Competitive gamers: The Huntsman V2 TKL is a premium keyboard with high performance and extra comfort. Suitable for gamers who often play at a competitive level. Plus, this device doesn’t take up much space on the table.
- Casual gamers: For those of you who play games to just relax, this keyboard can be an interesting option. Moreover, the design is compact and easily fits into a bag if you want to take it on the go.
- Mobile employees: Huntsman V2 TKL is also suitable for workers who are mobile and need a keyboard to type fast.
- Content creator: If you’re looking for a sleek keyboard with customizable keys and profile storage to suit your work needs, the Huntsman V2 TKL might be the answer.
Advantages of Razer Huntsman V2 TKL (Clicky Purple):
- Sturdy construction
- Slim and compact body, easy to carry around
- Hyper Polling 8K: perfect for competitive (?) gamers
- Clicky Purple Switch is fun for typing and playing games
- Razer Chroma RGB with 16.8 million colors
- Easy customization via Razer Synapse 3
- Detachable braided cable
- Get a soft and comfortable wrist rest
Drawbacks of Razer Huntsman V2 TKL (Clicky Purple):
- The wrist rest is not equipped with a connector to the keyboard, so its position is easy to shift
- Relatively high price
- The polling rate of 8K on the keyboard may not be a feature most casual gamers need