Mechanical keyboards are all the norm these days, daily we see new keyboards with new innovation implemented on the mechanical keys roll out in the market. Tech giants like Razer don’t believe in quantity over quality, We often see razer not producing much of the mechanical keyboards, It’s just because they prefer quality.
Today, Razer just announced a pair of new keyboards, The Huntsman and the Huntsman Elite, these keyboards are offering a new set of mechanical keys. They are the Razer’s first keyboard models to feature “opto-mechanical key switches,” technically combining the tactile clicking of a mechanical keyboard with optical, IR-base technology which detects when the key is pressed for far better actuation reliability.
Razer says that the opto-mechanical keys offer a similar feel to the existing Razer Green switches used in their previous keyboards but with 30% faster actuation than traditional mechanical switches due to the optical sensors. This new technology means lesser moving parts, which Razer says should interpret to less mechanical issues and a longer lifespan with rated over 100 million keystrokes.
The basic model Huntsman offers the opto-mechanical switches and the standard chroma lighting for $150, while the Huntsman Elite offers some extra features for an extra $50 ($200).
Talking about the key lighting, the Elite mode offers underglow lighting for illuminating the bottom of your desk around the keyboard. Razer is also including a magnetic palm rest that offers underglow lighting through a hidden POGO pin connector, so you won’t have to choose between looking cool and feeling comfortable altogether. The elite is also offering multimedia controls with unique buttons and a scrolling dial at the top right of the keyboard, which are fully customizable through the software.
Both keyboards are available to be bought on Razer’s website