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Razer Huntsman Elite Review – Opto-Mechanical switches!

Rating: 8.0.

It's been a while since we last saw a new keyboard from Razer – but the wait is over, as today we are reviewing the £200 Huntsman Elite. This keyboard boasts an aluminium top-plate, new dedicated multimedia keys, as well as Opto-Mechanical switches. It is the latter feature which is most interesting, as we are now seeing optical switches being used by a major player in the peripheral market for the first time. Just how do they work, and what is the benefit? Let's find out.

On top of the features outlined above, the Razer Huntsman Elite has a few new tricks tucked up its sleeve. One is the Chroma-enabled RGB wrist-rest that attaches to the keyboard magnetically, while the Huntsman Elite is also the first Razer keyboard to include on-board profiles. Priced at £199.99 direct from the Razer Store, however, this is as pricey a gaming keyboard as they come. Let's see if it is worth it.


  • Razer Opto-Mechanical™ Switch with 45 G actuation force
  • 100 million keystroke lifespan
  • Razer Chroma backlighting with 16.8 million customizable color options
  • Underglow lighting with 38 customization zones
  • Ergonomic Wrist Rest with 24 customization zones underglow
  • Multi-Function Digital Dial
  • Dedicated media controls
  • Hybrid On-board and Cloud Storage – Up to 5 Profiles
  • Razer Synapse 3 enabled
  • Fully programmable keys with on-the-fly macro recording
  • 10 key rollover with anti-ghosting
  • Gaming mode option
  • Braided fiber cable
  • 1000 Hz Ultrapolling
  • Aluminum matte top plate

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