Razer says its new mechanical keyboards have ‘near-zero’ input latency

Razer has introduced an replace to its widespread Huntsman lineup of mechanical keyboards that reduces input latency to “near-zero,” the corporate claims. That’s as a result of the newly introduced Huntsman V2 and Huntsman V2 Tenkeyless (which omits the numpad, quantity wheel, and media controls for a extra compact board) each have a polling fee of 8,000Hz, which means they will theoretically detect key presses eight instances quicker than the unique Huntsman keyboards.

Combined with the keyboards’ optical switches, which use an infrared beam of sunshine to sense once they’ve been pressed quite than metallic contact factors, Razer reckons the 2 new Huntsman keyboards will really feel extra responsive for gaming, particularly when mixed with a high-refresh fee monitor. In distinction, normal mechanical switches can endure from what’s generally known as a “debounce delay,” when the keyboard has to take a second to work out if a key has truly been pressed or not.

The tenkeyless mannequin is extra compact and includes a removable USB-C cable.
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Other enhancements launched with the V2 keyboards embrace new doubleshot PBT keycaps, which have a extra sturdy design with legends that shouldn’t put on away over time. The doubleshot design additionally permits the keyboard’s programmable RGB backlighting to shine via the caps. There are seven preset lighting results constructed into the keyboard, and you’ll customise them through Razer’s software program and save them to the board’s firmware.

Both keyboards can be found with both Razer’s clicky or linear optical switches. The linear switches have additionally seen enhancements because the keyboard’s first iteration, with the addition of a silicon sound dampener inside, and extra lubricant to make them really feel smoother to press. Razer additionally says it’s improved the acoustics of the keyboards, with the addition of a new layer of sound dampening foam, and there’s now a wrist relaxation included within the field with each keyboards.

The full-size Huntsman V2 includes a quantity wheel and media controls on its high proper, however solely the smaller tenkeyless mannequin has a removable USB-C cable.

The announcement of the new keyboards follows the launch of the primary entry to the Huntsman V2 lineup earlier this 12 months. The Huntsman V2 Analog, as its identify suggests, is a keyboard with analog switches, permitting you to program two features to a single key press or regulate precisely how a lot you have to push a key down for it to register a press (generally known as the “actuation point”).

Both of Razer’s new keyboards are happening sale at present. The full-size Huntsman V2 will value $189.99 with clicky switches and $199.99 with linear switches, whereas the extra compact Tenkeyless mannequin prices $149.99 with clicky or $159.99 with linear switches.

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