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BlackWidow or Huntsman

Discussion in 'Keyboards' started by Khirman, Mar 20, 2020.

  1. Khirman

    Khirman New Member

    The title is the subject. I don't care about whether it's clicky, tactile, or linear, though the people around me may. It would be helpful if you could also help me choose which one in each lineup. I don't care about media keys (I'm looking at the Tiamat 7.1 V2, although I may choose something else), nor do I care about the ten-key. I'm mainly considering the Huntsman TE and the BlackWidow TE Chroma V2, but others in the lineups would be welcome. The reason I'm looking at these is the compactness (and the included wrist rest in the BlackWidow). If it helps these will be used in place of the built-in laptop keyboard.
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  2. Lafar

    Lafar Well-Known Member

    If you're aiming for compactness, you're definitely on the right track with the Tournament Edition lineup.

    I've used the BlackWidow (Green and Orange switches) for a very very long time. But as of late I've been on the Huntsman Elite.

    With the Huntsman lineup, your main choice would be the Huntsman TE. It comes with some super sweet doubleshot PBT keycaps that provide a more matte texture.

    As for the BlackWidow series, it'll depend on your aesthetic preferences. If you want something more low-profile that's more professional looking, you can't go wrong with the BlackWidow Lite. As for the BlackWidow X TE Chroma vs. BlackWidow TE Chroma V2, it depends on whether or not you dig the exposed metal faceplate look. I currently have a BlackWidow TE Chroma V2 (Orange switches with o-rings) as my office keyboard. The compact size gives back some desk space, and the included wrist rest is great for long typing sessions.

    If you're still curious, here's a handy insider look into the Huntsman TE.
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  3. Khirman

    Khirman New Member

    BlackWidow Lite has no RGB, so it's an instant no go. The X doesn't include the out of stock wrist rest, so that's also a no go. So it boils down to Huntsman or Blackwidow V2. The thing is, I'm also unlikely to be using it outside of gaming, and I'm not competitive enough that the actuation point makes a huge difference. So it's is it worth the $18 saved on the BlackWidow?

    I would chose Huntsman lineup because of it's reliable optical switches that does not develop chatter or double press issue like normal switched keyboards.
    If you buy a normal switched keyboard, sooner or later some keys will develop chatter anyway and you will have to either return the keyboard or change it's faulty switches. This does not happen on optical switched keyboards.
    For normal switches, that 50 million or 80 million keypresses lifetime claim is clearly a lie. A marketing gimmick. Normal switches begin developing chatter way too early.

    I've decided to go with the Huntsman TE. Thanks for the feedback.
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  4. Lafar

    Lafar Well-Known Member


    Let me know how you like it!
  5. dec10851

    dec10851 New Member

    nice I want to get the huntsman now but I only have the blackwidow
  6. kennethyha

    kennethyha Active Member

    DO NOT BUY Razer Tiamat V2 if you care about Razer Synapse 3.0 support. It is supported by Razer Synapse 2.0 only and the earpiece will crack just within 1 year. Instead, I recommend Razer Nari which is cheaper, wireless, supported by Synapse 3.0 and most importantly the earpiece doesn't crack and it is much cooler over an extending gaming period. I used it for 1 year and it's still working very well.
    As for Razer keyboard, if you are like me who prefer maximum gaming performance and hate delays, get a huntsman keyboard with opto mechanical switch. It is light, fast and responsive. Like SSD, once you use it you are not going back!
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