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Behind the Scenes with the Razer Huntsman TE

  • 8 February 2020
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The Razer Huntsman TE has revolutionized the playing field for mechanical keyboards. By providing a fundamentally new optical switch, the Huntsman family of keyboards eliminates debounce delay.

Although mechanical keyboards can utilize software to try and compensate for debounce delay, optical switches actuate via light. Light actuation makes the switch faster, more durable (up to 100 million keystrokes), and reduces debounce delay to the speed of light. Literally.

Under codename “Project Jamie”, the Huntsman took Razer’s top engineers years to develop. The keyboard can now be seen in competitive play, being used by some of Team Razer’s best pro players. TACO (CS:GO) and Arteezy (Dota 2) both rely on the Huntsman TE to gain the competitive edge. Team Razer’s pro players not only use this keyboard in competitive play, they helped develop the Huntsman, through dozens of iterations in a fast feedback loop directly with Razer engineers.



Starting with the switch, engineers at Razer recognized the inherent debounce deficiency in mechanical keyboards. Looking at the numbers, Razer Clicky Optical Switches require 45 grams of actuation force, are 25% faster than leading competitors, with a precise 1.5mm actuation distance. Quality and insanity for detail didn’t just stop at the switch. One of the final touches the Huntsman TE got was its PBT keycaps.

Keyboard customization plays a large role when deciding on which one to buy. Razer wanted to make sure customization was something they could offer but it had to be up to standard and Razer found itself tweaking the product up until the very end. When asked about finishing touches, the Razer team said: “For the Huntsman TE - it was perfecting the PBT keycaps to look aesthetically pleasing, while being thick and durable.” PBT keycaps are something the fans have been asking for and it looks like Razer was listening.


Debating between the Huntsman Elite and Huntsman TE?
The Huntsman Elite is a full sized keyboard, with a detachable wrist rest, media keys, and a Chroma RGB underglow.

The Huntsman TE is a tenkeyless keyboard, with a detachable cable, and Razer’s Doubleshot PBT keycaps.


Join the Pros. Get the Huntsman TE today: https://www.razer.com/gaming-keyboards-keypads/razer-huntsman-tournament-edition

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Was just coming to ask that same question as @DrammaBear
does anyone have an idea if the 2d generation opto red switches will come for Huntsman TE? I just ordered mine hours before huntsman mini came out..... loud noise is a concern for me. should I better wait for the 2d gen switches?
One of the best Razer keyboard probably the BEST keyboard in the world. I really want it.
fastTealBluebook762
I own this keyboard, the build quality is great! But it is toooo sensitive..... I still accidentally press other keys when my fingers were rest on it.

Same, I use this on my ps4 and have been trying to see if o could go to the software and customize the actuation point, but I don’t know if it will save on the keyboard so u can use it on ps4
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JulianKapa
Do you have to pay for the games that are Paid to Play games on Cortex for PC?

Normally there are a couple games that are free to play, such as "War Thunder" and "Roblox" right now. There are however other games that can earn Silver that you need to pay for.
Love the keyboard, great work guys.
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bizWeldonBluetools832
Exactly. I'm very active here and I get every bit of Silver that I can from Razer Cortex on PC and on mobile.

Do you have to pay for the games that are Paid to Play games on Cortex for PC?
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JulianKapa
How do you get that much zSilver? I'd imagine you'd need to play heaps of Paid to Play games.

Exactly. I'm very active here and I get every bit of Silver that I can from Razer Cortex on PC and on mobile.
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bizWeldonBluetools832
Believe it or not I'm actually gathering Silver to get a Huntsman Elite which is my dream keyboard.

Absolute mad lad! :cool_:

How do you get that much zSilver? I'd imagine you'd need to play heaps of Paid to Play games.
thats true, i mean i use it for dota, some customization on actuation distance and maybe a wrist rest would be greatly appreciated if this was redone.
love it ❤ for all playing tournaments. Razer ❤ Comfortable to play
alright i got this keyboard when at the beginning of this year, the actuation took some time and if you guys could add something to maybe allow the used to have a chance to change the actuation distance that would be greatly appreciated. as someone who came from the Ornata and black widow BF 4 edition (yes ive been around that long) the reds took some time to get used to but the keyboard is solid and feels amazing when typing up law school papers. (also feels good for dota) so it did take some time to get used to but damn do i like it now! razer this was a solid keyboard, this small form factor with the PBT keys are simply what ive wanted. now i also like the razer blade keyboard on the blade 15 id send up a poll to see what people thought of some that was a desktop version. might be interesting if you threw that idea in the air and see what sticks!
I was 2k Short to redeem the hunstman elite and almost 50k coins would expire.Will be great to have this added in razer silver.
I do like the Huntsman :wink_: , but im gonna stick with the Blackwidow for now .... :big_grin_:
jedramos
yes i know but what is the equivalent of that force on an ordinary switch?

opto mechanical switches have 40g of actuation force and light actuation unlike normal switches. Normal switches have 50-80g actuation force and the metal has to hit the base of the keyboard unlike normal switches
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Lionkongg
red and purple optical switches have laser tech underneath the cap where every time you press a key, a laser beam will go off to the other side of the cap. Unlike a spring.///ESSENTIALLY it has a better actuation force

yes i know but what is the equivalent of that force on an ordinary switch?
jedramos
what is the equivalent of the red optical switch to the regular switches?

red and purple optical switches have laser tech underneath the cap where every time you press a key, a laser beam will go off to the other side of the cap. Unlike a spring.///ESSENTIALLY it has a better actuation force
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what is the equivalent of red optical switch to the regular switches?
Lionkongg
Def get the huntsman TE if you have the budget, it is worth, had it for about 6~8 months, amazing

bought it last week and am very happy with it. Sensitivity is very high and i actually enjoy typing on this keyboard. yes it does take a while to get used to and some errors in typing along the way before you master typing on it...
Jed87
My razer ANANSI is 6 years old now and the buttons do feel slow when i play mmorpg.. wondering if i should get the TE or just the standard huntsman. I like it being TKL and have detachable cable.

Def get the huntsman TE if you have the budget, it is worth, had it for about 6~8 months, amazing
This keyboard is amazing, like whoever invented this I want to give a hug to, THIS IS AMAZING to the RGB or the PBT keycaps.Only problem is that the rgb isn't as bright as other keyboards but THAT DOESNT MATTER when the keyboard is good.
My razer ANANSI is 6 years old now and the buttons do feel slow when i play mmorpg.. wondering if i should get the TE or just the standard huntsman. I like it being TKL and have detachable cable.
I'm actually trying to gather enough zSilvers to claim it for free haha wish me good luck.
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Trixtery
I don't think you'll get there in a year dude, sorry

I don't want to get into the math but I have 54k right now and I've been collecting since December 19th. I'll take me another year I believe.
bizWeldonBluetools832
Believe it or not I'm actually gathering Silver to get a Huntsman Elite which is my dream keyboard.

Absolute mad lad! :cool_:

I don't think you'll get there in a year dude, sorry