Analog keyboards have been round for some time: you may bear in mind the Wooting One from a number of years in the past, which allowed avid gamers to press every key by levels in an effort to regulate enter. That is just like the best way that analog sticks or triggers work on a sport controller. Razer’s taking a stab at this enter with the Huntsman V2.
At $250, the Huntsman V2 is Razer’s new flagship mechanical keyboard, and nonetheless options the light-activated “optical” switches from the earlier mannequin. However with the brand new analog sensors in every change, the keyboard can detect how far down every change is pushed, and use that information in actual time. It’s extra fascinating than you may assume, particularly with the methods Razer is utilizing it. With the analog sensors, you possibly can:
- Modify the actuation level the place a key prompts, from a super-light press to a tough one. The vary is from 1.5mm to three.6mm.
- Add a number of actuation factors for various features or macros: a light-weight faucet tosses a rock, a tough faucet tosses a grenade.
- Change the important thing to finish analog: how onerous you press determines how onerous your character stomps on the fuel pedal.
Oh, and primarily based on the specs, it’s best to be capable of set off a macro with full actuation of any textual content key … so in the event you’re so inclined, you would activate Shift + the letter to TYPE IN ALL CAPS WHEN YOU’RE REALLY POUNDING DOWN ON THE BOARD. (I don’t have the Huntsman V2, I needed to maintain the Shift key for that. Like some form of caveman.)
All of that is managed in Razer’s Synapse software program. Whereas some video games assist analog enter from the keyboard, you’ll in all probability need to do plenty of fantastic tuning, particularly to make use of these a number of actuation factors. Opinions of the Wooting One mentioned that analog enter was nice for shooters and racing video games (particularly those who supported it), however extra finicky in RPG and third-person motion video games.
On high of the neato change know-how, the Huntsman V2 provides just about all the bells and whistles you would ask for in a Razer keyboard, together with full per-key RGB lighting, edge lighting zones, a pass-through USB port, and media controls with a quantity dial. The keyboard comes with its personal fake leather-based wrist relaxation, hooked up to the board magnetically … which will get its personal addressable RGB lights, too. It’s all topped off with high-quality PBT illuminated keycaps, although it’s best to be capable of add your personal MX-compatible caps because of the usual ANSI 108-key structure.
The Huntsman V2 Analog is available for order from Razer’s site today for $250. The upgraded analog switches ought to make their approach into different Razer keyboard merchandise, like completely different sizes of the Huntsman and the Tartarus keypad, sooner or later.