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Huntsman Tournament Edition: Razer Introduces Compact Keyboard with Red Switches

The accessory manufacturer Razer has introduced a new keyboard called Huntsman Tournament Edition within its Huntsman family of products designed for discerning PC gamers and e-athletes.

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It is not only intended, but also for traveling: The number block has the manufacturer omitted, the edge is relatively narrow and the cable is particularly light. The internal memory can store up to five profiles with different keyboard layouts, which you can easily activate on site.

The Tournament Edition does not have the Advanced Optical Switches of the previously available Huntsman keyboard (test on Golem.de), but newly designed Linear Optical Switches – recognizable by the red instead of violet color. They are designed for a pressure of 40 grams.

The total travel of the keys is 3.5 millimeters long, but the trigger point is already reached after 1 millimeter. It is not determined by a mechanical contact, but detected by infrared light and sensors.

The keycaps have also been redesigned by Razer, they are slightly roughened and thus particularly slip-resistant – when hands-on at Gamescom 2019, this actually felt quite comfortable. In addition, they are built in a novel process of two layers, which should be particularly durable. The manufacturer specifies a lifetime of 100 million keystrokes for each key.

The new Huntsman Tournament Edition linear optical switches (Image: Razer)

The Huntsman Tournament Edition supports 1,000 Hz ultrapolling with a 1 ms response time and anti-ghosting. This means that in cases where too many keys were pressed, the actual desired action should be performed correctly and quickly.

The keyboard can be personalized with 16.8 million color combinations using Razer's well-known chroma lighting system. The keyboard has a USB-C port on the top left, it is from the end of September 2019 at Razer and commercially available for about 150 euros.