If you’ve ever wanted your keyboard to offer the same level of control as the analog sticks on a gaming pad, Razer’s recently announced Huntsman V2 Analog may be just the keyboard for you. It’s the next development of their optical-based Huntsman keyboard that came out a couple of years ago, only this one has Razer’s new analog optical switches, which Razer says can mimic the feel of an analog joystick input. This gives a “real” 360 degree movement, according to Razer, and removes the limitations of getting stuck to the old 8 degrees of movement we have become so used to with the WASD keys. Curious? Here’s what you need to know.
Like Razer’s standard optical switches, these new analog optical switches use light rays to detect each keystroke. This makes them very fast compared to the typical mechanical keyboard, and more durable, as there are fewer moving parts. However, to replicate the feel of an analog stick, Razer’s analog optical switches can now measure how much light passes through the switch so that it knows how far it is depressed, so you can crawl forward instead of breaking into a full races, for example. Take a look at the video below to get a better idea of how it all works.
In terms of design, the Huntsman V2 Analog shares a similar design to the Razer exclusive Huntsman Elite keyboard, keeping the same compact form factor, media keys and volume dial, but adding a doubleshot PBT keyboard for extra durability and a more standardized bottom row of keys for easier customization. . Razer has also added a single braided cable to the mix, as well as a USB 3.0 port for USB throughput. There is even a USB Type-C adapter included in the box, if you want to connect anything other than a mouse to it.
Huntsman V2 Analog will be available in various regional layouts, including UK, German, French, Nordic, Russian, Spanish and Japanese, according to Razer, and it will also be compatible with Razer’s PBT Keycap Upgrade Sets to switch colors. Of course, the special keys make it quite expensive, with British and American models costing £ 250 / $ 250. I will soon test the Huntsman V2 Analog to find out more, but if you are already convinced and do not want to wait, it is now available from Razers online store, and it arrives at other online retailers on February 9th.