With many people stuck at house, upgrading the great ‘ole home gaming battlestation has become sort of a pastime. Razer’s brand-new Huntsman V2 Analog, the business’s newest flagship keyboard, has 3 brand-new functions that may deserve the splurge.

The most important new upgrade on the $250 Huntsman V2 Analog is support for adjustable actuation heights, which can be customized on a per-key basis from as shallow as 1.5 mm as much as deep as 3.6 mm. To make this happen, Razer took the second-gen direct optical switches it debuted in 2015 and then upgraded them with a brand-new laser sensing unit that enables users to choose how deep a keystroke ought to be, rather of it being set in stone at the factory.

This resembles what’s readily available on Steelseries’ Pinnacle Pro (which is a reason it’s one of our top-ranked video gaming keyboards) and it provides a helpful method to deliver the more responsive feel that individuals frequently choose in faster-paced games like CS: GO and other shooters, while still enabling you to drop keystroke level of sensitivity down in a slower-paced game like Stellaris.

The 2nd huge upgrade has to do with the analog part of the Huntsman V2’s name. Razer included the ability for the keyboard to sign up full analog input, so rather of an essential press merely registering as on or off, the Huntsman V2 Analog can inform how hard you’re pressing. It’s much like the analog shoulder buttons you get on all the major console controllers. It might take some fiddling around to get it working just the method you want, however this implies the Huntsman V2 Analog can more properly replicate the gas and brake pedals in a racing game, or identify between a walk, run, or dash based entirely on how tough you press.

The third significant new feature is dual-step actuation, which permits you to split a key press into two various actions, like gearing up a grenade in a shooter by pushing down, and after that throwing the grenade when you let go of the secret. Admittedly, this is a bit more of a specific niche feature, and while it may conserve time in some video games, the titles where this may be beneficial already provide their own take on this setting, such as the Smart Cast setting in League of Legends.

Aside from its three huge additions, the Huntsman V2 Analog likewise features a handy magnetic wrist rest, built-in media controls, and a passthrough USB 3 port. And naturally, thus much of Razer’s video gaming peripherals, the Huntsman V2 Analog includes customizable per-key RGB lighting, doubleshot PBT keycaps, the ability to conserve settings directly to the keyboard, complete Chroma assistance, and syncing with a number of other RGB-lit devices, such as Nanoleaf lights.

While I have actually only been using the Huntsman V2 Analog for a couple of days, there are some things I like a lot currently. The first is that assistance for adjustable actuation heights makes it a lot more forgiving to experiment with a keyboard with sensitive actuation points. For example, Corsair’s K100 keyboard features a hair trigger 1mm actuation height, which is often viewed as being quicker and more responsive from hardcore competitive gamers.

Nevertheless, keys with actuation points that shallow are likewise extremely twitchy, which suggests merely resting your fingertips on a key can frequently register as a full keystroke. The big issue for a great deal of people is that they merely do not understand if they like short actuation points, deep actuation points, or something in between. And on the Huntsman V2 Analog, you now get the capability to check out a keyboard with shallow actuation, without the need to toss out or return the keyboard if you discover that’s not your jam. Furthermore, if you find shallow essential presses work well in some circumstances however not in others, you can also set actuation points separately on a per video game or perhaps a per essential basis. Think twitchy WASD keys, and then much deeper keystrokes for spells or loadout alternatives.

Aside from that, the Huntsman V2 Analog just feels like a well-constructed device. Its base is solid and even includes an LED lightship that circles around the base of the keyboard. On top of that, Razer includes a USB-C to USB-A adapter, so you can more quickly link the Huntsman V2 to a new laptop that might not feature larger USB-A ports. And as for the switches themselves, while they are a bit loud when you bottom out, Razer’s linear optomechanical switches have a truly smooth, even stroke that feels extremely balanced, even if you hit them from an angle by mishap.

The one apparent downside is the Huntsman V2’s price, since at $250, it costs $50 more than a Steelseries Apex Pro, which is a significant jump up, but not super unexpected, due to the fact that the Apex Pro does not included full analog changes or Razer’s dual-step actuation.

For a great deal of people, an additional elegant video gaming keyboard with all the bells and whistles might seem like overkill. But for more particular gamers or those who truly get down on personalizing every single aspect of their keyboards’ performance, Razer’s Huntsman V2 Analog has actually simply pressed that bar simply a bit greater.