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Shorter and Faster Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition Keyboard Announced

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Razer has announced the Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition keyboard, complete with their new optical switches and a smaller form factor for professional-grade players.

The new keyboard boasts a smaller form-factor for players that need maximum desk space for big mouse swipes, as well as their new liner optical switches, which completely eliminate signal noise when you’re smashing your keyboard during gameplay.

Featured above, you can view a new sizzle reel for the keyboard. Here’s the nitty and gritty tech specs:

  • Razer™ Linear Optical Switch with 40 G actuation force
  • 100 million keystroke lifespan
  • Razer Doubleshot PBT Keycaps
  • Standard Bottom Row Layout
  • Compact form factor
  • Detachable USB-C Braided Fiber Cable
  • Aluminum matte top plate
  • Hybrid onboard storage – up to 5 profiles
  • Chroma backlighting with 16.8 million customizable color options
  • Razer Synapse 3 enabled
  • Fully programmable keys with on-the-fly macro recording
  • 10 key roll-over with anti-ghosting
  • Gaming mode option
  • 1000 Hz Ultrapolling

Setting you back $129.99, the Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition is now up for purchase on the Razer store.

Here’s a rundown on the new piece of kit:

Introducing the new Razer Linear Optical Switch

Razer pioneered mechanical gaming keyboards and continues to drive innovation in gaming switches to enhance esports performance. Just like the acclaimed Razer Optical Switches, the new Linear Optical Switches harness the power of light to instantly capture key actuations. An infra-red light beam is used to detect when a key is pressed (actuation), allowing for much greater precision and actuation speed versus traditional mechanical key switches.

The new Razer Linear Optical Switch delivers a smooth actuation without a tactile bump for an instantaneous response. It actuates at 1 mm, which is twice as fast as traditional linear switches. Razer Optical Switches are rated up to 100 million keystrokes.

Designed for esports

The compact tenkeyless form factor and detachable USB-C cable tucked to the side of the Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition allows it to be easily carried to any tournament. With onboard memory, players can access up to 5 profile settings at a moment’s notice in time for any match, at any place.

For the new Huntsman Tournament Edition, Razer has manufactured their own proprietary tooling to produce sturdy bespoke doubleshot PBT keycaps, featuring the thinnest, sleekest font available in a PBT keycap. Designed to withstand intense training and competitive use, these keycaps are able to resist wear and tear and retain their texture, keeping the Huntsman Tournament Edition looking brand new even through extended use.

The Huntsman TE features Razer Chroma, the world’s most popular RGB lighting system for gamers, allowing users to personalize their keyboard lighting effects by selecting from 16.8 million color options. Users can also easily synchronize lighting effects with over 500 devices that support Razer Chroma today.

In addition, the size of the keys in bottom row of the Huntsman TE has been standardized to allow easy keycap customization.

Gamers can choose to replace any key with a third-party keycaps of their choice – making the Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition one of the most customizable Razer keyboards to date.

Tested and approved by the best

Each feature of the Huntsman Tournament Edition keyboard has been tested and validated by Team Razer’s esports athletes such as Team EG’s Arteezy, MIBR’s TACO, Seoul Dynasty’s Ryujehong and Fleta, and more. It is a high-caliber keyboard designed for the best, by the best.

“Razer is the pioneer in esports and athletes have used Razer gear for the unfair advantage,” says Alvin Cheung, Senior Vice President of Razer’s peripherals business unit. “We teamed up with some of the top esports champions to develop the Huntsman Tournament Edition keyboard and anyone will be able to feel the difference in their performance immediately.”

Professional esports athletes prefer the new Linear Optical Switches due to their unhindered, rapid and responsive keystrokes. Players also experience less fatigue since each key press requires less force to actuate.

“Every second matters and just a split second can ultimately determine the victory or loss of a match,” says TACO, professional CS:GO player for MIBR. “That’s why I prefer using a super responsive keyboard like the Huntsman Tournament Edition for competitive gaming.”

Brandon Orselli

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