Razer Huntsman V2 Analog Review — Keyboard, Meet Controller

While a good gaming keyboard and mouse will almost always trump a controller in competitive environments, it’s hard to deny the analog upsides of a gamepad. Feathering the pedal to make it safely around a corner without losing speed, creeping up behind an enemy to deliver a devastating backstab, and slowly inching across a thin platform to make it safely to the other side–these are just a few of the actions that require the meticulous control of an analog gamepad. With the Razer Huntsman V2 Analog keyboard, Razer has tried to bridge the gap by evolving its classic Huntsman gaming keyboard into an analog device capable of providing that pinpoint input.

The Huntsman V2 Analog keyboard is capable of providing that accurate 360-degree analog movement, and while there are some significant hurdles that come with that, Razer has also used its new key switches to add some transformative features that take unique advantage of its analog capabilities. Dual-step actuation gives users the ability to assign two actions to a single key. The analog movement is impressive on its own, but being able to perform actions like equipping a grenade and throwing it with a single key is a game-changer and one of the most exciting features I’ve seen added to a gaming keyboard in some time.

Setup and performance

The Razer Huntsman V2 Analog gaming keyboard features analog optical key switches, which means they’re able to detect how far a specific key is being pressed. This allows for more direct control over how fast a character moves, among other things. You don’t have to repeatedly tap the WASD keys when you need to slow down a vehicle or move slowly in a game to remain undetected. This works by binding specific keys to different aspects of a controller, such as the sticks and triggers, as the V2 Analog utilizes the XInput API that lets Windows read your inputs as an Xbox controller.

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