This week, Razer, a leading lifestyle brand for gamers, announced the release of the Huntsman Tournament Edition (TE) compact gaming keyboard. The Huntsman TE joins the Huntsman premium keyboard family built with Razer’s ultra-fast light-activated Optical Switches. In just a little over a year since its release, the Razer Huntsman Elite became the best selling gaming keyboard in the U.S. Now, the Huntsman TE features a new type of optical switch that operates even faster than its predecessor–the Razer Linear Optical Switch.

Introducing the new Razer Linear Optical Switch

If you’re a gamer, then chances are you own a mechanical gaming keyboard. There’s just nothing quite like the button presses you get with one. Razer has continued to drive innovation with its gaming switches to help enhance players in the esports world. Similarly to the acclaimed Razer Optical Switches, the new Linear Optical Switches use the power of light to capture key actuations instantly. 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.

Razer Linear Optical Switch
Razer Linear Optical Switch

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

– TACO, professional CS:GO player for MIBR

Additional Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition Features

Here’s the rest of the features you should know about the Razer Huntsman TE

  • 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

I’m hoping to get my hands on this keyboard soon for a full review. Stay tuned for more!