I sat through some of this year’s Razercon, and I can’t help but feel disappointed by the collection of announcements. We got some overpriced chairs, an ugly D&G collaboration, and of course, RGB on everything. I know there is a lot of hate for Razer products, but I love my Orbweaver. The problem is, that Razer is no longer supporting it. I can feel my Orbweaver dying with each keystroke, but I’m using it till it dies. I was hoping that this stream would announce a suitable replacement, but sadly, they haven’t quite earned my money just yet.
If you missed the stream, you didn’t miss much. If you care about RGB lights, looking for a Razer-branded gaming chair, or want some overpriced Dolce & Gabbana gaming gear, go watch the VOD. The only announcement worth some attention has to be the announcement of the Huntsman V3 Pro line Keyboards.
The Huntsman V3 Pro line introduces the 2nd Generation Razer Analog Optical Switches which promise to be optimized for the competitive esports scene. With a rapid trigger mode, adjustable actuation, and onboard memory, this could be the tool to elevate your game to the next level. The Huntsman V3 Pro line is also designed to be more durable, for your more intense gaming sessions. With a 100-million keystroke lifespan, textured doubleshot PBT keycaps, and a brushed aluminum top plate, it’s not only going to look great, but they might have to bury it with you as well. Historically, Razer products just look good for a few years before failing or breaking, so I’d take the marketing with a grain of salt until further testing is done. The keyboards do come with a 2-year warranty if purchased directly from RazorStore, so keep that in mind when making your decision. And yes, it has RGB and synapse support.
The Keyboard comes in three flavors: Huntsman V3 Pro ($249.99), Huntsman V3 Pro TKL ($219.99), and Huntsman V3 Pro Mini ($179.99). The only difference between the versions is the size. The Hunstman Pro V3 has a keypad included, the TKL doesn’t have the keypad, and the mini doesn’t have the keypad, function bar, or arrow keys. Choice therefore comes down to the gamer’s needs, space, and budget. I am not in the market for a full-sized keyboard at the moment, so I’ll be waiting for the keypad announcement. If you are looking for your new gaming keyboard, preorders start today and the product ships October 31st.
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