Logitech BRIO Ultra HD webcam for video conferencing : Full Features?
BRIO is a webcam to the most advanced technology in the world and get videos professional quality video conferences, video broadcasting and recording. Logitech BRIO comes packed with features to produce great videos in any environment. The ultra high definition 4K camera offers 5x digital zoom, high frame rate, exceptional performance even in low light, HDR resolution and RightLight 3 technology.
Thanks to 4K optical components and its field of view wide up to 90 degrees, Logitech makes everyone around the table perfectly visible. In addition, its audio system optimized for quality acoustics in small meeting spaces, so that all participants can be heard.
Logitech’s advanced optics deliver impeccable image quality , thanks to autofocus and various options for the field of view: 65 °, 78 ° and 90 °. BRIO is also full of additional features : it is notably compatible with infrared facial recognition with Windows Hello to strengthen the security of the connection.
Various Types of Connections
Various types of connections and offers the freedom to be able to attach the camera where it works best (LCD screen, laptop or flat surface), using the detachable clip or the integrated tripod thread. Getting started with video collaboration couldn’t be easier. You can start the video conference as soon as you arrive in the meeting space.
The Logitech webcam starts working immediately after it is connected to a USB port. The Brio webcam has a discreet and modern design. It is possible to fix the device to the wall thanks to its wall bracket ; its compact design minimizes the presence of unsightly cables in the meeting room.
Enjoy the world’s most advanced professional quality webcam for videoconferencing, broadcasting and video recording. Logitech BRIO is packed with features that make video quality impressive in any environment. The camera4Kultra-high resolution offers 5x digital zoom, high frame rate, excellent low light performance, HDR and RightLight ™ 3.
Capture every detail in 4K
Stream crystal clear video with exceptional resolution, frame rate, natural colors and every detail. Logitech BRIO offers 4K Ultra HD at 30 frames per second or 1080p with 30 or 60 super smooth frames per second for superbly clear, smooth and detailed recordings. With the 5x zoom, you can show all the details.
you can use all video conferencing, streaming and video recording applications in all lighting conditions and always get the perfect result. In low or high light, Logitech BRIO with RightLight ™ 3 and High Dynamic Range (HDR) technology always adjusts the exposure.
Security with Ease of Use
BRIO is equipped with optical and infrared sensors for fast and secure facial recognition with Windows Hello. You don’t have to enter a password for Windows 10 just look through the BRIO lens to sign in.
Ultra HD webcam for video conferencing, streaming and video recording.
Exceptional video quality with resolutions up to4K.
Perfect recordings in all lighting conditions with HDR and RightLight ™ 3.
Enhanced security with Windows Hello ™.
The new benchmark in webcams
Technical characteristics :
Certified for Skype® for Business3, Windows, Mac and certified for Microsoft Windows Hello
Intel® Core 2 Duo processor (2.4 GHz)
2 GB of RAM minimum
Free hard drive space for video recording
USB 2.0 port (USB 3.0 compatible)
UVC compatible, ready to use
Compatible with Cortana
Cisco Jabber and WebEx compatible
Camera dimensions : 102 x 27 x 27 mm
Weight : 63 grams
1 x Webcam
1 x USB 3.0 cable
1 x Removable clip
1 x Protective bag
1 x User manual
Founded in 1981 in Switzerland, Logitech has since become a multinational with global reach. Specializing in computer accessories, Logitech then established itself in the field of audio via headphones and conferencing. Their communication solutions have received various international awards for their design and innovation. The brand is present in all countries of the world and today has more than 6,600 employees.
Logitech MX Master 2S test : an evolution that mainly relies on its Flow
Evolution of the MX Master, the MX Master 2S is in appearance identical to its predecessor except for the color. In appearance only, since changes are hidden at the electronic and software level. Let’s see what improvements Logitech has in store for us.
About MX Master 2S
If the design of the MX Master 2S is strictly identical to that of the MX Master, the same is not true for its colors. Logitech offers three new ones (“graphite”, “teal blue” and “light gray” replace the “black”, “stone” and “navy blue” of the first version). The recommended public price for the MX Master 2S is € 109, or € 10 more than the MX Master.
Ergonomics MX Master 2S
The MX Master 2S is a particularly comfortable mouse. It is also particularly imposing and is therefore intended more for large hands with its 85.7 mm wide and 48.4 mm high, for 126 mm in length. For comparison, the G602 of the same brand, also wireless, but oriented to video games, is a few millimeters longer (139 mm), but is less wide (83 mm) and tall (44 mm) than the Master. However, we are still far from the massive Asus ROG Spatha , even wider (89 mm), a little less high (45 mm), but much heavier still with its 175 g. Without being light, the Master 2S remains fairly easy to handle with its measured 149 g (145 g on the technical sheet).
Redragon K552: Best under $ 50, What is Interesting?
Advantages Point :
Complete N-Key rollover
Compact TKL layout
Non-detachable power cable
Redragon is a company that manufactures a wide variety of economical mechanical keyboards and is considered a reliable source of cost effective keyboards. Here we have the first best gaming keyboard product under 50 years old. This is a Redragon K55-R mechanical keyboard, one of the best sellers on the market.
The K552 is no exception and is definitely one of the best gaming keyboards. Featuring RGB lighting, full N key switching and anti-ghosting, this keyboard is sure to impress a lot.
Full review and review of the AOC C24G1 144 Hz gaming monitor
There are a large number of screens on the market: for office automation, for design, for gaming, among others. However, not all are recommended for all activities, we must make a choice and one we’ll talk about today is the screen gamer AOC C24G1 . Curved, with a refresh rate of 144Hz and a response time set at 1ms by the manufacturer, we are close to everything a seasoned player will be looking for.
Features of the AOC C24G1
Screen type : LCD, VA
Dimensions : 51.3 x 24.5 x 53.7 cm
Weight : 4.46kg
Size in inches : 24 ″
Response time : 1ms
Resolution : 1920 x 1080 pixels (1080p Full HD)
Refresh rate : 144Hz
Height-to-width ratio : 16: 9
Curved screen : yes
Height, rotation, tilt adjustments : yes
3D : no
Ports : HDMI x2, VGA, DisplayPort, jack
Integrated speakers : no
This AOC C24G1 gaming screen therefore directly addresses the screen market for demanding gamers and meets, on paper, all the usual prerequisites high frequency at 144Hz, low response time at 1ms , large size of screen, rotation and tilt quite wide and especially low price for such a screen. It even does us the honor of being curved, bringing still additional comfort. But does it really respond to all requests and is it not by adding features, the very principle of a screen, the display quality, is not a little below expectations? Let’s see this together.
We love :
The beloved frequency of 144Hz
FreeSync works great over a wide range
The design of the screen very well thought out (with cable management)
Contrasts worthy of a VA panel
Curved screen very comfortable in game
We like less:
Difficulty adjusting colors correctly
Viewing angles tarnished by the VA panel
In terms of functionality, FreeSync technology is very welcome here. This is a system that matches the screen refresh rate to the number of images per second returned by the graphics card, avoiding screen “tearing” and micro slowdown problems. The FreeSync range here is very wide, it can vary from 48 to 144Hz as it sees fit, depending on what your equipment is sending back to it. In fact, the difference is really noticeable in game between 60Hz (the classic of screens) and the 144Hz offered here it’s not just a legend or a number thought to please the players, we are entitled here to a real significant additional comfort.
A very correct response time
The promise of AOC is none other than a response time of 1ms, which is the goal of a large number of gamers since the end of cathode ray screens. In short, the higher the response time, the more the input lag will suffer. For information, this famous “input lag” is the delay between an action performed on a joystick / keyboard / mouse and its representation on the screen for example you press space to jump, it will be the delay between the pressure of the bar and the jump on the screen.
For this AOC C24G1 gamer screen, the input lag is around 8ms on average, an excellent finding for a VA panel. As a reminder, there are different types of panels VA, IPS, TN and OLED, each with its own strengths. For the VA panel, it is in terms of contrasts that is the big advantage (which was also verified earlier in the test), despite their reputation for “slow panels” and imperfect viewing angles it is therefore a very good score to have 8ms of input lag on this screen.
Our opinion on the AOC C24G1 screen
Without tongue in cheek , the AOC C24G1 gaming screen is obviously an excellent product. But as is often the case in the world of screens designed for gaming, despite the VA panel, one should not expect a perfect display in terms of colors and temperatures. You must necessarily go through the settings box to be able to get by (at least, it is possible) with which more is a rather tedious menu, being able to put off more than one if the idea behind the purchase of the The screen was “plug & play”, or “install and play directly, without the hassle”. Nevertheless, this screen is very good in all other areass: Functional and wide-range FreeSync, very good response time, very correct input-lag and top design with a little thought for cable management lovers.
Very good ergonomics
Whoever says curved screen necessarily says that its depth will be a little more important than elsewhere we are far from a “sheet of paper” rendering that some screens are capable of offering however, we do not choose a curved screen for its exceptional thinness. In terms of general design, we are on a very sober screen with a few rather welcome touches of red which give it a sporty effect without overdoing it, simply enhancing the contours a little.
The lines are very fine (apart from the curved back, of course) and the edges very thin. The foot offers an opening for passing cables in order to optimize storage. It is possible to adjust its height over a range of 13 cm, the inclination is possible from -4 ° to + 21.5 °. Rotation is also part of the game, with an angle of -34 ° to + 34 °. Everything is quite easy to change, you won’t have to “force” the screen to move it as you see fit.
The only real downside here will be the size of the stand which, while logically large enough to properly hold the screen, will tend to take up a lot of space on a desk that’s too shallow. If this is your case, you can opt for the removable arm solution (sold separately) which will allow you to free up quite impressively the space previously occupied by the original stand. What’s more, these arms are designed to hang two screens, so you can give yourself double the pleasure.
In terms of connectivity, we find on this AOC C24G1 gaming screen a VGA port , a DisplayPort and two HDMI as well as the jack port and the power port , it would be a shame not to be able to connect the screen all the same. The adjustment buttons are arranged under the screen on the right, with some information in relief on the interest of each button. Unfortunately these lead to a poorly mastered menu on the part of AOC , with very tedious navigation. It is possible to adjust brightness, contrast, color temperature, gamma, overdrive and other settings dedicated to video games.
Standard settings acceptable, but to be re-configured
As so often unfortunately, computer screens are always delivered with standard settings that do not reflect the capabilities of the panel. Colors poorly managed, temperature sometimes too bright, in short, the first switching on does not give you very little desire and the settings would be more suited to an exhibition in store under dozens of spotlights than on your desk in the middle of a few LEDs of your RGB peripherals.
It will therefore be advisable to venture into the screen settings, brightness and gamma above all, although unfortunately this monitor is not the most flexible that we have seen you will only find it after hard work colors considered faithful. It will therefore be necessary to realize that this is a screen to work on to have a truly satisfactory rendering. The contrasts are intended to be very realistic and approach the masters in the field and this is the big advantage of the screen, obviously thanks to its VA panel.
Razer Basilisk V2 mouse review: a world of possibilities
The first Basilisk of the name had received the excellent score of 18/20 when we tested it in October 2018. Water has flowed under the bridges since then and the other players in the sector have also lined up mice with recognized qualities. Does Razer’s FPS-Cut Mouse 2020 still have what it takes to stay at the top of the table?
As with the recently tested Deathadder V2 , Razer opted for a change in continuity since, at first glance, the Basilisk V2 retains the curvaceous design and taut lines of the previous version. Looking more closely, we can see some very present differences. A thick oblique line with a shiny black finish now surrounds the mouse, separating the upper part (buttons and wheel) from the rest. The modification is purely aesthetic and somewhat reinforces the aggressive lines of the mouse.
Review of the Asus TUF Gaming VG279QM, an almost perfect 27-inch screen for video games
We’ve been looking for a 27-inch, Full HD or 1440p gaming monitor for several months. With strict criteria in mind, namely that its price does not exceed $ 500 USD and that its panel is refreshed to more than 144 Hz. Not easy to find … Especially since we were looking for a candidate whose height can be adjusted, rotatable in all directions and has … round feet. Or rectangular at worst. Indeed, the screen feet in Y, it’s beautiful, it’s modern, but it takes up too much space on the desk.
After hours of research, the Asus TUF Gaming VG279QM came to us as the right choice. On paper, anyway. Its base is rectangular and it costs between 410 and 440 euros depending on the brand. It also offers a whole set of ergonomic settings and it is compatible with G-Sync, Free-Sync, A-Sync .
Better yet, This VG279 supports ELMB and LFC technology (see sidebar). Its matte IPS panel is refreshed to 240Hz base and can be pushed to 280Hz via the display menu as needed. It’s even HDR 400 compatible . Wow! Finally, it is thin-rimmed and does not have LEDs everywhere unlike some gaming monitors. So much the better!
This screen can be assembled in 2 minutes. You take it out of the box, you screw the base to the foot with t
he hand screw and voila, it is ready to take service.
The presence of ELMB, LFC and the absence of PWM are appreciated
PWM or Pulse Width Modulation
This is a technology dedicated to adjusting the brightness of the panel and which is a vector of flickering. The Asus display doesn’t have one, and that’s good news for sensitive people. And even for others, the eyes do not sting and do not cry, even after hours in front of the slab.
ELMB or Extreme Low Motion Blur : a processor hidden in the screen analyzes the scanning of the backlight and quickly turns it off, causing “black images” to be inserted between the images generated by the graphics card to maintain the impression of fluidity display.
LFC or Low Framerate Compensation
This process multiplies the display time of the images on the screen (x2, x3, x4) in order to maintain an artificially high refresh rate when the G-Sync and the FreeSync drop below a certain level for maintain perfect fluidity in all circumstances.
for example: G-Sync is activated on the screen and suddenly in a game the frame rate per second drops to 25 fps. Normally, the screen should then lower its speed to 25 Hz. As it is technically limited to 53 Hz, slowdowns or tearing are likely to occur. To avoid this, the LFC kicks in and makes the electronics believe that it is not 25 images but many more, in any case enough to cross the technical limit of the panel and force it to go up at a higher speed, which thus limits visual disturbances.
Settings Asus TUF Gaming VG279QM
Once the VG279QM is positioned on the desk, the cables are passed through the hole provided for this purpose at the base of the stand, removing the small plastic hatch and repositioning it afterwards. Don’t worry, there’s room for three worry-free video cables.
Luckily, the VG279QM offers three video inputs (2 x HDMI 2.0 and 1 x DisplayPort 1.4) and a headphone output, all facing down. Good !
There is no USB plug and honestly we don’t find that to be a big deal. Some people probably like plugging keys or webcams into their screens. This is not our case. Reaching out to the side to insert a USB device into the front of our tower is still feasible. If this is important for you, the 279QM does not have one at all, so you will have to turn to one of the models that we will mention below (from LG or Samsung).
This 27 inch is fed by an external block, small in size but in the classic format (i.e. a wire, followed by the block, then again a wire). Sacrilege! Given the consumption of the screen – 35 watts maximum – Asus could still have made the effort to design a power supply like smartphone charger. However, using an external block has the advantage of allowing an easier and faster change in the event of a breakdown.
Everything is plugged in, it’s time to adjust the height, tilt and position of the slab. And there it is … the foot. The slab rises and falls enough to end up either flush with the desk or more than 13 cm above the top. The tilt angle is large enough to find the correct position. And if you want to use it vertically rather than horizontally, you can. The slab rotates 90 °. The connectors are then turned to the left. Finally, the pivot present at the base of the base allows the foot and the screen to be rotated together. Nothing to say, it’s perfect.
Menu & Navigation Asus TUF Gaming VG279QM
After the physical adjustments, we move on to the software settings. It is accessed through a small joystick hidden behind, to the right of the screen, where the power button is also located. We quickly navigate the menus.
There are all the usual parameters (brightness, contrast, etc.) but also preprogrammed profiles which bear the name of types of games (strategy, race, FPS) or color adjustment (sRGB). Among the options dedicated to gaming, there is the GamePlus to display times, sights and other elements superimposed on the screen but also the Shadow Boost which brightens to the extreme the dark shades.
First-person shooters will appreciate being able to make the shadows less dark to flush out potential “wild camping” enthusiasts. Also note the presence of a Vivid function which allows you to force the contours of certain objects with less success (see above, Vivid at 0 on the left, at 100 on the right).
However, we have two complaints against the OSD. The first, it is impossible to configure the passage from one video input to another on one of the two shortcut buttons at the back. It is therefore impossible to switch from one entrance to another in the blink of an eye. The second criticism relates to the lack of gamma (white level) adjustment in the menu regardless of the profile. It is rare enough to be noted and surprised. A smooth transition to approach the results of the measurements.
More contrasted, the 27-inch slab was full
The TUF Gaming VG279QM had the right to its ritual passage under the probe of the lab and it offers us a good performance overall but it is not full success.
We tested the screen for the first time in Landscape mode , the default profile when it came out of the box. We simply printed it our classic settings for measurements and this is what it looks like.
Maximum and peak average brightness was measured at 440 cd / m 2 and 441 cd / m. The maximum average contrast ratio was raised to 1143: 1. Color fidelity drops to 2.3 (Delta E sRGB) or 3.04 (Delta E DCI-P3) and gamma peaks at 2.18. Let’s not forget a crucial measurement for gaming, the response time (black / white) is 9 ms.
We change mode to see! With the FPS profile , always calibrated with our settings, the situation changes drastically, especially in terms of brightness: 244 cd / m 2 maximum average and 278 cd / m 2 peak. The contrast ratio is also down, 1093: 1.
What these numbers tell us:
• The brightness is really good and the setting offers great responsiveness in the OSD menu of the screen so that it can be adjusted very easily.
• The contrast ratio is not very good. A classic on IPS but it is important to underline it. According to our rating scale, he does not obtain the average (3/10).
• The homogeneity of the panel is relatively good, even if we note that some areas are less well backlit than others.
• The gamma : the grays are a little imprecise at times – plugged as we say. But the gamma level has the merit of being constant throughout the tests.
• The colorimetry is accurate, almost impeccable. The delta E is close to 2 (the closer to 0 the better), a very good point for a gaming screen … which can also be used to edit photos or create graphic content.
• The response time is good for IPS, not known to be the most responsive technology out there.
We did not observe any annoying ghosting or ghosting effects except when overclocking the panel is pushed too far. There, it is reverse ghosting which appears and which can disturb the most sensitive pupils.
We did not notice any clouding either (white spots clearly visible on a black screen) despite the perfectible homogeneity of the panel. No light leaks at the frame level either: Asus has almost everything.
Competition in the 27-inch market is fierce. Even fierce. We have therefore drawn on the latest models received at the editorial office and which seem to us the most able to compete in terms of price and / or technical sheets with the Asus TUF VG279QM. We have chosen two: the Samsung C27RG50FQU at first. Very affordable but which clearly does not compare in terms of ergonomics.
Introduced in 2009 and renewed in 2015, the Mamba is now one of Razer’s flagship mice. This time, it is available in an Elite version with a new “5G” optical sensor. Comfort oriented, the Mamba does not change shape in its Elite version. We therefore always benefit from a medium-sized mouse (125 x 69.9 x 43.3 mm), rather rounded and which accommodates the hand well.
We gladly put the whole palm on it, although the larger hands are invited to grab it in claw, fingers a little curved, for more nervousness in fast games in particular. Its reasonable mass (100 g on the scale, 96 g without cable according to Razer) makes it also quite handy, a little less clumsy than a Naga Trinity , for example, although it cannot claim to equal the most agile mice. dedicated to FPS or Moba, often thinner and lighter (at Razer always, the Basilisk or even the DeathAdder ).
While Logitech announced in 2013 the end of production of gaming peripherals for consoles, here it is still back in the race with a new steering wheel compatible with PS3, PS4 and PC (Windows). Logically called G29, it takes the essentials of the G27 and adds a few options.
Logitech did not start from scratch to design its new steering wheel. It must be said that he already had a good basis with his G27 , widely tested on PS3 and PC and generally satisfactory, although the latter has taken a little bit of old since the arrival of the T500 RS from Thrustmaster (then its successors T300 RS and TX ) and the rise of the more discreet Fanatec.
The Dual Action Gamepad is a more advanced version of the Precision Gamepad. It does not have the latter’s translucent dress but a midnight blue shell. On the other hand, it is equipped with two Chinese hats, which represents a significant advantage. Their coating is quite specific since it is soft and very adherent, which allows them to hold them well under the thumb.
The Dual Action Gamepad also has two buttons in the middle, four on the right side and four triggers. The joypad comes with Logitech profiler software. This one, as soon as the device is installed, scans your PC to find the games for which it has a configuration or not. On our test PC, the software found five of the seven games present and offered two profiles already defined. Note that he found neither GTA Vice City nor FIFA 2005.
It scans the PC and automatically recognizes compatible games. In use, the Dual Action Gamepad is just as effective as its little brother Precision Gamepad. We just note that its directional pad, a little “buried” in the hull requires a little time to adapt before not overflowing. Its surface is indeed very smooth. Chinese hats are effective and their length, although very soft, does not lack precision. The four buttons are also a bit soft, but their positioning makes them easy and intuitive to find. Regarding ergonomics, no worries, the pad fits well in the hands and no early fatigue is felt.
2 POV HAT
A bit special directional pad
Editor lacks predefined profiles
I am showing the experiences of several people who have used this gamepad.
Very Good Controller Very good controller considering that I was able to get it with 30% reduction or ~ 25 €. The grip is pleasant, the sticks as well as the triggers offer good precision for car games. The multidirectional cross seems fragile at first glance but it is solid. OK buttons. On the other hand, no vibrations. ( JeanCharlesD)
Great! Very good alternative to the XBOX Pad, you can feel the quality in the materials. I tried several models in this price range (Thrustmaster) but this one far exceeds the others. I recommend ! (by MickaelK)
Excellent compromise The lower cost than the Sony or Microsoft models and the quality of its realization are important advantages. NB: the controller is recognized by Windows as a Microsoft 360 controller. (by XavierP)
Good product Delivery deadlines respected, product works correctly. (by Alexandre S.)
I love good grip, easy to handle for games. (by Wilfrid P.)
She does the Job a good controller that reminds me of our good old playstation controller.(by AlexandreC)
Works fine without more We are in 2020 and we are struggling to find the correct controllers, something that has existed for more than 40 years without any particular functional change. This controller is nothing exceptional, a copy of a playstation controller, it works, but makes too much noise when you press the buttons. I didn’t want to pay too much, otherwise I would have taken a console controller directly.(by JeromeB)
Good Controller Good PC controller for playing games like Need for speed and soccer games.(by BrunoR)
Good product Material in line with expectations.(by Jean-Sébastien P.)
excellent those who are used to console controllers will not be penalized!(by Stephane M.)
Good grip No complaints about the keys, positioning and size, I got used to it very well and it is very practical. (by Yannick C.)
Good product nothing to report compliant product.(by PHILIPPE P.)
Despite all of their different design , keyboards have felt static for years. Razer is set to change that with the new Huntsman V2 Analog. This new flagship gaming keyboard uses optical switches to provide joystick-like control in gaming. This is an innovative variant that combines keyboard and controller support into one premium package that can change the way you play. But at $ 249, these upgrades don’t come cheap. Do these innovations justify the high price? Let’s take a closer look and find out.
Razer Huntsman V2 Analog – Design & Features
The Huntsman V2 Analog should immediately sound familiar to anyone who has been following Razer’s keyboards over the past few years. The V2 Analog is a full-size keyboard and almost identical to last year’s Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro , which itself was extremely similar to the Razer Huntsman Elite launched in 2018. It has an excellent multi-function dial and multimedia controls at the above the numeric keypad, and the same sleek matte black deshfrance adopted by all major. Razer keyboards. And yes, it’s Chroma enabled, because what’s a Razer keyboard without a bit of RGB customization?
I’m happy to say that with this release Razer seems to have done everything ked-out with the BlackWidow V3 Pro and Huntsman Eliteand improved on many other things.
The board is heavy which immediately makes it more premium and sits impeccably on my desk. It features Razer’s excellent doubleshot PBT keycaps that feel and sound great (albeit a bit loud, which is becoming a hallmark of Huntsman keyboards) while keeping the light well insulated behind the legends.
It comes with an upgraded leatherette wrist rest which is by far the best looking I have ever seen that comes with a keyboard. It’s magnetic, snaps into place so quickly, and removes unsightly bezels from the BlackWidow V3 Pro. Razer also included an upgraded USB relay port which clap uses USB 3.0. Finally, you can use one with a USB stick and get decent transfer speeds.
Strangely, this resulted in the biggest wiring harness I’ve ever seen with a gaming keyboard. Instead of having a thicker cable with two ends like most with a passthrough, it has two separate cables, each braided. And quite stiff out of the box. I was able to use the included wrap to keep this somewhat manageable, but there’s no getting around the mess for cable management.
As you would expect from a Razer flagship, everything is RGB stuff, and it looks awesome. The Huntsman V2 Analog uses individual LEDs under each key, as well as under the multifunction dial and media keys. More strikingly, it brings back the wraparound RGB band from the Huntsman Elite, and which also includes the wrist rest. Using a series of POGO pins at the bottom of the board, the keyboard is able to power the palm rest and sync lighting effects under light. All of this is easily personalized in Synapse or by selecting a preset or customizing your own intricate effect. If you are not sold in RGB, you will probably find that the illumination of the wrist rest is excessive
The downside to these double-hit PBT keycaps is that they reduce the overall brightness of the card. In a well lit room, the backlighting of the keys seems dim. The underlight is a bit brighter but remains quite dim in normal lighting. This is not the keyboard to choose if you prefer a splash of color around your keys. Instead, its well insulated lighting looks a lot more intentional. The keys also have a lightly textured surface that feels great under my fingers while playing. Since they’re double-injected PBTs, they won’t shine or have the legends scratched off over time, and should look just as good after several. Years of heavy use they do it right away.
The real magic of this keyboard is what happens under these keys. The Huntsman line, unlike Razer’s BlackWidow series, uses optical switches.
Unlike a traditional mechanical key switch, there are no mechanical contacts that wear out over time. Instead, a beam of light is projected under each switch. When the key is pressed, the beam of light hits a sensor and triggers a key press. Optical switches are inherently more responsive, eliminating electrical interference known as debounce delay, and less prone to failure due to wear and tear on their internal components.
The Huntsman V2 Analog builds on this system to provide full analog control to each optical switch on the keyboard. In other words, each key is capable of providing the nuanced control of a joystick or trigger on a controller. Normal switches operate in the “on” or “off” states. The key is “on” when pressed and “off” when not, with nothing in between. Here, Razer’s new analog switches are able to measure exactly how hard the key is pressed to provide depth sensing, just like the sticks on a controller.
This has a few unique advantages
The first is, of course, analog control. Press the key lightly, your character walks, a little harder and he jogs, and harder still, he runs. A car in Grand Theft Auto can go halfway and go full speed the rest of the descent. If you’re a fan of racing or stealth games, you’re probably already playing with a controller for more nuanced control. The Huntsman offers a similar capability, while still being able to aim with your mouse and have the rest of the keyboard close at hand.
Likewise, depth detection allows the keyboard to perform other interesting tricks. Since it can distinguish half a push from a full push, you can tie an action to each, with what Razer calls two-step actuation. This system basically lets you have two keys in one, increasing your responsiveness in games: switching to a grenade with half a push and throwing it with a full is a prime example, but I also found it useful to link two single key zoom stages when running like a sniper. It’s a cool system but requires you to get a little creative and take the time to program what works for your own playstyle.
The ability to sense depth allows the Huntsman to support customizable actuation points. Out of the box, the keys are set to operate at 1.5mm. Although the new switches have more resistance than previous Razer’s linear optics, I still found this too sensitive and recomposed it to 2mm. Inside Synapse, the actuation point can be adjusted up to 3.6mm and synchronized with one click with all keys. It might seem like a small feature, but it’s one of the most meaningful in everyday life and basically lets you have the responsiveness of a speed switch while gaming and the precision of a traditional switch with everything else.
The first version of the software I used had a weird issue that sometimes detected a second keyboard when none were connected. Like all Razer keyboards, the programming takes place inside Razer Synapse but here it is essentially a requirement. For games, analog control works by associating controller commands with individual keys: WASD would be mapped to joystick movement, for example, or triggers if you place a racing game. Without Synapse, the Huntsman V2 Analog functions like a standard optical gaming keyboard.
Razer Huntsman V2 Analog – Performance
On paper, the Huntsman V2 Analog makes a lot of bold promises, and for the most part it works well. Being able to sneak into Shadow of the Tomb Raider or wander the streets of Red Dead Redemption 2 felt very natural, controller-like, but not quite. Likewise, jumping into a car in Grand Theft Auto Online and getting around town worked well and felt very natural over time. I also loved getting creative with the dual action shooters controls. In Call of Duty Warzone, mapping Run to a gentle press and sprint to a full press of W was natural and intuitive.
Getting to know it was easy, but there was more of a learning curve than I expected. I had to make a fair amount of adjustment to get the sensitivity just right. Even though the functionality is similar to that of a controller, the point is that each key has only 3.6 millimeters of total travel. It’s much less than a joystick or trigger, and it’s much harder to be precise about how far each key is pressed. To remedy this, Razer lets you adjust the sensitivity of each key – but there’s no getting past the lighter touch and the time it takes to get used to it.
Taken as a whole, however, the Huntsman V2 Analog is an exceptionally good gaming keyboard. Keyswitches are smooth and responsive, and the analog functionality has no impact on the actual feel of the keys. The extra resistance does, however, and I would consider these keys among the best feel keys I’ve ever used in a gaming keyboard. The extra weight of the keys also helps in learning to use its analog functions.
The multifunction dial continues to be excellent, and the ability to map controls to its rotations and buttons makes it useful for more than just gaming. I especially liked it in Creative apps, where I was able to map shortcuts to quickly navigate a timeline or adjust tools. The only thing I don’t like is the height of the media control buttons. If you’re tempted to pinch the button instead of rolling it to the side, you’ll quickly find the Skip Track button on the way.
During several days in gaming sessions lasting several hours, I was also satisfied with the ease of use of the keyboard. The wrist rest is plush and at the perfect height to support my palms and avoid straining my wrist while typing. The leatherette I tended to make my palms sweat, however, I would like to see a perforated option available in the future. Best gaming keyboards
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