Razer brings its analog switches to a 60% compact keyboard

ByDavid M. Conte

Mar 7, 2022

If you were tempted by Razer’s analog keyboard last year but want something a little more compact, then the Huntsman Mini Analog might be worth a look. Razer says this is the first time it’s brought its analog optical switches to a keyboard with a 60% layout, meaning it doesn’t have a function row, number pad, or even arrow keys. . The result is a very small accessory, ideal for anyone with limited desk space.

Having analog switches means the keyboard can register a range of inputs beyond its simply pressed or unpressed keys. For example, Razer’s software lets you assign two commands to a key (one for a half press or another for a full press), and you can also change the actuation point of each switch (that’s i.e. how long you have to press a key before it registers a press).

The Huntsman Mini Analog has analog optical switches.
Image: Razer

Analog control also means you can have individual keys emulating a controller joystick, providing finer control in racing games, for example. But this kind of functionality can be a bit hit and miss in my experience. PC games are usually designed to be controlled either with a gamepad Where a keyboard, so combining the two can be messy. Check out my review of the Wooting Two HE for an overview of the types of issues you may encounter with an analog keyboard.

Other features of the Huntsman Mini Analog include dual PBT keys, a detachable USB-C cable, RGB lighting, and a 1000Hz polling rate. That’s a pretty typical polling rate for a keyboard, but it means that the Huntsman Mini Analog won’t have the kind of responsiveness seen on the Huntsman V2 with its 8000Hz polling rate.

The Huntsman Mini Analog goes on sale this month worldwide for $149.99 (€159.99).