I have been a fan of Wooting keyboard for some time. Before this review, I have seen its previous two top-notch keyboards, Wooting One and Wooting Two, and liked what I saw.This makes today’s new products even more exciting because Courtship two him, The company’s latest and greatest, should already have the qualities of an excellent mechanical keyboard, but it must also live up to my high expectations.
Thankfully, it definitely can.
If you only look at the black panel and keycaps of Wooting Two HE, you might wonder what all the fuss is about. I don’t blame you, Wooting looks good, but it is not much different from the mechanical gaming keyboards we already know. In fact, it is more boring than most in appearance, and now some people take “extra” to a whole new level.
For RGB medium like me, it provides enough vitality to tick all the boxes on the appearance without going overboard. It doesn’t seem to be the point, so let’s see why it is really exciting.
Pursue two HE specifications
size: Complete (108/109 keys)
change: Lekker Hall effect (manufactured by Gateron), linear (60cN)
Support hot swap: Yes (Nice only)
drive: 0.1–4 mm
vote rate: 1,000 Hz
Media key: Function shortcuts
Connectivity: Wired, USB (Type-C) detachable cable
RGB lighting effect: Illumination via app button
software: Wootility v4
price: 195 USD / 169 GBP / 161 Euro
Wooting Two HE provides analog key control: if you press a key, such as the W key, instead of sending a simple on/off signal to your PC, the keyboard will measure the entire range of the key’s movement. This means that you can change the range of motion between walking and running in the game without using a controller, and even some control in driving games without analog joysticks or steering wheels. This is great for games like GTA V, where you often switch between running, driving, and even flying.
This is a concept that we have started to see from big brands, although as far as I am concerned, Wooting initially brought this concept to a usable and reasonably priced product in Wooting One.
However, the difference between Wooting Two HE and Wooting One and Wooting Two lies in how it measures analog inputs. Older Wooting boards rely on optical Flaretech switches, while newer HE boards use Lekker switches, co-manufactured by Wooting and the popular switch manufacturer Gateron, and rely on the Hall effect (hence the Wooting Two’HE’) for simulation enter.
The Hall effect depends on the power of the magnet. There is a magnet in the lever of each Lekker switch. By measuring the magnetic force when the magnet moves, and through the Hall effect sensor on the keyboard PCB, Wooting Two HE can accurately track the full press and return of the mechanical switch.
In terms of software, the game needs to register this switch driver as DirectInput or Xinput. This means that you mainly want to set the left analog stick up, down, left, and right to the WASD key on Wooting to replicate the best position of the analog controller movement.
Although you can freely set the analog input of Wooting. Unlike some analog keyboards, every switch on Wooting Two HE can operate as an analog switch. However, if you go too far, it does become a bit cumbersome, and the game support may vary, which means you may not be guaranteed to make the most of Wooting in every game.
Although even those keys that you don’t use to simulate sports, this Lekker switch is good. On the one hand, users can change the driving point of the Wooting button in the company’s internal applications and the keyboard control center Wootility.
The actuation range of the Lekker switch is 0.1-4.0 mm, and can be set in increments of 0.1 mm on the basis of each key. You can fine-tune this keyboard to your liking, and you don’t need to buy a completely different mechanical switch.
Although one of the reasons I am still so obsessed with Wooting HE is that there is always another cool thing about analog switches. The quick trigger function can achieve a faster response in the game by eliminating the need to set a reset point.Basically you can press the key and let go a little, And then depressed again. Whether you release the switch completely or not, this will be considered a keypress.
Therefore, next time you type on the keyboard frantically in QTE, you won’t have to work so hard.
There is also a dynamic keystroke function, I admit that it is a bit beyond my salary grade in terms of settings and actual correct use, but it is a very reliable function. This uses a full range of analog inputs to provide multiple operations (keys, macros) during different points of key movement.
Do you want to map the entire set of actions to a single power button in the game? It is certainly possible. You can apply all the skills, actions or spells in the game to a single button. Or, if you are really accurate, let one key do two different things based on how far you press it.
In my usual writing/game plan, I didn’t actually find the full use of this particular function. On the contrary, I found myself using it most in shooting games. Due to the analog input, I could slightly reduce my running speed. In other words, Wooting has many analog functions-I think it can definitely make full use of analog switches.
In most cases, you will dive into Wootility to make changes to Wooting’s settings. You can also find options to adjust the RGB lighting profile here. The keyboard actually stores all this information in its 16MB built-in memory, so if you really don’t want to use Wootility on your desktop, you can install it, activate it (without account), set up your keyboard, and then uninstall it again. Without it, everything should work normally.
Among all the peripheral-specific apps, there are many boys, and I don’t mind Wootility a bit, either. It is simple and well combined, and it has only been improved since the last time I used it. In fact, it makes some other larger manufacturers ashamed of its simple and smart appearance.
As for the price, Wooting Two HE costs 195 USD (169 GBP/161 Euro)), so it is not cheap. It lacks a media key and wrist rest (available as an additional price of $28.80), and you may also expect to buy it at that price tag. Although this is not so ridiculous compared to today’s gaming keyboards of more than $200, it means that you don’t have to pay a completely high cost for the simulation function.
However, Wooting generally does a good job of meeting expectations. The keyboard is sturdy, well-made, and comes with a two-year warranty. If the switch is broken, you can replace it because the circuit board itself is hot-swappable. This is an advantage because there are not so many mechanical moving parts with magnetic Lekker switches. Another advantage is that there are fewer things to break in the first place.
This is what I love about every Wooting keyboard I’ve seen so far, and Wooting Two HE is even more so: they are not only built on a great concept, they absolutely implement it. Even if you think that you are attracted to Wooting’s simulated sports, and its range may be limited by the games and genres you like, there are other important reasons to like it.