Summary: The Razer Ornata Chroma is an amazing membrane keyboard for gamers with Mecha-Membrane switches and built-in RGB lighting. The soft and mechanical keys provide a gentle feel with a non-obnoxious clicking sound to its users. The cheeky keys are customizable with Razer Synapse Software. Moreover, the padded wrist wrest takes the typing comfort to the next level.
Quick Review of Razer Ornata Chroma’s Features
Material Quality 8.4/10
Easy to Use 9.0/10
In this article, we have reviewed the Ornata Chroma in detail with a brief description of its fascinating features along with the major advantages and disadvantages. So, you could have a clear idea about this stylish hardware on the market, how it functions, what level of performance you can expect from it, and what potential limitations you could face with this keyboard.
Ornata Chroma Review
Razer Ornata Chroma Description
The Razer Ornata Chroma brings together the best of both mechanical keyboards and membrane switchers on board to deliver an exceptional typing performance that can’t be beaten off by other models at $69.99.
Generally, at this terrific cost, manufacturers fail to provide both numerous features and a good typing experience in one keyboard. As traditional keyboards can’t provide accurate tactility, despite being famous for cushioned feel, Whereas, mechanical keyboards can provide rapid actuation and amazing tactile feedback but have a downside that it may cause fatigue for extended gaming or working sessions.
So, Razer came up with its impressive innovation – Ornata Chroma- to satisfy all user requirements. The Ornata Chroma is a very decent built model that features a soft and smooth touch of mechanical keys with tactile feedback and an RGB array on the background that gives 16.8 million colors to choose from.
For long typing hours, it gives rest to your wrist with a plushy pad, making the experience even more comfortable. It is a successful upgraded model of Razer Cynosa Chroma which is one of the best silent mechanical switches.
Ornata Chroma Specifications
Product Name: Ornata Chroma
Dimensions: 18.24” x 6.67” x 1.3”
Total Keys: 104
Key Size: Mid Size
Key Feel: Soft rubber domed
Keycaps: ABS Plastic
Lighting: RGB; 16.8 million Chroma color
Wrist Rest: Ergonomic Detachable Wrist Rest
Keyboard Color: Black
Connectivity Technology: USB
Other Specs: Programmable switches with macro recording
Gaming Mode: Anti-ghosting mode for simultaneous 10 keys presses
In the box: Razer Ornata Chroma Keyboard, manuals, and a comfy wrist rest
Razer Ornata Chroma Unboxing
Razer Ornata Chroma is a Mid-height keycaps keyboard. It comes in a Razer queen size box that saves it from damages and with branding on it. This black padded packing gives the feel of unboxing a most exciting hi-tech gaming keyboard.
On opening the box, you would find a user manual and a bunch of instructions on your left hand side. Underneath the manual, there are beautiful Razer stickers for you to stick on your gadgets.
At the back, there is a black cable that can be wired on either side which is improved over previous models with short wires and tight gaps that could damage the cable. The Ornata Cable can be easily moved in and out of the channel without being ruined.
Razer placed four rubber pads underneath the board, so your desk won’t get scratches and keeps the top of the board 2 feet elevated. Also, in the box, you will get a palm rest for unlimited gaming hours.
Moreover, the board has decent black keys and a clean white backplate that helps the chroma lights shine brightly or vividly, adding some extra pop to the keyboard.
Now, let’s move towards the distinguishing features that Razer added into its most high-end model – Ornata Chroma.
Razer Ornata Chroma Features
Ornata Chroma Keys: The keys on Razer Ornata Keyboard are very nicely placed and are mid-profile with some chicklet switches. The Razer has used Mecha-Membrane technology for its switches that are the blend of both the mechanical and membrane keyboards.
The mid-height mechanical switches have a rubber dome. On slight pressing the keys, the dome gets depressed and the strokes get registered. This mechanism provides a very smooth typing experience and eliminates the requirement of having the full version of having either full-sized or chiclet keys.
The ergonomics of the keyboard is really nice. The keycaps size is reduced to half of the traditional keyboard in this updated version. These low profile keycaps help to type fluently without putting much weight on the individual keys to register a stroke, thus you can make more rapid shots in speed demanding games.
Leatherette Wrist Rest: The classic 3.5 inches deep wrist rest is well made and covered with black leather. The Razer logo is nicely imposed in the center which improves the stylish look. It is a detachable, magnetic wrist brace with soft padded on top and a smooth base underneath. The quality is a lot more comfortable that makes it the best accessory that you can get with a keyboard.
Chroma Backlighting: The Razer Ornata Keyboard features RGB lighting with 16.8 million color options, which can be customized into many amusing patterns like; breathing, fire, reactive or pulse, ripples, spectra lighting, starlight, static, and the wave which is very popular, with Razer Synapse Software. All you need is to download the soft and create your profile and select any lighting pattern you like or simply create your own lighting effects.
You can highlight certain switches on the keyboard or combine a number of effects. You can select any color you want or the combination according to the effect you choose. You can also change the direction of lighting to what pleases you.
Although the Chroma lighting looks lovely in dark, they need Razer Synapse to work also, after customizing the lighting it gets very tricky to bring it back to the default setting.
Anti-Ghosting: Usually, with larger keyboards, there is a problem with ghosting, meaning that clicking the next key while having contact with the previous key causes many typing errors. So, with Razer Ornata Keyboard, This problem has been solved with a well-built board design that prevents such typos and ultimately improves the typing experience.
Overall Performance: The sum-up performance of the Razer Ornata Keyboard is pretty good. Just let yourself get used to it first. Initially, the fusion of both membrane and mechanical switches might enchant you.
Expect to have 70% of both mechanical crisp tactile feedback and soft touch of hybrid Mecha-Membrane switches which can’t get too soft for your fingertips but will give you a quite unnatural or mushy feel.
No doubt, the mid-sized keycap makes it an amazing gaming keyboard with fast clicking and smooth float on the board without causing fatigue and adds comfort to your palm with a padded wrist rest.
Razer Ornata Chroma Critical Review: The Razer Ornata keyboard doesn’t give a feel of premium grade hardware. Also, the comfy wrist rest is extremely sensitive as with the passage of time, the leather can start deteriorating.
The cord management is very much improved which prevents the cable from getting ruined and allows the user to direct the wire to whatever direction he likes.
The most interesting thing I found in Ornata Chroma is that all of its keys are fully programmable, meaning you can customize them according to your desire.
The functionality of this keyboard is not as good as other high-end switchers on market. You would need to lubricate the keyboard to keep it smooth and maintain its performance, I know it might sound weird to many desk toppers, but it’s how Razer Ornata works.
Although with Razer Synapse you can create a profile to customize the keyboard lighting and other features, there is no memory on the keyboard, meaning that you can’t save your profile on it.
Moreover, there are no slots for connectivity and no wireless connection. So, the Ornata Chroma can’t be paired with multiple devices but you can use function keys to use for multiple purposes even for activating the gaming mode.
The Razer Ornata Chroma is a great option for those who want to enjoy the perks of both hybrid switches and mechanical keys. This innovative fusion brought together the features with a good typing experience.
Although it has everything that a gamer needs to have extended sessions of gaming, the quality of the material does not give the feel of top-notch keyboards.
It is specifically designed for those who enjoy the crisp clicking sound of mechanical boards that helps them stay focused with the satisfying stroke registration noise and the smooth touch of hybrid keys.
I hope this post helped you to learn more about Ornata Chroma and cleared out the things you could expect from this Razer keyboard.