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Hardware Review: Razer Ornata Chroma Mechanical Keyboard

4.5
Game Name: Razer Ornata Chroma Mechanical Keyboard
Platforms: Windows, Mac
Publisher(s): Razer
Developer(s): Razer

While shopping for other things at our local Best Buy store we always check out the gaming hardware section to see if anything new has come out; well on this day we came across the Razer Ornata Chroma on sale! So because David loves me so much (his words) he decided to buy it for me just cause (aren’t I lucky?) So this would become my second piece in my new set up (after the Tartarus).

I had previously been using a cheap Walmart keyboard so an upgrade was a must in our books and why not stick to the whole Chroma theme – and why not? which girl doesn’t like bright shiny new toys?

This review will be different then all of the rest as I don’t really look for all the specs kind of thing; that is what I have David for. I am more into the looks, feel and comfort of the items I pick for my set up.

Right off the bat was a good choice as it was colorful, my favorite setting is solid red or the wave pattern. There are a lot of colors and themes to choose from so the first day was all about testing out all the different combinations to pick the perfect one. So the kids and I set off on a mini adventure testing them all out, we each had our favorites and the kids will change it to their liking when they are using my computer. For the most part it was set on red, that is until one day David said he couldn’t read the keys when he uses it and it became apparent the I couldn’t either and I depended on remembering which keys were which in order to type anything. While knowing where the keys are easier for me as I work as a receptionist, but when you are trying to find the right key in the dark and while not lined up right so your hands are in the correct position you tend to hit the wrong buttons; since then it has been set to plain old white. I will change it from time to time when I want to show off or if I am gaming and I want a change.

So onto to the feel of it.. this was my first time having a mechanical keyboard so it took some getting used to the noise at every depress on the keys. There is definitely no sneaking on my keyboard, you can hear from the other room, but I like it! If you know me personally this may come off as weird as I hate the haptic and sounds on cellphones (which David has both..). The keys are soft to the touch and press very seamlessly and the wrist rest is made of soft leather like fabric and very comfortable.  Speaking of the wrist rest, it is held in place by magnets and can be removed whenever you would like, this is something I have yet to remove as I really enjoy having there as it is very comfortable.

So with that it covers my criteria of a good keyboard. While the main reason I got it was I wanted my whole set up to be the same and I received the Tartarus as review unit (thank you Razer) so it was set that I would have Razer as my set up and have completed that (stay tuned for hardware reviews on the other 2 pieces).

 

Tech Specs
  • Mecha-Membrane Technology
  • Mid-height keycaps
  • Razer Chroma backlighting
  • Ergonomic wrist rest
  • Razer Synapse enabled
  • Fully programmable keys with on the fly macro recording
  • 10-key roll over
  • Dedicated Gaming Mode
  • Anti-ghosting capability for up to 10 simultaneous key presses
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