• RAZER ORNATA EXPERT: Mecha-Membrane - Individually Backlit Mid-Height Keys - Leatherette Wrist Rest - Gaming Keyboard - Gaming Keyboard
  • RAZER ORNATA EXPERT: Mecha-Membrane - Individually Backlit Mid-Height Keys - Leatherette Wrist Rest - Gaming Keyboard - Gaming Keyboard
  • RAZER ORNATA EXPERT: Mecha-Membrane - Individually Backlit Mid-Height Keys - Leatherette Wrist Rest - Gaming Keyboard - Gaming Keyboard
  • RAZER ORNATA EXPERT: Mecha-Membrane - Individually Backlit Mid-Height Keys - Leatherette Wrist Rest - Gaming Keyboard - Gaming Keyboard
  • RAZER ORNATA EXPERT: Mecha-Membrane - Individually Backlit Mid-Height Keys - Leatherette Wrist Rest - Gaming Keyboard - Gaming Keyboard
  • RAZER ORNATA EXPERT: Mecha-Membrane - Individually Backlit Mid-Height Keys - Leatherette Wrist Rest - Gaming Keyboard - Gaming Keyboard
  • RAZER ORNATA EXPERT: Mecha-Membrane - Individually Backlit Mid-Height Keys - Leatherette Wrist Rest - Gaming Keyboard - Gaming Keyboard
  • RAZER ORNATA EXPERT: Mecha-Membrane - Individually Backlit Mid-Height Keys - Leatherette Wrist Rest - Gaming Keyboard - Gaming Keyboard
  • RAZER ORNATA EXPERT: Mecha-Membrane - Individually Backlit Mid-Height Keys - Leatherette Wrist Rest - Gaming Keyboard - Gaming Keyboard
RAZER ORNATA EXPERT: Mecha-Membrane - Individually Backlit Mid-Height Keys - Leatherette Wrist Rest - Gaming Keyboard - Gaming Keyboard
RAZER ORNATA EXPERT: Mecha-Membrane - Individually Backlit Mid-Height Keys - Leatherette Wrist Rest - Gaming Keyboard - Gaming Keyboard
RAZER ORNATA EXPERT: Mecha-Membrane - Individually Backlit Mid-Height Keys - Leatherette Wrist Rest - Gaming Keyboard - Gaming Keyboard
RAZER ORNATA EXPERT: Mecha-Membrane - Individually Backlit Mid-Height Keys - Leatherette Wrist Rest - Gaming Keyboard - Gaming Keyboard
RAZER ORNATA EXPERT: Mecha-Membrane - Individually Backlit Mid-Height Keys - Leatherette Wrist Rest - Gaming Keyboard - Gaming Keyboard
RAZER ORNATA EXPERT: Mecha-Membrane - Individually Backlit Mid-Height Keys - Leatherette Wrist Rest - Gaming Keyboard - Gaming Keyboard
RAZER ORNATA EXPERT: Mecha-Membrane - Individually Backlit Mid-Height Keys - Leatherette Wrist Rest - Gaming Keyboard - Gaming Keyboard
RAZER ORNATA EXPERT: Mecha-Membrane - Individually Backlit Mid-Height Keys - Leatherette Wrist Rest - Gaming Keyboard - Gaming Keyboard
RAZER ORNATA EXPERT: Mecha-Membrane - Individually Backlit Mid-Height Keys - Leatherette Wrist Rest - Gaming Keyboard - Gaming Keyboard

RAZER ORNATA EXPERT: Mecha-Membrane - Individually Backlit Mid-Height Keys - Leatherette Wrist Rest - Gaming Keyboard - Gaming Keyboard

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  • MECHA-MEMBRANE KEYS - Soft cushioned membrane rubber dome with a crisp tactile mechanical click
  • MID-HEIGHT KEYCAPS: Custom designed keycaps for quicker actuation without missing a single stroke
  • INDIVIDUALLY BACKLIT KEYS: Progammable keys with dynamic lighting effects
  • LEATHERETTE WRIST REST: Ergonomic magnetic wrist rest for ultimate comfort
  • 10-KEY ROLLOVER ANTI-GHOSTING: Perfectly execute up to ten commands at the same time

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Nice keycaps. Beautiful lighting. Still Razer, for good and for bad. I had gotten used to full-sized chiclet keyboards and wanted one with a backlight. Unfortunately they seem to be nearly non-existent and I could only find two. One by Monoprice and another by a no-name company that had terrible reviews.The Monoprice keyboard felt very nice, but the backlighting was very dim, and only available in blue. The materials used also reacted very poorly to cleaning. Using rubbing alcohol (considered one of the best cleaning agents because it's less likely to damage internal components if any gets inside, unlike water or water-based cleaners) resulted in the paint on the keycaps and bezel slowly wearing off, and because the chiclet-style keys were not just caps but solid and sat in a key well, the keys would start rubbing against the sides with greater and greater friction. Essentially, the two plastics become "too" clean, without the residue of the molding release agent acting as a lubricant.So after going through a few of these keyboards, I decided to was time to find one that had a good backlight, and would last. I had previously sworn off Razer after encountering multiple QA issues with their Orochi. One mouse would have loose side buttons, another would have an inconsistent feel to clicks occasionally, while another would have a ridiculously tight top that took so much force to remove that it actually put a permanent bend in the plastic (the battery compartment is under it.) Otherwise, I loved the mouse. Except it too had a flaw when it came to cleaning. If any liquid accidentally got into the scroll wheel area (which is wide open on the front), it would either short out the mouse temporarily or kill it dead outright. Dealing with dust and finger gunk became a hazard to this mouse. The other reason I swore off Razer products was Synapse: It's utterly stupid to require an account-based cloud program that wants to run continuously, just to get full use out of your hardware. Let's call it what it really is: Spyware that wants to datamine you so Razer can sell marketing data and make more money. I refuse to keep it installed. I'd configure the Orochi then uninstall it. But every time I had to replace one, I'd have to use it again. I'm done with Synapse.So back to the keyboard. I was looking for one that fit multiple criteria: Membrane kays as close to chiclet-style as possible in a standard US layout without extra keys, a normal-sized bezel without built-in palm or wrist rest, and green or RGB backlighting. Despite my previous misgivings, the Razer BlackWidow would've fit this perfectly if not for the huge, permanent palm rest. I kept coming across keyboards that got close to these criteria, but they'd have a flaw like an extra row of keys where I rest part of a hand, or a EU-style Enter key, or goofy permanently-cycling RBG lights. Or were mechanical (despite being a gamer, I'm not fond of mechanicals.)I ordered a cheapy no-name keyboard in the "floating keys" bezel-less style. This turned out to be uncomfortable to me. After so many years on low-height keys, the full-height keys now felt way too high. They were also set in an ergonomic curve and I prefer level keys. The lack of a bezel was also uncomfortable as I rest a couple of my fingers on them.Returning to try and find something better, I looked at Razer's products again, and after dismissing the Ornata due to the wrist rest previously, I actually looked at it and realize it was detachable. Looking at its other features, it seemed very close to what I wanted. has a standard US layout without any extra keys, and they were medium-height with slightly wider spacing than normal (so closer to a chiclet-style.) It was also available in a non-RGB model (plain green) so Synapse wouldn't be required for setting the colors. I didn't care for the mechanical-like clickiness, but I realized I was going to have to compromise somewhere to get a keyboard as close to my preference as possible.Upon getting the keyboard, I was impressed with the matte texture the keys have (which matches my mouse, a Corsair Sabre) and the bright, individually-lit keys. And the keys are indeed clicky. Also, let's be absolutely clear on this: This is NOT a mechanical keyboard. It's a membrane keyboard that they've made simulate a mechanical by added a small plastic bump to the key stem, and a matching metal "spring" in the key housing that makes it click when it runs back and forth over it. If you're getting this an expecting a mechanical, turn back now. This keyboard is not for you.I would describe most real mechanical keyboards as having a "KA-KLUNK" sound. With the Ornata I'd say it was a "ki-klick." It's softer and lighter in sound, but it's still very, very much present and not quiet at all. As someone who hasn't used a mechanical regularly since the IBM Model M stopped being a stock keyboard for most professional systems, I'm having to get used to it again. I still prefer the quietness and soft touch of a membrane keyboard.There's a small issue with these faux-mechanicals, though. Not all of the keys feel the same. Some of them have a lighter click, and a couple barely click at all. While I'd prefer no clicking, I'd rather they all be consistent if I have to have it.The keyboard has cable management in the form of a groove that runs its length on the bottom, enabling you to run the cable out either end or out the top like normal. The cable snaps down tightly into this groove, so once in, it's staying unless you pull it out.It also features a "Game Mode" that disables the Windows key and turns on 10-key anti-ghosting rollover mode. Synapse isn't required for this, but if you want to add additional keys like Alt-Tab or Alt-F4 to the list of keys it deactivates, it is. There's also a Macro mode that lets you record a key sequence and assign it to a specific key. Unfortunately this seems to require Synapse to function at all. The keyboard also features multimedia key functions assigned to the F-keys and accessed in combination with the Fn button. Backlight brightness can also be controlled via the hardware (and without the need for Synapse) but the lighting steps are very subtle, and will need multiple presses (or holding a key) to see a difference. The multiple lighting modes cannot be accessed without Synapse, the keyboard defaults to static. This is unfortunate because they could've made them selectable via hardware if they wanted. While I prefer static, it would've been nice to have access to those other modes via hardware alone. If a cheap, no-name Chinese keyboard can do this, why can't the Ornata? Because Razer wants you using Synapse.My one real complaint is a minor one: The keyboard itself is a bit high. While it's comfortable to type on, I wish the overall base height was half of what it is. I have not used the wrist rest so I cannot comment on it.In short:Pros:-Medium-height keycaps feel good, giving closer to a chiclet-style feel than a regular key.-Matte texture feels nice and should keep your fingers from slipping.-Clicks similar to a mechanical if that's your thing.-Standard, non-funky layout.-Beautifully bright, individually-lit keys.-Cord management lets you place the cable where you want it.-Big, honking wrist rest. Again, if that's your thing.Cons:-If you think this is a mechanical, you'll be disappointed.-Built-in features have only partial functionality without using Synapse.-Inconsistent tactile feel between some keys.-Base height seems a little high. 4Best Keyboard Ever I'm a huge fan of this keyboard. For the price (it seems to hover around ~$50), I absolutely think it's unbeatable. The tactile feedback is the best I've ever experienced (30+ years of typing on various keyboards for work and play). It nice and clicky like a traditional blue-switch mechanical keyboards but not nearly as loud. Even better, it has more resistance than them and also has sort of a 'pop' to its compression when pressing down on the keys (the membrane's contribution).--Think of it sort of like a compound bow; lots of resistance at the initial pull, but once you push past a certain threshold it suddenly pops back to full extension, due to the momentum of pulling past the hardest part of the string's resistance. That's this keyboard! So freakin' sweet.... I can type on it all day and be happy. Keep in mind, a quality membrane keyboard, such as my old keyboard, Logitech Illuminated Ultrathin Keyboard K740 with Laser-etched Backlit Keyboard and Soft-touch Palm Rest , will give you this feeling as well, but it won't have that added mechanical switch feeling and audible 'click'. Really, it's the marriage between the two techs that make this so wonderful.My 2nd favorite keyboard is the 'Havit Low-Profile Mechanical Keyboard' which is what you see in my pictures next to the Razer to compare. Mechanical Keyboard HAVIT Backlit Wired Gaming Keyboard Extra-Thin & Light, Kailh Latest Low Profile Blue Switches, 87 Keys N-key Rollover HV-KB390L (Black) --The Havit has better build quality and has a pleasing light-blue color backlight vs the Razer's bold bright-green that can be a little much. It's also very streamlined to take up minimal space with a nice aluminum trim where the Razer is a bit bulky and plastic'y, and even creaks if you apply even the slightest twisting force to the keyboard - Don't get me wrong, the Razer's frame is plenty stiff and sturdy... just not as refined and elegant as the Havit's. But the Havit *doesn't have* that wonderful added membrane that gives it that prominent tactile pop of compression that's unique to Razer's Ornata, only the "click" of the switch which is more sound than feeling. The Havit is also significantly more expensive, especially for the full sized keyboard, and doesn't included wrist pad like the Razer, which is surprisingly comfortable! Speaking of the wrist pad, I love how it's attached via magnet! ...though I wish the magnet strength would be a tad stronger when typing on my lap for HTPC use. Both are amazing keyboards and this may be even a slight apples to orange comparison since the Havit is trying to be as compact as possible. But if I had to choose just one, the Razer wins.There is one other rather large con to the Razer, is that in order to access the more advanced software features, you have to login to Razer's online services. I know that's a huge turn-off for some of my friends and it does bother me a little too but not enough to dock a star given how much I enjoy the hardware. I don't bother logging in. The keyboard without those features is easily still sweet enough to warrant a 5 star rating in my book. For the price ($50, plus or minus), nothing beats it. 5Not just for games; types really nicely as well I bought one of these (the Ornata Chroma) to replace a cheap keyboard on a machine where I work at home. I program a fair amount, write documentation, etc; I'm a business user. I really don't play computer games, and when I do, it's not nearly at the level where the controller is the limiting factor. However, I really like this keyboard. I can type in the 90-100WPM range when I'm actually typing words, though programming - my typical use case - is pretty bursty. I LOVE this keyboard's feel. After I had used this one for a few days, I actually ordered a couple more for the other non-laptop computers in the house and one for work (work got just the regular "always green" Ornata, not the Chroma version). Synapse works well on my Windows machine, and I found some code on GitHub which allows for control of the keyboard on Linux. While the various flashing colors modes are cute (I do leave my windows machine on "fire" mode) and I'm sure the game modes are useful if you're playing games, I set up the Linux systems to monitor active windows and change the keyboard color based on whether the focused window is a regular terminal, root terminal, or other application (I also changed $PS1 to update terminal window titles). It's not at all a bad thing to have a secondary visual cue that the command you're about to type will affect more or less than intended. At some point when I get it a bit more polished up, I'll make the code available... :) Until then, I'm a big fan of this keyboard and wrist rest setup. 5Razer Ornata ... Something different, something good... My first mechanical keyboard was the Azio. It was a pretty good offer in regards to price and functionality.I was a bit disappointed with it's gaming performance because there was a bit of lag when using this device as my gaming driver.It would be really laggy at times especially when I had to double click the "W" key. I use the double click method as my sprint/run in "Battlefield" andthere would always be a noticeable lag when i did this. Apart from this I would find myself putting a bit too much effort into typing.I would even type more fluently and effortlessly with my membrane keyboard in work.Then i came upon the "Razer Ornata Chroma" which boasted a hybrid of mechanical and membrane technology.I received the product shipped in good condition.I opened the box and just played with the arrow keys in the opening. I grinned to myself when I realised the "feel" was just what i wanted.I could even hear angels singing.I was dying to reach home and plug this thing in. On doing so the "too good to be true" fears raced through my mind.All were laid to rest when I plugged this monster in.I typed effortlessly and comfortably more that I have ever been accustomed to.I heard people talk about the "plastic" build, but in my opinion the plastic is thick heavy and sturdy. As solid I think as my original Azio keyboard.I loaded up "Battlefield 4" and it was off to the races.I could actually feel a more precise control over my player. Little taps would registerbetter than my previous keyboard. I could feel the finite control.I think my skills have jumped about 30 percent with this thing.The control I had before was just "mushy" in my opinion.I'm not really into the lighting thing because I always thought about it as "Gimmicky"but having that extra feature really makes this thing "pop" on my desk.I still find some of the "Effects" a bit "Gimmicky" because I don't watch the keyboard when I type.The "Ripple Effect" is cool but really distracting as you can see it fluttering out the corner of your eye.But that's just my Nitpick.The synapse software is pretty solid and has such a wide range of possibilities.If you "Geek" out over this type of stuff you can easily get yourself lost for daystrying different lighting combinations.My only con is the magnetic wrist rest, which can shift from time to time becausethe magnet is pretty weak. But I can overlook that. Easy.I do some light programming in my spare time and this is "AWESOME".It really has that springy membrane feel and typing feels like butter. I know I mentionedthis earlier but I really want to make this point clear to anyone reading this.If you love to type, This Is For You!I can't attest to the durability of this product because I have only had it for such a short time.Build: Thumbs Up.Feel: Thumbs Up.Lighting: Thumbs Up.Wrist Wrest: Thumbs Down. Cost a star. (If they revise this feature I might even consider buying another one)Really blown away!!! 4Buyer Beware - Monochromatic Keyboard From Razer - This Isn't The Product In The Video Took me about 25-30 minutes on Razers website to find the software to run the keyboard. Finally got that out of the way, and spent another 10-15 trying to figure out why it was only one color. The video on the product description I saw showed multiple colors, and the product I ordered came up on a search for RGB gaming keyboard. This product IS NOT RGB despite the razer marketing video and the search tags. The Razer Support technician assured me they didn't make a monochromatic keyboard, and kept referring me to their software team - so I did some searching I found it on their website and sent it to him - then I showed him the video on the amazon page that showed it with multi colored flame effects, and he didn't seem to be bothered. Won't be going with razer again - don't even understand why someone would make a product like this that only lights one color - seems counter-intuitive because the RGB ones can do any color! Maybe that has to do with marketing and product differentiation, but all of that should be insulated from the consumer. Buyer beware - I should have just bought a more expensive one off the bat, $25 chinese RGB one was much prettier. 1Green only, but still a fabulous keyboard; software a headache to get working. First a warning. This is not the one with multiple colors. The Ornata Chroma is the one with the multicolor options. My review is for the Razer Ornata. I think Amazon must have combined the reviews because they reference muly colors. Moving on...this keyboard is awesome. The wrist rest is magnetic and detachable, it's very comfortable. The keys feel amazing, and the light up options are super. The real reason I knocked off the star is the software. When (yes I mean when) it won't run after installing, it is frustrating to find a solution. Finally we were able to run the program and change the lighting options. There should really be a default hardware button for changing lighting effects without having the software and setting a macro instead. Razer requires the "legacy" version of the Synapse software for this keyboard. If you don't want the headache of getting it to work, you have to buy one of the newer more expensive models. Those are the only "officially supported" ones. But if you can get the software working, and if you don't mind having only green, then this keyboard is awesome to use. It just feels amazing. I hope they keep using the mechanic membrane combo because it is so comfortable to type on. It also has a very nice click sound, not too loud. 4Really disappointing quality. Get something else! So I was super excited to get this keyboard at first. I wanted to have something nice for a work keyboard. I had previously been using my Razer Blackwidow for work, along with a Glorious PC Gaming Race wrist pad. So I get this new keyboard plugged in and I start plugging away at the keys, and the first thing I notice is that the material the wrist rest is made of is making my skin super hot. Then I noticed that after a moments of typing the cushion sinks into the plastic. So now my wrist is both hot, and has no padding. Then the more I type the more I realize that both key spacing, and mid-height caps are really cumbersome. It's not comfortable to type on in the least. Finally the tactile response feels muddy and I noticed that certain keys responded less than reliably, making me leave out letters or numbers after having depressed the key. Overall, I feel like this keyboard should sell for around $19.99 or less. It just isn't worth the price they are selling it for. The Apple Magic Keyboard I was using was better, and I hate that thing. This is a real disappointment for me as I am a huge Razer keyboard fan, and I assumed that I would be receiving Razer quality at this price point. I will be returning this keyboard and buying another Blackwidow and Glorious PC Gaming Race wrist pad. 2Pretty good keyboard so far After years of wanting a backlit keyboard for my home office desktop I finally settled on this one (Razer Ornata Expert - non-Chroma). This, like my other Razer products, is very well made and has generally impressive built quality. After getting used to it (transitioning from full size Dell keyboards) I've found typing to be easy and comfortable. The keyboard is clicky but not overly loud and certainly not mushy. It fits my (now less-gaming than in years past) style pretty well.Right out of the box the backlighting is set on "static" and is easily controlled via the keyboard - no software required. Installing Razer Synapse allows for a variety of lighting effects and/or changing the brightness through the app. In my situation I have two workstations that share the keyboard and mouse (also a Razer product) via a KVM switch. Synapse let me configure each machine separately to give a visual indication of which machine the KVM is on. Having the non-Chroma version of the keyboard limits what can be done, but it's still a nice idea that works.Now for the few bad comments: the keyboard arrived packed in typical Amazon fashion - large box with a little brown paper packing material - the box was in perfect shape as was the retail packaging inside. Even so, putting the keyboard on the desk showed it was obviously bent! The whole keyboard rocked back and forth along the bend in the middle. I took a chance and tried bending it flat - apparently the frame is metal (and feels it) - so bending it back worked fine. From the look of the packaging I can only assume the bending was either from warehouse stacking or factory QC. Perfectly salvageable for me, but puzzling.Operationally everything works well but the backlighting is not quite what I was looking for. From purely aesthetics the lighting design is nice - even if it is only green. It gives each key a "glow" from behind. Unfortunately the glow of the actual key caps is far less dramatic. Cranking the lighting up so the keys are more easily seen makes the backlit glow surrounding the keys far brighter than I'd have liked.All in all I'm pretty happy with the keyboard. I'm knocking a star for the somewhat unimpressive lighting of the actual key caps and the bent-from-the-box keyboard - but otherwise it's pretty solid. 4AWESOME!!!! OMG! This keyboard is awesome. Its a great mix of features and I love using it for heavy typing at work and gaming at home.I also have the Razor Death Adder mouse and having the Razor software makes it easy to customize my setup.PROs>The feedback and feel is great.>No lag in keystrokes, great for gaming>Wrist Pad is comfy and the magnet attachment is a nice feature>The lighting feature is super customizable. I preferred the feedback lighting.>Looks sleek even without the lighting.>Half sized keys are defined without being too tall.>All keys are where they should be; it has good old standard keyboard layout.CONs>The clicking is a bit high pitched. I expected clacking but this is more of nails taping on glass than a thud.>The wrist pad is weirdly wide (3 inches). I like my keyboard closer to the edge of my desk so this was a bummer.>The wrist pad material makes squeaky noises when I move around.>If your not great at typing its hard to see the keys without the lighting (not a problem for me but may be for some).>The keyboard is mat black and I'm greasy so its not a good mix.Overall great keyboard, especially for the price. I am not sure what the Chroma has over the backlit; but the backlit is really nice and has a lot of color customization. 5Falsely advertised PLEASE READ THIS,I am just going to get to the point, I very much enjoy the membrane switches, close feel to the mechanical ones. The wrist pad included is beyond perfect, however, the lighting... It is falsely advertised on the website as well as Amazon which is weird. In the explanation, it says: "The Razer Ornata features individually programmable backlit keys along with dynamic lighting effects all set easily through Razer Synapse" which is bs, it doesn't feature anything like that. I am sad I figured that out after I have purchased so if you want what is being said, buy the chrome one for about 30 dollars more. Again, this is only the Ornata, however, there is an Ornata chroma version which a lot of people are confused about. If you are asking why I am still keeping it, it is because I think it is worth the rice even-though the fancy backlighiting system doesn't exist. 3
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Nice keycaps. Beautiful lighting. Still Razer, for good and for bad. I had gotten used to full-sized chiclet keyboards and wanted one with a backlight. Unfortunately they seem to be nearly non-existent and I could only find two. One by Monoprice and another by a no-name company that had terrible reviews.The Monoprice keyboard felt very nice, but the backlighting was very dim, and only available in blue. The materials used also reacted very poorly to cleaning. Using rubbing alcohol (considered one of the best cleaning agents because it's less likely to damage internal components if any gets inside, unlike water or water-based cleaners) resulted in the paint on the keycaps and bezel slowly wearing off, and because the chiclet-style keys were not just caps but solid and sat in a key well, the keys would start rubbing against the sides with greater and greater friction. Essentially, the two plastics become "too" clean, without the residue of the molding release agent acting as a lubricant.So after going through a few of these keyboards, I decided to was time to find one that had a good backlight, and would last. I had previously sworn off Razer after encountering multiple QA issues with their Orochi. One mouse would have loose side buttons, another would have an inconsistent feel to clicks occasionally, while another would have a ridiculously tight top that took so much force to remove that it actually put a permanent bend in the plastic (the battery compartment is under it.) Otherwise, I loved the mouse. Except it too had a flaw when it came to cleaning. If any liquid accidentally got into the scroll wheel area (which is wide open on the front), it would either short out the mouse temporarily or kill it dead outright. Dealing with dust and finger gunk became a hazard to this mouse. The other reason I swore off Razer products was Synapse: It's utterly stupid to require an account-based cloud program that wants to run continuously, just to get full use out of your hardware. Let's call it what it really is: Spyware that wants to datamine you so Razer can sell marketing data and make more money. I refuse to keep it installed. I'd configure the Orochi then uninstall it. But every time I had to replace one, I'd have to use it again. I'm done with Synapse.So back to the keyboard. I was looking for one that fit multiple criteria: Membrane kays as close to chiclet-style as possible in a standard US layout without extra keys, a normal-sized bezel without built-in palm or wrist rest, and green or RGB backlighting. Despite my previous misgivings, the Razer BlackWidow would've fit this perfectly if not for the huge, permanent palm rest. I kept coming across keyboards that got close to these criteria, but they'd have a flaw like an extra row of keys where I rest part of a hand, or a EU-style Enter key, or goofy permanently-cycling RBG lights. Or were mechanical (despite being a gamer, I'm not fond of mechanicals.)I ordered a cheapy no-name keyboard in the "floating keys" bezel-less style. This turned out to be uncomfortable to me. After so many years on low-height keys, the full-height keys now felt way too high. They were also set in an ergonomic curve and I prefer level keys. The lack of a bezel was also uncomfortable as I rest a couple of my fingers on them.Returning to try and find something better, I looked at Razer's products again, and after dismissing the Ornata due to the wrist rest previously, I actually looked at it and realize it was detachable. Looking at its other features, it seemed very close to what I wanted. has a standard US layout without any extra keys, and they were medium-height with slightly wider spacing than normal (so closer to a chiclet-style.) It was also available in a non-RGB model (plain green) so Synapse wouldn't be required for setting the colors. I didn't care for the mechanical-like clickiness, but I realized I was going to have to compromise somewhere to get a keyboard as close to my preference as possible.Upon getting the keyboard, I was impressed with the matte texture the keys have (which matches my mouse, a Corsair Sabre) and the bright, individually-lit keys. And the keys are indeed clicky. Also, let's be absolutely clear on this: This is NOT a mechanical keyboard. It's a membrane keyboard that they've made simulate a mechanical by added a small plastic bump to the key stem, and a matching metal "spring" in the key housing that makes it click when it runs back and forth over it. If you're getting this an expecting a mechanical, turn back now. This keyboard is not for you.I would describe most real mechanical keyboards as having a "KA-KLUNK" sound. With the Ornata I'd say it was a "ki-klick." It's softer and lighter in sound, but it's still very, very much present and not quiet at all. As someone who hasn't used a mechanical regularly since the IBM Model M stopped being a stock keyboard for most professional systems, I'm having to get used to it again. I still prefer the quietness and soft touch of a membrane keyboard.There's a small issue with these faux-mechanicals, though. Not all of the keys feel the same. Some of them have a lighter click, and a couple barely click at all. While I'd prefer no clicking, I'd rather they all be consistent if I have to have it.The keyboard has cable management in the form of a groove that runs its length on the bottom, enabling you to run the cable out either end or out the top like normal. The cable snaps down tightly into this groove, so once in, it's staying unless you pull it out.It also features a "Game Mode" that disables the Windows key and turns on 10-key anti-ghosting rollover mode. Synapse isn't required for this, but if you want to add additional keys like Alt-Tab or Alt-F4 to the list of keys it deactivates, it is. There's also a Macro mode that lets you record a key sequence and assign it to a specific key. Unfortunately this seems to require Synapse to function at all. The keyboard also features multimedia key functions assigned to the F-keys and accessed in combination with the Fn button. Backlight brightness can also be controlled via the hardware (and without the need for Synapse) but the lighting steps are very subtle, and will need multiple presses (or holding a key) to see a difference. The multiple lighting modes cannot be accessed without Synapse, the keyboard defaults to static. This is unfortunate because they could've made them selectable via hardware if they wanted. While I prefer static, it would've been nice to have access to those other modes via hardware alone. If a cheap, no-name Chinese keyboard can do this, why can't the Ornata? Because Razer wants you using Synapse.My one real complaint is a minor one: The keyboard itself is a bit high. While it's comfortable to type on, I wish the overall base height was half of what it is. I have not used the wrist rest so I cannot comment on it.In short:Pros:-Medium-height keycaps feel good, giving closer to a chiclet-style feel than a regular key.-Matte texture feels nice and should keep your fingers from slipping.-Clicks similar to a mechanical if that's your thing.-Standard, non-funky layout.-Beautifully bright, individually-lit keys.-Cord management lets you place the cable where you want it.-Big, honking wrist rest. Again, if that's your thing.Cons:-If you think this is a mechanical, you'll be disappointed.-Built-in features have only partial functionality without using Synapse.-Inconsistent tactile feel between some keys.-Base height seems a little high. 4Best Keyboard Ever I'm a huge fan of this keyboard. For the price (it seems to hover around ~$50), I absolutely think it's unbeatable. The tactile feedback is the best I've ever experienced (30+ years of typing on various keyboards for work and play). It nice and clicky like a traditional blue-switch mechanical keyboards but not nearly as loud. Even better, it has more resistance than them and also has sort of a 'pop' to its compression when pressing down on the keys (the membrane's contribution).--Think of it sort of like a compound bow; lots of resistance at the initial pull, but once you push past a certain threshold it suddenly pops back to full extension, due to the momentum of pulling past the hardest part of the string's resistance. That's this keyboard! So freakin' sweet.... I can type on it all day and be happy. Keep in mind, a quality membrane keyboard, such as my old keyboard, Logitech Illuminated Ultrathin Keyboard K740 with Laser-etched Backlit Keyboard and Soft-touch Palm Rest , will give you this feeling as well, but it won't have that added mechanical switch feeling and audible 'click'. Really, it's the marriage between the two techs that make this so wonderful.My 2nd favorite keyboard is the 'Havit Low-Profile Mechanical Keyboard' which is what you see in my pictures next to the Razer to compare. Mechanical Keyboard HAVIT Backlit Wired Gaming Keyboard Extra-Thin & Light, Kailh Latest Low Profile Blue Switches, 87 Keys N-key Rollover HV-KB390L (Black) --The Havit has better build quality and has a pleasing light-blue color backlight vs the Razer's bold bright-green that can be a little much. It's also very streamlined to take up minimal space with a nice aluminum trim where the Razer is a bit bulky and plastic'y, and even creaks if you apply even the slightest twisting force to the keyboard - Don't get me wrong, the Razer's frame is plenty stiff and sturdy... just not as refined and elegant as the Havit's. But the Havit *doesn't have* that wonderful added membrane that gives it that prominent tactile pop of compression that's unique to Razer's Ornata, only the "click" of the switch which is more sound than feeling. The Havit is also significantly more expensive, especially for the full sized keyboard, and doesn't included wrist pad like the Razer, which is surprisingly comfortable! Speaking of the wrist pad, I love how it's attached via magnet! ...though I wish the magnet strength would be a tad stronger when typing on my lap for HTPC use. Both are amazing keyboards and this may be even a slight apples to orange comparison since the Havit is trying to be as compact as possible. But if I had to choose just one, the Razer wins.There is one other rather large con to the Razer, is that in order to access the more advanced software features, you have to login to Razer's online services. I know that's a huge turn-off for some of my friends and it does bother me a little too but not enough to dock a star given how much I enjoy the hardware. I don't bother logging in. The keyboard without those features is easily still sweet enough to warrant a 5 star rating in my book. For the price ($50, plus or minus), nothing beats it. 5Not just for games; types really nicely as well I bought one of these (the Ornata Chroma) to replace a cheap keyboard on a machine where I work at home. I program a fair amount, write documentation, etc; I'm a business user. I really don't play computer games, and when I do, it's not nearly at the level where the controller is the limiting factor. However, I really like this keyboard. I can type in the 90-100WPM range when I'm actually typing words, though programming - my typical use case - is pretty bursty. I LOVE this keyboard's feel. After I had used this one for a few days, I actually ordered a couple more for the other non-laptop computers in the house and one for work (work got just the regular "always green" Ornata, not the Chroma version). Synapse works well on my Windows machine, and I found some code on GitHub which allows for control of the keyboard on Linux. While the various flashing colors modes are cute (I do leave my windows machine on "fire" mode) and I'm sure the game modes are useful if you're playing games, I set up the Linux systems to monitor active windows and change the keyboard color based on whether the focused window is a regular terminal, root terminal, or other application (I also changed $PS1 to update terminal window titles). It's not at all a bad thing to have a secondary visual cue that the command you're about to type will affect more or less than intended. At some point when I get it a bit more polished up, I'll make the code available... :) Until then, I'm a big fan of this keyboard and wrist rest setup. 5Razer Ornata ... Something different, something good... My first mechanical keyboard was the Azio. It was a pretty good offer in regards to price and functionality.I was a bit disappointed with it's gaming performance because there was a bit of lag when using this device as my gaming driver.It would be really laggy at times especially when I had to double click the "W" key. I use the double click method as my sprint/run in "Battlefield" andthere would always be a noticeable lag when i did this. Apart from this I would find myself putting a bit too much effort into typing.I would even type more fluently and effortlessly with my membrane keyboard in work.Then i came upon the "Razer Ornata Chroma" which boasted a hybrid of mechanical and membrane technology.I received the product shipped in good condition.I opened the box and just played with the arrow keys in the opening. I grinned to myself when I realised the "feel" was just what i wanted.I could even hear angels singing.I was dying to reach home and plug this thing in. On doing so the "too good to be true" fears raced through my mind.All were laid to rest when I plugged this monster in.I typed effortlessly and comfortably more that I have ever been accustomed to.I heard people talk about the "plastic" build, but in my opinion the plastic is thick heavy and sturdy. As solid I think as my original Azio keyboard.I loaded up "Battlefield 4" and it was off to the races.I could actually feel a more precise control over my player. Little taps would registerbetter than my previous keyboard. I could feel the finite control.I think my skills have jumped about 30 percent with this thing.The control I had before was just "mushy" in my opinion.I'm not really into the lighting thing because I always thought about it as "Gimmicky"but having that extra feature really makes this thing "pop" on my desk.I still find some of the "Effects" a bit "Gimmicky" because I don't watch the keyboard when I type.The "Ripple Effect" is cool but really distracting as you can see it fluttering out the corner of your eye.But that's just my Nitpick.The synapse software is pretty solid and has such a wide range of possibilities.If you "Geek" out over this type of stuff you can easily get yourself lost for daystrying different lighting combinations.My only con is the magnetic wrist rest, which can shift from time to time becausethe magnet is pretty weak. But I can overlook that. Easy.I do some light programming in my spare time and this is "AWESOME".It really has that springy membrane feel and typing feels like butter. I know I mentionedthis earlier but I really want to make this point clear to anyone reading this.If you love to type, This Is For You!I can't attest to the durability of this product because I have only had it for such a short time.Build: Thumbs Up.Feel: Thumbs Up.Lighting: Thumbs Up.Wrist Wrest: Thumbs Down. Cost a star. (If they revise this feature I might even consider buying another one)Really blown away!!! 4Buyer Beware - Monochromatic Keyboard From Razer - This Isn't The Product In The Video Took me about 25-30 minutes on Razers website to find the software to run the keyboard. Finally got that out of the way, and spent another 10-15 trying to figure out why it was only one color. The video on the product description I saw showed multiple colors, and the product I ordered came up on a search for RGB gaming keyboard. This product IS NOT RGB despite the razer marketing video and the search tags. The Razer Support technician assured me they didn't make a monochromatic keyboard, and kept referring me to their software team - so I did some searching I found it on their website and sent it to him - then I showed him the video on the amazon page that showed it with multi colored flame effects, and he didn't seem to be bothered. Won't be going with razer again - don't even understand why someone would make a product like this that only lights one color - seems counter-intuitive because the RGB ones can do any color! Maybe that has to do with marketing and product differentiation, but all of that should be insulated from the consumer. Buyer beware - I should have just bought a more expensive one off the bat, $25 chinese RGB one was much prettier. 1Green only, but still a fabulous keyboard; software a headache to get working. First a warning. This is not the one with multiple colors. The Ornata Chroma is the one with the multicolor options. My review is for the Razer Ornata. I think Amazon must have combined the reviews because they reference muly colors. Moving on...this keyboard is awesome. The wrist rest is magnetic and detachable, it's very comfortable. The keys feel amazing, and the light up options are super. The real reason I knocked off the star is the software. When (yes I mean when) it won't run after installing, it is frustrating to find a solution. Finally we were able to run the program and change the lighting options. There should really be a default hardware button for changing lighting effects without having the software and setting a macro instead. Razer requires the "legacy" version of the Synapse software for this keyboard. If you don't want the headache of getting it to work, you have to buy one of the newer more expensive models. Those are the only "officially supported" ones. But if you can get the software working, and if you don't mind having only green, then this keyboard is awesome to use. It just feels amazing. I hope they keep using the mechanic membrane combo because it is so comfortable to type on. It also has a very nice click sound, not too loud. 4Really disappointing quality. Get something else! So I was super excited to get this keyboard at first. I wanted to have something nice for a work keyboard. I had previously been using my Razer Blackwidow for work, along with a Glorious PC Gaming Race wrist pad. So I get this new keyboard plugged in and I start plugging away at the keys, and the first thing I notice is that the material the wrist rest is made of is making my skin super hot. Then I noticed that after a moments of typing the cushion sinks into the plastic. So now my wrist is both hot, and has no padding. Then the more I type the more I realize that both key spacing, and mid-height caps are really cumbersome. It's not comfortable to type on in the least. Finally the tactile response feels muddy and I noticed that certain keys responded less than reliably, making me leave out letters or numbers after having depressed the key. Overall, I feel like this keyboard should sell for around $19.99 or less. It just isn't worth the price they are selling it for. The Apple Magic Keyboard I was using was better, and I hate that thing. This is a real disappointment for me as I am a huge Razer keyboard fan, and I assumed that I would be receiving Razer quality at this price point. I will be returning this keyboard and buying another Blackwidow and Glorious PC Gaming Race wrist pad. 2Pretty good keyboard so far After years of wanting a backlit keyboard for my home office desktop I finally settled on this one (Razer Ornata Expert - non-Chroma). This, like my other Razer products, is very well made and has generally impressive built quality. After getting used to it (transitioning from full size Dell keyboards) I've found typing to be easy and comfortable. The keyboard is clicky but not overly loud and certainly not mushy. It fits my (now less-gaming than in years past) style pretty well.Right out of the box the backlighting is set on "static" and is easily controlled via the keyboard - no software required. Installing Razer Synapse allows for a variety of lighting effects and/or changing the brightness through the app. In my situation I have two workstations that share the keyboard and mouse (also a Razer product) via a KVM switch. Synapse let me configure each machine separately to give a visual indication of which machine the KVM is on. Having the non-Chroma version of the keyboard limits what can be done, but it's still a nice idea that works.Now for the few bad comments: the keyboard arrived packed in typical Amazon fashion - large box with a little brown paper packing material - the box was in perfect shape as was the retail packaging inside. Even so, putting the keyboard on the desk showed it was obviously bent! The whole keyboard rocked back and forth along the bend in the middle. I took a chance and tried bending it flat - apparently the frame is metal (and feels it) - so bending it back worked fine. From the look of the packaging I can only assume the bending was either from warehouse stacking or factory QC. Perfectly salvageable for me, but puzzling.Operationally everything works well but the backlighting is not quite what I was looking for. From purely aesthetics the lighting design is nice - even if it is only green. It gives each key a "glow" from behind. Unfortunately the glow of the actual key caps is far less dramatic. Cranking the lighting up so the keys are more easily seen makes the backlit glow surrounding the keys far brighter than I'd have liked.All in all I'm pretty happy with the keyboard. I'm knocking a star for the somewhat unimpressive lighting of the actual key caps and the bent-from-the-box keyboard - but otherwise it's pretty solid. 4AWESOME!!!! OMG! This keyboard is awesome. Its a great mix of features and I love using it for heavy typing at work and gaming at home.I also have the Razor Death Adder mouse and having the Razor software makes it easy to customize my setup.PROs>The feedback and feel is great.>No lag in keystrokes, great for gaming>Wrist Pad is comfy and the magnet attachment is a nice feature>The lighting feature is super customizable. I preferred the feedback lighting.>Looks sleek even without the lighting.>Half sized keys are defined without being too tall.>All keys are where they should be; it has good old standard keyboard layout.CONs>The clicking is a bit high pitched. I expected clacking but this is more of nails taping on glass than a thud.>The wrist pad is weirdly wide (3 inches). I like my keyboard closer to the edge of my desk so this was a bummer.>The wrist pad material makes squeaky noises when I move around.>If your not great at typing its hard to see the keys without the lighting (not a problem for me but may be for some).>The keyboard is mat black and I'm greasy so its not a good mix.Overall great keyboard, especially for the price. I am not sure what the Chroma has over the backlit; but the backlit is really nice and has a lot of color customization. 5Falsely advertised PLEASE READ THIS,I am just going to get to the point, I very much enjoy the membrane switches, close feel to the mechanical ones. The wrist pad included is beyond perfect, however, the lighting... It is falsely advertised on the website as well as Amazon which is weird. In the explanation, it says: "The Razer Ornata features individually programmable backlit keys along with dynamic lighting effects all set easily through Razer Synapse" which is bs, it doesn't feature anything like that. I am sad I figured that out after I have purchased so if you want what is being said, buy the chrome one for about 30 dollars more. Again, this is only the Ornata, however, there is an Ornata chroma version which a lot of people are confused about. If you are asking why I am still keeping it, it is because I think it is worth the rice even-though the fancy backlighiting system doesn't exist. 3
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