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Razer - Ornata Chroma Wired Gaming Mecha-Membrane Keyboard with RGB Back Lighting - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 778 reviews

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Rating 3.8 out of 5 stars with 5 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Typing on this keyboard is a joy

    Posted
    brainsharts
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    I had bought this on sale along with a BlackwWidow Chroma V2, with the idea of upgrading my keyboards both at home and at work. Since the BW is louder, and better suited for gaming with it's features, I brought the Ornata to work (in an IT office) to replace a Microsoft Sculpt Comfort keyboard. Sure, RGB seems a bit flashy for a "professional" work environment, but honestly it only icing on the delicious cake that the Ornata delivers. The macro recording capability makes doing repetitive keystroke tasks much easier to deal with. While it may not completely replace eliminate everything that a AutoHotKey script can do, it makes for a quick simple solution without having to build and load another script. I also like that I can easily remove and install the keys to clean out any debris that may fall behind the keys. I have actually found typing on it somewhat preferable than typing on the BW, as key give a very well balanced amount of resistance, and a very satisfying key press click that is pleasantly dampened. It's not obnoxiously loud while producing a very aesthetically feeling and sound with every keypress. With the key clicks of the BW being much more prominent and sharper, I imagine using it in an office setting could lead to some irritated co-workers, but the Ornata produces a tamer click that is both co-worker friendly, and pleasant. The wrist rest is also very comfortable and supportive. The only con that I could possibly think of for this keyboard is perhaps that lack of dedicated media keys. It's not really a big gripe since there are still media keys that can be used with the function key. Additionally, seeing as to how this is more of an entry/medium level keyboard, dedicated media keys very well could be overkill which would result in additional cost that would place it out of it's targeted price range. So dedicated media keys would have been cool to have, but I'm not necessarily knocking it for lack thereof. All in all, it's a pretty good keyboarding experience. It's made hours of scripting/coding and other such work related tasks more enjoyable, and is comfortable to use for extended periods of time. I prefer it to any other keyboard I've used for work, and even prefer using it over the "beefier" Chrome BlackWidow V2.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Clicky Mechanical Keyboard

    Posted
    Erwin
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    For the longest time, I have avoided clicky mechanical keyboards. Mostly because of preference and being more used to less clicky membrane keyboards. Until I had to buy an RGB keyboard to complete a full Razer set-up I was building, then I chose this Ornata model. First impression was that I find the lighting cool and configurable via the Synapse 3 software. There's a number of preset styles, or you can make your own. Second, I really like how the wrist pad attaches seamlessly via magnets alone! I was used to old fashioned keyboards where you have to lift the keyboard to attach the hard wrist extensions underneath. This one, you can easily put it on or off thru magnet. Third, it took some time getting used to the very clicky feel of the keys. At first, my typing was slow and full of mistakes. But I soon got very comfortable with it and now understand why a lot of people love mechanical keys. It is actually satisfying to type on and feel each keypress. It's also great for WASD gaming as you can really feel the feedback per keyboard stroke. However, since I also have a 2019 Razer Blade 15, I can't help but wish that this keyboard had individual key lighting. The lighting in this keyboard is by zones, so you cannot really clearly highlight specific keys, it has to be a group of keys. Even then, the lighting would still not be perfect. It's a minor gripe, given the keyboard's good performance and price. But again, the moment I see a keyboard with per key lighting, I probably would not hesitate to upgrade to it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Keyboard, terrible program for RGB lighting

    Posted
    Juancarlgomez
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    I bought this keyboard because I really love the RGB lights and the very low clicking sound that give out when you press. Even though this is still a membrane keyboard, the click is very close to a cherry MX blue. I've had experience some flaws with the keys strokes when playing some games even though I didn't buy this keyboard for that particular reason. When gaming you sometimes hear the click and expect that to register but unfortunately that doesn't happen because you didn't fully press the key down. Other flaws is that not all keys sound the same for instance my space bar sounds different than my backspace, not only they sound different; the press is lighter on the space than most of the other keys. This means the keys you use the most will have a less of tactical feel. The software on this keyboard is on beta which is filled with bugs, many times when I update the software I have to reset my computer because the RGB lights get suck and restarting the software doesn't help so a full reboot solves the problem. With the beta software it sometimes crashes and your keyboard RGB goes back to normal and your saved macros wont work until you open the software again. Even though I have many problems with this keyboard I bought it because I really enjoy typing on it and wont be gaming much. But next time I'm going to buy a full mechanical keyboard that should last longer than this keyboard ever will.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing

    Posted
    MamaJ
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    I type 10 hrs a day, 4 days a week for work. In translation, that's a lot of typing. Typical keyboards made by Microsoft, Dell, and the like do not last long. Decided to take a page from my gamer friend's book and invested into a "gamer keyboard." If you do the math, the Ornata pays for itself after a year's use. I'd go through at least 2 keyboards by then. Plus, chiclet keys are no friend to me. Ugh... So all in all, the Ornata keyboard is well built. It has a metal frame and meant to take some pounding. And that wrist support though... I. Can't. Even. So bloody awesome! And them lights. I know right?! That's like icing on the cake right thurrr. My gamer days are behind me, but that shouldn't stop me from having a well built keyboard. The only thing I would watch out for is key cap replacement and some of the switches spazzing out. Razer offers a 1 yr warranty though. Did basic troubleshooting by unplugging USB and then replugging back in. Working so far... In conclusion, the Ornata was purchased for work for durability reasons and I have no regrets. I highly recommend you to consider this keyboard even though it's a bit pricey. Happy typing folks!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not for me…

    Posted
    SamDog2

    I want to go back to a mechanical keyboard; this is a modified soft dome keyboard. This was a shot to replace two failed 2013 Black Widow Ultimate’s that lost LED’s and hhhaaddd keey bounce. This Ornata types fine out the box and is much quieter than the clickety - clack of the Black Widows, but keys twice as easy to press and twice as expensive. The Ornata Chroma feels a lot like the Corsair K68 with the tall water proofing surrounds adding to stiffer keys. A second sore point is the membrane which is twice as bright as the actual keys, quite annoying depending on your angle of view. Shame, have WASD, one color, other functions a different color to function but really just all bling to the all green Black Widow. One good feature of the Razer keyboards is the two key sleep function for PC’s, a dying feature with the gaming laptop craze. Very handy if your PC is not close! Razer Synapse 3 (BETA) causes problems when I do sleep, 40 seconds with, 5 seconds without with Windows 10. This is beta so hopefully fixed in near future. So, still looking for simple white backlit with replaceable colored keys, no membrane glare and no added software. Cheers

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Mechanical Keyboard

    Posted
    raleigh2nc
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    Keyboard feels well made. This is my first mechanical keyboard, and my opinion of them has changed after using this keyboard for about a month. The keyboard is wonderful and has cool customization options for LED lights and some games can even take control of the LED. IT also comes with a magnetic attaching wrist rest with a fake leather top to it. If you know you want a mechanical keyboard, this is the one. If you are on the fence I would purchase a cheaper keyboard because this is very expensive for a keyboard in my opinion. I always heard mechanical keyboard were great and honestly I don't really like it when compared to a standard keyboard. My opinion on this has not changed my review the missing star is simply because of the cost. If I could do it over again I would not purchase this keyboard because of the amount of noise the keys produce, the LED lights are useless, and it is very expensive. Summary- If you know it is what you want and you love mechanical keyboards buy this. If you are on the fence try someones or go in store to a display and spend 20 minutes getting a feel for it and hearing the amount of noise when writing a paper or lab write-up.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Functionally beautiful

    Posted
    MamaJ
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    Keyboard is a piece of art. No, really bc of the light show. Lol Been looking to replace a crappy keyboard. I do a lot of typing; about 10hrs/day at 4x/wk. Figured I might as well invest in better build quality. I can definitely say that I truly love this keyboard. Vanity aside, it’s super functional. It’s a hybrid between membrane and mechanical. It’s tactile but not as loud (since I work in an office). The key caps are laser etched so it hasn’t “rubbed off” like those generic keyboards. This does make a difference if you type a lot. Had this keyboard for over a year now. It’s acted up a bit bc some keys will randomly change color. This issue was mentioned in previous reviews. However, I just unplug the USB, wait a minute or so, then replug it back in. No other issue aside from this. Oh yeah, and the wrist pad is magnetic and super comfy. Not sure how I’m going to find a replacement for this once it’s worn out. Meh.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid, lights are cool, just a couple things

    Posted
    CapitalCityNittany
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    I love the feel of the keyboard, and the look is great too. Just a couple things I wish were improved, however not deal breakers. The magnet that keeps the wrist rest connected to the keyboard isn't very strong. Actually, I'd love it if the wrist rest was solidly attached. I like to lean back in my desk chair, and move the keyboard to my lap. When I do that, obviously the wrist rest isn't easily usable, and because of that the keyboard without it is kind of awkward to hold. I've dropped it a couple times because it easily slips out of your fingers. That being said, it's held up well... (I'll admit I tend to be kind of rough with my electronics/gadgets) Also not impressed with the Synapse app - might be because i'm using a MAC and I don't really do any gaming, but I find that into settings that mess up common functions of every day use... could also just be because I don't entirely know what I'm doing. :) It's got a good feel, sounds good, and was on sale. I'd recommend it to a friend, sure why not.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Mostly great

    Posted
    guardLK
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    I really enjoy this keyboard, and typing on it is actually very pleasant. The keys have a short keystroke, and the click isn’t as loud as the old cherry blue it replaced, but with two small quirks: the first is that the kB and mouse do not stay in sync when rotating through the colors, so every few hours I unplug them and plug them back in at the same time; minor, but existing. The main problem I have with this kB is that the right shift key sticks when you press it. It’s like it’s getting caught against the housing at the top of the stroke. At first I thought I just got a defective keyboard and exchanged it, but the replacement does the same thing. If you use right shift over left, you will notice this. Often. Not indicative of the quality of the typical Razer product.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    OK gaming keyboard, but keys mislabeled

    Posted
    RichardC
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    I have the Razer Ornata Chroma keyboard with a Razer Deathadder Elite mouse. I have had this four months and it has been an OK keyboard for gaming. My only negative in gaming is that the keys engage near the bottom of their stroke and sometimes I don't press quite hard enough. I am not a fan of distracting lighting schemes, but I do like the fact that I can pick a single color and it will coordinate with my mouse. My biggest issue with this keyboard is as a typist. Who decided to reverse the labeling on all the dual function keys?? I have never seen dual function keys labeled with the non-shifted key labeling on the top half and the shifted key labeling on the bottom half of the key. Backwards from every other keyboard I've used. Not a problem for typists who never look at the keys, but I don't type as much as I used to and do occasionally look at the keys for ?, !, &, etc. Still not adjusted after 4 months and don't want to adjust because my next keyboard will have standard key labeling!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Love this keyboard

    Posted
    Turboshine
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    I bought this after returning a Corsair Strafe RGB with MX Silent switches. I much prefer the feel of the keys on the Ornata Chroma compared to the Strafe. The key presses don't need to be as strong and the keyboard offers a nice tactile feedback. It is a bit louder than a regular membrane keyboard though. The software works great and there are tons of different lighting configurations to play with. The only thing I have noticed is that on occasion the switches are not consistent. I might type a sentence and 2 or 3 random keys will not fully reach the limit resulting in either no tactile "click" or less "click" than the other keys. It doesn't seem to be the same keys doing this either so I am thinking it has something to do with the strength of the individual key presses. It really hasn't been a problem as far as input though. Just an observation. Overall I am very pleased with the experience. When I'm not working on it I play mostly FPS and have no problems at all.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best there is...

    Posted
    Twinightleak77

    I recently built a razer themed bad to the bone pc and naturally I needed a stellar keyboard to go with it, all this said the first place I went was razer. Said and done I was not disappointed. I was using the razer blade laptop. I really liked the chiclet style of keys and the chroma of the laptop however, so I went on a hunt for a compromise and found this awesome keyboard. It has the shorter style keys and the most vibrant chroma of all the razer products I’ve used. Let’s get down to the facts though. This keyboard is more than eye candy! I plugged it in and it just worked. Plain and simple. No problems of any sort and that to me means the world cause trouble shooting anything on a pc is almost always a pain. All of this said it’s my favorite keyboard ever and has worked like a charm! (Side note for the gamers who are interested in its tactile feel. The feel and sound are both really satisfying)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Key broke - support nightmare

    Posted
    Phil13
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    After owning this keyboard for 7 months y 'Z' key broke and I had to go through support for warranty. Apparently, it was not just the Z key but the whole keyboard was broken because they didn't seem to understand anything I was typing to them. After 2 hours they finally agreed to send me a replacement key. I've purchased a several of Razer keyboards and mice and while I like the design and features, their products just don't hold up for more than 2 years. Some keys stop responding on 2 different keyboards and I have had 3 Nagas that either the mouse buttons stop working or the pointer will randomly only travel in one direction. I wish either Logitech would improve design/features or Razer would improve its product quality.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The lighting changes with the game you’re playing!

    Posted
    therealtwy7ch

    I tried/look at 8 keyboards before deciding on the Ornata Chroma RGB. I’m a huge/exclusive Warframe player/Streamer. And one of the really cool things about this ‘board is; when you customize your Warframe’s color scheme, the lighting changes to match. Yea, seems excessive, but I truly dig it!! Even when you’re shooting or hacking in Warframe the“matrix” effect setting on the keyboard takes affect and it just looks awesome!!! Now the feel of keys are even better!! It’s like your fingers have NOS in them hahah. As stated in previous reviews to truly see and hear the Razer products I’ve reviewed and currently use. Check out my Stream @ Twitch.tv/therealtwy7ch You’ll never regret getting any Razer products. You’re only regret(s) will be passing up getting one and choosing the cheaper made products like Corsair. Which honestly, that company always gave me issues.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    broken Z key and terrible customer support

    Posted
    WillWash
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    After 3 months the small plastic spacer on the z key broke. Looking online at reviews and support forums, the z key breaking is a common problem. I contacted Razer's Customer Support and at first they were going to send me a replacement key but later contacted me to say there was a backlog on the part and then offered to replace the whole keyboard through RMA. All the signs of a manufacturing problem. I can't recommend anyone taking a risk and then having to deal with the hassle of proving an old purchase, shipping away your keyboard, and waiting weeks to get a new one back all because of cheap plastic pieces on the keyboard switches. The keyboard is not that nice to go through all that trouble over.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    For those that love a mech keyboard look and feel.

    Posted
    Domonic
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    This is the perfect keyboard for users like me and many other PC gamers, who love the look and feel of a mechanical keyboard, but does not necessarily love the really loud click clack sounds that come with it. The mecha-membrane feature allows the user to still get the feel, and still get some of the sound feedback, while not having to worry about hearing the keyboard through your headset and 3 rooms down the hall during an intense MOBA sesh. The Chroma lighting is great, which also matches my Naga Epic Chroma mouse. The Razer Synapse software allows for a TON of customization for both lighting combinations and macro programming by game and user profile, which is saved via a cloud profile with your Razer account, which can carry your settings from device to device after sign in. The additional wrist rest that comes with the keyboard is a nice touch too, but not required for use. GREAT PRODUCT!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent keyboard

    Posted
    AndyB
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    Superb keyboard for gaming and typing. The keys are fast, responsive, and have a satisfying feel and click when typing. IMO the chroma color system is the best of any of the Razer keyboards. It's clear, bright and colorful even in full daylight. The presets are great and there are a ton of custom configurations available online. Macro setup for keys is easy, as is setting up individual lighting for every key. This might not be a true mechanical keyboard, but it's definitely the next best thing to it. Personally I'm not a fan of mechanicals, I play MMOs not shooters or MOPAs. I also do a fair amount of typing, so this keyboard is a better fit for me. Overall it's extremely comfortable to use. It's build quality is superb, the magnetic wrist protector is excellent and I have zero problems with it coming away from the keyboard, even during frantic raid sessions. Definitely recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Click Click Click!!

    Posted
    MichaelT
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    I absolutely love this keyboard. It is a great mechanical keyboard that works on MAC. The software also works on Mac too so you can change the colors and what not. Have used this for one year and its a very solid keyboard. No signs of slowing it down. The keys are very fun to press. It makes you want to type more. However, I would caution you if you have someone that would be bothered by clicking noise while they are sleeping, this is on the louder sides of keyboards that I've experienced, but that being said its a purchase I am very happy I made! My only wish is that they made a MAC version. Although it does work with MAC the windows key button vs the apple button can throw you off, but you get used to it =)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good but Not Great

    Posted
    rcfalcon56
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    I really like the overall feel of the keyboard. It's not "clicky" like a pure mechanical board and it's not mushy like a typical keyboard so for me it's perfect. The only two negatives I have are 1. Because of the membrane layer it is not possible to get purely discreet colors under individual keys. This makes for some interesting color mixes when trying to isolate the WASD keys for gaming. 2. I didn't know about having to use Razor software with an online component to customize the colors. If I use the keyboard offline, all my customization is lost until I go back online. I feel that once programmed, the keyboard should "remember" its settings and not rely on an always on internet connection. That and it seems as though Razor has an update for the software about every other day.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Keyboard

    Posted
    Nate
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    The ornata is a very nice hybrid keyboard. I have had a deathstalker keyboard for years now and finally wished to replaced it. I was hesitant to do so in the first place due to my favoritism to the silent and wide chiclet keys that the deathstalker had, and although my fingers are fat and suck with the ornata keys, they feel nice and although not as silent as my previous keyboard, it is much better than the clickity clacks I hear all the time through my friends headphones, over all nice keyboard. Only gripe with it though is that you pretty much need the arm rest to use it due to it falling an inch down to the desk, but that is balenced with the fact that the really isn't that bad.

    I would recommend this to a friend