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Razer Ornata Chroma Review

Razer Ornata Chroma Review

At around the one hundred-pounds mark, any keyboard worth its keys is likely to be equipped with mechanical switches. Razer isn’t ignorant of this fact, and the Ornata Chroma addresses the issue with an unusual take on key actuation. Whether this works might make or break what appears a stylish product. Let’s get typing, and see how Razer’s latest keyboard acquits itself.

DetailsRazer Ornata Chroma top

  • Connection Type: USB
  • Indicator Lights (LED): Yes
  • LCD Display: No
  • Backlighting: RGB
  • Cable: Braided
  • Key type: Mid-height (‘Mecha-Membrane’)
  • Travel distance: 3.5mm
  • Point of actuation: 3.5mm


Razer has decided to present a trim frame for the Ornata Chroma. A full-size board, it’s complete with number pad, arrow keys and LED indicators. There’s little wasted space though, and if you tire of big bulky keyboards hogging desk space, then this could offer an antidote. A compact and smart looking product, the matte black finish echoes the current aesthetic popular on keyboards. Much the same as Logitech’s G213 Prodigy, the black finish allows the RGB backlighting to take full effect.razer-ornata-chroma-top-2

Not only is the Ornata Chroma compact, it’s low to the desk too. The underside of the keyboard features four non-slip pads and two flip-out feet to add height to one of the lowest profile keyboards we’ve seen. Low profile may be a problem, as there is some upward tilt on the rear of the keyboard. In our experience though, rarely is a low profile an overwhelming issue on its own.

One item in the box may work against this thought:  Razer has included a stylish wrist-rest, padded with approximately 6mm of foam layered in faux leather, and adorned with a pressed-in Razer logo. The rest is full width and around half the depth of the keyboard itself.  It’s as high as the lowest point of the board, and a magnetic rear-edge allows it to softly ‘stick’ to the keyboard’s front edge when held within 4mm of it.


The first thing to address here has to be the board’s keys. Razer’s mid-height Mecha-Membrane switches are the headline feature, and Razer is proud of achieving the soft touch of membrane keyboards, allied with the tactile nature and swift actuation of mechanical switches. It’s another new take on a hybrid solution for us to look at, albeit an actual hybrid of sorts – unlike Logitech’s G213 ‘mech-dome’ pure membrane solution.

The Ornata Chroma’s Mecha-Membrane keys are indeed soft, tactile and provide an excellent actuation profile. For typing, and for navigating around in-game we were impressed at the precise response our key-presses produced. In Battlefield 1 movement into and out of close-quarters combat was swift and flawless. And in Witcher 3, keystrokes were as responsive and not at all finicky. This is the level of performance we’d expect from a keyboard with a £99 RRP, so well done Razer!

That being said, if you’re a mechanical keyboard adherent, the mid-height keys of the Ornata Chroma may take some getting used to. We did find this, and only after a day or two of testing did we feel more at home and truly in the flow of using this keyboard. One thing we didn’t get used to quite so quickly was the noise that this keyboard makes. Razer refers to the sound from the keys as a “crisp tactile click”. That’s accurate, but some may find the click irritating.

razer-ornata-chroma-isoMore concerning was the comfort of our lower-arms when using the included wrist rest. With the rest in place right up against the edge of the board, we found the base of our palms teetering on the back edge of the rest.

We also found that the height of the rest lifted our palms to an unusual angle, producing a small amount of strain in the top of our wrists.

We should say this may only be a problem for those with larger hands and lengthier fingers, but it isn’t common for us to feel tension using a wrist rest – especially one specifically designed for the keyboard it comes with. Without the rest, we were actually much more comfortable.


The Ornata Chroma makes use of Razer’s Synapse software. It’s the same application which enables customisation of Razer’s other Chroma and non-Chroma devices. Within Synapse, The Ornata Chroma can be kitted out with custom profiles, allowing for FN+[key] program activation.

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There’s also serious control and customisation provided for the Ornata Chroma’s RGB backlighting. A generous number of presets include the hot ‘fire’ setting and a funky ‘starlight’ option; these sit alongside the standard cycle, breathing, ripple, wave and static options. It’s also within Synapse that the keyboard’s Gaming Mode can be customised, allowing for the disabling of keys or key combinations.


Razer Ornata Chroma – Conclusion

The Ornata Chroma achieves all it sets out to in terms of functionality and style. A seemingly understated keyboard is brightly illuminated by Chroma colours, and the board’s Mecha Membrane keys are swift, responsive and as tactile as you could reasonably want at this price. The key’s clicks are a slight irritation, but the noise ceases to be an issue with longer use and as you enjoy the keyboard as a whole.

More troublesome is the included wrist rest: An excellent idea – and like the keyboard itself, well manufactured – we’d recommend avoiding it if you have larger or longer than average hands. Or if you simply a strong preference for hand and wrist positioning. Hand position does take some getting used to with the keyboard itself, but with the added elevation of the wrist rest we’d struggle to believe it suits all users.

That might make picking up the Ornata Chroma a deal-breaker. It’s a shame truly, because Razer has provided an innovative take on mechanical keys which we have to applaud. More conclusively, it’s designed a product which performs strongly and looks and feels well worth its price-tag in spite of some negatives.


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Kevin Pocock

Kevin is a tech-lover with over a decade's experience testing, reviewing and writing about all kinds of kit.

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