Razer has released some cool keyboards that are specifically designed for gaming. The products in the Blackwidow lineup are highly popular and available in a broad range of prices. The X models and Razer Cynosa Chroma are the ones that cost lower. And for those who care more about features, the Chroma V2 can also be an option.
The Razer Cynosa Chroma shows similarities to the predecessors. It was introduced along with the Pro version. Both have the same Chroma signature lighting. Both also come at affordable prices, one is $99, while the other one is $129. If you don’t want to drop big bucks on a keyboard, either is good to have. The entry-level appeal can be seen from the construction. It’s all plastic, but feels tough at the same time.
The company claims that the keyboard is spill-resistant, which is helpful if you always have drinks while playing games. The lack of mechanical keys is a bit of a letdown, but at least it’s not poor all around. Aside from the solid construction, it also provides customizable RGB lighting. The best part is the keyboard is backlit per-key, something we rarely see in this price range. What does it mean? It means every key is built with an individual led, so they don’t emit light at the same time.
For the price, it has a lot to offer. The most striking element about the keyboard is the lighting. It’s high customizable in terms of colors. They can change based on games you are playing or your input. The LEDs look as if they dance thanks to the wonderful color gradient. You can change their timing, width of the shockwaves, etc. In other words, the keyboard is visually stunning despite the common design. Not just the lights, but the keys also have some sort of flexibility. They can be remapped to each other or to the mouse. This way, playing games will be so easy because you can assign controls to keys located in a specific area.
Another feature you’ll find useful is full macro support. How many times have you hit the same combination of keys only to repeat a combo? It can be exhausting especially if the execution involves so many different keys. Full macro support solves the issue by allowing you to bind a series of key presses to a single key. There is no need to do multiple key presses when you can just hit one key. Since it’s mainly designed for gaming, the Razer Cynosa Chroma also offers comprehensive stats and heatmaps. Razer provides an app to help users display keys they use the most while playing. It’s especially important to those who want to improve skills in certain games. By learning the keys you access the most, this will improve response times.
This is one of the most reliable gaming keyboards you can get for cheap. The level of customization is definitely its strong point. In this price range, there is the cooler Master MasterSet MS120 which would put up a good fight because the keyboard and mouse bundle offers per-key lighting, too. The thing is, the MS120 still costs $40 more than the Razer one. So, if you want to save, the Razer will be more appealing to you.