Razer Cynosa Chroma Release Date, Price and Specs – CNET
Razer‘s tagline may be “For gamers. By gamers,” but it has a growing list of products you don’t need to be a gamer to appreciate. First was the Razer Blade Stealth ($ 1,449.99 at Amazon.com), an ultrathin laptop to compete with the MacBooks ($ 1,239.00 at Amazon.com) of the world. Now there’s the Razer Cynosa Chroma. The Cynosa is technically a gaming keyboard, but its three best features have little to do with gaming: Spill resistance, how it looks and what it costs.
The Cynosa retails for $ 59 in the US, AU$ 99 in Australia and £64 in the UK, making it the cheapest Razer keyboard. There’s also a Pro version, which lets you add lighting effects under the keyboard itself, for $ 79, AU$ 139 and £79.
Unlike many cheap gaming keyboards, the Cynosa supports full chroma backlighting, where each key can be programmed individually from a palette of 16.8 million colors using Razer’s cloud-syncing software, rather than just in chunks of a small number of preset zones.
You can take advantage of effect presets as well, such as illuminating keys in a color wave by making them radiate in a specific order, or you can have each key you touch send color shockwaves throughout the rest of the board.
This keyboard is not for hardcore gamers or mechanical-switch purists looking for a cheap option, though. Its membrane keys are certainly more comfortable and responsive than your standard keyboard for general typing, but they’re not the faster and more resilient mechanical switches a lot of gamers can’t live without. And while it supports 1ms polling, it lacks dedicated macro keys and supports 10-key rollover instead of n-key. These are more in line with what many dedicated gamers want.
But the Cynosa is comfortable, competent and stylish. There are a lot of people out there who like gaming, but to whom spending three digits on a keyboard is an unjustifiable expense. If that describes you, or if you just want a flashy (literally) keyboard to spice up your desk, the Cynosa is a good bet.