Razer just introduced a new entry-level gaming keyboard, the Razer Cynosa Chroma. While it’s not a high-end mechanical keyboard like Razer’s more costly BlackWidow series, the Cynosa features quite a number of interesting features for a budget-oriented keyboard.
One of the most unique features of the Cynosa Chroma is Razer’s new “Chroma underglow,” which is touted as a first for a Razer keyboard. According to the company, Chroma underglow is essentially “24 customisable lighting zones underneath the base of the keyboard.” However, this is only available on the Cynosa Chroma Pro.
The regular Cynosa Chroma, on the other hand, doesn’t feature the underglow lighting, but its other features are the same as the Cynosa Chroma Pro. These include “soft cushioned gaming-grade keys” – they’re basically membrane keyboards – a spill-resistant design, individually customisable backlit keys thanks to their Chroma lighting, 10-key rollover with anti-ghosting, as well as 1000Hz polling rate.
Although the Cynosa Chroma are essentially membrane keyboards, Razer mentioned that these keyboards’ keys come with “better housing support compared to rubber dome keyboards.” This, in turn, make for a more solid keypress. Aside from that, the Cynosa Chroma keyboards seem to sport full key travel too.
Both the Razer Cynosa Chroma and Cynosa Chroma Pro are now available on Razer’s Malaysian online store, and they retail at RM299 and RM389 respectively. Both keyboards also come with one-year warranty.