The Razer Cynosa Chroma is a decent gaming keyboard with full RGB backlighting and programmable keys. Its rubber dome switches feel light to type on, but may be too mushy for those who prefer mechanical switches. While Razer's Synapse 3 software has a good amount of customization options, it can be unstable at times and the keyboard doesn't have on-board memory to save profiles. Overall, although there are a few gamer-oriented features, the keyboard is fairly basic, and the typing experience is hard to differentiate from your average, run-of-the-mill office keyboard.
The Razer Cynosa is a mediocre keyboard for mixed usage. Its typing experience isn't all that different from your average office keyboard with rubber dome switches, but it does come with a few features that most gamers and programmers will appreciate, such as the full RGB backlight and programmable keys. However, as it's a wired-only keyboard, it can't be used with mobile devices and doesn't have multi-device pairing for multitaskers.
The Razer Cynosa Chroma is decent for gaming. Although the rubber dome switches feel mushy and aren't as responsive, every key on the keyboard can be set to a different function or a macro with the Synapse 3 software. Unfortunately, it lacks dedicated macro keys for MMO games, but the full RGB backlighting is great for those who like to game in a dark room or to highlight important keys.See our Gaming recommendations
The Razer Cynosa Chroma has no wireless capabilities and can't be used with mobile devices.
The Razer Cynosa Chroma is mediocre for office use. The keyboard is fairly easy to type on and doesn't make a lot of noise, but the mushy feeling of the rubber dome switches and high actuation point can cause a bit of fatigue over time. Sadly, it doesn't come with a wrist rest and compatibility with Linux and macOS is limited, as the Synapse 3 software is only available for Windows.See our Office recommendations
The Razer Cynosa Chroma is okay for programming. It provides a fairly light typing experience, but the high actuation point can be tiring and feel less responsive overall. Although it lacks dedicated macro keys, every key on the keyboard can be reprogrammed. The full RGB backlighting is a nice addition for those who code in the dark, but Linux and macOS users won't be able to customize it in any way.See our Programming recommendations
The Razer Cynosa Chroma gaming keyboard is fairly large, as it's a full-size keyboard. It doesn't come in a TKL (tenkeyless) variant.
The Cynosa Chroma's build quality is passable. The keyboard is made entirely out of hard plastic, but it exhibits some flex. The doubleshot ABS keycaps feel smooth and shouldn't have any issues with key legends fading or chipping over time. The keys are stable, but the spacebar does rattle a bit.
This keyboard has full RGB backlighting and it can be customized on a per-key level via Razer's Synapse 3 software. It's good for those who like to game in the dark or want to highlight important keys.
The keyboard's wire isn't detachable.
The Cynosa Chroma is a wired-only keyboard.
The Cynosa has hotkeys for media control, backlight brightness, and 'Gaming mode', which locks the Windows key to prevent accidentally minimizing your game. You can also customize the keys you wish to lock with the Synapse 3 software. If you prefer having dedicated media controls, the SteelSeries Apex 3 is a good alternative.
The Razer Cynosa Chroma uses rubber dome switches that don't require a lot of force to actuate, however, the tactile bump feels quite heavy. Furthermore, the pre-travel distance is higher than most mechanical keyboards, requiring more distance before a keystroke is registered. This can lead to better typing accuracy, but can also feel less responsive, especially for gaming.
The typing experience on this keyboard is mediocre. Although the keys are easy to press due to the low actuation force, the rubber dome switches have a fairly heavy tactile bump, and the keys feel rather mushy and not as responsive, which can cause fatigue when typing for a long time. The keys are mostly stable, except for the spacebar having a slight rattle. Overall, it doesn't feel any different from the average office keyboard.
Typing noise on this keyboard is quiet, but can be quieter for those who don't bottom out the keys. However, the spacebar has a slight rattle to it. Overall, it's quiet enough to be used in an office without being bothersome.
The Razer Cynosa Chroma has good software support. The Synapse 3 software lets you customize the backlight of each key individually and every key can be programmed or remapped to a different function. The keyboard doesn't have on-board memory, so all profiles and macros are saved within the software. This makes moving the keyboard to another computer somewhat inconvenient, but there's a cloud sync option available, though it requires an account. Unfortunately, we had some issues getting Synapse 3 working, as it's currently in Beta, but we were able to resolve the issue with a quick computer restart.
This keyboard has decent compatibility. It works with all desktop operating systems; however, Synapse 3 is only available on Windows, so Linux and macOS users won't be able to customize the keyboard. Additionally, while all keys function on Linux, Scroll Lock and Pause don't work on macOS.
The Razer Cynosa Chroma doesn't have any variant; however, there's a Pro version that is nearly identical but with RGB underglow lighting beneath the keyboard.
The Razer Ornata Chroma is better than the Razer Cynosa Chroma. It features switches that are a mix of membrane and mechanical switches, while the Cynosa simply uses mushy rubber dome switches. The Razer Ornata is better built and comes with a magnetic wrist rest, which makes its ergonomics and overall typing experience much more comfortable.
The Razer Cynosa Chroma and the HyperX Alloy Core RGB are similar keyboards in most uses, as they're both budget membrane keyboards with RGB backlighting. The only real difference is that the Cynosa has more customization options due to its software support, and the Alloy Core has dedicated media keys instead of hotkeys.
The SteelSeries Apex 3 is significantly better than the Razer Cynosa Chroma in most uses. The typing experience and build quality are much better on the Apex 3, and it comes with a wrist rest for better comfort. However, the Cynosa has individually lit RGB backlighting, but its customization software is only available for Windows users, while the SteelSeries Engine software is available for Windows and macOS.
The Corsair K55 RGB Gaming Keyboard is a bit better than the Razer Cynosa Chroma. They both use rubber dome switches that have very similar pre-travel distance and actuation force, so the typing quality between them is the same. However, the K55 comes with a wrist rest for better ergonomics, while the Cynosa has individually lit keys.