Razer Ornata V2 Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Updated Mar 30, 2021 at 01:20 pm
Razer Ornata V2 Picture
8.1
Gaming
3.0
Mobile/Tablet
7.5
Office
7.5
Programming
5.3
Entertainment / HTPC
Connectivity Wired
Size
Full-size (100%)
Mechanical
No

The Razer Ornata V2 is a great full-sized gaming keyboard. It's the replacement of the Razer Ornata Chroma and comes with the same Razer Hybrid Mecha-Membrane switches. These are considered a hybrid between mechanical and rubber dome switches; they offer the same tactile feedback as a mechanical switch, but like some rubber dome switches, they require a bit of force to actuate. Other than that, the keyboard is fairly well-built, features full RGB lighting, and has dedicated media keys, including a wheel for volume control. You can also set macros to any key through the Razer Synapse 3 software, which is unfortunately available on Windows only.

Our Verdict

8.1 Gaming

The Razer Ornata V2 is a great gaming keyboard. It has unique Razer Hybrid Mecha-Membrane switches that mix the softness of rubber domes and the clickiness of mechanical switches. Unfortunately, they require a bit more force to actuate than most mechanical switches. The keyboard features nice RGB lighting and comes with a fairly comfortable wrist rest.

Pros
  • Full RGB lighting.
  • Macro-programmable keys.
  • Low click latency.
Cons
  • Hybrid Mecha-Membrane switches require a bit of force to actuate.
  • No onboard memory.
3.0 Mobile/Tablet

The Razer Ornata V2 is a wired-only keyboard and isn't designed to be used with mobile devices.

7.5 Office

The Razer Ornata V2 is a good keyboard for the office. It has good ergonomics with two incline settings, and it comes with a wrist rest. It offers good overall typing quality, although it can be a bit noisy due to its clicky switches, which might not be ideal if you're near colleagues. The keys can also feel a bit heavy to press at times, but it isn't too bad.

Pros
  • Good typing quality.
  • Good ergonomics; includes a wrist rest.
Cons
  • Hybrid Mecha-Membrane switches require a bit of force to actuate.
7.5 Programming

The Razer Ornata V2 is a good keyboard for programming. It offers good typing quality with its Hybrid Mecha-Membrane switches, and its ergonomics are good thanks to its two incline settings and wrist rest. You can program macros on all its keys, but unfortunately, it doesn't allow multi-device pairing since it's wired-only.

Pros
  • Macro-programmable keys.
  • Good typing quality.
  • Good ergonomics; includes a wrist rest.
Cons
  • Hybrid Mecha-Membrane switches require a bit of force to actuate.
  • No onboard memory.
5.3 Entertainment / HTPC

The Razer Ornata V2 is poor to use as an HTPC keyboard. It's wired-only, so you have to connect it directly to your TV. It also lacks a trackpad, so you need a mouse to navigate the on-screen interface. On the plus side, it has full RGB lighting, making it easy to see the keys in the dark.

Pros
  • Full RGB lighting.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
  • No trackpad.
  • 8.1 Gaming
  • 3.0 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.5 Office
  • 7.5 Programming
  • 5.3 Entertainment / HTPC
  1. Updated Mar 30, 2021: Updated review for accuracy and clarity.
  2. Updated Mar 17, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
1.2" (3.1 cm)
Width 18.1" (45.9 cm)
Depth
6.1" (15.4 cm)
Depth With Wrist Rest
9.4" (23.8 cm)
Weight
1.98 lbs (0.900 kg)

The Razer Ornata V2 is a full-sized keyboard that's about as big as the previous Razer Ornata Chroma. It also takes a bit more space if you use the detachable wrist rest.

7.0
Design
Build Quality
Keycap Material ABS

The build quality of this keyboard is decent, and there's not much improvement from the previous Razer Ornata Chroma. The frame is still plastic and has a lot of flex, and you may even notice the chassis bend with hard key presses. The low-profile ABS keycaps feel nice to touch, and the keys are stable with no noticeable wobble. There are rubber feet underneath the keyboard, but they don't work very well as you can easily slide the keyboard around during use.

7.5
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Minimum Incline
0 °
Medium Incline
5 °
Maximum Incline
8 °
Wrist Rest Detachable

The ergonomics of this keyboard are good. It comes with a detachable wrist rest, which is fairly plushy and comfortable, and there are two incline settings, compared to the single one available on the Razer Ornata Chroma. The faux leather wrist rest attaches to the keyboard magnetically, and it feels very comfortable.

10
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting Yes
Color
RGB
Individually Backlit Keys
Yes
Color Mixing
Great
Effects
Yes
Programmable
Yes

The Razer Ornata V2 has amazing RGB backlighting. You can easily customize it with the software on a per-key basis and set different effects. You can also control the brightness directly on the board, which is nice.

Design
Cable & Connector
Detachable
No
Length 6.9 ft (2.1 m)
Connector (Keyboard side)
Not Detachable

The keyboard's cable is long enough to reach your computer, but it's unfortunately not detachable.

0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Bluetooth Multi-Device Pairing
No
Proprietary Receiver
No
Battery Type
No Batteries

This keyboard is wired-only and can't be used wirelessly.

Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Dedicated
Macro Programmable Keys
All
Trackpad / Trackball No
Wheel Yes
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad Yes
Windows Key Lock
Yes
Lock Indicator Caps, Scroll & Num lock

The extra features available on the Razer Ornata V2 are what make it stand out when put against the previous Razer Ornata Chroma. It now has dedicated media keys and a dedicated wheel for volume. Like the Chroma, you can also enable Game Mode to lock the Windows key with Fn+F10. Every key is macro-programmable, and there's also a Hypershift key that allows you to access a second layer of functions and keys.

Design
In The Box

  • Razer Ornata V2 keyboard
  • Magnetic wrist rest
  • Manuals

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Razer Mecha-Membrane
Feel
Clicky
Operating Force
61 gf
Actuation Force
41 gf
Pre-Travel
2.5 mm
Total Travel
3.4 mm

Just like its predecessor, the Razer Ornata V2 features Razer Hybrid Mecha-Membrane switches. These aren't real mechanical switches and feel a lot more like typical rubber dome switches. However, they offer clicky feedback, which tries to imitate the feeling of a mechanical switch. It has low pre-travel distance, but the keys may feel a bit heavier to actuate than other mechanical switches. If you're interested in a similar keyboard, but with mechanical switches, check out the Keychron C2.

7.5
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

The typing quality is quite good. The switches offer a nice mix of smoothness of rubber dome switches with the clicky feedback of mechanical switches. Unfortunately, the spacebar feels very wobbly and rattly. The keycaps don't feel too bad for ABS plastic, although they don't feel as nice as PBT keycaps.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Loud

With clicky switches, the Razer Ornata V2 is quite loud to type on, which might not be ideal for an open-office environment. For a quieter keyboard, consider the Razer Cynosa V2.

7.5
Typing Experience
Latency
Latency Wired
10.1 ms
Latency Receiver
N/A
Latency Bluetooth
N/A

This keyboard has good latency. It's not as low as some other gaming keyboards, like the Razer BlackWidow Elite, or the EVGA Z20, but most people shouldn't notice any delay.

Software and Operating System
7.3
Software and Operating System
Software & Programming
Software Name Razer Synapse 3
Account Required
No
Profiles
6+
Onboard Memory
No
Cloud Sync
Yes
Macro Programming
Software and Onboard
Ease Of Use
Easy
Software Windows Compatible
Yes
Software macOS Compatible
No

Just like most Razer products, this keyboard is compatible with Razer Synapse 3. It features a lot of customization options, whether it's key-remapping or RGB lighting. You can create a lot of different profiles, but unfortunately, it doesn't have onboard memory.

7.2
Software and Operating System
Keyboard Compatibility
Windows Full
macOS Partial
Linux Partial
Android No
iOS No
iPadOS No

While the software is available on Windows, making the keyboard fully compatible and customizable on this operating system, it's not available on macOS or Linux, which is unfortunate. Also, some keys like the context menu don't work on macOS.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the Razer Ornata V2 in black, and it's the only available in this variant. If you have an Ornata V2 that's different from ours, let us know.

Compared To Other Keyboards

The Razer Ornata V2 is a small upgrade over the previous Razer Ornata Chroma but still uses Razer Hybrid Mecha-Membrane switches. They have low pre-travel distance but can feel a bit heavy to actuate at times and are clicky. Also see our recommendations for the best mechanical keyboards, the best Razer keyboards, and the best gaming keyboards.

Razer Ornata Chroma

The Razer Ornata V2 is an upgraded Razer Ornata Chroma. It now has dedicated media keys with a volume wheel. Other than that, the hybrid switches still feel fairly similar and you still get full RGB backlighting with individually-lit keys. These two boards offer nearly identical features, but if you prefer having dedicated media keys, the V2 is the better option.

Razer BlackWidow Elite

The Razer BlackWidow Elite is a much better keyboard than the Razer Ornata V2. The Elite features mechanical switches from Razer, which have very low pre-travel, making it great for gaming. On the other side, the V2 features non-mechanical Mecha-Membrane switches, which may feel a bit heavy to press. The Elite is also much better-built and feels a lot more durable than the plasticky V2.

Razer Cynosa V2

The Razer Ornata V2 and the Razer Cynosa V2 are fairly similar gaming-wise. The Ornata V2 has slightly lower latency, and it provides a better typing experience as its Mecha-Membrane switches don't feel as mushy as the rubber dome switches on the Cynosa V2. They both have two incline settings, but the Ornata V2 includes a detachable wrist rest.

Razer Huntsman

The Razer Huntsman and the Razer Ornata V2 are very different keyboards. The Huntsman uses mechanical switches. while the V2 uses hybrid switches that feel more like rubber domes. The Huntsman's switches have a much shorter pre-travel distance and lower operating force, so they lighter and more responsive. The V2 has a wrist rest and dedicated media keys, but it lacks onboard memory, which the Huntsman has. The V2's latency is a bit higher, but it shouldn't be noticeable for most people.

Razer Cynosa Chroma

The Razer Ornata V2 is a better keyboard than the Razer Cynosa Chroma if you want to try mechanical keyboards. The Ornata V2 isn't really a mechanical keyboard, but it has hybrid mecha-membrane switches that have the softness of rubber dome switches and clicky feedback from mechanical ones. It also comes with a nice wrist rest and feels higher-end than the Cynosa Chroma. The V2 also has dedicated media keys and is more comfortable to type on. On the other hand, if you don't like clicky switches, the Cynosa Chroma is much quieter.

SteelSeries Apex 5 Hybrid Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

The SteelSeries Apex 5 Hybrid Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is better than the Razer Ornata V2 if you like the feeling of mechanical switches. The SteelSeries is noticeably better built and feels more durable. The Razer's switches feel a lot more like rubber domes than actual mechanical switches, and the SteelSeries' actuate quicker. However, the Razer has much lower latency, which is great for reaction-based games.

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