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Razer Ornata V2 Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Review updated Mar 30, 2021 at 01:20 pm
Latest change: Test bench update Jun 15, 2023 at 04:36 pm
Razer Ornata V2 Picture
7.9
Gaming
1.2
Mobile/Tablet
6.8
Office
7.2
Programming
3.7
Entertainment / HTPC
This keyboard was replaced by the Razer Ornata V3

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

7.9 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.
1.2 Mobile/Tablet

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

6.8 Office

The Razer Ornata V2 is a good keyboard for the office. It has acceptable 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.
  • Acceptable ergonomics; includes a wrist rest.
Cons
  • Hybrid Mecha-Membrane switches require a bit of force to actuate.
7.2 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 acceptable 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.
  • Acceptable ergonomics; includes a wrist rest.
Cons
  • Hybrid Mecha-Membrane switches require a bit of force to actuate.
  • No onboard memory.
3.7 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.
  • 7.9 Gaming
  • 1.2 Mobile/Tablet
  • 6.8 Office
  • 7.2 Programming
  • 3.7 Entertainment / HTPC
  1. Updated Jun 15, 2023: We've converted this review to Test Bench 1.2. This update introduces new Backlight Features and Backlight Clarity test boxes. We've also added a new Switches test box, added additional test comparisons to our Hardware Customizability test box that we introduced with our last Test Bench. For an in-depth look at our changes, you can see our full changelog here.
  2. Updated May 26, 2023: We've converted this review to Test Bench 1.1. This update adds several new tests addressing Hardware Customization, Macro Keys And Programming, and Wireless Mobile Compatibility. We've also added new objective evaluations to the Typing Noise test, and we've simplified several tests and removed several others that were no longer relevant. For an in-depth look at all our changes, you can see our full changelog here.
  3. Updated Sep 12, 2022: Added in a comparison to the recently reviewed Razer Ornata V3 X.
  4. Updated Sep 08, 2022: Added in a comparison to the newly reviewed Razer Ornata V3.
  5. Updated Mar 30, 2021: Updated review for accuracy and clarity.
  6. Updated Mar 17, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  7. Updated Jul 23, 2020: Review published.
  8. Updated Jul 10, 2020: Early access published.
  9. Updated Jun 26, 2020: Our testers have started testing this product.
  10. Updated Jun 22, 2020: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  11. Updated Jun 12, 2020: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

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 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.

SteelSeries Apex 5

The SteelSeries Apex 5 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.

Razer Ornata V3

The Razer Ornata V3 is the successor to the Razer Ornata V2. However, the V3 offers fewer features than the V2. For example, the V2 comes with a plushy wrist rest, while the V3 has a fairly stiff plastic one with soft touch coating. The V2 has full RGB backlighting that's customizable on a per-key basis, while the V3 only has ten RGB zones. Otherwise, the two keyboards perform fairly similarly, so it depends on your personal preference of what extra features you value.

Razer Ornata V3 X

The Razer Ornata V3 X is the updated version of the Razer Ornata V2. However, as the V3 X is a budget version of the Ornata lineup, it lacks a few of the features found on the V2, like RGB backlighting that's customizable on a per-key basis and dedicated media keys. Instead, the V3 X has a single RGB zone, media hotkeys, and a hard plastic wrist rest rather than a plushy one.

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.

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.

Corsair K55 RGB PRO

The Razer Ornata V2 and the Corsair K55 RGB PRO are full-sized, wired keyboards, but the Razer is a slightly better gaming keyboard. The Razer has full RGB backlighting with individually-lit keys, one additional incline setting, and a volume wheel. It also has clicky Razer Mecha-Membrane switches and provides good typing quality, but its software isn't compatible with macOS. On the other hand, the Corsair has significantly better latency and onboard memory for customization profiles. It has tactile rubber dome switches and provides an okay typing quality.

ROCCAT Magma

The Razer Ornata V2 and the ROCCAT Magma are similar non-mechanical gaming keyboards. If having a lower latency matters a lot to you, the ROCCAT is a better option. Also, the ROCCAT Magma has a semi-transparent plastic base plate that lets a lot of light through, but you can only control it in five zones. It uses rubber dome switches that are very quiet but require some force to actuate. On the other hand, the Razer may be a better choice if you value dedicated media keys, a volume control wheel, and having more macro-programmable keys. It uses proprietary Mecha-Membrane switches designed to mimic the feeling and feedback of a clicky switch.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Size
Full-size (100%)
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. If you want a similar keyboard that takes up slightly less space overall, check out the Razer Ornata V3.

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.

6.0
Design
Ergonomics
Curved/Angled
No
Split Keyboard
No
Key Alignment
Staggered
Minimum Incline
Medium Incline
Maximum Incline
Home Row Height
27.8 mm (1.1")

The ergonomics of this keyboard are acceptable. 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.

0
Design
Hardware Customizability
Replaceable Cherry Stabilizers
No
Stabilizer Fixation
Non-Customizable Design
Spacebar Stabilizer Size
Non-Customizable Design
Size Of Right Mod Keys
Non-Standard
Hot-Swappable Switches
No
Switch Stem Shape
Non-Customizable Design
Switch PCB Socket
Non-Customizable Design
North-Facing Cherry MX Interference
Non-Customizable Design
10
Design
Backlight Features
Backlighting Yes
RGB
Yes
Per-Key Backlighting
Yes
Effects
Yes
Software Controllable
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.

9.0
Design
Backlight Clarity
Design
Cable & Connector
Connectivity Wired
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.

5.5
Design
Macro Keys And Programming
Dedicated Macro Keys Count 0
Onboard Macro Programming
Yes
Macro Programming With Software
Yes
Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Dedicated
Trackpad / Trackball No
Scroll Wheel
Yes
Control Knob
No
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. It doesn't have extra macro keys, and if you prefer that look into the EVGA Z12.

Design
In The Box

  • Razer Ornata V2 keyboard
  • Magnetic wrist rest
  • Manuals

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Switches
Switch Name
Razer Mecha-Membrane
Switch Type
Rubber Dome
Feel
Clicky
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
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.

5.7
Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Average Loudness
49.3 dBA
High Pitch Clicks
Yes

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 or the more recently released version of this keyboard, the Razer Ornata V3 X.

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
Software and Operating System
Configuration Software
Software Name Razer Synapse 3
Software Windows Compatible
Yes
Software macOS Compatible
No
Onboard Memory
No
Profiles
6+

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.

10
Software and Operating System
Computer Compatibility
Windows
Fully Compatible
macOS
Fully Compatible
Linux (Ubuntu 22)
Fully Compatible
Media Key Compatibility
Windows, MacOS & Linux

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, on macOS, the Print Screen key doesn't work, and the Scroll Lock and Pause/Break keys adjust your screen brightness.

0
Software and Operating System
Wireless Mobile Compatibility
Android
Not Compatible
iOS
Not Compatible
iPadOS
Not Compatible
Media Key Compatibility
Not Compatible