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Razer Ornata V3 Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Sep 08, 2022 at 10:47 am
Razer Ornata V3 Picture
7.2
Gaming
3.5
Mobile/Tablet
7.1
Office
6.7
Programming
4.2
Entertainment / HTPC
Connectivity Wired
Size
Full-size (100%)
Mechanical
No

The Razer Ornata V3 is a continuation of Razer's budget-friendly Ornata lineup. Like its predecessor, the Razer Ornata V2, the V3 also uses Razer's Mecha Membrane switches, which are membrane switches with the distinct "ping" of a clicky Blue mechanical switch. However, this updated version loses a lot of features that made the V2 a solid out-of-the-box choice, like the plushy wrist rest, per-key lighting customization, and dedicated volume knob. Instead, the V3 is a more straightforward option for those looking for a simple budget gaming keyboard.

Our Verdict

7.2 Gaming

The Razer Ornata V3 is a decent gaming keyboard. It's comfortable to use thanks to the ergonomic features and included wrist rest. You can also customize the RGB backlighting and program macros to any key using the companion software. However, the pre-travel distance on the mecha-membrane switches is fairly long, so keypresses don't feel very instantaneous. Also, its latency isn't fast enough for competitive or reaction-based games, so it doesn't feel very responsive.

Pros
  • Latency is well-suited to casual gaming.
  • All keys macro-programmable.
Cons
  • Build quality feels cheap.
  • RGB backlighting is only customizable in zones.
3.5 Mobile/Tablet

Since the Razer Ornata V3 is a wired-only keyboard that connects with a USB-A cable, it isn't suited for mobile use.

7.1 Office

The Razer Ornata V3 is a decent office keyboard. It feels comfortable to use for long periods thanks to the included wrist-rest and low profile keycaps. However, its typing quality doesn't feel very satisfying as the mecha-membrane switches are fairly heavy to press. They also make a very loud clicking sound when you use them, so this keyboard isn't a good choice for open office environments or shared working spaces.

Pros
  • Included soft-touch wrist rest for better ergonomic support.
  • Dedicated media keys.
Cons
  • Build quality feels cheap.
  • Loud to type on.
6.7 Programming

The Razer Ornata V3 is an alright keyboard for programming. It comes with an included wrist rest and low-profile keycaps, which make typing more comfortable. However, the typing quality isn't great due to the low-quality keycaps and heavy keypresses. As it's a wired-only unit, it isn't suitable for multi-device setups. Plus, it feels cheap and makes audible creaking noises when flexed.

Pros
  • Included soft-touch wrist rest for better ergonomic support.
  • All keys macro-programmable.
Cons
  • Build quality feels cheap.
  • Wired-only.
4.2 Entertainment / HTPC

The Razer Ornata V3 is a poor keyboard to use in an entertainment setup. It lacks a trackpad for on-screen navigation. It does, however, have dedicated media controls. As its a wired-only unit, you'll have to run the cable from the keyboard to your entertainment center, which is a hassle.

Pros
  • Dedicated media keys.
Cons
  • Build quality feels cheap.
  • Wired-only.
  • 7.2 Gaming
  • 3.5 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.1 Office
  • 6.7 Programming
  • 4.2 Entertainment / HTPC
  1. Updated Sep 08, 2022: Review published.
  2. Updated Sep 01, 2022: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
1.2" (3.1 cm)
Width 17.4" (44.3 cm)
Depth
5.7" (14.4 cm)
Depth With Wrist Rest
9.0" (22.8 cm)
Weight
1.71 lbs (0.776 kg)

The Razer Ornata V3 is a full-sized keyboard with a detachable wrist rest, so it takes up quite a bit of space on a desk.

6.5
Design
Build Quality
Keycap Material ABS

This keyboard has an alright build quality. The chassis and baseplate are both plastic and exhibit quite a bit of flex and creaking. The keycaps feel like generic ABS plastic with a smooth top that's prone to becoming slippery over time. However, Razer advertises that these keycaps are UV-treated, which is supposed to make them more durable and less prone to fading with repeated use. The keys themselves have a slight wobble when they aren't pressed, and it isn't too noticeable while typing, though the stabilizers do rattle on the larger modifier keys, which can be distracting. There are grooves for cable management on the bottom of the board, as well as five rubber feet that do an alright job of keeping the board in place. Overall, this board feels even cheaper than its budget version, the Razer Ornata V3 X, as it creaks and flexes more.

7.5
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Minimum Incline
Medium Incline
Maximum Incline
Wrist Rest Detachable

The Razer Ornata V3 has good ergonomics overall. In addition to its two incline settings, it uses low-profile keycaps, so you don't have to tilt your wrists up as high to reach the keys. It also comes with a magnetically detachable wrist rest with a soft-touch covering for additional support while you type.

5.4
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting Yes
Color
RGB
Individually Backlit Keys
No
Color Mixing
Ok
Effects
Yes
Programmable
Yes

There are ten customizable RGB lighting zones. You can customize the colors and effects using the companion software or control the brightness directly on the board.

Design
Cable & Connector
Detachable
No
Length 6.6 ft (2.0 m)
Connector (Keyboard side)
Not Detachable

As an upgrade from the Razer Ornata V3 X, this keyboard has a flexible braided USB-A cable. However, it does still retain kinks from the packaging.

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

It's a wired-only keyboard, and you can't use it wirelessly.

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

The Razer Ornata V3 has a few extra features, the most notable being the dedicated media keys in the top right corner. In addition to the volume buttons, there's also a multi-function button that acts as a Play/Pause button or track selection button, depending on how many times you tap it. There's also media hotkeys, as well as a "Game Mode" and macro programming hotkeys. The "Game Mode" disables the Windows key, or you can customize it to disable the Alt+Tab or Alt+F4 commands. The macro-programming key allows you to program macros on the fly, but you'll need Synapse installed and running to save the macros to the board. Although it doesn't have an IP rating, the manufacturer advertises this keyboard as having a spill-resistant design.

Design
In The Box

  • Razer Ornata V3
  • Magnetic wrist rest
  • USB cap
  • Razer-branded stickers
  • User documentation

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Razer Mecha-Membrane
Feel
Clicky
Operating Force
59 gf
Actuation Force
31 gf
Pre-Travel
2.7 mm
Total Travel
3.8 mm

The Razer Ornata V3 uses Razer's Mecha-Membrane switches. These switches combine the feel of a membrane switch with the distinct ping of a clicky Blue mechanical switch. They have a long pre-travel distance and feel a bit heavy to press, so keypresses don't feel very responsive or satisfying. That said, these switches do feel less "mushy" than most membrane switches.

6.5
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

The Razer Ornata V3 offers an okay typing experience. The ABS keycaps feel pretty generic and smooth on the fingertips, and the keys themselves have a slight wobble. The mecha-membrane switches have a pretty heavy tactile bump to get over, which can cause some finger fatigue. To help combat any wrist fatigue, this keyboard has low-profile keycaps, two incline settings, and a supportive soft-touch wrist rest, which does help. Overall, the typing experience isn't very satisfying as the switches are heavy to press, and the keycaps feel cheap.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Loud

Thanks to the mecha-membrane switches, typing on the Razer Ornata V3 is loud. These switches make a noise similar to a Blue mechanical switch, meaning you might distract roommates or others in an open environment.

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

The Razer Ornata V3 has good latency, but it's best suited for casual gaming as it might be a bit too slow for reaction-based competitive titles.

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

For customization, this keyboard uses Synapse 3. You can easily assign macros, alter the RGB backlighting, and change up the 'Game Mode' so it disables the Windows key, the Alt+Tab function, or the Alt+F4 command. You can assign a Hypershift button to enable a second layer of programmable inputs. While you can record macros directly onboard, you'll need to have Synapse 3 installed to save the macros since the keyboard lacks onboard memory.

8.2
Software and Operating System
Keyboard Compatibility
Windows Full
macOS Full
Linux Full
Android No
iOS No
iPadOS No

This keyboard is fully compatible with Windows, macOS, and Linux right out of the box. However, the Synapse 3 companion software is only available on Windows.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Razer Ornata V3 comes only in black and only with Razer's Mecha-Membrane switches. There's also a cheaper version of this keyboard with notably fewer features called the Razer Ornata V3 X. You can see the label of our unit here.

Compared To Other Keyboards

The Razer Ornata V3 is the continuation of Razer's budget-friendly Ornata lineup. The V3 uses Razer's proprietary Mecha-Membrane switches, which combine the feeling of a membrane switch with the noise of a clicky Blue mechanical switch. The result offers a loud and mushy typing experience that will likely feel unpleasant for most experienced gamers but offers a good starting point for newbie gamers looking for a budget-friendly out-of-the-box option. Since it's a budget keyboard, it lacks solid build quality and feels rather cheap. Also, its latency is too high for competitive, reaction-based titles, making it a better option for casual gaming.

If you're interested in other options, check out our recommendations for the best cheap keyboards, the best gaming keyboards under $100. Or, if you're interested in more options from Razer, check out our best Razer keyboards list.

Razer Ornata V2

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 budget version of the Razer Ornata V3, and they have a few differences. Firstly, the V3 X only uses membrane switches, so they lack the distinct "click" of the mecha-membrane switches in the V3. The V3 has a higher quality cable, dedicated media keys, and a nicer wrist rest, but overall it feels a bit more cheaply built than the V3 X as it creaks considerably when flexed.

Razer Ornata Chroma

The Razer Ornata V3 is the recent version of the Razer Ornata Chroma; however, the Chroma is still a better choice as it has much better features. For example, the Chroma comes with a plushy, magnetically detachable wrist rest and RGB backlighting that's customizable on a per-key basis. Both keyboards use the same mecha-membrane switches that offer a unique typing experience, so your choice boils down to what extra features you value.

Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro

The Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro is a high-end, low-profile mechanical gaming keyboard, while the Razer Ornata V3 is a budget gaming keyboard with membrane switches that "click" to sound like a mechanical switch. Also, the DeathStalker is wireless and connects with a USB receiver or Bluetooth. The DeathStalker is a better choice for competitive gamers who need very low latency, while the Ornata V3 is a decent out-of-the-box option for beginners or those who prefer the feeling of a membrane switch.

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