Saturday, May 8, 2021

Razer Cynosa V2 – first impressions

It seems like most people care about mechanical keyboards these days and membrane keyboards are slowly but surely becoming history. But, the truth is, there is still a lot of time until membrane designs become fully obsolete. Membranes may not be as smooth or as consistent as mechanical switches, but they are certainly cheaper and will probably become even cheaper in the next couple of years or maybe, the next decade. But, even though they are getting cheaper, many brands such as Razer, HyperX, Logitech, etc. are trying to create high-quality membranes that are inexpensive while providing a similar feel to mechanical switches.

A great example of such a product is the Cynosa V2 by Razer. Of course, it is still very early to decide whether this is a good keyboard or not, but from the looks of it, a lot of reviewers and users claim that it actually feels quite good even though that is membrane.

If you do have an interest in the Cynosa V2, here are my first impressions that might help you finalize your decision.

Razer provides great RGB lighting

I know, there are some of you that hate the abbreviation RGB and the fact that every gaming product has to be equipped with some kind of lighting, but it is what it is and most people like it. And, as far as I can see, it seems like Razer has invested quite a lot to ensure that the RGB lighting on this membrane keyboard to be as good as possible.

Every key is illuminated by an individual LED which is the reason why the lighting looks awesome. Obviously, you can adjust the LEDs in any color you want with the Razer Chroma software which also allows you to synchronize the LED lighting of all of your Razer equipment. For those that are not a fan of RGB software (bloatware), you can use the dozens of different presets on the onboard memory of the keyboard.

Still membrane, but it feels good

The biggest problem with every membrane design is the fact that the keys feel squishy and mushy, making your entire gaming or typing experience pretty awful when compared to a mechanical. But, not every membrane design is equal. Companies such as Razer have gone further and beyond to make even membrane keyboards feel consistent and “clicky”.

The Cynosa V2 feels responsive enough and it is very quiet too. Although, still not as responsive as mechanical switches. But, considering that this device is only $60, I think it is a great offer for anyone that wants to stick with the silent membranes instead of louder mechanical switches.

Fully programmable keys and media keys

Another impressive addition to this $60 keyboard is the fact that all of the keys are fully programmable. In other words, you can make your space key to become the escape key and vice versa. Of course, doing that does not make a lot of sense, but it is nice to have the ability to do any kind of readjustment to your keys.

I also have to mention the dedicated media keys which are always a great addition to any kind of keyboard. You have previous, skip, pause/play, mute, and the option to increase and decrease volume.

All in all, the Cynosa V2 seems like a great improvement over the previous version and it comes at a much cheaper price. I hope that after reading through this article, I managed to help you make the right decision.

Branko Gapo
“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”

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