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Razer Cynosa V2 Review | A $119 AUD Membrane Keyboard!?

Recently, Razer released a new version of their entry level Cynosa keyboard, the Cynosa V2. Which is meant to be targeted towards gaming keyboards newbies that want something flash looking but don’t want to fork out a great deal of money. 

Big thanks to Razer for sending this out for review!

What’s in the Box?

The box is a very standard Razer box. It shows the product name and info on the well known green and black box. Included in the box is the Cynosa V2 itself, some warranty info and documentation as well as some Razer stickers to pimp out your setup and show that you own Razer gear!

Design and Features

The Cynosa V2 is a very compact but full size keyboard giving you all the regular keys as well as a full numpad and dedicated media keys. The body of the Cynosa V2 is pretty cheap feeling as it is made entirely of plastic. It does have quite a bit of flex to it but remember, this is an entry level keyboard. Back to the media keys, it’s great to see a full set of dedicated media keys on an entry level keyboard. I never used to use keyboards with media keys but once I had them, I could never go back!

Something cool that’s underneath the keyboard is cable management slots, there are three different cutouts so that you can guide the cable in any direction you want. Helping you keep the cables on your setup nice and tidy. Also found underneath the keyboard are the two step incline feet with rubber on the end. This lets you have the keyboard at your preferred angle for ergonomic typing and gaming. Unfortunately, the rubber feet on the bottom of the keyboard aren’t really that great and the keyboard would slide around a lot on my wooden desk. If you deskpad for your keyboard and mouse, this wouldn’t be an issue but if you are using the keyboard straight on the desk it will get quite annoying.

Features

  • Individually backlit gaming keys for quiet, cushioned keystrokes with custom lighting
  • Powered by Razer Chroma RGB for advanced lighting effects and greater immersion
  • Fully programmable for custom profiles, key bindings, and macros
  • Dedicated Media Keys for convenient control
  • Cable Routing Options – for a clean setup
  • Durable, spill-resistant design for complete assurance

With individually backlit LEDs, the Razer Cynosa V2 has brighter LEDs that are capable of more complex lighting effects and customization, like what you would find in a high-end keyboard – as opposed to Zone lighting, which are limited in terms of effects. That also means that the Razer Cynosa V2 can take full advantage of the Razer Chroma RGB ecosystem.

Specs

Software

The Razer Cynosa V2 is compatible with Razer’s Synapse software. Allowing you to do a range of things like change the RGB colours, set different RGB effects or create macro keys on the keyboard. As well as customizing the keyboard, Synapse also allows Game Integration to set a colour profile on the keyboard depending on the game that you are playing. The software is pretty easy to use and intuitive and doesn’t even require you to go to a website to download, just plug the keyboard into your PC and it automatically prompts you to download it.

Performance

Typing wise, it’s pretty good for a membrane keyboard. Compared to cheaper ones or ones that are free and included with some prebuilt PCs. It’s a whole new level. But it’s still nothing great. I’ll admit, I’m spoilt with having a really nice mechanical keyboard but you can still get some really nice mechanical keyboards for the same price as this entry level membrane keyboard. 

Pricing

Unfortunately, the Razer Cynoas V2 is quite pricey for a membrane keyboard. Coming in at $119 AUD on Mwave. You can get some pretty decent mechanical keyboards for the same price or less and some really good ones for just a little bit more.

Conclusion

I really don’t know if I can recommend buying this, it’s quite expensive for just a plastic membrane keyboard. It does have some really nice features like per-key RGB and spill resistant but that price tag, I think is just too much.

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Disclosure: The Razer Cynosa V2 review sample was supplied for reviewing but all opinions are of my own and not paid.

Razer Cynosa V2

Summary

I really don’t know if I can recommend buying this, it’s quite expensive for just a plastic membrane keyboard. It does have some really nice features like per-key RGB and spill resistant but that price tag, I think is just too much.

Caleb Terawskyj
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