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Which Keyboard is Best for You?

Discussion in 'Keyboards' started by Jenjar, Jul 10, 2020.

  1. Jenjar

    Jenjar Well-Known Member VANGUARD

    Hello Insiders!

    With many models and types of keyboards to choose from, it can be difficult to choose a keyboard that suits your preferences. Between those intense gaming sessions or those long office workdays, this is a guide to help answer that age-old question, “Which keyboard is best for me?”.

    Introduction to Razer’s Lineup:

    At the time of writing this guide, Razer sells four different types of keyboards: Membrane, Mecha-Membrane, Mechanical and Optical. They are all each very different, and all have different price points.

    Razer also offers two different sizes of keyboards: Full size, and tenkeyless (TKL). I will mention the latter more when we get to the “Mechanical” and “Optical” sections.


    Membrane keyboards have one large pressure pad, which when compressed in a certain area, will register a specific keystroke. They feel soft and mushy, and do not put out much of a sound, making them the quietest of the keyboards in this guide.

    Membrane keyboards are also the most budget-friendly keyboard from Razer. The Cynosa Chroma is $59.99 USD and the Cynosa Chroma Pro featuring underglow at $79.99 USD. Both are only available in full size layouts. There are also some other variations between the two, which you can view here.

    To Finalize: Membrane keyboards are the best choice if you are on a smaller budget, and want a quiet keyboard.


    The Mecha-Membrane keyboard uses the same pressure pad design as the membrane, however in Razer’s case, adds a small metal clip inside the keyswitch, which gives it a tactile bump and sound, instead of the membrane’s softer, mushy feel and quiet sound.

    The Mecha-Membrane keyboard is the next budget friendly out of Razer’s lineup, with the only model, The Ornata V2 at $99.99 USD. You can read more about the Ornata V2 here.

    To Finalize: Mecha-Membrane keyboards are the best choice if you have a slightly larger budget, and want a slightly tactical feel and sound, however don’t want to jump to a full mechanical or optical keyboard.


    The mechanical keyboard uses mechanical switches, which consist of a housing, spring and stem. Upon pressing the switch, the stem moves downwards, which compresses the spring until the switch is actuated and registered, which then springs back up when unpressed, completing the keystroke.

    Razer offers three different mechanical switches in their line of keyboards, each with different properties:

    Razer Green Switch - Features a tactile bump and louder click sound with an actuation force of 50 grams, an actuation point of 1.9mm, and total possible travel distance of 4.0mm. These switches are optimized to offer the best-in-class gaming and typing performance.

    Razer Orange Switch - Features a tactile bump, without an audible click like the Green switch, making it quieter and an actuation force of 45 grams, an actuation point of 1.9mm, with a total possible travel distance of 4.0mm. These switches offer the same performance and optimization for gaming and typing as the Green switch, while offering a quieter sound and smaller actuation force.

    Razer Yellow Switch - Razer’s linear switch has no tactile bump or sound, and is the fastest and quietest switch, with an actuation force of 45 grams, an actuation point of 1.2mm, with a possible travel distance of 3.5mm. These are optimized for rapid fire keypresses.

    You can learn more about the different mechanical switches Razer offers here. All Razer mechanical switches offer a 80-million keystroke lifespan.

    Razer’s Mechanical keyboards are geared more toward enthusiasts than Membrane and Mecha-Membrane, but Razer does offer entry-level options. The top of the line mechanical keyboard is the Blackwidow Elite, which retails for $169.99 USD, and is offered with all 3 switches. You can also get the lower end Blackwidow for $119.99 USD, and the work-oriented Blackwidow Lite for $89.99 USD. You can view all models here.

    To Finalize: The Mechanical line is the go-to choice for many people. There are many different options depending on the switch that suits you best. It is all based on personal preference between a clicky and tactile keyboard, a silent and tactile keyboard, or a silent and linear keyboard.; Razer’s mechanical keyboards are in a different tier so if they are out of your budget, I would recommend the Ornata V2 (Mecha-Membrane).


    The optical keyboard uses optical switches, which consist of a housing, light beam, stem and spring. As you press on the switch, the spring compresses, moving the stem down, blocking a light beam, which then actuates and registers the keystroke. The spring moves back up when the key is unpressed, allowing the ray of light to shine again.

    Razer offers two optical switches, each with different properties:

    Razer Purple Switch - Features a light and clicky feel, similar to our Razer Green mechanical switches But with a faster response time actuating at 45 grams and a travel distance of 1.5mm.

    Razer Red Switch - Features a light and fast feel, similar to our Linear Razer Yellow Mechanical Switches with an even faster response time actuating at 40 grams and 1.0mm travel distance.

    You can read more about Razer’s optical switches here. They offer a 100-million keystroke lifespan.

    Razer’s optical keyboards are the highest tier of their keyboard lineup. Their premier model, the Huntsman Elite, is priced at $199.99 USD, and comes in both switches. You can also get the standard Huntsman with the purple switches for $149.99 USD, and finally the Huntsman TE with the red switches for $129.99 USD. You can view the full huntsman line here.

    To Finalize: The optical switches are the most reliable, fastest keyboards Razer has made to date, however, if you don’t want a really fast keyboard, I would advise against the red switch. The Huntsman family of keyboards come at a premium and if it is out of your budget, the Mechanical line is also a good fit.


    Well, that is a rundown of all that Razer has to offer in terms of keyboards, as of writing this thread. Razer also sells PBT keycap upgrade caps which you can view here, and wrist rests for those keyboards that do not come with them, which you can view here.

    I hope this thread helps you choose your next keyboard, and remember, if you have any other questions, please respond below!
  2. 0V3R_K1LL

    0V3R_K1LL Well-Known Member VANGUARD

    The best keyboard is the one you have in front of you or the one you can afford. :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

    DRIFT_IT Well-Known Member

    There is some formatting error @Jenjar. The text is all white so isnt visible for light theme users. Might be fine for the dark theme though. You should probably change to a neutral color.
  4. Jenjar

    Jenjar Well-Known Member VANGUARD

    Should be fixed now, thanks!
  5. xCryptik

    xCryptik Well-Known Member VANGUARD

    Insiders! Don't forget to buy all keyboard by Razer for collection purpose as well if you're able to. :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye_:
  6. I have a cynosa chroma and love it. I dont feel the need to get a fancier one, but I am glad that I now know all the different types of keyboards out there
    Aanshu, fcpolifan, Lorbus93 and 11 others like this.
  7. Kenserky

    Kenserky Well-Known Member

    My wife has a Cynosa Chroma (that is great for a membrane) and I have a Blackwindow Elite with green switches.

    I've had quite a bit of keyboards in the past and I really like my BW.
    Execpt for the green switches (the only ones available with Zsilvers, would get yellow if possible), it has most of thefeature that I want in a keyboard.
    - Mechanical keys, they have become a must have for personnal use, because I can't stand the flatness of the mambranes ones.
    - The USB passthrough, even if a second one would be perfect, it allows me to have more cable lenghts for my Kraken and move freely around my PC and continue listening music or videos.
    - Media keys, essential for the lazy one like myself that use to change songs of the volume on the go.
    - The hypershift mode, or like I see it, the full macro, that is priceless for a MMO player, I used to have quite a bit of macro when I had the G510S but it's much less.
  8. OneTreadLife

    OneTreadLife Well-Known Member

    I would expect a quieter mechanical to be best for me, but have yet to own or really put one to the test. Closest I have gotten so far is my Ornata Chroma.
  9. jedramos

    jedramos Well-Known Member

    the best keyboard differs from persons preference but when it comes to gaming, linear is the only way!!!
  10. .Surf.

    .Surf. Well-Known Member VANGUARD

    I'm using the Huntsman Elite with the purple switches and i like it, but also like the mecha-membrane type.
  11. kennethyha

    kennethyha Well-Known Member

    Razer Huntsman series is the best keyboard ever! I am using optical purple switch and it is the best after I test it out with the keyboards from other brands and other switches.
  12. mozila80

    mozila80 Well-Known Member

    Keyboard with numpad, No RGB is ok, cool design, and we can change the switch
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  13. Loxodon13

    Loxodon13 Well-Known Member

    I have the Razer Huntsman. It is an optical keyboard and very good for because I play Starcraft and have to be very fast with it.:cool:
    Seyzo95, aiyionman and Natachat90 like this.
  14. Natachat90

    Natachat90 Well-Known Member

    Hello friends,

    I use a Razer Ornata keyboard, I love the grip rest, it's so comfortable. Since I use it, I can not do without it.
    I really appreciate the silent switch.

    But I would really like to be able to test the new Razer Huntsman elite linear switch keyboard with its chroma wrist rest.

    I hope you will release a version of the Razer Huntsman elite quartz edition keyboard.
    It would be so perfect with my Razer Lancehead tournament edition Quartz mouse.
    bizWeldonBluetools832 likes this.
  15. bizWeldonBluetools832

    bizWeldonBluetools832 Well-Known Member

    Dawwwwwm Jenjar!
    This guide man!
    Gotta give this a thorough read asap!
    Natachat90 and M-S-G like this.
  16. Sam_Joshua

    Sam_Joshua New Member

    I like using Razer Huntsman for FPS games.
    Natachat90 likes this.
  17. RAZER HUNTSMAN :wink_::stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye_:
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  18. M-S-G

    M-S-G Well-Known Member

    Black Widow. I like the clicking and the handling. Whereas my wife has the cynosa and my son has the ornata. If you write a lot I find this one better, because the clicking is very exhausting. The Black Widow is my first mechanical keyboard. So I cannot make any comparisons of the switches here.
    Bluzie likes this.
  19. peter76james

    peter76james Active Member

    Black Widow and Ornata, the clickier the better - Full RGB for me
    Kinetick and Bluzie like this.
  20. magictim

    magictim Well-Known Member

    Razer Purple Switch should be more suitable for me, but I would prefer a thinner, shorter keyboard design like the laptop's keyboard design.
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