Razer Cynosa V2 Review, Keyboard, Gaming, Chroma

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Razer Cynosa V2 Keyboard Review

Razerthink – Razer Cynosa Chroma gaming keyboard has an upgrade with the Razer Cynosa V2. The Cynosa V2 still uses a membrane lock switch to offer an affordable price point, too, at $60. The Razer Cynosa V2 is a sizeable wired gaming keyboard with full RGB backlighting and programmable macros. This keyboard features programmable macros and full RGB backlighting, both of which can be customized in the Razer Synapse 3 companion software. Unfortunately, there’s no onboard memory, and it feels cheap. Overall, it can be an excellent choice for casual gaming but is not suitable for competitive hardcore gamers.

If you want to have a gaming keyboard for the first time, this is a great place to start, the Cynosa range has always been a good entry point into the gaming keyboards, and the latest installment, the Razer Cynosa V2, doesn’t disappoint. More affordable than the price but reliable, it’s a budget product that doesn’t taste good ‘cheap.’ If anything, it enhances the legacy and replaces its predecessor. The high performance and low cost of the Razer Cynosa V2 membrane make it an excellent replacement for its predecessor. Cozy and familiar, yet a step up from the traditional ‘office’ alternative.

Design

The Razer has consistently built on its qualities out of the ordinary, much like the Cynosa V2 has. They are all made of quality plastic and have the same level of flexibility as the Razer Cynosa Chroma. Keycaps are made of Doubleshot ABS plastic. The keys are pretty stable, except for the spacebar, shift, and enter keys. The incline is steady in a lower position but less stable when using a higher setting. Razer claims that it is spill-resistant.

In terms of appearance, Cynosa V2 does not stray far from the previous design. It’s similar to the Cynosa Chroma or Essentials variants: it still relies on a low-profile approach to using matte black plastic. The only noticeable differences are the media buttons and the absence of a glossy logo panel at the bottom.

New RGB lighting makes even more impact. It’s lively and attractive, helping the keyboard feel more expensive than it is. Nevertheless, if the Razer Cynosa V2 is your first gaming keyboard, it will be impressive. And remember, you’ll need to download and use the Razer Synapse software to take advantage of that functionality. The Mouse uses a membrane key switch, which provides a softer key feel and quieter keystrokes than typical high-end mechanical gaming keyboards.

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Size

  • Height : 1.2″ (3.0cm)
  • Width:18.5″ (47.0cm)
  • Depth: 6.6″ (16.8cm)
  • Depth With Wrist Rest : N/A
  • Weight: 1.92 pounds (0.872 kg)

Ergonomics

  • Board Design : Straight
  • Minimum Slope : 2°
  • Medium Slope : 4°
  • Maximum Slope : 7°
  • Wrist Rest : No

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Backlight

  • Backlight: Yes
  • Color: RGB
  • Individual Backlit Button: Yes
  • Color Mixing: Large
  • Effect: Yes
  • Programmable: Yes

Cables & Connectors

  • Removable : No
  • Length : 6.4 feet (2.0 m)
  • Connector (Keyboard side): Non-Detachable

(The Razer Cynosa V2’s rubberized cables maintain kinks reasonably easily.)

Additional Features

  • Media Keys: Dedicated
  • Programmable Macro Buttons: All
  • Trackpad / Tracking Ball: No
  • Wheel: No
  • USB Passthrough: No
  • Numpad: Yes
  • Windows Key Lock: Yes
  • Indicator Lock: Caps, Scroll & Num lock

Features

The Razer Cynosa V2 has ‘Game Mode’ and ‘Sleep Mode’ buttons and dedicated media buttons. In addition, all keys are macro-programmable, including media keys, either via the Razer Synapse 3 companion software or directly on the keyboard itself. The Cynosa V2 makes some directional improvements. However, those who weren’t fans of the original membrane switch and were expecting something more mechanical might be a little disappointed.

Apart from that, keystrokes feel great when doing general typing and heavy gaming. Apart from having a 1000Hz polling rate and N-key rollover, it’s more than adequate for a first-person shooter or real-time strategy game. The Razer Cynosa V2 is also reasonably quiet, though still audible, during heavy typing. Many prefer the more expensive mechanical switches, but Razer seems to improve its unique mesh switches substantially.

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Razer also backs its keyboards with a two-year warranty in addition to a 14-day risk-free return if purchased directly from the Razer Store. For the Razer Cynosa V2’s price range, there’s a lot to like. The keyboard’s most significant update is the dedicated media controls. The Razer Cynosa V2 now has volume, play, skip, and mute buttons on the top right to give you more control. That’s what sets it apart from its predecessors, adds superior cable management, and is spill-resistant, and you’ll get a device that excels above its weight class.

Performance

The Razer Cynosa V2 dome uses a rubber switch. As a result, they don’t require a lot of force to move and feel soft to press. Long pre-trip distances can help reduce typos but also result in a less responsive gaming experience. On the other hand, typing on this keyboard is quiet enough to disturb anyone around you. This keyboard has decent compatibility. It entirely operates on Windows, but Razer Synapse 3 doesn’t work on macOS or Linux. Also, ‘Print Screen,’ ‘Pause/Break,’ and ‘Scroll Lock’ doesn’t seem to work on macOS.

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In terms of performance, not much has changed from its predecessor, which is equally significant. The Razer Cynosa V2 is great for typing and playing games, making it like being at home in the office like when playing Valorant, CS: GO, and Apex Legends but not at the professional level. In particular, the speed and durability of each button are spots on. Your fingers fly across them as you type, but the keycaps require enough force to move them, so they don’t feel cheap.

Price

The Razer Cynosa V2 is now available on the Razer website for US$59.99

Overall

The Razer Cynosa V2 is an inexpensive but quality gaming keyboard. The keyboard build feels like it costs more, the keystrokes feel great, the media controls are a great addition, and the two-year warranty is a killer—all for a low price. Having the buttons light up individually means the level of customization via Razer’s Synapse app should appease users of all proficiency levels. The Razer Cynosa V2 brings back an old favorite, and now it’s better than ever.

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