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(Almost) No-Frills Keyboard Works Decently
Reviewed in Canada on March 16, 2020
I got this keyboard on-sale for ~$60. My rating tries to reflect that (i.e. if I'd paid 50% more, then it might have landed at two-stars). And for the review:
The membrane keyboard is a bit stiff, and reasonably quiet (it's not silent, by any means, but neither is it "clicky"). There is a bit of flex in the deck, but the overall build quality seems decent.
The slip-pads are large (it looks like >one square inch for each of four).
The tilt legs have two height levels to chose from, which is a nice perk at this level.
They key size and spacing is nice, and there is just the right amount of RGB lighting peeking through (note that there are many, many levels of brightness so you should be able to find a happy lighting level with ease). I'll note that while only Windows is officially supported, I have used the open source software that runs on Linux for the Chroma devices; There are (unsurprisingly) fewer features, but it does provide some control over the keyboard lighting. (For example, I was able to put the keyboard into various modes, such as "wave" and "breathe", and was even then able to move the keyboard between devices while maintaining it's lighting settings. (By default, the keyboard does a spectrum-shifting mode with the entire keyboard shifting colors at once and slowly over time cycling through the rainbow).
One huge reason I've dropped a couple stars from the score for this review: whether in Windows or Linux, you have no control over the speed of the various effects; this seems like a huge oversight.
Overall, they keyboard is fairly easy to use: hold the function key to access the special keyboard controls that increase/decrease the lighting level, to record a macro, or to toggle "gaming mode" (disables the Windows key). Sadly, the keyboard doesn't support on-board profiles or on-the-go profile switching. Aside from turning the lighting on or off, you will only be able to control the lighting through the Razer Synapse or Open Razer Project software.
My final analysis: if you want a mostly no-frills RGB keyboard, the Razer Cynosa Chroma should remain on your short-list of contenders, especially if you can get it for $60 or less. The build quality seems decent, and while the keyboard lacks some nice premium features such as a volume wheel, a USB pass-through, mechanical switches, or a braided cable you're hopefully not going to pay what you might reserve for a premium keyboard, either.
If, on the other hand, you were expecting a robust and user-friendly lighting management option, I would discourage the Razer Chroma products, and the Cynosa in particular.