Razer Ornata V3 X Keyboard Review 2023
It’s hard to beat the Razer Ornata V3 X as a gaming keyboard. Because to its low profile, wrist rest, and adjustable slope, it feels pleasant to use. All of its keys may be macro-programmed with the help of the associated software. The membrane switches, on the other hand, have a large pre-travel distance and don’t feel particularly responsive for gaming. It feels a little cheap. Also, its latency feels too slow for competitive games and is best suited for leisure gaming.
Differences Between Sizes And Variants
The single color option for the Razer Ornata V3 X is black, and the switches are Razer Membrane. As the Razer Ornata V3’s entry-level variant, the “X” model includes less features. The label for our unit is visible here.
Compared To Other Keyboards
Razer’s Ornata lineup is continued with the Ornata V3 X. The series consists of low-profile keyboards that use membrane or hybridized “Mecha-Membrane” switches rather than mechanical switches and are ideal for casual gaming. It’s a cost-effective gaming keyboard that comes out of the box for recreational players or those seeking a non-mechanical gaming solution. This keyboard is the least expensive in the Ornata family, therefore it is different from the standard V3 in certain ways. For instance, the connection is of poorer quality, there are no media keys, and there is just one zone of RGB backlighting. Moreover, it only employs membrane switches as opposed to hybrid “mecha-membrane” switches, which combine a membrane switch’s feel with clicky Blue switch’s sound.
It’s a full-size keyboard with a detachable wrist rest, so it takes up quite a bit of space on desks.
The most recent update to Razer’s Ornata line is the Razer Ornata v3. This time, they have two models available: the v3 and the v3 X, a more affordable model with silent membrane switches. The v3 maintains the Mecha-Membrane switches. The v3 X is $30 more expensive than the other version, yet it also lacks some functions. The v3 X doesn’t have any dedicated media 0keys and merely has single-zone illumination. As this is a matter of taste, the silent membrane switches need not be a cost.
Given that Razer already offers the Cynosa series, this keyboard seems a little unnecessary. The smaller profile of the Ornata v3 X and Cynosa boards is the only significant distinction. Thus, we’ll compare it against the Cynosa Lite and Cynosa v2 to see how it holds up.
Naturally, I enjoyed typing and playing games on the Ornata v3 X because I genuinely like smaller profile keyboards because they are much more forgiving on the wrists. In contrast to the OEM or Cherry profile, the keycaps are all the same height and cylindrical form, making the profile incredibly flat. One of the better membrane switches I’ve used is from Razer, and I was pleasantly surprised by how tactile they were. It doesn’t have the normal membrane keyboard feel of being heavy and mushy.
The Ornata v3 X’s stabilisers, or lack thereof, was one area where it fell short. The larger keys contain wires, however they are affixed directly to the keys rather than being connected to stabilisers. The whole typing experience is greatly diminished by Razer’s very mediocre effort. The rattle on the space bar was instantly noticeable, and I doubt lubricant will help much. Currently, the majority of keyboards come with pre-lubricated stabilisers, so even for $40, I’m expecting Razer to make some kind of effort to enhance performance right out of the box. Having said that, this may not be something that the typical user will notice, so from that standpoint it’s not a deal-breaker.
ABS is the keycap material. The build quality of the Razer Ornata V3 X is respectable. Both the chassis and baseplate are made of plastic and flex a lot. The ABS keycaps are advertised by Razer as being “UV-coated” for increased durability. To the touch, they have a fairly uniform and smooth texture. The space bar also has a tendency to rattle when hit. The keys themselves are rather stable, with only a tiny wobble, although the larger modifier keys have a little more wobble. There are five rubber feet that perform a passable job of keeping the board in place, along with grooves for cable management, underneath the board. Despite being the Razer Ornata V3’s budget model, this one feels a little bit better made because the frame doesn’t creak when you flex it.
The Razer Ornata V3 X is ergonomically sound. The low-profile keycaps allow you to type with less effort because you don’t have to reach as high, and it features two incline settings to reduce wrist strain. Moreover, it has a removable wrist rest. The Razer Ornata V3’s soft-touch wrist rest or plusher wrist rests are more comfortable, but this wrist rest isn’t magnetically attachable; it just lies in front of the keyboard and is composed of solid plastic.
Cable & Connector
The Razer Ornata V3 X has a very basic USB-A rubber cable. It isn’t very flexible and retains kinks from the packaging.
It’s a wired-only keyboard, and you can’t use it wirelessly.
There aren’t many more features on the Razer Ornata V3 X. In the function row are hotkeys for the media keys. When activated, the “Game Mode” disables the Windows key. Also, the keyboard’s manufacturer claims that it is “spill-resistant,” although there is no IP rating for it.
In The Box
- Razer Ornata V3 X
- Wrist rest
- USB cap
- Razer-branded stickers
- User documentation
The Razer Ornata V3 X has acceptable typing performance. Absent of any roughness to improve grip, the ABS keycaps feel smooth and generic. The alphanumeric keys have a minimal amount of wobbling when released, making them fairly stable. The spacebar frequently trembles, and the larger modifier keys tremble more. The membrane switches on the board provide a distinct tactile typing experience with a definite hump that doesn’t require much force to get over, allowing for light typing. In order to provide additional support while using it, this keyboard also incorporates a wrist rest. You could prefer a regular membrane keyboard over a mechanical keyboard because of how it feels overall.
The faux mechanical keys may not be as concentrated as they once were when compared to the widely utilized mechanical keys on the market, but with a fantastic product like the Razer Ornata V3X, it’s definitely worth a try. Excellent construction, attractive design, and a wealth of expert customization options. Another well-known global company, Razer, is supported by high-quality gaming accessories.