Razer Ornata Chroma vs Blackwidow Chroma

Many people agree that mechanical keyboards are the best. You can have various programmable keys and multi-colored backlighting, but it is the mechanical switches that affect the feel and performance of the keyboard. Many people believe that Razer Blackwidow Chroma is one of the best mechanical gaming keyboards available for the money. This multi-award winning model is indeed really impressive. However, the company has released a new model that proposes a threat to all mechanical keyboards, which is Razer Ornata Chroma with the mecha-membrane technology. See the comparisons between Razer Ornata Chroma vs Blackwidow Chroma below!

Mecha-Membrane or Fully Mechanical
Of course, the primary difference between Ornata and Blackwidow is on the keys. Ornata uses a hybrid mecha-membrane system, which are significantly less loud (but still audible to a degree). The keys feel very nice. They are cushy, yet responsive and precise. This keyboard is definitely a wiser choice if you don’t want to disturb your roommate with your keyboard. See our previous post about Razer Ornata Chroma vs DeathStalker Chroma here!

But some other people prefer an actual mechanical keyboard. If you prefer a true mechanical keyboard, you should choose the Blackwidow. It has true mechanical keys that have great actuation and precision. However, the keys are much louder.

Padded Wrist Rest
One great thing about Razer Ornata Chroma is that it comes with a padded wrist rest. The pad is detachable, which means that you can easily remove the pad when not needed. The pad attaches to the keyboard using magnets. The pad is not overly cushy, but it is soft and comfortable enough to prevent soreness and wrist pain. In fact, many people love this keyboard simply because of the wrist rest. You will love it very much for long sessions of typing and gaming.

On the other hand, Razer Blackwidow Chroma does not have any wrist rest. The lower part of the keyboard extends just a little bit, but it is indeed solid and not padded. If you never have any wrist pain issue, this is perhaps not a problem. But if you get wrist pain from using a keyboard continuously, you need to equip yourself with a padded wrist rest.

Audio and USB Ports
Next, consider if you really need an extra set of audio and USB ports on your keyboard or not. Razer Ornata Chroma does not have any additional port, and it simply requires a USB port on your computer. On the other hand, Razer Blackwidow Chroma has audio and USB ports which are indeed handy if the ones on your computer are all used.

Let’s now compare the backlighting of Razer Ornata Chroma vs Blackwidow Chroma. Both keyboards support the Chroma SDK, which allows these keyboards to have programmable backlighting. Their backlighting can also respond to different in-game events and synchronize with other Chroma-enabled devices. However, Razer Ornata Chroma has brighter lights. The lights are more powerful. Razer Blackwidow Chroma’s lights are a little bit less bright.

- The all-new Razer Mecha-Membrane combines the soft cushioned touch of a membrane rubber dome with the crisp tactile click of a mechanical switch to enable swift actuation for each key stroke
- The Razer Ornata Chroma features a custom designed keycap that has been made shorter to reduce the time it takes for your actions to register
- With interactive in-game effects, the Razer Ornata allows you to experience more immersive gameplay as your keyboard reacts to your game
- Specially designed for the Razer Ornata Chroma, this ergonomic wrist rest ensures that no matter how intense your gaming marathons are, you’re always comfortable
- Never miss a single key, or ten for that matter. With built-in anti-ghosting technology, the Razer Ornata Chroma lets you perfectly execute up to ten commands at the same time, every time
- Multi-award winning Razer Mechanical Switches - Razer Orange Switch with tactile bump for the best overall silent gaming performance
- Extreme Durability- Razer mechanical switches are rated up to 80 million keystrokes and come with a 2-year warranty
- The Razer BlackWidow Chroma features individually programmable backlit keys with 16.8 million color options, all easily set through Razer Synapse
- All Razer Chroma enabled devices come with an open SDK that allows you to integrate advanced lighting effects to create in-game lighting alerts or actions per minute lighting features
- Razer Synapse is a cutting-edge, intuitive software that functions as the Razer BlackWidow Chroma’s brain and enables you to sync your personal lighting settings across all your Razer gear

In general, Razer Ornata Chroma is more recommended. The mecha-membrane keys feel awesome, and the padded wrist rest is very comfortable. However, if you prefer a true mechanical keyboard or if you really need the audio and USB ports, Razer Blackwidow Chroma is the way to go.