Razer Ornata Chroma vs DeathStalker Chroma

Ornata Chroma and DeathStalker Chroma are two gaming keyboards from Razer. Both models are compatible with Razer’s Chroma lighting software, which allows you to program and customize the RGB lights and make your Chroma-compatible peripherals share the same color scheme. Each model here also has a wrist rest, which is actually a very important feature to save you from wrist pain. So, what are the differences between Razer Ornata Chroma vs DeathStalker Chroma? Which is the best gaming keyboard for the money?

The Wrist Rest
First of all, it is true that each of the two models here is equipped with a wrist rest. However, Razer Ornata Chroma’s wrist rest is padded. Even though the Ornata’s wrist rest is not super-cushy, the wrist rest is soft enough to be gentle and comfortable. People with wrist pain will really love this feature. In addition, the wrist rest is actually detachable. You can detach the wrist rest for easy cleaning. You can also detach the wrist rest to make the keyboard more portable.

On the other hand, Razer DeathStalker Chroma comes with a fixed wrist rest. Well, the wrist rest is basically an extended part of the housing of the keyboard. The wrist rest is solid and not padded. It can be pretty useful for maintaining a good typing position. However, people with wrist pain may prefer a padded model.

The Lighting
The next difference between Razer Ornata Chroma vs DeathStalker Chroma is the lighting. Although both of the two models are compatible with Chroma, they have different characteristics. With Razer Ornata Chroma, you can customize the lighting of individual keys and make them display interactive in-game effects. Besides, the lighting looks cooler, as it highlights not only the keycaps but also the surrounding of each keycap.

On the other hand, Razer DeathStalker Chroma simply allows you to program the six RGB zones rather than individual keys. You can still make the lighting responds to in-game events, but not as extensive as Razer Ornata Chroma. The lighting only highlights the keycaps, so it is not as shiny.

Finally, you need to know that Razer Ornata Chroma is equipped with the all-new Razer Mecha-Membrane technology, which combines a membrane rubber dome with a mechanical switch to deliver a soft, cushioned touch with precise and swift actuation. The performance is very good, and the mid-height keycaps allow shorter travel time for faster typing. However, due to using mechanical switches, this keyboard tends to be noisy (but not as noisy as true mechanical keyboards).

On the other hand, Razer DeathStalker Chroma is an entirely membrane keyboard. It uses slim chiclet keycaps for smooth and comfortable typing as well as quick actuation. As a result, this keyboard is very silent, but it lacks the clickiness and precise feel.

- 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
- Fully programmable slim Chiclet keycaps - 10 key Roll over in gaming mode
- Chroma backlighting with 16.8 million customizable color options
- Inter-Device Sync, 1000 MHz Ultrapolling, Fixed wrist rest
- Fully Programmable Keys - Razer Synapse enabled, Gaming mode option
- In order for Chroma lighting to be user adjustable, installation of Razer Synapse is required

In general, Razer Ornata Chroma is much more recommended. It comes with a padded wrist rest which is much more comfortable, very useful to prevent wrist pain. The Chroma lighting is also much better and flexible. But Razer DeathStalker Chroma can be the alternative if you really need a silent keyboard, for example if you don’t want to disturb your roommate.