Monday, September 5th 2016

Razer Unveils Worlds First Mecha-membrane Keyboard Technology

Razer, a world leader in connected devices and software for gamers, today announced the Razer Ornata, a line of gaming keyboards featuring revolutionary Razer Mecha-Membrane technology. Designed to combine the most desirable traits of membrane rubber dome design with the merits of mechanical keyboard technology, the Razer Mecha-Membrane delivers both a soft, cushioned touch and a crisp, tactile click with each keystroke.

Traditionally, users choose membrane rubber dome keyboards for comfort, while mechanical switches are favored for fast actuations and distinct tactile feedback. The Razer Mecha-Membrane is a unique mid-height keycap hybrid that provides a comfortable and efficient typing experience unlike any key type on the market.
"The Razer Mecha-Membrane is the result of years of research and development that we've dedicated to build the best keyboards for gamers," says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO "When we moved to our own Razer Mechanical Switches in our production lines, we were excited to learn from real-use scenarios and apply that knowledge to perfect other technologies. The Razer Ornata is a great example of how our engineers can use feedback to innovate something truly amazing for gamers, in this case a solution that melds two seemingly disparate keyboard technologies for a phenomenal experience."

The Razer Ornata Chroma features individually backlit keys that are powered by Razer Chroma technology, which unlocks customizable lighting features that can be synced across devices. Gamers can choose from 16.8 million colors and a variety of effects. Custom settings can be created using the Razer Synapse software platform and shared with millions of other Razer software users via the Razer Chroma Workshop. In-game Razer Chroma lighting profiles are also integrated into popular game titles, including "Overwatch," "Call of Duty: Black Ops III," "Blade and Soul" and more. These profiles can display tutorials, in-game actions and more.

Also included with the Razer Ornata Chroma is a detachable ergonomic wrist rest that is magnetically held in place to make it easily removable for smaller work and gaming spaces.

An alternate version of the Razer Ornata with monochrome green backlighting will be available as well. It will have the ability to display dynamic lighting effects via Razer Synapse.

Pricing and Availability:
  • Ornata Chroma: USD $99.99, EUR 109.90€.
  • Ornata: USD $79.99, EUR 89.90€.
  • Immediate availability on Razerzone, worldwide availability starting October 2016.
Product features:
  • Razer Mecha-Membrane Technology
  • Mid-height keycaps
  • Razer Chroma backlighting
  • Ergonomic wrist rest
  • Razer Synapse enabled
  • Fully programmable keys with on the fly macro recording
  • 10-key roll over
  • Dedicated Gaming Mode
  • Anti-ghosting capability for up to 10 simultaneous key presses
  • Approximate size:
    o Length: 463 mm / 18.22 in
    o Width: 154 mm / 6.06 in
    o Height: 31 mm / 1.22 in
  • Approximate weight: 950 g / 2.1 lbs
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11 Comments on Razer Unveils Worlds First Mecha-membrane Keyboard Technology

#1
Camm
Height of keycaps doesn't mean much if the keyboard rises vertically too high.

When will companies realise that the most comfortable typing positions have the hands as close to parallel with the keyboard, and that designs that promote arching the hands upwards cause fatigue over time. Wristrests only partially mitigate this as it creates two different heights, one for keyboard, one for mouse, with only one being desirable and the other a compromise.

Whilst (keyboard) technology precludes something being deadflat, more companies (logitech included) should look at the Dinovo Edge as the starting point to make a great ergonomic keyboard.
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#2
INSTG8R
My Custom Title
Interesting! I am still and always have been a membrane user this seems like a cool thing. Too bad I don't trust Razer at all.
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#3
RejZoR
Still waiting for a mechanical flat keyboard. I really don't like tall keys found on mechanical keyboards... Then again I was perfectly happy with Logitech UltraX and current Cherry Stream which were/are both membrane based. And both flat like keys on laptops.
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#4
P4-630
The Way It's Meant to be Played
I also like flat keys, love the keyboard of my G750 laptop.
Using a cheap wireless logitech for my desktop at the moment :p
I want to upgrade sometime to a keyboard with flat keys, I like those apple keyboards style.
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#5
Chaitanya
Again how is this first if Coolermaster has been offering hybrid key switches for a long time now.
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#6
Sir Alex Ice
How exactly is world's first when I have in stock and I've been selling for a few months the Cooler Master Devastator II with mem-chanical switches?
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#7
Antykain
Maybe they meant, "The first RGB Taste the Rainbow Mecha-membrane KB Tech", as the Cooler Master Devastator II is only your choice of Red, Green, or Blue upon purchase. ? Cooler Master definitely seems that it was first to the market with its "hybrid" tech KB, unless the Razer version in different in its "tech" on their hybrid solution. ?
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#8
Camm
Antykain said:
Maybe they meant, "The first RGB Taste the Rainbow Mecha-membrane KB Tech", as the Cooler Master Devastator II is only your choice of Red, Green, or Blue upon purchase. ? Cooler Master definitely seems that it was first to the market with its "hybrid" tech KB, unless the Razer version in different in its "tech" on their hybrid solution. ?
CM hybrids are just topre switches, which have been around for decades though?
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#9
RealNeil
I have a few mechanical keyboards and they're ok to use, but I like the feel of Chicklet style boards.
I have an Apple Chicklet KB and one from Razer.
The mechanicals are too loud.
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#10
Camm
RealNeil said:
I have a few mechanical keyboards and they're ok to use, but I like the feel of Chicklet style boards.
I have an Apple Chicklet KB and one from Razer.
The mechanicals are too loud.
Heh, I'm one who detests chiclet key's. It increases keyboard length\decreases keysize unnecessarily. Standard mountain\valley approach is fine imo, just give us lower profile keys and chassis's.
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#11
Fr3ak
INSTG8R said:
Interesting! I am still and always have been a membrane user this seems like a cool thing. Too bad I don't trust Razer at all.
I am very certain, the Razer version won't be the only one of its kind.


RejZoR said:
Still waiting for a mechanical flat keyboard. I really don't like tall keys found on mechanical keyboards... Then again I was perfectly happy with Logitech UltraX and current Cherry Stream which were/are both membrane based. And both flat like keys on laptops.
Did you check out the Cherry MX-Board 3.0? It has flat keys and is available with different Cherry switched - in Europe at least.
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