Razer Cynosa V2 Review – There’s a Reason for the Popularity

    Product: Cynosa V2
    Intended Use: Gaming
    Manufacturer: Razer
    MSRP: $59.99

The Razer Cynosa has dashed to becoming the best selling keyboard in Razer’s lineup. No, this isn’t exactly because of its response time, build quality, or features. Instead, one looks at the price, and your questions will be answered. This Fully customizable RGB keyboard retails for $60, which ends up being great for what you get but don’t expect a premium product. Still, the Razer Cynosa V2 has style, affordability, comfort, and RGB features that will make you smile without a burning hole in your wallet.

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The Razer Cynosa V2 required only a USB 2.0 Port to power on and is equipped with a lengthy wire to do so. The keyboard itself has no real add functionality outside of what keyboards are meant to do; there are no extra macro keys other than your basic function keys. However, it does offer media keys, which was nice to see on the board.

The kickstand on the bottom holds up nice, providing stable, solid support. After using it for a while, I really wished there was a wrist cushion, which has turned into something that I specifically look for when buying a keyboard. Given that the cushion wasn’t there, I wish that the bottom was extended to rest on. Still, for what is here, I have a problem with the size of this keyboard. I do wish it was a bit larger, but hey, it types words and letters just as I need it to.

The keys of the Cynosa V2 were fairly silent when compressed, making me miss a more silent keyboard, especially when filming podcasts, and other videos where I may need to type off camera. Regardless, they have a nice soft touch and feel to them which I liked a lot. The feedback though is a bit limited, which might slow down speedy types and give performance buffs anxiety. The keys do seem to be more on the plastic side, but for the price that you’re paying here, it’s not a big issue at all.

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I ran a few games of League of Legends to get to a better idea of what the keyboard has to offer. The size of the keys was tough to get used to, but they are really comfortable on the fingertips. As any gamer knows, muscle memory and key distance are important to avoid misclicks. My opinion about the product didn’t seem to change after gaming with it so I felt like I could go a few more rounds.

The issues with the board are ones that experienced gamers will quickly pick up on after a few hours of use making me suggest that hardcore players put their money towards something on the higher end. On the other hand, if you are new to the PC gaming world and looking for a beginner’s product that will provide a large amount of comfort, the Cynosa V2 is a good bet. One thing I’d like to add is that my fingers didn’t take too long to adjust to the keys. In almost no time  I was able to type full sentences without making a mistake, and that’s an accomplishment, don’t judge nerds.

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The software itself seemed a bit overcomplicated. I’m all for features, but it seemed like this was trying to be the After-Effects of RGB with layers, and multiple applied effects. It just seemed like only ten people out of 1000 will ever spend the time to customize to that extent. I’ll stick to my static colors that match my desk. Other than that, no problems with software speed, or navigation.

Being there are no macro keys, I didn’t have to get into that for this keyboard. I did however find an audio visualizer RGB simulator effect unique. It makes your keyboard lights become an audiometer that responds to noises and music with RGB light of your choice. A very fun feature that adds to a more immersive vibe.

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The Razer Cynosa V2 offers a decent keyboard with a few fun RGB features and the added benefit of exceptionally comfortable keys. In my opinion, it falls short of anything premium or performance-based, but I do not think this board exists for that reason, making it a worthy budget gaming accessory.

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Mark DiMattei

Designer/Producer - Art is my Thunder Stone to your soon to be Raichu. Former video game nerd with a love for all things images and visual creativity. Currently waiting for Halo Infinite. Instagram: @markd_arts