Razer announces Ornata 'Mecha-Membrane' keyboard

September 5, 2016 // 12:42 p.m.

Tags: #gaming-keyboard #keyboard #mecha-membrane

Peripherals and PC maker Razer has announced a new gaming keyboard featuring what it grandiosely refers to as 'revolutionary Razer Mecha-Membrane technology.'

Announced this weekend, the Razer Ornata is the first to feature the company's Mecha-Membrane system, which it claims is a perfect halfway house between mechanical switch keyboards and traditional rubber-dome keyboards. The base of a Mecha-Membrane keyboard, Razer has explained, is based on a sheet of rubber domes; on top of this a physical plunger and spring arrangement offers crisp tactile feedback similar to that of a mechanical keyboard, albeit one with a layer of rubber underneath the keycap to cushion the landing.

'The Razer Mecha-Membrane is the result of years of research and development that we've dedicated to build the best keyboards for gamers,' crowed Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and chief executive, of the new design. '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 feel isn't the only difference between the Ornata and Razer's true mechanical keyboards: the keycaps themselves are half-height, sitting lower than a traditional Cherry MX-compatible keycap, which the company claims results in a reduction in actuation time. The keyboard also includes 10-key rollover, more than your typical rubber-dome keyboard but less than the unlimited rollover of high-end mechanical keyboards.

Razer has confirmed that two models will be available at launch: the Razer Ornata with green per-key backlighting priced at £69.99, and the Razer Ornata Chroma with RGB per-key backlighting for £99.99. Both models are due to hit the UK on September 26th, with more information available on the official product page.
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