Last month, SteelSeries introduced the splash-proof Apex 150 keyboard, and it seems Razer does not fall behind. The company targeted budget-conscious players and introduced the water-resistant Cynosa Chroma and Cynosa Chroma Pro gaming keyboards. Although the devices are among the budget-friendly peripherals in company’s portfolio, they possess some features available in high-end models.
According to Razer, the “Cynosa is the most full-featured entry-level keyboard for gamers”. Both models come with 1000Hz polling rate, 10-key rollover, anti-ghosting capabilities, programmable macro keys. All customization options are accessible via the Razer Synapse 3 software.
The most distinctive difference between the Cynosa Chroma and the Cynosa Chroma Pro is that the latter has an underglow lighting effect. Customers are enabled to customize the 24 zones via the software.
As far as the water-resistant capabilities are concerned, the keyboards have spill-resistant membrane keys and each key is individually backlit. This is a great feature given the fact that most budget keyboards have the so-called zone lighting.
The keys have “soft cushioning” said to improve the comfort and ensure enhanced housing support. It remains to be seen if the typing experience would be on par with what mechanical keyboards offer.
In terms of pricing and availability, the Pro version will be sold exclusively via the Razer store at a price of $80. The Razer Chroma keyboard will be available at third-party retailers later this year. When launched, it will carry a $60 price tag,