Synapse, if you do opt to use it, can let you customize your Chroma patterns or colours, allow you to create on-the-fly macros, which would be particularly useful for MMO or RTS players, and also allows you to set and save profiles for your key bindings for different games. One great thing is the ability to save your settings to a cloud server, so if you’re at a LAN event or have to format your PC, your settings will still be available exactly how you like them.
The keyboard connects to 1 USB 2.0 or above port, unlike the Black Widow which has a USB port on the keyboard and requires 2 ports, so this helps with your cable management and port saving. Ready to work out of the box, the Ornata is a plug and play keyboard, plug it in, magnetise your wrist rest to it, and get gaming. No mess, no fuss, just gaming.
So who is this keyboard for? It’s certainly not for mechanical users, the key strokes will feel too soft and squishy for those who demand pure-bread Cherry Red keys. However, this keyboard can be a very attractive prospect to those who are still using membrane keyboards as their main keyboard but wants to move up a technical notch. The Ornata also sits within the same price range as Razer’s full membrane keyboards, so it would certainly be a better purchase for anyone who is adamant they like membrane keyboards but wish they have a more responsive and fast keystroke.
All in all the Ornata is very comfortable to use, the wrist rest helps with this a lot and the mecha-membrane keys means you fingers can glide across the keyboard and you won’t miss a stroke. Mechanical purists probably won’t appreciate the membrane feel to the keyboard, but membrane users may find this to be their perfect midground. A solid keyboard all around for gamers of all different backgrounds.