Razer Cynosa V2 Review

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Updated December 20, 2022
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Expert Score (From 2 Experts)
71/100

Customer Score (From 4063 Reviews)
4.6/5

Overview

The Razer Cynosa V2 is an entry-level gaming keyboard that was first launched into the market in mid-2020. It has full RGB backlighting and OK ergonomics, courtesy of its three incline settings. Similar to most highly rated keyboards, it’s RGB backlighting is fully customizable owners can set up effects and even control brightness levels.

The full-size gaming keyboard measures 18.5 by 6.6 inches, and its keycaps are made of ABS plastic. Its latency of 13.2ms may not be as high as that of other top-tier gaming keyboards, but it should be good enough for casual gaming. If you’re a pro gamer in the market for a super responsive keyboard, then Blackwidow V3, with a latency of 1.7ms, might suffice. Check it out in our Blackwidow V3 review.

Reasons to Buy

  • All keys are macro-programmable
  • Customizable RGB lighting
  • Good ergonomics
  • Water-resistant
  • Low typing noise

Reasons to Not

  • No wireless connectivity
  • Slippery ABS keycaps
  • Difficult to customize RGB lighting

Market Context

Compared to the same brand’s similar models: The Razer Cynosa V2 appeals to most buyers because of its spill resistance and durable construction. It is not that different from the Razer Cynosa Chroma since the only significant differences between the two are that the V2 comes with dedicated media keys while the Razer Cynosa Chroma does not, and the Chroma has a slightly lower latency of 12.4ms compared to the V2’s 13.2ms.

The Razer Cynosa V2 does not ship with a wrist rest, while the Razer Ornata V2 does. The Ornata V2 also has a volume wheel that is missing on the Cynosa V2, but the Cynosa V2 is quieter when typing.

Compared to other brands’ similar models: The Razer Cynosa V2 has RGB backlighting on its keyboard, while the SteelSeries Apex 3 has 10-zone backlighting. However, the Apex 3 includes a detachable wrist rest while the V2 does not, and its latency of 10.7ms is lower than that of the Cynosa V2, at 13.2ms.

Critic Consensus

Expert testers lauded the Razer Cynosa V2 for its customizable RGB lighting and macro-programmability on all its keys. Specialists from Tom’s Guide found its key switches satisfyingly responsive during their gaming tests and appreciated its per-key RGB lighting. The testing team from IGN was also pleased that its keys were pretty quiet during typing and affirmed that all its keys were macro-programmable.

They noted that even though most gamers would prefer mechanical switches, the Cynosa V2’s membrane switches were still good enough, especially for new PC gamers. Those who aren’t ready to compromise on them could be better off with mechanical alternatives such as the Razer Huntsman Elite, which we’ve covered in our Razer Huntsman Elite review.

Unfortunately, some testers still had qualms with the keyboard’s lack of a wrist rest and missing wireless capabilities. They also felt that its per-key RGB customization was hard to do in some instances and that its ABS plastic caps were slippery.

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