Consumers may no longer need to choose between comfort and accuracy when it comes to keyboards. Razer has announced the patent-pending Mecha-Membrane keyboard technology that combines the best aspects of membrane rubber dome and mechanical keyboards. This hardware feature will debut on two mid-height keyboards from the newly-announced Ornata line, the Ornata and the Ornata Chroma. This follows Razer's recent unveiling of the upgraded Blade Stealth ultrabook.
Razer explained in a press release, "Traditionally, users choose membrane rubber dome keyboards for comfort, while mechanical switches are favored for fast actuations and distinct tactile feedback. The Razer Mecha-Membrane is a unique mid-height keycap hybrid that provides a comfortable and efficient typing experience unlike any key type on the market."
Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO added, "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 flagship model, the Ornata Chroma, will also feature Razer's Chroma backlighting technology, which allows users to choose from 16.8 million colors and a variety of lighting effects. In use, Chroma can be used to display tutorials and in-game actions. These lighting settings can be synced across devices via the Razer Synapse software platform. While the base model will only feature monochrome green backlighting, it will still retain all the benefits of the Razer Synapse software.
Additional features include a detachable and magnetic ergonomic wrist rest, which Razer says will make the keyboards easier to accommodate in smaller spaces, and anti-ghosting for up to 10 simultaneous key presses.
Consumers can pre-order both the base Ornata and the Ornata Chroma keyboards for $79 and $99 respectively, with a shipping date of Sept. 23 and worldwide availability coming in October.