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While we prefered mechanical gaming keyboards in our testing, they tend to be costly and there are places where the clacky action might not be the best thing: Enter membrane keyboards, a quieter option if slightly less satisfying to use. We thought the Cynosa Chroma felt the best of the membrane options we tested and it offers an affordable way to get RGB lighting. Usually $60, it's down to $50.


The Razer Cynosa Chroma is the membrane keyboard pick in our guide to the best gaming keyboards. Thorin Klosowski wrote, "We found that mechanical keyboards are best for gaming, but if you value silence over tactile feedback and long-term durability, or if you want RGB lighting on the cheap, get the full-size Razer Cynosa Chroma. It's more satisfying to type on than the other membrane gaming keyboards we tested, and it's the only one we found with per-key backlighting. Its Windows-only Synapse 3 software is still in beta and is clunkier than previous versions, but its macro support is identical to that of the BlackWidow TE Chroma V2. It usually sells for $60, about $10 more than the membrane competition but cheaper than a mechanical keyboard with RGB backlighting."

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