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Razer Lycosa Programmable Backlit Gaming Keyboard
- Keytop with non-slip rubber finish - optimum tactile comfort and makes slipping up in the heat of action a thing of the past
- Backlight Illumination with WASD cluster lighting option - Make darkness your ally. While your enemies fiddle in the shadows, command precision.
- Fully programmable keys with macro capability - enables instantaneous command executions.
- Keytop with non-slip rubber finish
- Backlight illumination with WASD cluster lighting option
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With an awesome host of features, the Razer Lycosa is on an unstoppable mission to destroy and dominate.
Keytop with non-slip rubber finish
Backlight Illumination with WASD cluster lighting option
Fully-programmable keys with macro capability
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Top Customer Reviews
The keyboard itself is really nice looking, not too big, and very low profile. The high gloss body finish does show finger prints and dust. The keys have a matte rubber finish that feels good under the finger tips.
I'm almost a touch typist and I have been intrigued by the Das Keyboard II but I just wasn't really ready to commit to a completely unmarked keyboard. The Lycosa is actually a nice compromise in this regard because I can turn off the backlight completely and have a virtually unmarked keyboard.
Speaking of backlighting, it is true that the backlighting for the keyboard it somewhat dim, especially when viewed from a slightly slouched seating position. If you are not very familiar with the standard keyboard layout and you like to slouch when surfing or gaming, then this is probably not the keyboard for you. However, when sitting in a normal typing position the lighting is perfectly adequate even in a well lit room. I do understand the desire to want to control the brightness of the backlight. Maybe that can be supported through a driver or firmware update at some point in the future. It is interesting to note that when the keyboard backlight is in "WASD" mode, that the lit WASD keys are significantly brighter than normal full keyboard backlight mode.
I want to mention that I continue to use my Logitech MX1000 BT mouse and that I have the BT receiver for the mouse plugged into the USB port on the back of the Lycosa and it is working well.
The Lycosa will not be the right keyboard for everyone. If you need to be able to see you keys all the time, look elsewhere. If your a confdent typist and are looking for a nicely designed, high cool-factor, keyboard, then this one is worth considering.
Other keyboards I considered:
Razer Tarantula: Didn't like the industrial design as much and only the side keys were illuminated. Did like the photo-editing keys on the left side (I'm a photoshop user). Didn't have laptop style keys.
Saitek Eclipse: Popular keyboard. Terrible design IMHO. Ugh.
Saitek Eclipse II: Well reviewed. Only slighty better ID than the Eclipse. Backlight was too ambient making keys harder to identify. Keys felt a bit smaller than I'm used too when I was playing with one.
Das Keyboard II: Very high quality, totally unmarked keyboard. I might have to get one someday just for the pure novelty.
Logitech DiNovo Edge: Really nice looking and well reviewed. Nice laptop style keys. Not wired. Very expensive. Too expensive. Oh yeah, I almost forgot, it's expensive.
I intentionaly steered clear of the Microsoft and Logitech herds of keyboards because that's what I've used for the last 20-some years and and I've never had one I truly liked. In fact the last keyboard that I truly enjoyed using was the original model-m keyboard that came with my original IBM PC in 1983. These are still made today, but did not meet my "quiet" requirement.
The rubberized coating on the keys. More thought should have been put into this, as it seems to be easy to erode. My W, A, and D keys are seriously worn through on the top, to the point that there are no recognizable characters on those keys anymore.You just see the transparent key underneath, along with the "X" shape on the underside of the keys. This was a keyboard for gamers, eh? Considering that I've had the keyboard for 7 months now , and that the erosion started after about three months, are any of the keys going to be legible in another 7 months? This coating is really substandard. I still have 10 and 15 year old keyboards in use with all the keys legible.
The answer is simple. Go to Razer's site, If you submit a positive review of their products to various sites, like Amazon, they send you free stuff. I was unaware of this until it was too late. Frankly, I'd be surprised if any of the 5-star reviews on here actually own a Lycosa. Don't believe me, hit razerzone(dot)com >> Community >> Share Your Razer Experience... I hope they send me swag for this review!
So what is so bad?
First off, this thing has a ton of well documented issues that I found out about when I started experiencing them. Google "Razer Lycosa Problems" to verify my claims. Here are some of them
- The Media touch panel (though it is nice when working properly) tends to freak out on you... For me, it happens a lot. Particularly, in my instance, the "previous" button likes to just randomly start getting hammered by a ghostly finger. So when I'm rocking iTunes at random intervals it will simply start skipping through my tracks in reverse roughly every second until it gets to the top of the playlist. You can "resolve" this by unplugging it every time this happens. Right now, it is about 5 minutes after I plug mine in. Turns out, some people have found out that you can take the board apart and carefully remove a screw to often fix issues.
- The caps lock key likes to freak out. I don't know how to explain it other than when you're playing a game, sometimes your fingers drift. Well, if you're playing an FPS that is fast-paced, in my case TF2 and you accidentally hit the caps key while pressing one or more of your movement keys, it will sometimes randomly stick the key you were pressing. So basically, you can't stop moving in a direction until... You unplug the keyboard. You can of course work around this by setting up your game profile to disable the caps key, but you shouldn't have to.
- Supposedly, the non-slip coating on the keys begins to peel too. Mine hasn't started, but it has already begun to rub off, a lot.
- I was able to "deal" with the above items and then, my keys just started not responding. It doesn't happen a lot, but occasionally, a key (for me i is often "A") will stop working until... That's right folks, I unplug it.
Razer did admit that some of these had manufacturing defects, but the board you're likely to get won't be one of those numbers.
I sent one back at first because I figured it was bad. The second one had the same issues. Then, just for the hell of it, I tried a 3rd from a local store to see if Amazon maybe just got a bad lot... nope... Same problems. To make it even more fun, their support staff does a great job of pretending they have never heard of these issues. Thankfully, I didn't have to deal with an RMA because I hear it is a total nightmare.
The sad part is, I really want to like this keyboard. It is comfortable for a low-profile board. It doesn't slide on your desk at all. The lighting is just-right for my eyes and the config software is very flexible. But the well-known bugs this thing suffers from make it nearly unusable.
tl;dr version: This keyboard is full of well-documented bugs that Razer has not resolved. Many reviews are probably fake so people can get free swag from Razer. You will probably want to put a bullet in your head if you buy one so do yourself a favor and buy something else.
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