Features & Specifications
The Razer Lycosa has many features built with gamers in mind. The keytops are covered in a non-slip rubber finish and the keyboard is backlit. The backlighting is adjustable and can be turned off, all keys can be illuminated or just the WASD gaming cluster can be illuminated. The keys on the Razer Lycosa are fully programmable via the Razer Synapse software.
Razer included all the media keys you would expect on a multimedia keyboard, adding them to a TouchPanel where they are activated by merely touching them. The keyboard has a gaming mode that deactivates the Windows key and the Lycosa uses 1000Hz Ultrapolling for a 1ms response time eliminating lag. The top edge of the Razer Lycosa has headphone and mic jacks as well as one USB port. The wrist rest is detachable and has a matte black finish that complements the glossy keyboard well. The keyboard can store 10 game profiles and switch profiles on the fly.
Gaming & Use
I like the looks of the Razer Lycosa very much. The rubber topped keys and mate finish on the wrist rest offset the glossy keyboard well. The backlighting is done in a blue color that looks good and is uniformly bright over all of the keys. I personally didn’t find much use in the WASD cluster lighting option. I wish part of the customization allowed you to decide which keys were backlit along with the WASD cluster. I could see value in being able to illuminate only the keys that I wanted to use during a game.
The software is easy to use, as we have come to expect from Razer. The macro recording function is straightforward and very robust. You can bind all sorts of functions to single keys and build macros bound to single keys as well.
Gaming with the Razer Lycosa is great. Ghosting was not an issue when playing with the Lycosa. The keyboard worked flawlessly. For general computer work the Lycosa is more than capable. I have used my test unit for typing around eight hours a day for the last several weeks with great success. The Lycosa has good typing feel, the keys are clicky, but not overly so. Touch typists should feel right at home on the Lycosa.
The one aspect of the Lycosa that I didn’t like the feel of was the touch keys for media control. As with any touch sensitive keys, they lack tactile feedback and are close together. Sometimes I would have a difficult time determining if I had clicked the correct key or missed and touched beside the key.
In the end, the Razer Lycosa is a worthy adversary for Logitech’s new G15 gaming keyboard. The Lycosa has good looks, performs very well for gaming and general computer work and has fantastic software and drivers. The media keys weren’t my favorite, but that is certainly no deal breaker here. Gamers will be very happy with the Razer Lycosa.
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