Razer Lycosa Programmable Backlit Gaming Keyboard
Manufacturer: Razer Inc. Part number: RZ03-00180100-R3U1
- Bottom Line:
- Razer's Lycosa gaming keyboard has a lot of promise, and it mostly delivers, thanks to its solid feel, smooth typing, and powerful macro capabilities. We wish Razer had paid more attention to the LED lighting, but for strong touch-typing gamers, we think you'll like the Lycosa once you put your hands on it.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $182.72 - $300.20
- Reviewed by: Rich Brown
- Reviewed on: 01/24/2008
- Released on: 11/01/2007
The good: Small profile; powerful macro software; smooth typing; strong desk grip.
The bad: Only one spare USB port; dim, non-adjustable LED backlighting; unintuitive software.
The bottom line: Razer's Lycosa gaming keyboard has a lot of promise, and it mostly delivers, thanks to its solid feel, smooth typing, and powerful macro capabilities. We wish Razer had paid more attention to the LED lighting, but for strong touch-typing gamers, we think you'll like the Lycosa once you put your hands on it.
An Attractive Waste of Money
by casey115 on January 14, 2011
Pros: Very sleek design with fairly effective backlighting.
Cons: Unreadable even in a brightly lit room unless backlight is on. Cheap feeling tactile keypress and loose keys. Worst is the random failure of keys.
Summary: Though it is certainly an eye catcher, this is a good example of why you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. It would appear that there were no ...
Summary: Though it is certainly an eye catcher, this is a good example of why you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. It would appear that there were no operational or quality standards in place at Razer when they made these keyboards.
The physical appearance of the keyboard is very sexy (as far as keyboards go), and the backlighting feature is top-notch, despite it being required no matter the ambient lighting situation.
Unfortunately that's pretty much all I can say as far as positive points go. I am by no means hard on keyboards; yet within a week of using this one, three keys fell off as if not attached by any means at all. Some of the contacts seem to have failed completely in the mechanical sense, such that wider keys (i.e. space and backspace) make a lot of rattling noise. One would never guess the astronomical cost of this keyboard if they were to try one out, as the tactile keypress feels incredibly cheap.
The worst problem of all is that keys will fail at random, either alone or in groups, leaving you typing messages tht look lk ths and wondering why normal functions.....don't function.
In all this is the worst example of worksmanship on a commercial product that I have ever seen. Any thought I had about manufacturing standards has gone out the window followed by a trail of loose keys. Though I have never used any other Razer products, I feel it's safe to say this one is definitely not worth the ridiculous price that has been assigned to it.
Terrible and dies fast.
by AburameChan on November 16, 2010
Pros: Beautiful back-lighting and sleek design.
Cons: This item was put together VERY poorly. I am on my THIRD one after buying the first four months ago. The problem is with the hardware; the letters randomly stop working due to being cheaply put together.
Summary: This is one of the worst ways to spend 60-90 dollars. If you want a keyboard that works, don't get this. If you want something pretty that will break ...
Summary: This is one of the worst ways to spend 60-90 dollars. If you want a keyboard that works, don't get this. If you want something pretty that will break after a month, go ahead.
very poor value
by ghenton on October 8, 2010
Pros: looks neat
Cons: cheap construction
back light did not work making keyboard worthless
average feel to keyboard for typing
caps lock, num lock, and scroll lock light way to bright
Summary: in checking out this keyboard it looked and felt like someone had taken a $10 keyboard and gave it a paint job. In my 30 years in IT I have ...
Summary: in checking out this keyboard it looked and felt like someone had taken a $10 keyboard and gave it a paint job. In my 30 years in IT I have seen a lot of keyboards, this one is a disappointment. With no back-light the keys are blank. It uses a membrane key switch, I would think for the money they could use better. The whole thing is make from plastic and feels cheap. In passing it around the office, all the girls failed it as a typing keyboard. It looks like they spent more on packaging than the keyboard it self.
by Aidan8et on September 16, 2010
Pros: The soft rubberized keys feel amazing for my gaming. It relieves a lot of frequent typing stress as I do a lot of computer gaming. The anti-ghosting responds spot on as do the response speed. I've tried everything short of /faceroll on the it.
Cons: Even with the elevation tabs, the keyboard since rediculously flat. The backlight on the keys is REALLY faint if you have any lights on in the room. With the LED off you can barely see the keys & can't see the touchpad at all.
Summary: While the LED sucks in the light, in the dark is where it really shines (no pun intended). I had virtually NO blooming effect at all with the lights out ...
Summary: While the LED sucks in the light, in the dark is where it really shines (no pun intended). I had virtually NO blooming effect at all with the lights out & LED on. The touchpad can get a lil confusing for the CAPS/NUM/SCROLL lights. They are so bright that in the dark it actually looks like all 3 are on even if none are. Like most of the others said, decent keyboard, durable construction, but not worth such a high pricetag.
It's basically a Razer Arctosa with glowing rubber keys
by Danail7 on June 26, 2010
Pros: Glowing keys are life-saving in the dark, rubber-finished flat-top keys feel rather good, has a headphone + mike out put on the keyboard itself, completely customizable keys any way you like them, build quality is good.
Cons: Prone to finger prints, no mute button on the multimedia panel, all the extras make the cable very very bulky, WASD cluster is just for show, costs more than it offers and the USB PORT IS JUST 1.0 meaning most thumb drives and cameras won't work.
Summary: This is the only Razer product that I have so far bought and thought it doesn't deserve the money. Its price is outrun at the moment only by the ...
Summary: This is the only Razer product that I have so far bought and thought it doesn't deserve the money. Its price is outrun at the moment only by the SteelSeries 7G and that offers amazing anti-ghosting capabilities. There are cheaper keyboards that offer the same, if not more, in the terms of gaming.
The Lycosa is basically a Arctosa with keytop with non-slip rubber finish and Backlight Illumination with WASD cluster lighting option although the WASD cluster is there only for show as I found it to serve no real purpose. Other than that it has the same limited anti-ghosting and keyboard feel as Razer's older product. All this meaning that it offers quite limited gaming features for its price. If you neglect the anti-ghosting at all it resembles a normal, quite noisy, LED keyboard with a LCD multimedia keys screen.
One thing that I enjoyed is that it can take a lot of abuse and still function. But 80 bucks for that? Come on! Well it is supposed to register your keystrokes to a more precise degree, but I can't make a distinction between it and other Razer, SteelSeries or Roccat products.
TERRIBLE! Unless you want to make you comp unusable...
by bulldog8448 on January 30, 2010
Pros: Lighted display is nice.... For the 5 seconds that it works
Port is useful. But there are cheap USB port extenders out there.
Cons: Hmmm... one con is... Oh yea, IT DOESN'T WORK.
Buttons seem to be either to loose, to spaced, or to flat. Eitherway it just doesnt feel right. The buttons can be shifted back and forth like they are just setting there
Not worth its money.
Summary: After about a day of having it ( and the two other Razer Lycosas that i went through seeing if it was just the one particular keyboard) plugged into my computer ...
Summary: After about a day of having it ( and the two other Razer Lycosas that i went through seeing if it was just the one particular keyboard) plugged into my computer it started to tab out of all windows and open Windows Media Player (I operate on a PC Vista). This did not occur once every 30 min. or 10 min. or every once and awhile. It happened consecutivly to the point where you can not even click on shut down comp in the bottom right hand without being tabbed out. If you restart the computer (after having to yank the USB out ) it will do the same thing after 10 min. As A World of Warcrafter, I dont have time to do this in the middle of raids and instances. IF I RECEIVED THIS KEYBOARD FREE OF COST, I WOULD STILL THINK ITS A WASTE OF MONEY, AND MY VALUABLE TIME!! PLEASE JUST BUY A LOGITECH! SAVE YOUSELF SOME FRUSTRATION!!!! IT ONLY RECEIVED 1/2 A STAR BECAUSE SMASHING THE 3rd ONE WITH A HAMMER RELIEVED ALL THE ANGER THAT THESE THREE PIECES OF S**T CAUSED ME!!!!
Sexy, but there are better alternatives.
by the_epic_ninja on September 29, 2009
Pros: Looks amazing
Touch Screen Media Keys
Reasonably-well thought out software
usb port/ audio out / mic in
low profile keys
Cons: rubberized keys rub against each other, sometimes making certain keys difficult to press down
no feedback for touch screen (my old cyborg keyboard flashed twice if you pressed a touch screen sensor)
Summary: This keyboard's rubberized key feel is unique, but the rubber keys themselves rub against each other, making it hard to type. I have to press harder on every key ...
Summary: This keyboard's rubberized key feel is unique, but the rubber keys themselves rub against each other, making it hard to type. I have to press harder on every key so that the key would go down and register a click. The lights could've had some type of flashing feedback.
There are better alternatives; I think i should've gotten the G15 instead.
Too artsy, not enough substance.
by Xhorba on September 25, 2009
Pros: Back lit keys look painted in daylight. Look good in the dark. Rubberized keys feel good. Standard layout of ins,del,home,del,pu,pd is appreciated! Slim keyboard is nice. Custom macros for any key. Minimalist layout is great. Good rubber feet.
Cons: Keypress springback is weak. Palm rest feels cheap. Touch sensitive multimedia keys locked into 4 predetermined players. No blink feedback on mm keys. No brightness control. Who the hell uses WASD lights? Risers on back too low & lack rubber feet.
Summary: This is by far the best of the 'light' backlit keyboards. I wasn't interested in getting any of Logitech's battleship keyboards with 500 keys and its own display. ...
Summary: This is by far the best of the 'light' backlit keyboards. I wasn't interested in getting any of Logitech's battleship keyboards with 500 keys and its own display. I drifted away from gaming a few years ago. I'm a coder. What I wanted was a programmable keyboard that I could see in the dark - and that is exactly what this is.Wow. That was pretty lame. Unplugging the keyboard brought it back to life, but I can't worry when a key is going to drop out like that. Sheesh. Piece of junk.
They say it is a keyboard designed by gamers for gamers. Eh.. no. This is a keyboard for gamers designed by marketers. You will be impressed by the packaging. It's like Apple meets Alien... all dark and techie... But after you unbox it - who the heck cares about the packaging?
The CNET reviewer said he had trouble seeing the keys in the dark. I am currently typing on the keyboard in full daylight with windows open on both sides and I can see the keys just fine. In fact, the blue is just understated enough to make the keys look painted - which is pretty cool. In the dark, the glow is subtle, not harsh - which is easy on the eyes.
Mysteriously, Razer chose to put superbright pinpoints of light behind the num, caps and scroll lock lights. Assuming I keep the keyboard, I may have to put some semiopaque tape over the openings. Those little things are annoying!
There are a couple of different ways a keyboard 'feels'.
1) Key texture. The ruberized surface of the keys does feel good... though after readi ...
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Piece of crap. I'm stoppi_g the review right _ow to get my mo_ey back. ROFL
Updated on Sep 25, 2009
Anyway - I was talking about the ways keyboards feel. There is the tactile quality of the keys, the feel of the keypress and the springback. My Dell XPS M1710 laptop has an awesome keyboard. Same slim profile as the Lycosa, but with solid buttons. You press down and you feel the perfect, muted snap. Let up and the key springs back into place solidly.
Lycosa tried for this sort of action and missed. The keypress is mushy with very little snap at the bottom and the springback is weak. A weak springback in a keyboard is especially bad for gamers because a quick keystroke at a funny angle might not register.
Summary: This is a $40 keyboard with $50 worth of marketing tax attached to it. If you don't need the backlighting look elsewhere.
BEST GAMING KEYBOARD I HAVE USED!!!
by johnnyc15417 on February 22, 2009
Pros: Awesome design and lighting
Audio and USB ports
Pretty good software
Cons: Will NOT work with KVM switches
Takes up 2 USB ports on your computer, and only has one on the keyboard
Summary: The popular computer peripheral company Razer has produced another amazing product ? the Lycosa keyboard. The Lycosa is primarily a gaming keyboard; however, it is comfortable for use as an everyday ...
Summary: The popular computer peripheral company Razer has produced another amazing product ? the Lycosa keyboard. The Lycosa is primarily a gaming keyboard; however, it is comfortable for use as an everyday keyboard. The software takes seconds to install and refrains from constantly annoying the user with unnecessary pop-ups, messages, updates, and restarts like most software. It is fairly invisible unless the user wants to use it. Using the software to create profiles and change settings on the keyboard is fairly simple.
The keyboard looks awesome! It has a piano black finish around the keys, a flat black detachable wrist rest with the Razer logo, sleek, laptop- style keys, and a touchpad with media and lighting controls. My favorite feature of the Lycosa is the lighting - every key is backlit with blue LEDs. The user has the option of full lighting, WASD-only lighting, and no lighting. Although many people complain that the lighting is too dim to see, I have been able to see my keys just fine. Another great feature is the rubberized keys, as opposed to most keyboards? plastic keys. Although it may take some getting used to, the rubber-coated keys are more comfortable and make it easier to use. The Lycosa has a backlit touchpad that controls the keyboard?s lighting as well as almost any media player on the user?s computer. Another feature of the Lycosa is a USB port, audio output, and microphone input jacks on the back.
The Lycosa is an amazing keyboard; however, it has several cons. The keyboard has two USB plugs, so be prepared to use up two of your computer?s USB ports to plug it in. The Lycosa will not work with KVM switches. Although most people do not even know what a KVM switch is (see our page on KVM switches), if you do have your computers hooked up to a KVM, this keyboard will not work with it. Finally, I think Razer should have spent a little bit more money and put at least two USB ports on the keyboard, especially since they make you use two on your computer just to plug it in.
Despite the few cons, the Razer Lycosa is worth the $70 to $80 price tag. It has some of the best features of any gaming keyboards, and is, by far, the best gaming keyboard that I have ever used. Personally, I love Razer and have been more than satisfied with every Razer product that I have used. If you are unsure of what keyboard to buy, go with the Razer Lycosa.
Product is good, Razer customer service sucks
by Kioftes13 on January 29, 2009
Pros: Product looks nice, seen it and tried it in store. I like the features and the feel of the keyboard, not just for gaming. Looks very classy
Cons: Razer online store has charged my card but has not shipped the item. Despite their own policy (posted their site) of shipping withing 5 days or receipt of payment, 13 days later, they have not sent the purchase. Contacted them repeatedly, no result.
Summary: Good keyboard, but AVOID BUYING FROM RAZER ONLINE STORE. THEY DO NOT KNOW WHAT CUSTOMER SERVICE IS......
Summary: Good keyboard, but AVOID BUYING FROM RAZER ONLINE STORE. THEY DO NOT KNOW WHAT CUSTOMER SERVICE IS......
- Manufacturer: Razer Inc.
- Part number: RZ03-00180100-R3U1
- Bottom Line: Razer's Lycosa gaming keyboard has a lot of promise, and it mostly delivers, thanks to its solid feel, smooth typing, and powerful macro capabilities. We wish Razer had paid more attention to the LED lighting, but for strong touch-typing gamers, we think you'll like the Lycosa once you put your hands on it.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Device Type Keyboard - Wired
- Interface USB
- Form factor External
- Depth 8.7 in
- Width 18.5 in
- Height 0.6 in
- Input Device:Connectivity Technology Wired
- Features Automatic profile switching,
Detachable wrist rest ,
TouchPanel media keys,
- Hot Keys Function Programmable,
- Color Black
- Microsoft Certifications Certified for Windows Vista
Software / System Requirements
- OS Required Microsoft Windows XP,
Microsoft Windows Vista (64-bit versions),
Microsoft Windows Vista,
Microsoft Windows XP 64-bit Edition
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