In this article, Iíll be looking at the new Lycosa keyboard from gaming hardware giant Razer. This is a keyboard aimed specifically at the gaming community, and at around $79.99, it slots in on the cheaper side of the high-end keyboards (other more expensive keyboards are typically multimedia, rather than purely gaming keyboards).
Low profile keys with soft-touch, non-slip finish
3-setting back light
Programmable keys with macro recording facility
1000Hz Hyperesponse ultra-polling
Media touch pad
Gaming and Standard modes
Integrated USB 2.0 and sound ports
Supports 104 and 105 key layouts
The keyboard comes in a sturdy and attractive box, and is packaged with just the essentials: the keyboard itself, the documentation, and the drivers CD. You donít end up paying extra for additional gadgetry that will stay in the box. And there isnít an excessive amount of packaging.
You also get a wrist rest, although this is attached to the keyboard by default and must be removed with a screw driver, so Iíve counted this as part of it. Also, the documentation and drivers CD arenít just chucked into the box; they come in a fold out wallet that slips into the top of the inner part of the box.
Looks-wise, the Lycosa is fantastic. The matte finish of the keys contrasts really well with the sleek glossy frame, and the back light is of perfect intensity. With cheaper backlit keyboards, the keys can sometimes be really hard to read with the backlight on, but thatís not the case with this keyboard. On the flip side, however, itís pretty hard to make out the keys with the backlight off, even in good lighting conditions.
Itís a good-sized keyboard as well; itís not ridiculously large due to having too many gimmicky features. It also has a number pad. Although this isnít required for gaming, and Razer has been criticized for it, thereís no reason for it not to be there. Itís not like it gets in the way, and it helps the keyboard appeal to more than just gamers. Its approximate size is 47 cm long, 16.5cm wide (without the wrist rest, 22.2cm if this is attached) and 2.4cm high.
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