Today, I’d like to talk about the infamous Razer Lycosa Mirror Keyboard; yeah, this one’s a special edition category device, which I thought you’d like to know about. Part of the good news is that this Razer gaming keyboard review adds up as the second consecutive review of Razer boards in a week at this website.
I normally don’t review products from same category within a week’s time period, but Razer had me impressed. The other significant reason for me to review the Razer Lycosa gaming keyboard is the amount of customer side bitching about it. Needless to say, there’s a decent percentage of users who are lamenting their decision of purchasing the keyboard. The rest of them are satisfied though.
What do you need to know about Razer Lycosa Special Edition Keyboard?
Typical keyboard and mice bundles are fit for the job, but why settle for generic bundle when we can add flare to the game? Gamers need a bit extra than your normal average keyboards; they have a long product life and the necessary bling factor.
However, not every Razer or any other company’s product will match your needs. You have to set a list of requirements before finalizing your purchase decision. A lot of people are impressed by the average number of positive reviews they see at a product’s sales page. It reminds me of the last time when I mentioned how I was carried away by CoolerMaster mechanical keyboard. It was good, but it was not made for me; I had to send it back to them only after a few hours of rigorous use.
As far as the Lycosa gaming keyboard is concerned, it possesses a glossy look and feel. The keys are smooth and the company developers really put a thought in finalizing the key G Force factor. Then again, this particular keyboard also has its share of negative reviews from a number of existing buyers. Some of these negativities are indeed genuine issues, which I will talk about later. The remainder of those so called “negative reviews” is probably a result of past bad experiences and fake reviews submitted by competitors’ side.
The Good Stuff about Razer Lycosa Gaming Keyboard: Special Edition:
- High bling mirror key top
- Backlit keys with group illumination option for WSAD area on the keyboard. (Gamers already know about its importance)
- Macro keys can be programmed
- Overall, the entire Lycosa layout has a slim key cap profile. Not only is it lightweight, but also allows you fire your fingers at lightning speed. Plus, if you are playing in the dark, the keyboard does not make any noise.
- Media keys with TouchPanel profile for instant feature activation/ deactivation.
You can see the Media and USB Jacks at the Side
Just like the Razer Battlefield 4 BlackWidow keyboard, the Lycosa also has a USB extension port and Speaker/ Mic In jacks at the side. You can plug your portable Razer media device in, or use 3rd party compliant devices to enjoy gaming at full throttle.
- Backlit Keys: No issues with backlit keys; at least I didn’t notice any. The illumination factor is high, but not too garish either. If you are planning to keep the WSAD cluster keys illuminated on your Lycosa, it will add to the glow factor, especially if the room is dark.
I also noted that compared to the Eclipse and Saitek keyboards, the Lycosa keyboard’s illumination looks natural. The keys don’t appear to have that painted/ artificial look. Usually, the paint wears off in a matter of few months. As a hardcore gamer and writer, I have my spacebar key completely smoothed out/ slippery at the time of writing this review.
Here’s a screenshot of the Manual for this Keyboard
On a general note, I have seen Razer keys back lit through a laser cut area which the alphabets cover. Therefore, the light only goes through those areas where it needs to.
Standard Layout with a Laid Back Approach:
Razer Lycosa Mirror has the standard visual profile. You don’t get to see a lot of intertwined nagas, snakes or multi colored dragons. It is a plain keyboard and works as advertised… at least in majority of the cases. The layout is standard; it does not have weird shaped keys. The buttons are all placed correctly, without the addition of extra keys which are hardly ever used.
- Lycosa’s Overall Build and Feel:
The keyboard weighs in at 2 Lbs approx., with a complete packaging and shipping weight totaling in at 4 Lbs. The product itself is very lightweight but still manages to retain its solid feel. For instance, all the keys feel “just right”, settled in well and have a nice tactile response.
The Bad Stuff about Razer Lycosa Mirror Special Edition Keyboard:
Of course, I cannot conclude this review without stressing upon the possible irritating issues with this keyboard. Razer does not admit it, but there are forums dedicated to storing documented issues concerning this particular keyboard. As I stated earlier, SOME of those issues are genuine, while others may be coming in from jealous competitors.
- Lycosa’s Media Touch control panel has a mind of its own. Probably because it is Halloween at this time of the year, or maybe Lycosa’s TouchPanel has not been programmed properly, but it seems that the panel executes multiple commands at the same time.
I noticed that whenever I played iTunes media tracks through a giant playlist, Lycosa’s TouchPanel would shuffle through the list on its own. Eventually, the keyboard does decide to stop at a particular favorite track. You can deal with this issue by unplugging the keyboard, but honestly, how long are you going to keep up with this? The USB ports will wear out on your PC and it will no longer detect any USB compliant device for that matter.
- This used to happen to me earlier on my Lycosa keyboard; the CapsLock key gets sticky for no reason. Perhaps there was a reason until I disabled Sticky Keys in the operating system. Before that, the keyboard would keep moving my character in one direction until I had to unplug and replug it again.
- The underside panel the board has rubber grips to prevent sliding, but it does not work on all surfaces. Also some users have reported that about the durability of the product; it seems that a few out of many keyboard units were blessed with mass lag issues.
- Finally, the protective coating on the keyboard has been known to wear out. As a proud Lycosa Mirror keyboard owner, I have no encountered this issue yet. I will have to wait for a few months to see how it goes (will update the review if needed).
How to Deal with your Razer Lycosa keyboard Issues:
Okay, let’s say you were unfortunate enough to run into any number of issues with your Lycosa keyboard, what is the best way of dealing with them? The first approach is to send the keyboard back to Amazon, which is why I prefer buying products through this particular retailer. They are very supportive of their customers.
If you purchased the keyboard from a 3rd party retailer website or from Razer directly, contact the appropriate customer services department. Though Razer makes excellent gaming products for a wide variety of users out there, the customer support section is not impressive. Most of the people who had the “pleasure” of going through a device RMA process at Razer’s website, they ended up admitting that it was a total nightmare.
In the long run, the Special Edition Razer Lycosa Mirror keyboard is worth its price if you did not end up with a faulty unit. All in all, the keyboard is great for medium profile gamers. I have not encountered any issues as of yet. I am only skeptic about the protective keys layering issue, which will only surface after 2 months of constant use.
Word from Razer:
Redefine your gaming experience to an unprecedented level. The Razer Lycosa Mirror Special Edition is basically everything the award-wining Razer Lycosa is. The Razer Lycosa is the preferred gaming keyboard of professional gamers worldwide, and now it comes with an awesome new look.