I have decided to test the RAZER Lycosa Gaming Keyboard according to two criterion: Gaming and Desktop. I will testing the RAZER Lycosa on my current test setup - AquAus
. For the gaming phase of the testing I will taking the RAZER Lycosa into battle in Counter Strike: Source and Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. I will be testing the RAZER under both well lit and dark conditions to see how the backlight performs, and whether the W,A,S, and D configuration can be used effectively.
During the Desktop testing I will be using the RAZER Lycosa for typing Word documents, reviews and a few bouts of Photoshop. I will be looking at the following aspects: comfort, speed and accuracy.
* Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650
* Asus Blitz Formula SE
* PowerColor Radeon HD4870
* 2GB PC2-9600 FlexXLC DDR2 RAM
* 2 x 250GB SATA II Seagate NCQ 16Mb cache 7200.10 - RAID 0
* 1 x 200 SATA Seagate Barracuda (Storage)
* Logitech G9
* RAZER Lycosa Gaming Keyboard
* Reference keyboard - Logitech G15
The RAZER Lycosa is unlike any other keyboard that I have ever used before. The low profile keys feel very fast and have just the right amount of travel before registering the keystroke. The keys aren't the quietest when typing, but they aren't the loudest that I've used either. When gaming, I didn't see an increase over my usual performance. However, the keyboard certainly feels more responsive to the touch.
I found the backlit keyboard very easy to see in both well lit and poorly lit conditions, although some may find the LED's a touch on the bright side and as such they may pose as a distraction. An adjustable brightness option may be welcome here. The W,A,S and D configuration was okay to use in well lit conditions, but I found it frustrating to use in the dark when I needed to push other keys.
Using the RAZER Lycosa for desktop work is very pleasant. Initially I did find the change from my Logitech G15 took a little getting used to. The Logitech G15 has a slightly wider keyboard than the Lycosa and I found myself constantly hitting the 'Caps Lock' key instead of the 'A' that I was looking for. A slight adjustment to the positioning of my arms was all that was needed to correct the issue. Once you get used to the RAZER Lycosa layout, the lower profile keys are extremely fast for touch typing as the fingers don't need to lift quite as high. This equates to more words per minute which is a bonus.
All things considered, the RAZER Lycosa is a competent performer and worthy of a serious look.