Pros Rubberised keys,
Sound and USB ports
Cons Rubberised paint comes off after a few months of use.
Hard to see the light behind the keys - day or night.
Software is abysmal.
Summary I wanted a keyboard for gamers - I tried to put up with the poor visibility of the markings on the keys, but now the paint is coming off the keys (after one year of use) I feel cheated. I contacted Razor who dismissed my warranty claims in a rather abusive manner. Imagine how impressed I am with their products now! Or how many I will buy from now on.
Pros Pure and simple, the feel of the keys is the sole reason I bought this board. I find it prevents fatigue in my hands from long gaming sessions. The non-slip surface and the slight snap and short throw of the keys is heaven.
Cons The back light is rather dim and harder to view at an angle. Lack of dedicated hotkeys (but that is not why I chose this board). Is rather pricey if you look at the feature list of similarly priced boards.
Summary For me the draw of this board was the tactile sensation when pressing the keys. I mainly play World of Warcraft which means long sessions in front of the keyboard, and the wrong kind can wear you out. I type all day at work and was tired of feeling like I was doing the same at home. If you notice your fingers fatiguing during gamplay I highly suggest this board. If you are looking for a feature rich board with all the bells and whistles you might look elsewhere.
One novel thing about this board is that it stays put, but when I suddenly find myself in the heat of battle while "yelling" at my Battleground partners to stop covering the flag and grab a tower, I can easily slide it to the classic angled "battle stance" for proper pwnage.
Pros Slim design, nicely lighted keyboard, availabilty for macros
Cons There are no real cons I can think of...the price is a little steep however I really think in the end it was worth it.
Summary I just rec’d my Lycosa keyboard yesterday. I really like it. To address those concerned with whether the wrist pad is cheap or not...It is not! It is detachable, however you must use a screwdriver to remove it. It is not a cheap wrist pad, it is very sturdy. All in all, I really love it. The keys are very responsive and are very similar to those found on a laptop keyboard.
It does allow for programming of all the keys and you can set up to 10 profiles, all that are easily accessible by pressing the razer logo on the media touch panel and then selecting one of the F-keys from 1 to 10, matching the selected profile you want. Also, you can set it up to auto load the profile based on application launch.
As for the USB and Audio ports, I have not tested them yet. The cable has 4 connections, 2 USB (one for the extra port, and one for the keyboard itself), 1 microphone and 1 headphone connection.
With the touch panel, you can also assign which media player to launch when pressing the Play button. I assigned mine to iTunes, and when in there the forward and reverse buttons allow you to skip to the track of your choice.
Like I said, I really love this keyboard. Best keyboard I have ever purchased. I really hope that this helps anyone considering this, because I would definetly would recommend this again and again
Pros Great key feel and responce, slim profile, nice to have the extra USB and audio ports.
Cons None that I've found. If I had to say something negative, they could have made the spacebar a bit quieter.
Summary This is a great keyboard. Don't listen to the CNET guy when he says that the lighting isn't bright enough. I've opened the blinds for full sunlight and turned on the room lights and I can see the keys just fine! They illuminate very well in lighted conditions and are superb in a dark room / LAN Party environment. In fact, when I first purchased it, I was worried that the keys were going to be too bright and blind me at night and annoy me during the day. So I was very happy to find out that Razor had managed to choose the perfect illumination level.
The space key is a little clunky / is nosier than I would like, but not any worse than your standard keyboard. Not sure the WSAD only illumination is really that great, but they do show up extra bright when you select that mode. I shelled out the $70 because I can't stand most of the keyboards that Microsoft, Logitech, Saitek, or Kensington are putting out (actually, I haven't found one I like in the last few years). Most keyboard manufacturers have jumped on the "lowered arrow keys" bandwagon. I much prefer them to be inline with the Ctrl and 0/Ins keys. Also, the feel of this keyboard is excellent; both with the rubberized keys and key responsiveness. Most keyboards are so clunky an require too firm a press that they can't keep up with my typing speeds. So for $70, this was a bargain for me. I'll probably buy a few more just incase Razor stop making them. When I find a keyboard I like, it's good to have enough to last until I find another keyboard I like...
Cons can't program the LEDs...or can you?
Summary Best keyboard ever...I have been using a wireless keyboard for the past 5 years and I got tired of the interference and the lag, so I decided to go down to best buy so I could find a real nice wired keyboard that would be responsive and customizable. I came upon several choices, and I decided to get the Razer Lycosa keyboard, and I also purchased the Razer DeathAdder mouse. The keyboard is amazing...the keys are so comfortable, fast, and responsive...and best of all, they are illuminated! The LEDs are not THAT faint at all for me, but I wish they could be more customizable...The only options are off, on, or WASD to be illuminated. The macros are sick, and the software is not intrusive at all (unlike SOME keyboard software (ehem, microsoft, logitech), and it is VERY easy to use. The touch pad for media works awesome, and you can set the software to whichever media player you use; itunes, wmp, winamp, and there was another one i believe also. The wrist rest is very nice too, and all in all this was an amazing purchase. The only problem i have is that I can't control which keys can be illuminated. Perhaps there is a driver hack that allows us to do this? I don't see it as being impossible, but I've searched all over and haven't found anything to accomplish this. If you don't understand what I mean, lets say you play a game where you use the keys, C,V,R,up,down,left,right, w,x,z, and b. It would be cool to have a profile that only allows those keys to be illuminated. Other than that, this keyboard is the best i've ever had. I use the USB port on the back to plug in the DeathAdder mouse, which is nice to have easy access. Also I love the headphones jack on it. So, all you hacker \ programmers out there, lets find a way to program the LEDs!