Razer Lycosa Mirror Keyboard ReviewZertz - January 29, 2009
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Even though it's hard to show in pictures, this Lycosa really lives up to its Mirror Special Edition name. You can literally see yourself in this keyboard and even the keys have that glossy look and feel. What you can't see, which is hardly visible in person, are the labels on the keys. In fact, under bright, dark or even normal lighting you can barely see them, so backlighting is more of a necessity than a feature. Fortunately, once the keys are lit, everything is perfectly clear and makes the whole thing look pretty attractive as well. Other than that, it's the same size as a run of the mill keyboard since there are no special buttons like the Logitech G15 or the Razer Tarantula have.
On the top right corner is the media player control panel. Instead of going with standard buttons, Razer chose to design a touch panel with all the usual controls - play, stop, forward, etc. There's also a button, if I can call it that, to turn the backlight on or off. This is pretty neat since you don't have to fire up any software or bind a key in order to do it. Unfortunately, this is only marginally useful since not only can you barely see the keys without backlighting, but it's nearly impossible to figure out the touch panel's functionality without it being lit. The picture on the left shows this issue, although once it's lit everything is perfectly clear and legible.
Moving on to the back, there are some rather unusual ports to be found. Starting on the left side, we have a lone USB port closely followed by headphone output and a microphone input. Just in case you noticed, even though the small pictographs seem to be printed backwards from this angle, let's not forget that those should be looked at when leaning over the keyboard. Once I realized this it made more sense but I thought it was kind of weird at first. Each of those ports has its own dedicated cable, so the USB port isn't sharing any bandwidth with the keyboard cable. This configuration should allow the port to work at full USB 2.0 speeds.
The palm rest is well sized and very stable, thanks to the fact that it is screwed into place and not simply held by plastic clips. Each side gets three rubber grips that prevents the whole keyboard from moving all over when things start to heat up. There is also a short leg on each extremity, which will lift the Lycosa up by about one centimetre, just below one half an inch. They feel solid enough to do what they're meant to but probably no more than that.
Time to fire up the software and see what it has to offer.