The Razer Lycosa Mirror Gaming 60 percent keyboard is apparently the preferred keyboard in the professional gaming world. Razer even produces special control rigs for both World Of Warcraft and Starcraft. With multiple awards for design and function, what really makes it give a gamer an advantage over a standard keyboard?
Razer boasts a “Hyperesponsive keyboard” on their Lycosa Mirror line. This is to say the Lycosa Mirror has one of the fastest response time with a massive reduction of key latency during gameplay. Razer rated the keyboard with a 1ms response time. What this could translate to in a shooter is you making that move to dodge a bullet before your competitor has even taken the shot. I gave this a try and found fairly decent results on Battlefield 3. It seemed to be a tiny bit faster than my old keyboard but the sensitivity was only a bit noticeable.
The backlighting is very cool. The Razer Lycosa Mirror has a fully backlit keyboard and the option to only backlight the WASD keys. Even in a dark room you can read your keyboard with ease and see the keys you need to move after many hours of intense gaming.
Razer also took steps to eliminate signal failure or “ghosting” which happens when you press multiple keys simultaneously on a regular keyboard. This means on the Razer Lycosa Mirror Gaming Keyboard, you can press many attacks at once in a game like World of Warcraft with no delay all of the signal is processed. This can lead to more damage per second and less delay when having to down a boss or play in PVP.
The fully programmable keys and macros are something you won’t find on a standard keyboard either. By having the option to macro actions in both a game and on the keyboard a gamer can get very creative and set moves to go off even faster just by pressing a few buttons. This is an advanced option but it is fun to tinker with. The Razer Lycosa Mirror also has a gaming mode function which can be switched off so your macros do not carry over to regular windows functions or other programs.
The detachable wrist rest is quite helpful for long hours of gaming and I liked that it is detachable for transporting the keyboard.
I did not like the rubber finish on the keys. Though these are placed there to help a gamer not lose grip on the keyboard and to always be able to press the key when needed. I found that they were especially good at collecting dust. This keyboard is quite aesthetically pleasing with its clear top and backlit display. The last thing I want to have to do is clean it every single day for it to remain looking excellent.
The final word on the Razer Lycosa Gaming Keyboard is that it is built specifically for hardcore gamers. It is designed with comfort in mind for long sessions of playing. If someone is not a really big gamer they aren’t really bound to notice a huge difference when using this keyboard. It does look great with its neat backlit display, but unless you are going to use the full function of macros and programmable keys it might be best to look into a cheaper option.