Boasting a fairly traditional design; albeit with a highly advanced formula – the Razer Lycosa has been a firm favourite within the tournament scene for a couple of years now. The Razer Lycosa keys and keyboard may resemble that of a standard board, but the functionality and performance far outshines the competition. Let’s take a look at the layout of this keyboard now.
The most unique element of the Razer Lycosa keyboard has to be the media controls. Featuring a gently backlit design, and located neatly in the top right hand corner – the media controls are every inch as attractive as they are versatile. With options to pause, progress forward slowly, stop and even decrease frame rate – there’s not many films or music videos that the Lycosa couldn’t handle with ease.
Razer understand that people like tradition, and that’s why they’ve opted not to break the mould too drastically with the positioning of their F keys. The full range of 12 keys can be found – sectioned in to groups of 4 for ease of use. On the far left of the F keys is the Escape key, and this button has plenty of space around it so as to avoid it being pressed unintentionally. On the right of the F keys are 3 more functional buttons (Print Screen, Scroll Lock and Pause/ Break). These keys may not be used as often as others, but they are still accessible and easy to navigate to.
Under the Fold
Beneath the 3 functional keys mentioned above are the arrow keys. These have plenty of room around them, particular above where they point towards 6 more functional keys (including the Home, insert, End and Delete keys). None of these keys can be customised, but there’s really no need to as they have always performed their tasks well, even on traditional keyboards.
The Number Pad
With a much wider design than when considering a traditional keyboard, the number pad area is incredibly versatile. As with all keyboards, the ‘numberlock’ key will need to be activated to allow the number pad to be used. Surrounding the number keys are a collection of mathematic symbols including division, minus and plus. In practice, this modifies the entire number pad area to enable it to be used as an active calculator.
The Central Keyboard
Razer have taken the concept of traditional keyboard, and thrown in their own unique elements to really produce an effective central QWERTY design. They’ve done this by broadening the height of each key, whilst keeping them close enough to one another for ease of navigation. The major benefit of this during game play, is the reduced effort that it will take to skim the keys themselves. This means that commands can be carried out with minimal effort, and therefore the demanding nature of a game can be controlled with ease to enhance user experience.