OK, I'm looking at a new gaming keyboard. Right now I have a POS microsoft multimedia keyboard that came with my new PC, but I need something better, because I hate it. Right now I'm on the fence between a Razer Lycosa, and a Logitech G15. I am currently using a Logitech G5 mouse, which would sort of lean me toward the G15. At the same time, though, I really like the extra features and functionality of the Lycosa. Any thoughts?
you should give the saitek eclipse a try if you want a no-frills keyboard. But if you want all kinds of buttons and stuff I would suggest a microsoft keyboard. Those things last forever and have great tactile feel that reminds me of those older IBM keyboards.
Lycosa over the G15. Logitech is sort of a poser when it comes to "gaming" peripherals. They give you features you don't need and skimp on ones that are useful. IMO their KBs aren't very durable either. Razer is dedicated to pure gaming hardware. The Saitek Eclipse KC mentioned though can probably be had cheaper than either and is no doubt more durable. Though I don't agree with him that MS KBs are all that good. IMO both Logitech and MS serve the office/business community first, and just dabble into gaming without a lot of effort like Razer and Saitek put into it.
I have a G15 and I like it, but that Lycosa looks sweet.
I looked a little at the Saitek Cyborg. It's nice, but the real reason I liked it was because it had green backlighting, and my case glows green, so it was clearly fashionable. :D That Lycosa just looks amazing. I love that it has headphone/mic and USB jacks right on it, and it just looks very sharp and no-nonsense. The fact that you can backlight only the WASD keys, and disable the Windows key is a big sell for me.
My recommendation goes to the G15, and I have used both the G15 and Lycosa to enough of a degree to be familiar with each.
I own the new generation G15, and one of my dormmates has a Razer Lycosa. The G15 keys have a much more comfortable and natural keystroke to me, while the Lycosa keys are flatter, more like a laptop keyboard. Also, the Lycosa has more multiple keypress issues, notably with the arrow keys. I have not yet come across any keypress combo issues with my G15.
The backlights are also a big factor for me. Most of my gaming is done at night while my roommate is asleep, so I can't have any external light. The G15 backlights are a nice orange color that lets you see the keys clearly, but does not blind or distract. The Razer Lycosa has a much sharper blue color to the backlight that kinda stands out at the bottom of my vision, even when I'm looking directly at a backlit monitor.
If you're enjoying your G5 mouse, you should definitely get the G15 keyboard to go with it, I think they compliment each other rather nicely. I also give my highest recommendations to the G9 mouse, but that's for another thread.
The G15 LCD is pretty awesome as well. Not really necessary for a gaming keyboard, but it's nice being able to monitor stats in certain games, or your system resource usage, control your media, or just look at the time.
Final thoughts: while the Razer Lycosa may be a more "pure" gaming keyboard, that's basically all it has. The Logitech G15 is also a top-notch gaming keyboard, but also a really solid keyboard for general use and media. Definitely worth the slightly higher price.
Al the OctopusThat Lycosa just looks amazing. I love that it has headphone/mic and USB jacks right on it, and it just looks very sharp and no-nonsense. The fact that you can backlight only the WASD keys, and disable the Windows key is a big sell for me.
The G15 also has USB 2.0 ports, and the ability to disable the Windows key AND the menu key.
I have a gen1 G15 and my only complaint is in order to run the LCD you have to have a nice memory hoggin app running in the background.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.;4759711I have a gen1 G15 and my only complaint is in order to run the LCD you have to have a nice memory hoggin app running in the background.
Also not as bad with the gen 2. The LCD management program is relatively light, even on Vista.
while you are gaming its a pain if you hit it. usually it can crash or minimize the game if it's fullscreen