dealsrazer lycosa gaming keyboard for $34.99 + $5.00…

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I've owned this one for a year or so, now, and it's pretty awful. Random keys decide to stop working at random times, which is only fixed by unplugging/plugging, or restarting the computer.

Also, the finish on the keys rubs off after just a little use, making the backlight look pretty bad.

And, last but not least, the media-oriented buttons don't like to work 75% of the time, and are also prone to the whole "key stop working" issue.

All in all, you get what you pay for with this one. Would not recommend.

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These are GREAT, we use them at work...don't ask what I do, let's just say I do my work in the dark.

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@fonshizzle: I completely agree with you. Within a year and a half, all my keys started breaking as well; the plastic 'hooks' break off and then when one presses that key a little too hard, the key pops off. Very annoying for any type of coding/gaming.

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Even if this was free I wouldn't accept it. Terrible keyboard. Too many bugs, and razer doesn't care to fix...after years of them fully aware of the problem too. Also, razer won't honor warranties on this. Do yourself a favor and opt out, save your money or if you want a good keyboard get an xarmor mechanical keyboard. Expensive, but its the last keyboard you will need

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I have 3 of these right now in varying states of "working".

Pros: Vivid blue backlighting looks awesome and the room doesn't have to be dark. Rubber keys feel good and don't slip. Short key stroke kinda like a laptop keyboard but not quite that short. Mic, stereo headphones, and usb ports on the keyboard.

Cons: Keys sometimes are unresponsive (usually unplug and plug back in fixes this). Media control touch pad is finicky. Sometimes it will get a hair up its ass and decide to continually skip forward through my music library at random times (usually unplug and plug back in fixes this again). Sometimes certain buttons just don't work. On 1 of mine the previous track button just does not work at all.

Other: Software and drivers aren't bad, media pad supports itunes, windows media, winamp and realplayer (who the hell uses that anymore but w/e).

If you buy and have any issues contact Razer asap they will replace but keep in mind that what they send might have the same problems (refurb)

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These are turrible and customer support is the biggest joke in the world. I would recommend the Microsoft Sidewinder x4 from Amazon new for $10 more. I did and will never look back.

Its comparable to the lycosa except it has no top ports, but then has 6 macro keys, easy profile switching, macro recording, working media buttons, 26 key rollover (I can confirm this works), and a neat calculator button (that i use to launch my media player)It feels heavier and build better. It's also nice to type one.

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@stevo32792: After I got fed up with my Razer Lycosa, I got the X4. Haven't had any problems so far, it's great.

Also, replacements by Razer take weeks; I had a Razer Diamondback break on me, sent it in, and I didn't get the replacement for 5 whole months; I had to e-mail them to confirm if they sent it or not, and it was about 6 weeks after that e-mail when I actually got it. They're pretty lazy if you ask me.

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Logitech illuminated keyboard is also about $10 more. A well built piece of equipment and quiet. Lovely, springy action, keys are laser etched and won't wear off and they glow in teh dark too.

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I completely agree with what @fonshizzle said.

"I've owned this one for a year or so, now, and it's pretty awful. Random keys decide to stop working at random times, which is only fixed by unplugging/plugging, or restarting the computer.

Also, the finish on the keys rubs off after just a little use, making the backlight look pretty bad.

And, last but not least, the media-oriented buttons don't like to work 75% of the time, and are also prone to the whole "key stop working" issue.

All in all, you get what you pay for with this one. Would not recommend.
fonshizzle"

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The part that makes me laugh is, I've had the Arctosa, the 'little brother' to this, for around a year and a half (or more - lost track exactly, too early in AM for me to care) and haven't had a single problem with it yet. I don't use the media buttons much, though.

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this is a POS! Keys stop working all the time, specialy when gaming and the media keys just dont work. close to throwing mine out the window.

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I've had one for years, which I bought new for $80. I don't quite regret it, but this thing is showing its age.

My experience is not the worst here, but the backlight is a power hog and lately the PC doesn't always recognize the board at boot. A recent Windows update seems to have fixed it for now (though I have to turn the backlight on at every boot), but I discovered the other day that my Linux installation can't seem initialize the board at all.

The short keystroke is nice; the backlight can be uneven but it's great in a dark room. With the backlight off, the keys are hard to read. The solid-state "media pad" is irritating, and an accidental press of the razer logo can enable "gaming mode" and lock out certain keys... last time for me it was the Windows key.

Hard to see in the photo, but this thing is encased in a gloss black plastic that scratches stupidly easily.

I've read reports that the audio jacks buzz, but I've never used them myself and thus cannot verify that.

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As long as gamers "look the part", that's what matters.

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I bought one a while ago for gaming and programming and have hated it since I've purchased it. The touch screen on the top right is flimsy and often either unresponsive or acts like the buttons are "sticking". Definitely regret this purchase.

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I bought this last time it was on woot. and had to return it after failed keys. It randomly will have keys that break and its annoying. to reset it you have to unplug it for a few mins and plug it back it. I returned it to woot and my money was refunded. I really really really wanted to like this keyboard. anyways it would be really funny if someone bought one and ended up getting the keyboard I had haha. Good luck to you.

SO IF YOUUUU are lucky enough you will get a keyboard with... serial: MT1013018104497 and you would be the lucky owner of a broken keyboard. That serial is real by the way.

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The guts inside are poor. No n-key rollover, no mechanical switches. This is NOT a gaming keyboard. Its a run of the mill membrane switch board, just like anything at walmart. Gamers, dont bite! Buy the black widow.

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I bought this refurbished from Woot! a few months ago. I've had no problems with it so far and I'm quite fond of it. I used to have to clean my keyboard every few hours just to keep my fingers from sliding around. I have no problems with this new keyboard and I need only wipe it with a damp cloth once a month.

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Sounds like bad news. I guess I'll stick with my cheap crappy keyboards that last forever so I am never motivated to buy a cool looking one. Maybe one day when I have crazy disposable income and then probably wouldn't be a gamer anymore.

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I got one of these a couple of years back from a Woot-Off, and had the same experiences everyone else has had. Finally, after too many unresponsive keys in the middle of games, I went through the customer service process with Razer while it was still within the warranty period. It was an uphill battle ("We're out of the regular model, but we can replace it with the mirror finish model." "Okay, sure." (Month goes by) "I don't have my RMA number yet." "We're out of the mirror finish model, but we can replace it with the regular model." "..."), but the replacement has been fine for around a year now. I think I've had to reset it due to a key issue once, and it really is great in an otherwise dark room, though the keys are nigh-impossible to read in even the best of conditions if you brush the sensor that deactivates the lights, and in the dark you'll be scrambling to poke the right part of the keyboard to turn them back on mid-game.

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I owned one of these for a year and ran into multiple problems with it, including keys that would become logically stuck and then stop responding. My SN indicated that it wasn't part of the initial recall, but after 9 months of frustration, I contacted Razer, who quickly overnighted a new keyboard to me. I haven't had a problem since.

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Much like others are saying, these keyboards are aweful. The keys began sticking / stopped working and I'd have to restart the pc to work, very irritating while gaming which doesn't make sense for a "gaming" keyboard.

Their RMA process is fairly easy, they allowed me to cut the usb cord and take a photo of it and e-mail it to them as proof that its broken. They they sent me a new one at no charge.

I believe the issue is common, they've admitted it as specific to certain serial numbers, but I believe it's just poorly designed / made and is probably applicable to all serial numbers just at less frequency.

I'm on my second one now, and this one has already screwed up a few times. Once it starts happening more frequently I will not be RMAing it again. A new different keyboard will be better than a free one of these.

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I have two of these.

I love this keyboard. If only for the ruberish coating on the keys and the shortened key strokes.

My keyboards have never had any issues at all. I update the drivers on a regular basis... Had no idea so many disliked it so much!

Based on my experience, I really enjoy this keyboard.

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It makes me sad to see everyone writing all these sad comments, I love mine! I have had mine for over 5 years now and nothing is broken, it works like a dream. I'm a software engineer and a gamer so it sees a large amount of use as well.

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Worst keyboard I ever owned mainly because of the random key no-worky thing. Razer's service desk was OK, suggesting many fixes, none of which worked. I swear by Razer mice, but would never buy a Razer keyboard again.

I sold mine in a yard sale for $5, and, yes, I warned the buyer.

I've since purchased several Logitech keyboards (they dented box sales are great) and not been disappointed.

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I got this a while ago and had the same problems many here mention but I was too lazy to RMA. After following the steps here it was VERY MUCH improved. Only took about 1/2 hour, and I was being super careful:

http://www.artage.de/2008/03/10/razer-lycosa-problems-and-how-to-fix-them/

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I use the "Saitek Eclipse II" backlit keyboard. I've had it for over 18 months and no complaints so far. It is backlit, has a dimmer knob, you can change the color from Blue, to Red, to Purple. The keys are very well lit, but not to bright, and it has a detachable arm rest. I paid like $35 for it at Fry's, and it is by far the best one I've owned. I've own a few different backlit keyboards over the years, and the Saitek is the best. The Razor keyboard is just poorly made.

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I've had enough problems with Razor equipment that I'd never trust a Refurbished product. I've had three mice that all died within their 1-yr warranty period; and while they were successfully replaced, it's still a bloody pain.

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I purchased one off this site about 3 months ago.

Yes, the keys randomly stop working. This was extremely annoying to me as I had a 10 year old logitech that never had the issue.

But, there is an easy fix and since I did it 3 weeks ago I have not had a single instance of this problem since. There are 4 screws that hold the touchplate in the upper right corner of the keyboard in place, one of these screws interferes with the connecter from the keyboard to the main circuit board. Removal of this single screw does not affect the touchpad, and ELIMINATES the issue with the keys.

That said, it is a nice keyboard. The keystrokes feel nice, the keys are slightly rubberized, and the illumination looks great. Though I cannot attest to its long-term durability as I have only had it for a fairly short time.

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crap, crap, crap. i have two and hate them. never seem to work right. want mine?

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I will have to agree with everyone, about the problems... I got this keyboard the last time it was on sellout (even knowing about the problems), and I will have to say I do like it, but the problems are a pain. Sucks, because the keyboard does feel good, and when it works, works great... lol

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Like everyone else, I've also had the problem where some keys would just not work until I unplugged and reconnected it. Although, I haven't had that problem recently since I've had driver updates, but I'd not waste money on another one of these again.

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hopefully the dull razer team is reading this :D

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tl;dr: My advice is: Get something different.

I've had this keyboard for around a year now, and yes, it has all the problems people have been mentioning.

The media control touchpad worked for a month and then broke. There are certain fixes, but you have to take the keyboard apart.

Keys occasionally get 'stuck,' where they either won't function, or will spam that specific key until you unplug the keyboard. This happens to me randomly around once every 2-3 weeks.

The matte finish on the keys is still just as good as when I got it, but I'm not very harsh on my keys, even when I'm gaming. Your mileage may vary, etc...

When the keyboard is functioning, it is a very good keyboard. It is extremely responsive and the anti-ghosting gaming clusters is a great feature for gamers.

For those of you who don't know, ghosting is when you press too many keys at once, causing some of them to be ignored. With the clusters around the 'wasd' keys, you can have quite a few keys mashed down.

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I have had my current Lycosa for 2 years now (approximately) and I love it.

I have had no issues with random keys not working, the other wooter must have spilled some water on his keyboard and left it there (I have dumped an entire 16oz glass of water on my Lycosa, poured the water out of it and dried with a towel, all while plugged in and it still works fine)

I just picked up a spare to bring in to work. Sweet price (Originally $80 new)

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ive had mine for about a year and a half and i love it! it has mic in/headphone out/a usb jack which is sweet. the blue lights in the keys are good and visible. if youre going to use it for hours of typing a day, then yes it will wear out. i use mine for casual gaming and for htpc purposes, so not a ton of typing or wear. havent had a single malfunctioning key. also the media buttons only work if you have the media file as the front window, or if you download and install the drivers for them. basically its great as a casual use keyboard, ubt not if youre going to be typing a lot.

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Stay far away. I got this last time on sellout.woot.com and theses refurbished units are terrible. I got one with some bad keys, I thought "Oh, well" it happens (Woot played for shipping kudos). The second one withing a day stayed having different keys short out. (Tried other keyboards in the same port no issues.)

This looks like a bad lot, purchase at your own risk.

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Ive gone through 2 of these keyboards within 2 years. first one just randomly had keys that stopped working and the one i have presently is suffering from key wear. If you are an avid gamer then the "wasd" and space key will wear through to the point that the letters will disappear. Its not a huge problem seeing as how i rarely look as i type but just as a stand point of quality of material its sub par.

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Ya random buttons will stop working if that issue got fixed I would love the keyboard but I think the next keyboard I'm getting is the logic tech g15. Spend the money once and never worry about a keyboard again. You get what you pay for here only 35 bucks.

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Is it me or does it always seem to be a lot of refurbished Razer products on the market?

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i feel bad for those with problems, but i have had one for 2 years with ZERO problems. It was the high gloss version off the razor site. Got another off of sellout about a year ago for my laptop and also has had zero problems, main OS is windows 7, laptop is vista pro.

The feel of the one on sellout is so velvety, and the key response is quiet and pretty short. If I had any reason to buy another one I would. I have had a multitude of other keyboards. Will stick with this till it breaks, which for me seems like it will be a long while from now.

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This keyboard looks and feels great, but it is a piece of junk.
The keys deciding to randomly stop working should have been caught and corrected during Razer's quality control process. When I purchase things, I merely expect them to work as intended; nothing special. This keyboard works as intended 80% of the time, and usually only decides to stop working when I'm in the middle of a game; a time when it working is actually vital.

Chances of me buying anything from Razer again are slim, but I'll keep using this keyboard until it dies completely. I'll stick with Logitech, who has never failed me.

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@aaltofan: That's what happens when there's a lot of faulty Razer products :D

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Shipping Update
Razer Lycosa Gaming Keyboard has completely shipped via FEDEX SMART POST. All tracking has already been emailed out. You can also find your tracking number by following this link and use your ORDER NUMBER as the reference number.

https://www.fedex.com/AltRefTracking?cntry_code=us