Looking for a replacement for Lycosa

Discussion in 'Keyboards' started by NazgulStig, Aug 20, 2015.

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  1. NazgulStig

    NazgulStig Well-Known Member

    Hey guys,
    As the title says it is very simple, I am looking for a keyboard to retire my Lycosa. It was simple until I started to do research few months ago and I can't find a keyboard that can properly replace and upgrade my Lycosa.
    These are the things I can't live without:
    • Back lighting (shouldn't leak from between the keys)
    • Comfort and grip
    • Quality (Should last at least 5 years of heavy usage)
    • Mic & headphone jack like the one in Lycosa
    • Volume keys
    • My organs, so it has to be reasonably priced preferably something below £80. (+/-10£)
    • Must be better than Lycosa in at least the feel of the keys.
    • Wrist rest
    Things I can live without:
    • Dedicated gaming keys
    • Media keys
    • Very long cables
    • USB port on keyboard
    Approximate buying time: October
    As you can see the keyboard I am looking for has to be simple and not very expensive. I did go through few options from Razer and other brands but can't find any thing that fits this list.
    Any help would be nice :)
    @Destrok , @SinLucifer , @Razer|Technokat : You guys have any suggestion?
  2. Lafar

    Lafar Well-Known Member

    Rosewill Apollo
    • Although you may need to sell part of an insignificant organ, this should fit all your reqs.
    • Cherry MX Blue (I think NewEgg has different variants...)

    Why not go for the Razer Anansi?
    You could always just buy a mic/headphone extender...
    The same applies for the DeathStalkers (1, 2).

    I've tried the Anansi before, and I do remember it having a feeling somewhat between a membrane and mech feel.

    It probably won't hurt to check on Massdrop every so often. (Don't forget to see if the product is keycap or keyboard)
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  3. Elfreid

    Elfreid Well-Known Member

    I don't think @NazgulStig wants a mechanical keyboard. Deathstalker is very different from Lycosa because it is chiclet keyboard. IMO, Lycosa's feel of the keys is much better than chiclet. He been using his Lycosa for years that he cannot pull his love from it and put it other way. lol

    As a past Lycosa user, I understand how you feel when try to find a replacement. In the end I decided to try mechanical keyboard and used BW ever since. TBH, after a little research, there is NO any membrane keyboard in the market that match Lycosa's awesomeness that full fill all your requirement. Here is some than you can check out.

    SteelSeries Apex - No mic & headphone jack
    Tt eSPORTS Challenger Ultimate - The fan look a little odd
    Gigabyte Force K7 - No mic & headphone jack

    P/S: Still strongly recommend Razer Blackwidow. A deal that you will never regret. :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:
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  4. NazgulStig

    NazgulStig Well-Known Member

    That is a great option. :D
    I checked Anansi but there are keys on the wrist rest and those thing I will never use because I rest my wrist right below spacebar while gaming and that is where these keys are located and it has no mic/headphone jack.
    Deathstalker is 3rd in my list as of now but the lack of headphone/mic port is what is stopping me from buying it.

    If I had enough money to spend I would have gone for BW Ultimate but sadly it is way beyond my budget.
    This one looks tempting that fan will probably freeze my hand and make it a claw on winters :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

    Right now the list looks like this:
    • Rosewill Apollo
    • TT esports Challenger Ultimate
    • Deathstalker
  5. nicolavs10

    nicolavs10 Active Member

    I had my Deathstalker since March 2012 and still kicking. I recommend this keyboard because the quality is overpowered on its price.

    Good keys.
    Keys are removeable to clean dust.
  6. NazgulStig

    NazgulStig Well-Known Member

    I know Deathstalker is good but the question is, is it better than Lycosa?
    I have heard from reviews and @SinLucifer that it is not as good as Lycosa.
    Why is BW Ultimate so cheap on Newegg compared to Razer Store?
    Newegg Vs. Razer Store
    There is a difference of almost 40£
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2015
  7. Destrok

    Destrok Well-Known Member

    My friend needed cheaper equipment when I first showed her Razer and we got her an anansi, but I will look into other keyboards for you. I have a couple in mind.
  8. Elfreid

    Elfreid Well-Known Member

    Personal preference. I don't like chiclet keyboard.
  9. NazgulStig

    NazgulStig Well-Known Member

    I don't hate them but don't like to use one for long time. 2 of my 3 laptops have Chiclet keyboard.
  10. Elfreid

    Elfreid Well-Known Member

    Same here. So, if you compare Deathstalker with Lycosa, Lycosa much better. :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:
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  11. NazgulStig

    NazgulStig Well-Known Member

    Yeah :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:
  12. Odesius

    Odesius Active Member

    @NazgulStig I was wondering that myself, the blackwidow ultimate has just had a price rise. I can get it for $70 cheaper if I buy it from a local retailer in Australia. Shop around and you might be able to get a good deal on it somewhere else. It is an amazing keyboard, I have had mine for over 3 years and still going strong. I highly recommend it.
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  13. Roccat Isku is a good keyboard. I was considering to buy this one over two years ago (although I ended up getting a BW Ult 2013).
    I don't think this one has a audio/microphone jack, but it has a build in wrist rest (pretty large), and has good build quality (German engineered), and media keys. It also has blue backlighting just like the Lycosa.
    Cost: 89,99 € or about $90.00 (You might find some cheaper on Amazon)
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  14. Destrok

    Destrok Well-Known Member

    So my buddy has this old corsair keyboard that has all the features you want and it isn't mechanical so it is in your price range, but I am having trouble finding it. However, I just looked on amazon and they have some of the older model black widows for 80 bucks.
  15. NazgulStig

    NazgulStig Well-Known Member

    Which model is his Corsair?
    Is there any difference between old and newer models of BW?
    That looks like a good keyboard. Thanks mate :)
  16. Elfreid

    Elfreid Well-Known Member

    I found that there is a price increase in all Razer item recently in many region. I believe UK does too. The Newegg one is cheaper maybe because of they have the remaining old stock with the cheaper price.

    BW 2010 - Blue backlit with Cherry MX switches
    BW 2013 - Green backlit with Cherry MX switches
    BW 2014 - Green backlit with Razer switches
    BW Classic - Blue backlit with Razer switches
    BW Chroma - The rainbow that keep distract your eyes from monitor to BW with Razer switches
  17. Destrok

    Destrok Well-Known Member

    My buddies keyboard is basically the k95 except plastic instead of metal, not rgb, and not mechanical. But it is backlit, and has all the media buttons you could want, an ports for usb and headphones. It is a great keyboard I am just having trouble finding it!

    And yes there are minor differences between all the iterations of the blackwidow but hey its gonna be backlit and have everything you want except a wrist rest.
  18. Lafar

    Lafar Well-Known Member

    Have a look at the bottom of the unknown keyboard?

    Or one of these...?
    STRAFE, K70
    Although... they don't have audio passthroughs...

    This can easily solve those problems
  19. Destrok

    Destrok Well-Known Member

    No like legit the k95 is just a nicer version of this keyboard. I will look at the model number next time I go over to his house.
  20. BaccaBoss2

    BaccaBoss2 Active Member

    Yeah, I think that the Razer Anansi is the answer to your question. It has RGB LED backlighting, Macros, Modifiers, a wrist rest, and a hybrid feel. For the microphone and headset problem, just go on amazon.com and buy an extender.
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