Product Type: Microsoft keyboards
Newest Review: ... limited desk space. The width also feels largely pointless as by removing the massive Microsoft logo, all the additional keys down the ... more
Big is beautiful
Microsoft Reclusa Gaming Keyboard
Member Name: Kaizen
Microsoft Reclusa Gaming Keyboard
Advantages: Wonderful to type on and great-looking
Disadvantages: A few minor build problems and not terribly useful as a 'gaming' keyboard
The first thing to note about the Reclusa is how incredibly stylish it looks. The blue backlighting is bright without being obtrusive and the rounded edges give it very sleek look, which successfully detracts your attention from quite how wide it is.
Being a so-called 'gamers' keyboard it has 10 programmable keys, 4 of which are strange clicky things on the each edge of the keyboard and three normal keys on either side. There is also two jog dials. It's a nice feature but there probably aren't enough of them for hardcore gamers but are somewhat of a time-saver for a casual user. They can be reprogrammed with the software that is included with the keyboard which is very useful and it is also possible to set up 'profiles' with different key combinations programmed into them to give the keyboard a bit more versatility.
Where Razer really got the Reclusa right for the gaming market is with the superb response time of the keyboard. It is the quality of the keys that make the Reclusa worth buying. They are quiet and smooth and Razer have managed to make them incredibly responsive whilst still retaining a lot of feeling. The surface feels almost soft to type on and the letters can take a lot of abuse before they even begin to show the slightest bit of wear.
There are a few additional extras like a 'cable tidy' on the back which you can wrap the USB lead around, however, it's not really an ideal fit and feels like more trouble to try and fit the lead in then it is worth. The additional two USB ports, hidden on both top corners are a nice touch and useful for flash drives.
However, there were a few oversights in the design of this keyboard. I managed to snap the spindly attachments for the wrist rest with minimal force, so it now rattles around in a very irritating fashion. Even with them attached, the wrist rest still jogs around a little and is a pain if you need to lift the keyboard to move it because it just detaches itself. It is a shame because the wrist rest is actually very comfortable to use, though it does bulk the keyboard out even further.
The Reclusa is also a giant 21 inches wide so hardly ideal for those with limited desk space. The width also feels largely pointless as by removing the massive Microsoft logo, all the additional keys down the side and volume controls could have been moved to the top of the keyboard. I often find myself accidentally hitting the 'home' and 'email' keys when I'm typing because they are uncomfortably close to 'caps lock.'
If you do have the desk space and can live without thousands of extra keys, then the Reclusa is worth getting simply because it is delightful to type on and looks great. It is built with trusty Razer reliability as well, so if you can find one for under £25 then you are definitely getting a long lasting bargain.
Summary: Great if you've the desk space
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