Razer Arctosa Gaming Keyboard

A Closer Look

A closer look
 

The packaging would lead us to believe that we have a very stylish and attractive product to discover within, so let's see if this is the case or not.
 

The Arctosa is quite a slim keyboard, and the layout of the keys does feel reminscent of a laptop's keyboard, with the exception of the numeric pad. With a striking piano finish to the keyboard, the style of it is quite eye catching. The Razer logo features twice on the Arctosa, with a large transfer on the wrist rest, and another smaller logo on the media control panel.The wrist rest is secured to the main body by several screws. I was quite surprised to see this as most rests are usually held in place with some simple clips or slots.

 

Razer Arctosa - Keyboard  Razer Arctosa - Back of Keyboard
 

The keys themselves are of the low profile variety, with a short return on them. The characters on each key are simple transfers, which could wear with usage. Moving on, the next feature to mention is the media control panel, which is located on the top right portion of the keyboard. This is also used to select the macro profile too. The panel is able to control the four main media players, and the media player or system volume too. On face value, the panel looks to be touch sensitive, but Razer have been a little bit cheeky here. I shall reveal why in my conclusions. The panel also sports the Num, Caps and Scroll Lock status LED's, which are a contrasting pure white colour.

 

Razer Arctosa - Keys Close Up  Razer Arctosa - Media Control Panel

 

Razer Arctosa - Logo on Wrist Rest


So that's about all there really is to discuss in the looks department. The Arctosa does look visually striking, and the overall theme works well. With the glossy black piano body and matte black keys, the Arctosa is pleasing to the eye upon first glance.
 

The big question now is whether it can earn the title of a gamer's keyboard. I shall be testing it and discussing the results on the next page.

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Most Recent Comments

01-05-2009, 03:00:29

TopSecret
The latest in the Razer line gets put to use here. Will it set your gaming prowess alight?

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...080024153l.jpg

Read the full review here.

01-05-2009, 03:03:11

TopSecret
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='monkey7'
404 page not found when clicking the link Isn't listed on the reviews list either.
Gimme a chance!! We have to create the forum post and then link it to the review, so you must have caught me in the process

01-05-2009, 03:03:12

monkey7
404 page not found when clicking the link Isn't listed on the reviews list either.

01-05-2009, 03:03:47

TopSecret
It's done now matey

01-05-2009, 03:10:06

monkey7
Looks like our ninja posting and editing have messed up the forum xD

Good review, shame about the cheapness of the keyboard itself I was still looking for a lowprofile gaming keyboard, but looks like I'm going to stick with my logitech ultrax for now.

01-05-2009, 04:34:19

f0x.
If your looking for a low profile keyboard, and moneys no object the Logitech Dinivo edge is a awesome keyboard

01-05-2009, 06:21:58

TopSecret
I had a couple of Di Novo's and the Logitech software was a PITA. That and the bluetooth connection wasn't the most reliable either. They do look the mutts nutts though

01-05-2009, 07:44:44

k4p84
so its virtually identical to the Lycosa !

01-05-2009, 07:49:38

TopSecret
No, it doesn't have some features of the Lycosa, such as the backlit keys, USB port, and non slip surface on the keys.

13-05-2009, 21:13:30

harp101
for looks it is nearley the same as my lycosa just witout the backlighting

12-06-2009, 05:25:29

bckbacek
I had Lycosa, approximately 2 months.

I actively play UT3, approximately 1-3 hours every day.

Through 2 мясяца, the covering on WASD has been wiped.

I have returned Lycosa in shop and have taken away the money.

I heard about similar from other owners Lycosa.

I do not think that a covering on Arctosa better, than at Lycosa.

11-05-2010, 08:03:03

kcartlidge
I have this keyboard but the black on black one and i really like it. I dont think it feels cheap either, the only thing i dont like is the finger marks it gets on it due to the glossy black finish!
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