Razer Arctosa Gaming Keyboard



The Arctosa has generated mixed feelings from me towards it. On the one hand, the macros and profiles features work well, and the responsiveness of the keys is great. As a gaming keyboard, there are enough features there to earn that tag. But on the other hand, I can't help but be disappointed by the overall finish to the Arctosa. It feels and looks like a cheap keyboard. There really is no other way to put it. When I opened the box and saw the media control panel, I thought that this would lift the keyboard to a higher level, as I thought it was a touch sensitive panel at first. I was shocked to find that it was just a strip of cheap plastic covering the media control switches. I did feel slightly robbed by this. The keyboard, when in use, felt very much like a laptop's keyboard. The keys don't have a lot of return, and are quite clicky when depressed. As I said though, the macros and profiles settings work extremely well, and are simple to set up. Whilst gaming, the keyboard did also feel much more responsive than my usual keyboard.

Although the keyboard does feel cheap in construction and materials, it is presented nicely. From the packaging to the design of style of the keyboard, it all ties in nicely and looks great. The Razer logo on the wrist rest does demand attention and the piano finish on the plastic body does look nice. Unfortunately though, this isn't enough to offset the negative aspects of the keyboard. Considering that you could purchase the Razer Lycosa, which has a touch sensitive panel, USB ports and an overall improvement in build quality, for just £13 more than the Arctosa, I would much rather consider the Lycosa as my gaming keyboard. The Arctosa is obviously intended to be aimed at the entry level market, but I do feel that the price could have been set more sensibly. Had the keyboard been given a lower RRP, I could have been more forgiving of it's faults.
Our thanks go to Razer for providing the review sample. The Razer Arctosa is available to purchase at Scan for £39.81. You can discuss this review within our forum.
The Good  
+ Macros and Profiles
+ 1000MHz Polling
+ Media Controls
+ Nice styling
+ Attractive overall packaging
The Mediocre
* Media Control Panel not touch sensitive 
The Bad
- Feels cheap
- Styling let down by cheap feel.

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Most Recent Comments

01-05-2009, 03:00:29

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


Read the full review here.

01-05-2009, 03:03:11

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 processQuote

01-05-2009, 03:03:12

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

01-05-2009, 03:03:47

It's done now mateyQuote

01-05-2009, 03:10:06

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.Quote

01-05-2009, 04:34:19

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

01-05-2009, 06:21:58

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 thoughQuote

01-05-2009, 07:44:44

so its virtually identical to the Lycosa !Quote

01-05-2009, 07:49:38

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

13-05-2009, 21:13:30

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

12-06-2009, 05:25:29

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.Quote

11-05-2010, 08:03:03

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! Quote

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