Roccat Arvo and Apuri Review
Published: 4th May 2010 | Source: Roccat | Price: £28.99 & £46.99 |
So you're a hardware junky? You've got your PC all neat and tidy? Most probably in matching colours too. You might even have swayed towards a certain item of hardware such as a graphics card or memory because it matches the rest of your system, rather than a blue motherboard and a black graphics card for example.
Probably though if you look in front of you you'll find that those things so coldly referred to as "Human Interface Devices" probably don't match up very well. Maybe if you tried hard they're all black. After all the loathing for beige is so ingrained in the psyche of the modern PC user that most things follow Henry Fords creed that you can have any colour you like, so long as it's black.
But what if you want to actually have the stuff you use for most of the day, match up entirely? Until now you have two choices. Firstly, and most obviously if you want quality hardware, it wont. Your other choice is to accept some lesser quality items to try and get it all to at least be from one manufacturer, even if not designed along the same lines.
Enter the Roccat Smart Desktop Management System, or SDMS for short. Hopefully we wont end up with the typical redundancy that occurs with such things by calling it "the SDMS system".
A couple of months back we reviewed two parts of the SDMS, the Roccat Sota Mousepad and the Roccat Kova Gaming mouse. Both of these were designed to be part of a holistic desktop package.
Now we look at the final two parts of the Quartet, the Roccat Arvo Keyboard and the Roccat Apuri Mouse Bungee. "The Apuri what?", I hear you all cry. We'll get to that soon enough.
Let's start by looking at the Roccat Arvo, the keyboard on which todays review is being lovingly hand-crafted by your resident wordsmith.