Razer Arctosa Gaming Keyboard Review
The Razer Arctosa Gaming Keyboard is a sleek low profile keyboard with no frills for serious gamers wanting serious performance from their keyboard.
Ease of Use, Performance: 18/25
Look amp; Feel: 23/25
How much I enjoy 18/25
We have another Razer animal named product from their gaming range. The Razer Arctosa gamers keyboard is a no frills keyboard at a great price, but be warned the black keyed version is for serious gaming only. The Arctosa comes in two versions; silver keys and black keys which mean the keys have either silver or black painted keys.
The difference may not seem much until you’re trying to find one key and have to look at an angle to catch the light on the keys, otherwise both editions are identical. The Arctosa is a nice low profile keyboard that is quite good for typing, just get the version you want with the painted keys according to your preference.
The Arctosa is a regular full function keyboard without any frills, no back lighting, no USB, no pass through audio like the previous Razer keyboard Lycosa. The Arctosa is 18.25 inches wide by 9 inches tall and ¾ of an inch tall without the feet out which adds about a half inch tilt to the keyboard.
The keys are set up in a typical keyboard array with function keys, number keypad and home keys like most keyboards but also a nice multimedia section. The Arctosa also has an indicator panel in the upper right corner for your lock LEDs which are quite bright.
The Multimedia buttons are not regular keys like the rest of the keyboard but those plastic wafer buttons that work well for your music and movies. The indicators for scroll lock and number lock are very bright though, almost blindingly when working in low light environments.
The keyboard comes with a CD including drivers that allow you to program not only the aspects you would expect like function keys and macros but also every key on the keyboard for gaming or programs. The Profile system allows you to save, switch and edit profiles so you can have a profile that switches when a particular program runs.
If you want to set up a keyboard key assignment profile for one program like a game you can have the Razer keyboard manager program switch to that profile automatically or you can switch it yourself. The tray icon works well for the Arctosa keyboard manager and I found the profile system worked as expected for a good manager system.
The Arctosa keyboard is a nice affordable gaming keyboard but does have a few problems for the one kind if you want to use it for regular computer use. The black painted keys on the black keyboard does not work at all except to use it without looking at the keys.
The keys are a lower profile and the keyboard is nice and slim which I have found I enjoy in a keyboard but I just could not see the keys to use the Arctosa for typing. Using the Arctosa would be fine for the silver painted keys but the black painted is not going to work except if you don’t have to look at it.
Other than the paint color the Arctosa is a great keyboard and well worth taking a look at, the macro manager and keyboard profile system works very well without problems. You can have up to ten profiles that are associated with programs through their EXE extension so they key assignments change according to a program.
You can also easily change the profiles by hand through the Razer keyboard manager program from the Start menu or the tray icon quickly. The Razer Arctosa is a great keyboard but do not get the black painted keys unless you never look at them during use.
The Razer Arctosa makes a great keyboard for daily use, silver painted keys, and even has a removable plastic wrist wrest but not like you may be used to seeing. The plastic wrest that screws onto the keyboard is not a cheap clip on one that I have seen on many other keyboards.
The Arctosa wrest is removable but you need to remove the four screws to remove the wrest which makes this a very nice secure attachment. Too many of my previous keyboards loose the wrest due to cheap plastic clips just like those covers on remotes, they break after wear and tear of normal daily use.
The Arctosa also has the small flip up feet for a more comfortable typing angle of the keyboard which adds to the ergonomics of the Arctosa. I really like the Arctosa but would have preferred to receive the silver keyed version, oh well, I can always use this one as a gaming only keyboard.
The Razer Arctosa is a well designed and affordable keyboard for gamers if you get the black painted and the silver painted version would make a great all around keyboard. Razer really has done well with the Arctosa and the MacroKey Manager that allows you to assign profiles and change any key.