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Written by Nate Swetland - Edited by Olin Coles   
Monday, 24 August 2009
Table of Contents: Page Index
Razer Arctosa USB Gaming Keyboard
Closer Look: Arctosa
Arctosa Detailed Features
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Razer Arctosa Gaming Keyboard Review

The Arctosa Gaming Keyboard is one of Razer's entry level enthusiast peripherals to help gamers get into the world of high-end keyboards. It is a keyboard with many of the advanced features that you expect on a gaming keyboard, but with a price that won't break the bank. With such features as fully programmable macro keys and anti-ghosting technology just to name a few. Benchmark Reviews is here to test this keyboard and its many features to discover whether it lives up to the Razer name, or if it is just another regular old keyboard with some fancy logos and shiny buttons on it.

In the past, when you ask someone who considers themselves a gamer what the most important computer components to perfecting their skills are, you will hear answers like a high-end video card, large widescreen monitor, high dpi mouse, good quality speakers or headphones. Rarely will a keyboard come up as one the more sought after devices in a gamer's arsenal. Gamers are becoming more and more interested in finding ways to improve their skills and gain an edge over their opponents in any way possible, and keyboards can fit into this area.

Razer has earned its reputation as being on of the best manufacturers of quality gaming mice on the market, and they strive to bring that quality to other peripherals, including the Razer Arctosa. Both Razer and Benchmark Reviews have given me the pleasure to review one of Razer's entry level gaming keyboards to see just how much of a difference a keyboard can really make in both games, and even other boring tasks including anything that is not gaming related. Razer attempts to create a blend of form and functionality in all of its products, and this keyboard is no exception. With its sleek looks, media keys, and included software designed to help users get the most out of their keyboard, Razer aims at providing an exceptional gaming experience with a price tag you would expect from a regular keyboard.


Razer Arctosa Features

  • Gaming Cluster with anti-ghosting capability (WADS cluster)
  • Hyper response keys
  • 1000Hz (1ms) response time
  • Media Keys
  • 10 customizable software profiles with on-the-fly switching
  • Detachable wrist rest
  • Macro Support with fully programmable keys

Arctosa Specification

Size: 470mm(L) x 222mm (W) x 20mm (H) with wrist rest. With the wrist rest, it is 470x222x20.

Software requirements:

  • PC with USB port
  • Windows XP/Vista (32 or 64bit) (note: also works on Windows 7)
  • CD-Rom Drive
  • Internet Connection (for driver installation)
  • 35mb of hard drive space

About Razer USA, Ltd.

Razer had its first big hit with the Razer Boomslang mouse back in 1999. It boasted an unheard of 2000 dpi and quickly became one of the most popular gaming mice on the market. Razer then followed up with such gaming staples as the Diamondback and Copperhead mice in 2004 and 2005, respectively. After its success with mice, Razer then went on to create its first gaming keyboard, the Tarantula. This keyboard featured programmable keys, anti-ghosting technology, and fully replaceable keys. Razer has always been a company build on the motto creating devices "for Gamers by Gamers". They continue to make mice, keyboards, and even audio solutions today for beginner gamers to hard core gamers alike.

Razer collaborates with gamers to develop, manufacture and market cutting-edge gaming peripherals utilizing proprietary technologies that give gamers the competitive edge. We reinvented the computer gaming industry by bringing this competitive edge to gamers when professional computer gaming was in its infancy. In the mid 90s, with the advent of networked gaming and competitive first-person-shooter (FPS) games, gamers found that their legacy peripherals were inhibiting rather than enhancing their gameplay.



# mattmatthew 2010-02-25 01:45
i have 1 and you cant see the keys i think they look good shame about the key coulor.
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# RE: Razer Arctosa USB Gaming KeyboardJosef 2010-08-17 12:45
There is a silver color theme on this keyboard where you can see the keys perfectly :)
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# The ProblemFor smodtactical 2010-09-05 20:39
I think the problem is that he is a bit of a novice. The black on black keys look sick and I think the design is intentional because they assume that whoever is buying it has no problem with knowing what key is what under any circumstance (including password). The fact that you need to look at the keyboard to type a password speaks more to your lack of experience with keyboards and typing rather than a design flaw.
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