PROS / Every key on the Razer Arctosa is programmable.
CONS / Surprisingly, Razer didn't include backlighting in this keyboard.
VERDICT / Razer is a big name in computer gaming but this keyboard falls a little short.
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Razer is a well-known name in the world of computer games because they make high-end peripherals that can meet high performance standards. They even have a few professional teams that use their equipment and have won many competitions with it. The Razer Arctosa is a more economical gaming keyboard option, so it wouldn't be considered as high end as others. However, despite its relatively simple feature set, it has a lot to offer basic gamers. It's missing a few key features like recording macros on-the-fly but If you don't need those absentee features, this is one of the least expensive gaming keyboards on the market.
In the top right corner of the Razer Arctosa you'll find the media keys. They allow you to skip forward and backward, adjust the volume up and down, play, pause, stop and mute. That pretty much covers all the basic controls you need to be able to do what you want with sound, while in another full screen program. Unlike some of the other gaming keyboards we've reviewed, this is not a touch-sensitive pad, despite what it looks like. They are in fact buttons but this is nice in a way, because it delivers clicking feedback, unlock touch pads.
The anti-ghosting on the Razer Arctosa gaming keyboard falls a little short. It prevents ghosting but only with the keys around the "WASD" cluster. Thankfully, for most games that is where you need it. But for games that use other keys, it would be nice to have that feature. There is a minor issue with the coating on this gaming keyboard. Some users have had issues with their fingers sliding around a little. This is due to the high gloss coating that Razer went with. It also shows every smudge and finger print for the same reason. The sliding around goes away in time, as you use the keyboard more and get used to it. The smudges though are relentless. If you are the kind of person that likes all your stuff to be shiny, neat and clean then you'll probably have to clean this keyboard constantly.
There are a couple of features that the Razer Arctosa gaming keyboard really has going for it, though. The first is the option to program every single alphanumeric key, as well as the navigation keys. That means that you could set a custom macro to nearly every key on the keyboard. If well executed, this can give you a huge advantage in most games.
The other great gaming keyboard feature that the Razer Arctosa has is the option for setting multiple profiles. By holding down the Razer logo located in the media controls area and pressing any of the function keys (F1-F12), you can switch profiles. The advantage of this is that you can set custom macros up for various games, then, anytime you load up one of those programs, you can easily switch to the corresponding profile and have your keyboard already set up how you want.
The Razer Arctosa, although it's missing a few nice features, is still a very capable gaming keyboard. It is responsive and provides a few conveniences that a regular keyboard doesn't. Its sleek but durable design can handle whatever most gamers can throw at it and perform well.