Date: April 2nd, 2009
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Razer
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
First impressions of the keyboard are that it is very lightweight and has a slim key structure similar to that of a laptop keyboard. You will probably notice that from this angle it appears that there are no letters on the keys. Let's look in closer to verify that.
A closer look shows that in fact all the typical letters, numbers, and commands are there. However, they are black like the rest of the keyboard and not easily visible unless you're looking at them up close in a well lit room. This obviously provides a sleek, unique look and experienced typists/gamers won't have a problem. If you are the hunt and peck type though, this could be the source of a lot of frustration. Razer also offers the Arctosa in silver with all letters, numbers, and other symbols plainly visible.
A group of media control buttons are located in the upper right section. In addition to the readily accessible buttons for adjusting volume or shuffling through songs using your favorite media player, the Razer logo button can be used to switch between software profiles. The white LEDs for caps lock, number lock, and scroll lock look pretty cool too.
Two retractable stands allow the keyboard to rise up and rest at a slight angle so it doesn't sit flat on the desk. These stands are pretty common to all keyboards and personally, I always use them.
At the back are several screws holding the keyboard together and four rubber pads – one at each corner. These pads are to help prevent the keyboard from sliding around, and it goes without saying that a keyboard should be stationary especially while gaming.