Razer Arctosa Gaming Keyboard
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 03-24-2009
Provided by: Razer

According to Razer's posted technical specifications, the only difference between the old Lycosa and the new Arctosa is the lack of backlit illumination and the loss of the pass-through audio (headphone/microphone) and USB jacks. Specifically, all of the following Arctosa features are also present on the Lycosa, with exception of the Internet connection system requirement which I will discuss later.

•Fully-programmable keys with macro capabilities
•Selective anti-ghosting for WASD gaming cluster
•Slim keycap structure with Hyperesponse™ technology
•Easy access media keys
•Gaming mode option for deactivation of the Windows key
•10 customizable software profiles with on-the-fly switching
•1000Hz Ultrapolling™ / 1ms response time
•Detachable wrist rest
•Approximate size:
•470mm (length) x 165mm (width) x 20mm (height) – without wrist rest
•470mm (length) x 222mm (width) x 20mm (height) – with wrist rest

System Requirements
•PC with built-in USB
•Windows® XP / x64 / Vista / Vista64
•CD-ROM drive
•Internet connection (for driver installation)
•35MB of free hard disk space

Black is difficult to capture on camera, although here we can make out the overall shape and style of the Arctosa. As mentioned before, it is nearly identical to the Lycosa, with a gloss black body and flat black keys and detachable wrist rest. The same center notches are present as well. There is a "silver" version of the Arctosa, which actually uses the same flat black on gloss black color scheme, but with silver lettering on the keys rather than the stealth black look.

The Arctosa is very slim and light weight. The key caps are extremely short, similar to what you find on most laptops, and the amount of travel is shorter as well. Anti-slip rubber pads on the bottom prevent the Arctosa from sliding around. There isn't much height adjustment though, the two fold-down feet have only a single setting which adds an extra half-inch or so to raise the back.

The wrist rest is detachable via several screws on the back but it almost feels flimsy in your hands. I definitely would not recommend picking it up by grasping just along the bottom edge. A cluster of multimedia buttons as well as the Razer logo profile switch reside in the top right corner, below the three lock LEDs. These appear simply as symbols on an otherwise flat, featureless section of gloss black surface, so the fact that there are buttons under there goes largely unnoticed.

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