PC gear that's designed with gaming in mind tends to go down one of two routes. Either you make it look like a Soviet-era tank — and hopefully as durable, as a stressed gamer is often not the most gentle of creatures — or you make it look really flashy, as though the distracting colours, shapes and design will distract your foes enough for you to score some easy wins. Razer's Arctosa Gaming Keyboard belongs more to the second school than the first, although only by the slimmest of margins. It's undeniably a cut-down version of the company's Lycosa keyboard, although the style is also pretty reminiscent of Logitech's relatively flat diNovo keyboard line as well. It's a very light keyboard which has some benefits for portability, although it doesn't feel as though it's been built to a terribly solid standard.
Aside from the keyboard itself, in the box you'll find a small instruction manual, driver CD and strangely, a very self-congratulatory "Certificate Of Authenticity". Are there organised forgers out there creating fake computer keyboards? We'd be tempted to say no, especially as the certificate is more a rather vain advertising attempt than anything else. Rather pointless when you've already bought the keyboard, in fact, although apparently we are now "officially part of the Cult of Razer™", whatever that means.
The Arctosa (it's a type of Wolf Spider, in case you were wondering) is, for all intents and purposes, a regularly laid out keyboard, with a set of media keys in the upper right-hand side. It plugs in via USB and supports Windows XP and Vista in both 32- and 64-bit editions.
Razer sells the Arctosa on having "slim keycap structure with Hyperesponse™ Technology". What does that mean? Essentially, it means it's flat — more like a notebook keyboard or the previously mentioned Logitech DiNovo line — and that it should have reduced problems with latency and response times. Razer also claims that its anti-ghosting feature allows for more complex structured keystrokes, so you should make it through your game of choice with greater accuracy.