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Review: Roccat Arvo Gaming Keyboard

by Steven Williamson on 29 March 2010, 09:00 4.25

Tags: Roccat

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The summary

This keyboard is very nice to type on due to them just leaving the layout of the actual typing area as just that, there’s no gimmickry or shortened keys or anything else similar, it’s just a bog standard keyboard in this respect. I found this keyboard very easy to adjust to and found the keys to have a very nice clicking sound and liked the fact that they’re quite small in height but not to the extremes that some companies go to. So with the main feature of any keyboard being the ability to type easily, this keyboard does very well.

Flipping the keyboard over reveals its soft underside, there isn’t really anything of any interest here apart from the 2 legs which can be extended to allow a much more ergonomic feel and some rubber pads, which are very grippy just like all other Roccat items. These rubber pads are also attached to the feet of the keyboard to minimize slide while used in the angled position.

Software:
Roccat always excel in the driver division and this keyboard isn’t any exception. The drivers allow you to adjust what the thumb buttons and 2 macro keys do in Windows. They allow you to set and change profiles and also disable keys, but I can’t understand why you would want to disable a key. The drivers also allow you to record your own macros to use with the keys, the macros were very simple to set up and were executes as soon as you press the button.

Conclusion:
This Roccat Arvo keyboard is a brilliant keyboard, it’s easy to type on, has very well placed thumb buttons and they’ve found a very good way to save keyboard space. The build quality is also good, with the keyboard being very sturdy. The illuminated keys are good and not too bright. With the price being around £45 it's also in the region I would expect.

Pros:
• Build quality
• Aesthetics
• Small size
• Unaltered keyboard layout
• Simple drivers
• Price

Cons:
• Space saving features
• Not fully backlit

85%


HEXUS Forums :: 4 Comments

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Matty,

Maybe you can enlighten us to the price you're talking about!
cptwhite_uk
Matty,

Maybe you can enlighten us to the price you're talking about!

Yeah, I should maybe try and get Steve to edit that.. Cheers :)

It's around the £45 mark, btw.
They allow you to set and change profiles and also disable keys, but I can’t understand why you would want to disable a key.
The only ones I can think of would be the Windows keys, althought most games now won't go to the desktop when you hit them. My Saitek Cyborg automatically disables them in “gaming mode”.

Have to agree with you on the compact layout. I used to like it for the space saving but now I've got used to having the arrow keys and the Ins/Pg Dn group, I don't think I would like to go back.
Again Matty a very good review :), but no I wont be buying a new bit of PC equipment based on your review :p

In regards to being able to disable keys, I recently found out, that on the Razer Lycossa, holding the windows key and pressing the razer icon to the op right, disables this key.