First impressions on Arctic ultra-slim keyboard K381
The last time we reviewed something from Arctic Cooling it was the Arctic Sound E352 earphones, however they are best known for their cooling products. With regard to the time that we spend using input devices, the keyboard is among the highest priorities for comfortablely working at the computer. Arctic Cooling has decided to produce their first keyboard K381 for office work with additional multi-function keys. Let’s see if this product offers a good interface for data entry.
About Arctic Cooling:
Check out their website: http://www.arctic-cooling.com
ARCTIC COOLING is a privately owned company founded in 2001 with headquarters in Switzerland, offices in Hong Kong and the USA and production facilities in Asia. ARCTIC COOLING´s core competencies are multifarious including systematic noise reduction,copper and aluminum heatsink development, customization of thermal solutions, as well as designing quiet fans. More recently quiet and cool PC Cases and Power supplies have been developed.
- 12 office function keys – one-touch access to different features
- Keys for volume control and standby
- Low-profile layout and key structure – perfect for comfortable typing
- Low resistance switches allow continuous typing without fatigue
- Sharp and clear pressure point
- Save space with ultra-slim design
Dimensions 430 (L) x 115 (W) x 18 (H) mm
Weight 555 g
Extra keys 12 + 4
This keyboard comes in a box which is mostly grey. The front and back of the box contains pictures of the keyboard showing features and specifications in several languages. Dimensions of the keyboard box are uncommon. I did not expect the keyboard to be so long and so thin!
Keyboard comes well protected from dirt and bumps with foil and styrofoam. Along with the keyboard itself, the package comes with a user’s manual describing basic functions in ten languages. With our first glance at the keyboard it reveals the simplicity of design and beautiful Low-profile shaped keys. Connection with motherboard was achieved via a USB port. A Cable long enough is supplied.
There is no option for the Keyboard angle adjustment due to fixed back legs. One look at keyboard backside reveals the nice shiny black surface.
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