Arctic K381 Multi-Function Keyboard - Testing and Final Thoughts

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Arctic K381 Multi-Function Keyboard
Testing and Final Thoughts


Well, I am writing this review with the Arctic K381 keyboard and i must say that it is quite comfortable. Being as low profile as it is, the heels of my hands rest on my desk surface and I feel I could type for hours without discomfort. The keys have a well defined pressure point that feels sharp and clear which also makes the keyboard very quiet.

After doing some research on this keyboard I noticed on some pages that it was referred to as a working/gaming keyboard. So right away I wanted to see how the K381 performs in my favorite online shooters. So how does it perform?  Well...It does'nt. The keyboard has no anti-ghosting whatsoever. You cannot press more than two keys at a time without that dreaded beeping sound.

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Long ShotThe Arctic K381 is a bare bones keyboard. There are not a lot of features at all to speak of as it is just a standard keyboard. The K381 retails for $24.99. So what do you get for that price? Well, you get a comfortable keyboard that you could use all day with no discomfort. If you are on a tight budget or you are like me and have a cluttered desktop this keyboard could be for you. I'm gonna go ahead and score this keyboard a 7/10. If the keyboard cost any more than $25 it wouldn't be worth it at all. You do get what you pay for. In the future I hope to see Arctic-Cooling making some higher end gaming keyboards.



  • Inexpensive
  • Slim and Quiet
  • Comfortable
  • Plug and play USB
  • 6 foot cable


  • A little flimsy
  • Not recommended for gaming


I'd like to thank Arctic for sending over this keyboard for us to review.  If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to post them in the forum at the "Comments" link below.