• Arctic K381
79
Based on 16 scores, 35 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    4
  • Good:
    8
  • Average:
    3
  • Bad:
    1

Pros:

  • Very compact.
  • Thin profile.
  • Stylish, minimalistic design.

Cons:

  • Not comfortable enough for all-day use.
  • European and England keys not useful for North American users.

Expert reviews and ratings

By Computeractive on 60

It's cheap, but the clicky keyboard can be irritating...

By TechRadar on 70

The first keyboard produced by Arctic Cooling, the K381, manages to impress with its minimalist design and its mimicking of the made-famous-by-Apple chiclet key design. At just over ten pounds it's also going to be hard to criticise on a cost basis....

By XtremeComputing on -

The Arctic Cooling K831 keyboard looks like it’s taken a couple of cues from Apple’s design book, it manages the same sort of minimalistic look while still being aesthetically pleasing. Its use of function keys and volume control keys, mean...

By Clunk.org UK on 80

I think that Arctic Cooling have done an excellent job with the K831 for their first keyboard. For anyone looking for a very inexpensive, home/office keyboard, you couldn’t go far wrong with the Arctic Cooling K831.There are other similar...

By DV Hardware on 80

The strong points of the Arctic Cooling K381 are its compact size and light weight, these factors make it an ideal companion for a HTPC or a SFF PC that's tucked away in a small corner. The K381 can easily be hidden from view and should fit into...

By TechReaction.net on -

This is a great little keyboard and does exactly what we expected it would do. We typed this whole review, as well as a few others, with this keyboard to get as good feel for it. The slim design is great and our hands fit great on it with no strain...

By Top Review Shop on 80

Keyboards aren’t the most exciting PC component – and they generally don’t get a lot of attention when you are considering upgrading. But along with the mouse, the keyboard is your primary method of input for your PC and so we feel...

By The Gadgeteer on -

You’re probably in the same boat, or cube anyway, when it comes to keyboards. I’ve tried a variety and thought the Arctic K381 which claims to be “perfect for comfortable typing” and allows “continuous typing without...

By Viperlair on -

I won't lie; I wasn't expecting much from the Arctic Cooling K381 Multi-Functional Ultra-Slim Keyboard, but I've been pleasantly surprised by it's style and comfort. In use, you will find that the keys need to hit a little more...

By Hi Tech Legion on -

Overall, the Arctic K381 is a nice keyboard. The K381 has an ultra slim design. Slim design and plug and play ability make the K381 a nice choice as a portable keyboard. Many budget laptops come with smaller keyboards that are awkward and...

By ImpulseGamer on 90

Game reviewed on an Alienware systemCheck out Alienware at www.alienware.comKeyboards are perhaps one of the most under estimated bits of computer equipment. For some one using their computer for business, they want something functional and...

By Tech-Reviews UK on 80

Priced at under £10 the Arctic Cooling K381 is a great deal to be had. The slim chicket style keys and the size of the keyboard mimics Apple’s prized keyboard setup. Therefore Apple users will find that the K381 is a great desktop PC...

By OverclockersQH on -

Gaming keyboard have their place and for that matter no standard eyboard can replace them but when it comes to straight comfort and typing the Arctic Cooling K381 Multi Function Keyboard is my first and in my opinion only choice. I have been using a...

By Metku.net on -

Overall the K381 turned out to be a very nice keyboard. The MSRP of this board is 17,45 €, which is a bit of a bargain and makes it all the more tempting. The compact size and nice typing touch are the two main points, no doubt about it, but I...

By ThinkComputers on 90

Overall the Arctic K381 is a great everyday keyboard. Its ultra-slim design makes it an ample choice for small desks. Text just seems to flow from your fingers whenever you use this keyboard. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a cheap, slim...

By Rbmods.com on -

The ARCTIC K381 keyboard is nicely designed and looks wonderful on the desk. I would really like to see a model in white version. I am sure that white K381 is real gem among the keyboards. K381 has basic features, with additional function keys, and...

By APH Networks on 68

The world of technology has changed greatly within the last couple of decades -- from the good old video cassette player and monochromatic televisions, to the latest high definition LED backlit LCD flat panel televisions, Blu-ray players, and high...

By Vortez on -

The ARCTIC K381 is a slim multimedia keyboard with low-profile keys. Its compact design allows for excellent usage of space on the desk, but it does so by sporting an unusual keyboard layout. From single grouped function keys to differently aligned...

By DreamWare Computers on -

At the end of the day, the Arctic K381 is a great first keyboard from Arctic. It's low profile keys offer incredibly fast, comfortable and consistent typing. The slim keyboard design not only looks sleek on your desk, but helps to save a lot of...

By techPowerUp! on 77

The Arctic Cooling K381 presents a relatively fine mix of features at a lowish price. At $24.95 the K381 is only a little more than your standard run of the mill keyboard. The design is more attractive than the very cheapest stuff on the market, but...