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Tesoro Excalibur Mechanical Keyboard Review

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Posted October 31, 2014 by Jake in Peripherals

Overview

Hardware:
 
Manufacturer:
 
Price at time of Review: $89
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Minimalist and uncomplicated design; Very well priced; Solidly built; Choice of mechanical switches; Macros
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

No wrist rest; No USB or Audio ports; No cable routing grooves
 
BOTTOM LINE:
Reliable, solid mechanical keyboard that won't break the bank and has all the essentials covered,
by Jake
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Specifications and Package

Below are the features of the Tesoro Excalibur G7NL:

Full N-Key Rollover/ USB 6 N-Key Rollover

Named after the legendary sword of King Arthur, the Excalibur offers gamers the power of switchable N-Key Rollover(NKRO) for full- anti-ghosting functionality or USB 6 N-Key Rollover. Depending on the requirements, , users can press any and all keys at the same time without worrying that some key may not be registered. A fast 1000Hz polling rate helps makes sure no keystroke is missed, and with instant game mode switching, users don’t have to worry about accidental key presses taking them away from the action.

512kB of Macros
With 512kB of onboard memory, the Excalibur allows gamers to instantly record sophisticated macros without need of external software. A user-friendly GUI allows for advanced macro settings. Personalized settings are stored in the built-in-memory allowing the keyboard to be fully synchronized for better performance and even during tournaments, where it is prohibited to install external software. Additionally, every single key is fully programmable, allowing for 5 sets of profiles, 300 macro keys and 2000 macro key presses per profile.

Thoughtful Design
The Excalibur looks as good as it plays with 4 levels of LED backlighting with dimming and 5 levels of on-key LED illumination. Keys can also be individually illuminated. Embedded multimedia keys make it easy to control your music straight from the keyboard. An anti-slip rubberized foot design keeps the keyboard in place during the most intense gaming.

Specifications:

  • No missed keys with N-Key Rollover (NKRO)
  • Gaming grade mechanical switches with 60 million key actuations
  • Switches availability: Blue, Brown, Red
  • 512kB on-board memory for macros
  • Instant Game mode function key
  • 4 level LED backlighting with dimming capability
  • 5 level LED key lighting with single key illumination mode
  • Rubberized Anti-slip bottom for intense gaming
  • Compatible with Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8.1.

The Tesoro Excalibur G7NL comes packaged in a rather brash black and purple box, following their corporate colour scheme. The front has some basic information with an image of the board itself, and the Excalibur sword of legend, along with a few of the key features such as 1000Hz polling rate, Full N-Key Rollover, Backlit Illumination, and 512kb of onboard memory.

Inside the box is a minimal accessory package: just some very basic documentation. That’s it, no wrist rest to speak of.

Let’s take a closer look at the keyboard itself.

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