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Tesoro Tizona G2N Elite Keyboard

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Posted August 29, 2014 by Jake in Peripherals

Overview

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Price at time of Review: $110 for combo
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Sleek and uncomplicated design; Unique detachable and movable numpad; Sturdy construction; Choice of four varieties of mechanical switches.
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

No advanced frills such as illumination or software; Limited customization for macros; No audio ports; No wrist rest; Satisfactory value.
 
BOTTOM LINE:
A reliable, basic mechanical keyboard with the unique feature of a detachable and movable keypad.
by Jake
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Summary

Having used many keyboards in my day, I am a huge fan of the mechanical design, and the Tesoro Tizona G2N Elite is a rather good variant in the crowded mechanical keyboard market. Quite interestingly, for a board that’s targeted to “1337 gamers”, it’s surprisingly minimalist in design. Some might call it plain, others may call is simple and uncomplicated. Regardless of your perspective, there’s nothing extraneous on this board, no unnecessary macro keys or fancy frills. That said, it’s built rather well, and can withstand quite a bit of abuse; I doubt most people will be trashing their mechanical keyboard though. The Kailh Blue switches are an excellent throwback choice for touch typists, though they’re not ideal for gaming. You can order whichever variety suits your preferences though. Full key rollover is somewhat rare in most mainstream keyboards, and while some may call it overkill, clumsy users will surely love it. The font choice on the Tizona G2N Elite is a clear and stylish choice, unlike the “fatty” one on a Deck board, or the tiny font on a Das keyboard.

There are a few downsides here. If you’re inclined to customize your macros extensively, you’re out of luck here. There also aren’t any audio ports for headset, nor USB 3.0 ports (although we suspect USB 2.0 should be fine for most users). Also no cable routing grooves on the back of the board, which is a bit odd for a gaming-oriented keyboard. Lastly, there are no advanced software customizations, and no illumination either. If you want a glowing keyboard, move along. That said, the detachable keypad is unique, and is particularly well suited for those lefties in the crowd, or someone who may want it completely separate altogether. In that sense, the Tizona is a bit more narrowly-focused in the marketplace, but can appeal to a certain crowd. In terms of pricing, the Tizona G2N Elite keyboard retails for about $90 as a standalone product, though you can get a much better deal if you package the numpad together, as the total price can be found for around $110 or so, depending where you look. That’s a reasonable value, but there are other options on the market with better value or more advanced features. If, however, you’re looking for a reliable, basic mechanical keyboard, and one that has the unique feature of a detachable and movable keypad, then the Tesoro Tizone G2N Elite might be up your alley.

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Tesoro Tizona G2N Elite Mechanical Keyboard

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