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Thermaltake Poseidon Z Mechanical Keyboard Review

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Posted June 30, 2014 by Mike in Peripherals

Overview

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Manufacturer:
 
Release Date: Currently available
 
Price at time of Review: $69.99 at Newegg
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Entry level pricing, simple interface, N-Key Rollover, excellent build quality, adjustable back lighting, long cable, great warranty
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Cable not braided, back lighting uneven in some parts of the keys, switches took a while to "even out" on feel and travel
 
BOTTOM LINE:
If ever you were interested in trying out a mechanical keyboard but were too afraid of the price tag, this is the answer to your problem.
by Mike
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Introduction

 

Mechanical keyboards are practically everywhere now. If a manufacturer makes enthusiast-grade peripherals, chances are there’s a mechanical keyboard somewhere in their product stack. The tactile feedback and resilience of mechanical keys has always been a draw for gamers and enthusiasts the world over, and as time progresses these keyboards get more and more bells and whistles added to them: RGB back lighting, integrated ARM processors for advanced macros and saving specific data, braided cables, and the list goes on. The one thing that has remained the same until late last year was the switches: every single switch out there was a Cherry.

 

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Flash forward to today and we have a patent that Cherry had which has expired, allowing other manufacturers to start producing their own brand of mechanical switches. Thermaltake was among the first companies to pick up some of these new switches from Kailh (pronounced like the plant: KALE) and use them on their newest variant of the Poseidon Z keyboard. By using these switches, they have shaved off quite a bit of the premium normally seen for mechanical keyboards, but has it shaved off quality as well? Let’s learn a bit about Thermaltake eSports and find out.

Thermaltake esports Logo

www.ttesports.com

“Challenge is the Game” highlights the philosophy to bring out healthy addictions in gaming and the ambition of reaching the pinnacle of success. Tt eSPORTS, a gaming obsessed division from Thermaltake, is uniting gamers from all over the world in a unique & fascinating eSPORTS culture. Inheriting the spirits of Thermaltake, Tt eSPORTS is an energetic, powerful, bold and intelligent challenger whom never says “no” to extreme competition. We do not only provide gamers the ultimate gaming gear but also fulfill the passion to achieve their ultimate ambitions.

Thermaltake has been a well-known brand in the gaming & DIY market for PC Chassis, Coolers and Power Supplies for many years. The brand personality of being unique, aggressive, vivid and stylish makes Thermaltake an expert in creating exciting things and fascinating environments for gamers and enthusiasts. Tt eSPORTS inherited the brand personality with unique and creative designs by observing users’ behavior and demands. The fan cooling design on the Tt eSPORTS Challenger keyboard demonstrates the brand spirit. It is the first keyboard worldwide with a fan cooling function that could dry your sweaty hands and blow tension away during cutthroat competition.

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