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Computex 2010 Coverage

ClayMeow    -   July 5, 2010
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Tt eSPORTS by Thermaltake

Although there have been small previews in the past, Computex was the coming out party for Thermaltake's new brand, Tt eSPORTS. Thermaltake has been supporting the e-Sports scene for years, but this is its first foray into gaming gear - headsets, keyboards, mice and mouse pads. At Computex, most of these products were not only on display, but fully set up for users to try out firsthand.

The first Tt eSPORTS products I looked at were the gaming keyboards, many of which feature the world's first fan cooling design. I started things off with the Challenger, which features the cooling fan attachment. The fan can be positioned on the left or right, and there's even a compartment for storage. This tiny 30mm fan spins at 6,000 RPM and only pushes 2.7CFM, but should be enough to keep your hands dry during intense gaming sessions. More importantly, the Challenger provides up to six macro keys and up to three game profiles stored on 32KB onboard memory, bringing it to 18 total macro keys. It also features anti-ghosting for up to 20 keys, an additional built-in USB2.0 port, and a gold-plated USB connector. The Challenger measures 480mm (L) x 205.5mm (W) x 25mm (H) and its cable is 2m in length.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Challenger Pro takes it to the next level. The Challenger Pro still features the same exact fan and anti-ghosting for up to 20 keys, but ups the number of macro keys. The Challenger Pro provides up to 10 macro keys (five on each side of the keyboard), with up to four gaming profiles stored on 64KB onboard memory, bringing the total to 40 macro keys. In addition, Thermaltake increased the USB2.0 ports to two, and it still has the gold-plated USB connector. The Challenger Pro also has four levels of red illumination and comes with eight additional removable red keycaps for the WASD and arrow keys that provide a little more durability (you can see these further down the page in the Challenger Ultimate photo). The Challenger Pro measures 505mm (L) x 195mm (W) x 27mm (H) and has a 2m braided cable.

 

 

The last keyboard in the Challenger series is aptly named the Challenger Ultimate. Like its younger siblings, it features the same exact fan and anti-ghosting technology, but everything else is supercharged. The Challenger Ultimate provides up to 14 macro keys, with up to five game profiles stored on 64KB onboard memory, bringing the total to 70 macro keys. Not only does it have two USB2.0 ports like the Challenger Pro, but also adds in headphone and microphone jacks. When it comes to back lighting, like the Challenger Pro, it provides four levels of illumination to choose from, but unlike the Pro, you're not restricted to just red - you can choose between 256 different colors. The Challenger Ultimate has the same dimensions as the Pro and all three versions have a switch lifecycle of 10 million.

 

 

If 10 million keystrokes seems like too little for you and you're looking for something a bit more hardcore with a little less flash, no need to fret - Tt eSPORTS has you covered there too, with its mechanical gaming keyboards. MEKA G1 is a heavy duty mechanical keyboard with a switch lifecycle of 50 million keystrokes and a 1000Hz polling rate. Along with anti-ghosting, the MEKA G1 includes two USB2.0 ports, as well as headphone and microphone jacks. There are no macro keys on this bad boy - this is for your hardcore FPS gamer, not your RPG or RTS gamer. The MEKA G1 measures 430mm (L) x 160mm (W) x 40mm (H), comes with a detachable palm rest, and has a 1.5m military grade cable with gold-plated USB connector.

 

 

For those FPS gamers that want the durability and fast response of the MEKA G1, but doesn't have the real estate to accommodate it, there is the vanilla MEKA, measuring in at just 370mm (L) x 150mm (W) x 35mm (H), thanks to the arrow keys being moved over and condensed with the rest of the keyboard. It also removes the Caps Lock, Scroll Lock and Num Lock indicators, instead placing them on the keys themselves, which I actually think is even better. Like its sibling, the MEKA is a heavy duty mechanical keyboard with a switch lifecycle of 50 million keystrokes, a 1000Hz polling rate, anti-ghosting, and two USB2.0 ports, but lacks the audio jacks. It is connected by a 1.8mm braided cable with gold-plated USB connector.

 




  1. Introduction & The Flight
  2. Computex Day 1 Part 1: TITAN Cooler
  3. Computex Day 1 Part 2: OCZ Technology
  4. Computex Day 1 Part 3: NZXT
  5. Computex Day 1 Part 4: ECS
  6. Computex Day 1 Part 5: ECS (Continued)
  7. Computex Day 1 Part 6: ECS (Continued)
  8. Computex Day 1 Part 7: Corsair
  9. Computex Day 1 Part 8: Bigfoot Networks
  10. Computex Day 1 Part 9: Zalman
  11. Computex Day 1 Part 10: Zalman (Continued)
  12. Computex Day 1 Part 11: Enermax
  13. Computex Day 1 Part 12: Biostar
  14. Computex Day 1 Part 13: GeIL
  15. Computex Day 1 Part 14: PNY
  16. Computex Day 1 Part 15: MSi
  17. Computex Day 1 Part 16: Patriot Memory
  18. Computex Day 1 Part 17: KINGMAX Technology
  19. Computex Day 1 Part 18: COUGAR
  20. Computex Day 1 Part 19: Ozone Gaming Gear
  21. Computex Day 1 Part 20: SilverStone Technology
  22. Digital Plaza & Shilin Night Market
  23. Computex Day 2 Part 1: Antec
  24. Computex Day 2 Part 2: Antec (Continued)
  25. Computex Day 2 Part 3: Thermaltake
  26. Computex Day 2 Part 4: Tt eSPORTS by Thermaltake
  27. Computex Day 2 Part 5: Tt eSPORTS by Thermaltake (Continued)
  28. Computex Day 2 Part 6: Tt eSPORTS by Thermaltake (Continued)
  29. Computex Day 2 Part 7: QNAP Systems
  30. Computex Day 2 Part 8: ARCTIC
  31. Computex Day 2 Part 9: ARCTIC (Continued)
  32. Computex Day 2 Part 10: ARCTIC (Continued)
  33. Computex Day 2 Part 11: ARCTIC (Continued)
  34. Computex Day 2 Part 12: Lian Li
  35. Computex Day 2 Part 13: Lian Li (Continued)
  36. Computex Day 2 Part 14: TACENS
  37. Computex Day 2 Part 15: TACENS (Continued)
  38. Computex Day 2 Part 16: Aerocool
  39. Computex Day 2 Part 17: PowerColor
  40. Computex Day 2 Part 18: ADATA
  41. Taiwan Tour - Day 1 Part 1
  42. Taiwan Tour - Day 1 Part 2
  43. Taiwan Tour - Day 1 Part 3
  44. Taiwan Tour - Day 1 Part 4
  45. Taiwan Tour - Day 1 Part 5
  46. Taiwan Tour - Day 2 Part 1
  47. Taiwan Tour - Day 2 Part 2
  48. Taiwan Tour - Day 2 Part 3
  49. Taiwan Tour - Day 2 Part 4
  50. Computex Day 5 Part 1: GIGABYTE
  51. Computex Day 5 Part 2: GIGABYTE (Continued)
  52. Computex Day 5 Part 3: ASUS
  53. Computex Day 5 Part 4: ASUS (Continued)
  54. ECS Night: Photos
  55. ECS Night: Videos
  56. Computex Booth Babes Part 1: Intro & AMD
  57. Computex Booth Babes Part 2: ADATA
  58. Computex Booth Babes Part 3: Coolmax
  59. Computex Booth Babes Part 4: Silicon Power
  60. Computex Booth Babes Part 5: Tt eSPORTS
  61. Computex Booth Babes Part 6: Tt eSPORTS (Continued)
  62. Computex Booth Babes Part 7: Tt eSPORTS (Continued)
  63. Computex Booth Babes Part 8: Apacer
  64. Computex Booth Babes Part 9: Apogee
  65. Computex Booth Babes Part 10: ASUS, Gigabyte, ECS
  66. Computex Booth Babes Part 11: Hitachi, Patriot Memory
  67. Computex Booth Babes Part 12: Global Mobile Corp.
  68. Computex Booth Babes Part 13: AVC, PQI, QNO Technology, Tyan
  69. Computex Booth Babes Part 14: NVIDIA, MSi, Ozone Gaming Gear, PNY, Corsair, THX, Mio, VMAX
  70. Computex Final Thoughts
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