Tesoro Durandal Ultimate G1NL Mech. Keyboard ReviewBluePanda - March 7, 2012
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Tesoro is a gaming peripheral company making its move to the US. With products such as keyboards, mice, mouse pads, and soon to be audio products, Tesoro is trying its hand at the art of pleasing gamer needs. The Tesoro Durandal Ultimate G1NL LED backlit mechanical keyboard has been at my hands for over a week now, as one of their high end products. Durandal is literally the sword of Charlemagne's paladin Roland in the literacy cycle known as the Matter of France. The "Sword of Angel" is said to contain within its golden hilt, one tooth of Saint Peter, blood of Saint Basil, hair of Saint Denis, and a piece of the raiment of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I'm not exactly sure how this all really plays into the design of the keyboard…perhaps if I shake it I'll find some tooth fairy teeth rattling around. Jokes aside, each of the Tesoro products seems to have some name with literary connection. Perhaps this is just a different marketing method than we've seen in the last few years.
Overall, the purpose of the Durandal Ultimate is to provide solutions to any situation gamers can come up with. Late night combat is met with adjustable LEDs and a full set of profiles, each with their own programmable macros, leaving it up to the owner to map out in any desired configuration. It has USB connections, mic and headphone connections, as well as what every gamer of today seems to "need," mechanical switches. Today we take a look at the Durandal Ultimate and see how this "Sword of Angel" holds up.
The box it comes in is a little different than the normal cardboard box most keyboards come in these days. Its got a handle and is purple, almost like carrying a purse around. It's not quite square, rather it's more of a trapezoidal shape and closes tightly, so it won't be falling out as you carry it around shopping. A little peeping window in the shape of the Tesoro logo allows you to see in and get a relatively good look at the keys themselves. At this small glance it really looks like most mechanical keyboards and just begging to be torn open to find the true beauty.
The back of the box point out a few of the keyboards key features with a few close up snapshots of the features themselves. A few of the features mentioned include: embedded media keys, G mode/5 profiles, comfortable palm rest, high speed USB 2.0 ports, audio ports, and a gold USB connector among other things. However, it's really just time to take it out of this "purse" and see what it is not written in text.
Opening it up, there's some protective plastic on the upper right corner where the CAPS lock and Scroll lock indicators normally rest. A completely destroyed plastic carry tray explains the rattling of the box, but the contents themselves seem quite alright despite the looks of the poor carrier. The body has a nice "metal" milling finishing look on it. Which makes it appear a little industrial, but most of all makes it look sturdy as hell. The keys seem to be mapped out as a typical keyboard would be, with a full number pad on the right. The media and profile function keys appear as sub headings of the F1-F12 keys. A small Fn key is the only "new" appearance on the layout, sitting just between the right Alt and the menu key, where the other windows key generally sits.
Pulled away from plastic mess the keyboard is fully intact. A separate wrist rest and CD/Install guide are included underneath. The cable connections are reduced to a single power pass through for USB and an audio and mic jack to be plugged in. If you are used to the duel plug keyboards for the "bonus" hub, you've just gained back a port! The cable is braided and seems rather heavy duty. Having moved the keyboard about a bit, it seems rather heavy and is really going to be something that stays in place on your desk.