Tesoro Durandal Ultimate G1NL Mech. Keyboard ReviewBluePanda - March 7, 2012
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In the end, the cost of this keyboard is what truly keeps it from winning any big awards or even the opportunity of being on many of your desks. For subpar backlighting and nothing too super special about the keyboard in general, I cannot justify the $180 price tag it has mounted to it. Don't let the cost fool you into thinking more money means better quality, because this isn't always the case. It's not a bad keyboard, don't get me wrong, but for the price, save yourself some coin and go with something else. It's just overpriced for what it is, the little bit of lighting(poorly done at that), doesn't justify the absurd cost. Now if you've got funds that you just don't know what to do with, buy this and perhaps helping Tesoro get their feet wet in the US will encourage some price decreases for the rest of us.
I will say this keyboard is one of few that offer red backlighting. Most keyboards and mechanical keyboards with backlighting today are blue. However, like I said, the uneven lighting was disappointing. Using the keyboard was like using about any other mechanical keyboard; it didn't have any special feel to it. The keys are unusually "clicky" compared to other mechanical keys -- even for being being Cherry MX browns, they're LOUD. The media keys are the annoying function use media keys which require you to press and hold a function key in order to change the song, change the volume, or even simply pause your music or game noise when the phone rings. I know many keyboards have this function key feature, but for the price I would expect to get full separate keys to toggle media features. Especially since the keyboard is already large enough with wasted space just to look "pretty". Overall I didn't find this to be anything particularly special. It's a mechanical keyboard and it lights up red. If you love your macros and using a function key, you've hit the jack pot here. Otherwise, the cost and overall LED effects don't seek to impress.
- Overall sturdiness of construction
- Macros work with little effort
- Simple software is easy to use
- Painfully high cost
- Uneven backlighting
- Slightly too high an angle for comfort