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Tesoro Excalibur Spectrum RGB Mechanical Keyboard Introduction:
Anyone who has used, gamed, or worked on a computer will verify that the quality of your input devices is extremely important. This is where Tesoro comes into play. Tesoro has sent us its keyboard named the Excalibur Spectrum RGB mechanical keyboard. Taking a look at Tesoro's website, we can see several different input devices and options per product available. The Excalibur Spectrum seems to be the middle of the road mechanical keyboard with four mechanical switch options.
This mechanical keyboard comes equipped with several features, such as media keys, macros, lighting, and more. With onboard memory, 1000Hz polling rate, and its own software, this keyboard should make a good choice for gamers. Let's take a closer look to see what separates this keyboard from its peers.
Tesoro Excalibur Spectrum RGB Mechanical Keyboard Closer Look:
Placing the box on the table we can see the first point of sale. The front panel of the packaging gives a partial view of the keyboard and illustrates one of the more interesting features, the ability to use the RGB lighting spectrum to change the backlighting of the keys in up to 16.8 million diferent colors. This feature set is highlighted not only in the name of this gaming keyboard, but also along the bottom left with a vivid color dispaly against the muted background. Along the bottom left are the feature highlights and include 16.8 million available colors, a life span of at least 60 million keystrokes, 512KB of onboard memory, an onboard processor, 1000Hz polling rate, and full N and 6-key rollover. The back side of the box digs a little bit deeper to ensure that you really have a good idea of the capabilities of the Tesoro Excalibur Spectrum's fully detailed feature set.
Now let's take a look at the inside of the box. Here we can see the packing. Opening the double locking tabs we can see the keyboard is double layered with plenty of bubble wrap to protect it in transit. Next we have the keyboard out with the manual and a small sales catalog. Once pulled from the packaging we can get a better view of the Tesoro Excalibur Spectrum RGB. The keyboard comes with sleek straight lines that would look at home on any desk. It is equipped with the standard key format with number pad included. Look closely and you will find the hot keys, profile keys, and macro key.
Now, looking a little closer we can see the raised keys that feature one of three different switch types currently available. Your choices extend to Kailh Red, Kailh Brown, and Kailh Blue. Each offers a different feel, sound, and feedback level. This version that I am testing today is equipped with the Kailh Brown switches that deliver a lower pressure level to actuate the command. To the left end of the spectrum we can view the profile buttons, key lock, and most of the volume adjust keys. Check out the ESC key and see that Tesoro has put its own touch to it.
Moving to the center of the keyboard, we get a look at the macro key. See its place just left of the right Alt key? We find the remaining media hot keys and the missing volume adjust key from left center. Moving to the right side we can find the lighting adjustments on the arrow keys. Looking at the top we can see the keyboard mode adjust key. This button switches between the gaming mode and PC mode. We also have the NKRO function keys and the macro recording key on the home button. Last, but not least, Tesoro placed its logo in bold type just above the key lock indicators.
Now that we have the buttons squared away, let's have a look at the USB cable. This is a very large braided 1.55 meter cable. This is followed nicely by a formed USB connector. Up next we can see the company logo in big white print over the function keys. Being as this keyboard does not have an attachable palm rest, I should note there is a slight overhang. Can't really blame the keyboard for this. With the onboard processor, memory, lighting array, and mechanical keys, this thing has a ton under the hood. We cannot see it, but it is all there.
Moving further into the keyboard we have a look at the feet, raisers, and the company slogan. Tesoro tells us to "Break the Rules," for which I do not blame the company. I really like the feet on this keyboard. Whether the keyboard is laying down or raised, the keyboard sits solid on the desk. It takes a great effort to move it. Despite its weight, it's better to lift than simply push it.
Lastly, we will have a look at the lighting in the solid light and the spectrum mode. I cannot say enough good things about the lighting that Tesoro has installed for this keyboard. You can pick out any color from a primary color chart and that is the color displayed. We will get into this further at a later time. For now, I give you two of its many modes. To briefly explain the Rainbow Waves mode, the keyboard is basically a revolving rainbow, with the colors moving from left to right. While setting up the Tesoro Excalibur Spectrum in a single color and via several color "modes," you can set it so the backlighting is controlled at the single key level.
A pretty interesting feature set, to be sure. However, the software is what allows the light show to happen, so let's take a look.