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Tesoro Excalibur Spectrum RGB Mechanical Keyboard Testing:

Here is where we put the keyboard to the test. To start with im going to use the keyboard in general. next I will game with the keyboard to get a feel for it. After that, I will fiddle with the settings and macro adjustments in-game and out. Switching gears I will continue testing through typing out this review and normal day-to-day usage. Last but not least I will test the lighting functions so I can see just how well they do. Lets see how this one holds up.

 

Testing Setup:

  • Processors: Intel Core I7 3930K
  • CPU Cooling: Custom water cooling (XSPC, EK, and Swiftech)
  • Motherboard: Intel DX79SI
  • Memory: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800)
  • Video Card: NVIDIA EVGA GTX 480
  • Power Supply: EVGA 1000W
  • Hard Drive: Mushkin Chronos 480GB
  • Optical Drive: Lite-On DVD-RW
  • Case: Thermaltake Core X9
  • OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

 

Tesoro Excalibur Spectrum RGB Mechanical Keyboard:

 

General usage:

To start with I used this keyboard inside the operating system. For the most part I am happy with its performance. Being as it may, I am more used to membrane-style keyboards that report with minimal noise or feedback. Having used a mechanical before, I already have an idea of the differences. Being a mechanical keyboard we know it will usually be louder and have a slight feedback in keystrokes. Tesoro has done us a favor here and equipped the keyboard with the Brown switches. The Brown switches, as Tesoro states, are for "the weathered soldier." I believe what it is trying to convey is that the keys are easy to depress, have no feedback, and do not have a report click. Tesoro has duplicated this action well. The aforementioned is nice if you have other people sharing space with you, as this keyboard is quiet compared to others.

Using the media keys was a simple task. Never had an issue with them and they proved useful when things needed adjustments. The only true issue I am having with this keyboard is the lack of a palm rest. Being that this is an expensive keyboard, this is something I would expect with it. Now we will go into some gaming.

 

Gaming usage:

For the gaming part I am going to take it though a couple of different games. I have a first-person shooter, simulator, and a role-playing game to put this keyboard to the test. During testing I noticed, again, that the keyboard is not as comfortable on the palms. That being said, I am getting used to it. With the keys being the Brown switch, I have noticed that my fingers appreciate them. Moving across and down the keyboard for extended periods of time has proven that the key press is quite easily done. Without having a feedback to the keys, this makes every keystroke seamless. This helped keep fatigue down in longer sessions. Feeling satisfied with my testing, I'll move on to macros.

 

Macro, Mode, and Profile usage:

When it came down to the macro functions, I must admit it took some effort to use properly,being an advanced macro system that records in real-time. However, the result was sometimes not what I asked for. For example, when typing in a sequence, the press and release of the keys are all recorded in real-time. This means when you record the macro, it records your exact motion. This proved more time consuming, but the advantage comes when you need your exact keystroke pattern. This also transfers over to the macro record key. This means outside of the GUI, we can plot our macros. This is far from the easiest system I have used, but makes up for it in precision.

Looking over at the profiles, we get the option for PC mode and five gaming profiles. This gives us the ability to set up five different combos to suit your needs. Tesoro has made it simple by binding hot keys to the F1 - F5 keys. Each profile can carry its own macro, launch, and lighting function.

Moving to the game mode switch, this switch toggles the keyboard between gaming mode and PC mode. While in PC mode, the macro functions are inactive, allowing us to keep a standard keyboard function. Coupled with the sync function, things are almost automatic. Using the quick launch also made for a small feature I found useful while overclocking. Binding tools such as Core Temp, Hardware Monitor, and CPU-Z streamlined my overclocking processes.

 

Lighting:

To go with the basics, you can select a color to display across the keyboard on every key. You can also use a few different effects to change things around. If that does not please you, then you can make it exactly how you want. In Spectrum mode you can pick any color by primary color number. What makes this lighting system so special is the fact that you can literally make any key any color. In Spectrum mode we get access to the color key binding. This allows you to make a profile of your own.

To make an example, I began with a completely green keyboard and deviated to a cluster of random key colors and color coded rows. This consumed plenty of time to set up, however, it was nice to have a fully custom job that was my own. You do not have to go that far if you do not wish. With several default options, there is something that everyone can like. But for those people who want the keyboard multi colored and reactive, the Spectrum lighting is for you.

Now that we have put this keyboard through its paces, we shall conclude. See you on the next page!




  1. Tesoro Excalibur Spectrum RGB Mechanical Keyboard: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Tesoro Excalibur Spectrum RGB Mechanical Keyboard: The Software
  3. Tesoro Excalibur Spectrum RGB Mechanical Keyboard: Specifications & Features
  4. Tesoro Excalibur Spectrum RGB Mechanical Keyboard: Testing & Results
  5. Tesoro Excalibur Spectrum RGB Mechanical Keyboard: Conclusion
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