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Tesoro Lobera Spectrum RGB Mechanical Keyboard: Conclusion

Let's wrap things up with a rundown of the pros and cons of this keyboard. Ultimately, a keyboard is only as practical as one makes it. Having a keyboard with a bunch of customizable macros, lots of lights, or only the basics isn't something that can be outright judged unless it doesn't work. Practicality does have a factor, but this is something really left to someone's personal preference. I believe reviews should be the least biased as possible, but peripherals are extremely hard to follow these guidelines.

With that out of the way, the Lobera Spectrum has a lot of up and downs. My biggest complaint, if I had to only pick one, would be the keyboard height issue. Having the wrist guard nearly half an inch off the desk really can cause hand issues. Either you have big hands or small hands, because anything in the middle you are left needing something else to left those wrists off the desk. I ended up using a gel wrist guard, which helped a great deal in writing this review. This was a big oversight for Tesoro, because a comfortable keyboard will always win any head-to-head battle.

Besides that, my list of issues is short, but an important factor. If you aren't tech savvy, this keyboard isn't for you. Simply put, Tesoro does not provide enough information to give any sense of what to do and it shouldn't have to be that hard! Adding to that, this keyboard flat out would not work on my Asus X79 Black Edition motherboard. It just kept locking up the BIOS unless I boot into Windows without the keyboard and then plugged it in afterwards. It would work for a few minutes and then completely freeze up. After a few months, I found Tesoro released a firmware update that had its own set of problems before finally being able to flash the firmware. With that all said and done, the keyboard finally worked on that computer. This is an issue. What if I didn't have a second computer to upgrade the firmware with? The answer is, I would have a worthless keyboard.

Tesoro's software friendlness isn't something to strive for. I spent a good hour just trying to figure it out and even then I still had lots of questions. I think if I wasn't writing a review, I would have given up long before. That is a really bad thing for many reasons. Mainly, if the customer feels that they can't use the functions that sold them, than how is this keyboard better than any other one?

Now, Tesoro hasn't lost it all. If I managed not to have software issues, I would find this keyboard decent enough for its price. Most mechanical full RGB keyboards go for more and have a whole lot more to offer. I think Tesoro did an amazing job of allowing me to assign as many macros as my heart desires. In the past, my major complaint is companies only allow five or so macros and the keys are set already. I always think how that does not help me at all. In this case, whatever combination I want, I get to set it, and that isn't comon at all.

To conclude, Tesoro has a lot of potential issues initially, but once you get past them, the Lobera Spectrum could be considered a hidden gem for the right price, after a bit of TLC. I think, at its core, Tesoro is on the right track with the Spectrum. I just hope the next version is everything this is, minus the headache.

Pros:

  • Good alternative to Cherry MX switches
  • Full RGB backlighting
  • Any key can be assigned as macro!
  • Well priced

Cons:

  • USB compatibility issues
  • Confusing software
  • Poor manual leaving you lost
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