Tesoro Tizona Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Reviewmrwooshoo -
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Tesoro Tizona Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Introduction:
Tesoro is a pretty young company that seems to be elbowing its way into the gaming industry. The company was formed in 2011 by a set of gaming enthusiasts, who wanted to make the best PC gaming hardware (it is really interesting how many companies actually get started with this exact recipe). Now, I have never personally used anything by Tesoro so the first thing I, as a new (or prospective) consumer, noticed was the really flashy naming system. Peering through their products, one can see that mythic weapons are all they sell. Wait, what? I thought they sold gaming hardware. Oh they do, it's just that they are all named after mythic weapons. Exciting! Every product Tesoro sells is, indeed, named after a weapon wielded by a historical or mythological hero. Fitting, it seems, as many of us walk into "battle" (*cough* games) with our "weapons" (*cough* mouse and keyboard) and we all obviously make legends out of ourselves every time...right?
But how has Tesoro's legend been building? Searching for their aptly named hardware shows, that though they may not have been around long, Tesoro is becoming a legend. Everywhere you look, the companies' mice and keyboards rank "four stars" and above. Tesoro's claim is to strive to meet the desires of the gaming world, and judging by the gaming world's response thus far, they are doing well. I'm excited to try out their newest addition to the keyboard scene, the Tizona G2N Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, named after the "Burning Sword" from antiquated Spanish lore (and perhaps history). The keyboard's name, the history of Tesoro, and the fiery cover of the box all have me itching to get the box open and that keyboard running.
Tesoro Tizona Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Closer Look:
When I opened the shipping box, the first thing I noticed was that there were two boxes. This keyboard comes in two pieces! There is a fully removable number pad that comes in its own box. The next thing I noticed was the really interesting trapezoidal shape of the boxes. Without having keyboards in the shape of trapezoids there is potentially a big loss of space for storing these, making it an interesting design decision. Continuing with my first looks at the boxes, they are really flashy and have a lot of action. On the front of the larger box, there are lots of purple "burn" marks and the keyboard is glowing purple on the right, while on the left, there is the Tizona name and an awesome sword in its backdrop. The front of the number pad is not quite as action packed. It has simply the number pad, christened with some lightening. On both fronts I feel as if the style is matching the name and myth surrounding the Tizona. The back sides of the boxes are very similar for half of the larger box. On both boxes (well on the left of the of the big box) there is a list going over the features and accessories in thirteen different languages. The only difference between the back of the big and small boxes are the pictures that take up the right side of big box.
Looking much closer shows the English list of the features and accessories list. Not that it isn't mentioned later in the specs page, but here it is: Gaming-Grade mechanical key switch, Detachable 1.8m braided cable, 90 keys, compact slim stylish design, Extra high speed 2.0 USB HUB*2, Instant internet hot key, Anti-slip rubber feet, DC-IN jack for optional additional power, 6-NKEY/Full rollover switchable\function, 1000Hz ultra-polling rate, Embedded multimedia keys, Equipped with Magnets for optional numerical keypads, and is compatible with Windows XP/Vista/7/8. On the other half of the box are four pictures that show the DC-IN jack, the magnet usability, the detachable braided cable, and the three thumb keys for quick launch.
Continuing to look at the more detailed parts of the box, the sides explain the uses of the really cool looking "Decepticon" function key and three thumb hot keys. The thumb keys change function based on what mode the keyboard is in. In PC mode, the keys access the web, a media browser, and outlook. In Game mode, the keys are /*- respectively. The cool looking function key in tandem with the f12 key, allows the keyboard to be switched between the Game mode and PC mode. The function key with either the insert or delete key, switches between the 6-N-Key Rollover and Full-N-key Rollover (which switches between 6 simultaneous key presses being recognized to all key presses being recognized simultaneously). Finally, the function key with the windows key, disables the windows key and the function key with the T key disables the thumb keys. The top and bottom of the large box are relatively unadorned. There is a plastic slide-out handle, and Tizona logo on the top, and on the bottom there is just some regulation passed logos, bar-codes, and other relatively boring stuff.
Getting into the details of the smaller box, one side has pictures showing off the cable management and overall key setup of the number pad; while the other has a visual of the no slip rubber feet, and the 1.8m detachable extension cable. The top and bottom of the number pad box matches the larger box almost exactly with a hang tab instead of a handle. This is all there really is to the outward appearances of the keyboard and number pad boxes, so I will start the next page with the contents.