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Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS Challenger Prime Gaming Keyboard: Testing

The Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS Challenger Prime gaming keyboard was put through two weeks of use and testing while working on other reviews. During this time it was used in everyday use; surfing the Internet, Photoshopping, and gaming. A keyboard is very personal to each and every individual as each person has a slightly different take on them. The major question the consumer has, is how it responds in these various tasks is important in different ways to everyone. This review is completely subjective and the only way to really provide feedback rather than assigning made up numbers trying to compare one keyboard to another. This is my opinion, it but should give a good indication of what I love and hate about this keyboard overall.

Testing Setup:

Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS Challenger Prime Gaming Keyboard: Results

Everyday Use:

For everyday use, the Prime is okay at best. This is a major disappointment to me, but the more I used the keyboard five days a week, the more I grew to dislike it. My main comparison is the Logitech G510, which I have been using for the last five years. In fact, it also uses a membrane too, which really surprised me as I was looking up which type of switches it used and found it wasn't switches. This gave me a indication of what the Prime could be at it's absolute best. The problems is, the keyboard itself is a bit bulky, making it hard to make space either at home or work. Second to that, the keys are overall "mushy" rather than a tactile repose that a switch would give you. Nonetheless, I'm using a the G510 right now and it feels very responsive when I press a key.

Working:

As you can read above, I feel this keyboard is neither great nor bad at anything. For work, having those media keys across the top did help a lot as I couldn't install any software, but being able to change the volume on the fly was useful. I did however find myself getting a few common errors when typing, which is a major factor to some while working. It was mostly because I just did not feel any sort of tactile response and rather soft landing for each key, if I had to describe it. Make no mistake, this keyboard is marketed towards gamers, so any work related problems I have could be considered void if it didn't happen when playing games too.

Gaming:

This keyboard is strange because it just misses the mark so very slightly. I've felt what keyboards using a membrane can do. Every time I press a key, the keyboard frame gives in a little, which throws you off your game. If you have the raisers on, its quite noticeable and I was able to flex it a considerable amount. If the frame was a bit more solid, I wouldn't have so much of a issue with the keyboard itself. Gaming keyboards generally start at $30 and those don't even have lights! It seems Thermaltake skimped a bit on the construction in favor of lights. Speaking of which, I did however like the lighting and having few choices made it even better. On the software side, the macro keys held up nicely and it remember my weird combinations and the delays I had set. While I hardly use any Macro myself, unless it's Starcraft, It was noticeable that Thermaltake make the software and macro mapping the easiest it could possible ever be.




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