The main focus of the Poseidon line is gaming so we’ll start with that. The included red caps give a cool look and can help to quickly locate the primary keys and the Windows key lock feature came in handy a couple times when I was rushing to press the Alt or Ctrl keys. The blue switches, while great for typing, did not feel quite as nice for gaming as the Cherry MX Red or Black switches I am used to on gaming boards. The bump and click tended to be a little distracting in certain situations and made it more difficult to find the precise actuation point of the key for rapid presses. However, these gripes were minor and the board performed flawlessly in gaming for the most part.
Although the blues are perhaps not my ideal gaming switch, they are amazing for typing. The tactile and audible feedback give you a better sense of connection to the keyboard over just mashing rubber dome keys and watching letters appear on the screen. The multimedia keys allow you to quickly control your music and volume, but I kept wishing there was a function lock feature so that I didn’t have to hold the Fn key with one hand and press the multimedia key with the other.
The lack of a numpad for me was great as I rarely use it at home and the extra desk space I gained can be put towards a larger mouse pad. If you are the type who can’t go without those tenkeys though, Tt eSPORTS also makes the Poseidon Z which has all the same features but isn’t tenkeyless.
- Compact design
- Good build quality
- Awesome warranty
- Needs function lock feature
- Only available with blue switches (for now)
Overall, the Tt eSPORTS Poseidon ZX is a solid entry-level mechanical gaming keyboard. You get a high-quality keyboard with mechanical switches, backlit keys, a compact design, and a 5 year warranty. The only issues I had with the ZX is that I wish there was a way to lock the function keys to make adjusting volume/brightness faster and the fact that right now it is only offered with blue switches.
If you are used to a more feature-rich keyboard with things like extra function keys, USB ports, macros, or even displays, you may be unimpressed by the Poseidon ZX’s modest feature set, and for those people there are plenty of higher-end keyboard for a lot more money that can satisfy your needs. But at an MSRP of only $79, for someone who just wants a quality budget mechanical keyboard, the Poseidon ZX is definitely worth putting on your short list.