We here at Techwarelabs have reviewed quite a few mechanical keyboards recently, and today Thermaltake has sent us their latest offering, the Tt eSPORTS POSEIDON Illuminated keyboard. When I first received this keyboard for review, my initial question was “What does this particular keyboard offer over Thermaltake’s other models?”. Thermaltake is specifically targeting the budget minded gamers with the POSEIDON Illuminated keyboard. Shifting the focus away from some of the non-essential bells and whistles and focusing on the core needs of demanding gamers, this keyboard is promises to deliver the best bang for your buck if you’re in the market for an illuminated mechanical keyboard. So, does the POSEIDON Illuminated keyboard deliver? Before we get into the review, let’s take a quick look at the specifications.
|Membrane, Mechanical, Plunger||Mechanical (Cherry MX Brown)|
|Anti-Ghosting Keys||6-8 (USB)|
|Polling Rate||1000 Hz|
|On-board Audio Jacks||No|
|Keystroke Lifecycle||50 Million|
|Dimension (LxWxH)||440 X 133 X 37MM(L X W X H|
The packaging for the POSEIDON Illuminated Keyboard is pretty straight forward, but Thermaltake does a great job of detailing the highlights this keyboard offers. Right out the gate, the advertised button for disabling the windows key is interesting and we will surely dive a bit deeper on it later in the review. With the box open, the contents are neatly packaged and easy to unpack. Included in the box:
• 1 x POSEIDON Illuminated Keyboard
• Product documentation
With the POSEIDON illuminated keyboard out of the packaging, the first thing I noticed was how sturdy the keyboard felt. The materials used and construction of this keyboard appear to have yielded a very solid and rigid end product. Attempting to torque and twist the keyboard itself, produced almost zero deflection. The keys themselves are firmly seated with no apparent wiggle or slop in any direction. As far as the keys designed activation movement, the Cherry MX Brown switches have a noticeable lower actuation (amount of force required to depress the key) force required and this will ultimately come down to personal preference as to whether it’s a good or bad thing.
I also noticed there is no included wrist pad. This is another personal preference item, but since other Thermaltake models have included a wrist pad, I thought it was worth noting. I am not entirely sure if this is merely omitted for cost purposes or intentional design decisions, but if you’re big on wrist pads…you may have to source a 3rd party option if you go with this keyboard. Additionally, there is also a noticeable lack of USB and audio connections on this keyboard. Lastly, even thou the USB cord is listed as braided on the Thermaltake tT eSPORTS website, the keyboard we received did not have a braided cable.
With the initial observations out of the way, it was time to get the POSEIDON illuminated keyboard connected and spend some time using it to see how well it performed.