One thing that took us by surprise was the USB cable. In past reviews of Thermaltake keyboards, we have always noted that the USB cable is braided and the USB connector is gold-plated. This is not the case with the Poseidon Z RGB. Instead you have what looks like your plain old, regular USB cable. Is this anything to sweat over? Not even in the slightest! Obviously this was a decision made to drop the price slightly.
Take a look below at the tech specs in a snap shot.
PRICING AND AVAILAIBILTY
Let’s get down to business, what does all of this cost? Listed on Thermaltake Tt eSports website, the Poseidon Z RGB is listed at $119.99. When we jump over to Amazon, the price is a bit lower at $97.27. As we have indicated before, the keyboard is available in both Brown and Blue switches.
COMFORT AND PERFORMANCE
What really matters with a keyboard is it’s comfort and how well it performs. Throughout our time with the Poseidon Z RGB, we found that it is very comfortable to type on. Keys are smooth, allowing you to easily and swiftly jump from key to key. The keys are at a standard distance, which makes typing normal as always.
When we jump into a game, Heroes of the Storm in this case, we found that the keyboard performs very well. We found that the keyboard provide accurate keystrokes and it almost felt like we pressed incorrect keys less often.
SOFTWARE & LIGHTING EFFECTS
This is what we have all been waiting for! Really the main feature that this keyboard is known for, RGB lighting. When we first plugged the Poseidon Z RGB into our test bench, we immediately downloaded the Tt eSports software available from their site. Once installed, we were greeted with a message indicating that our firmware was out of date and needed to be updated, with a super convenient update button. A simple click and about 2 minutes and our keyboard went from firmware version 26 to 35.
When we made it into the software, we are greeted with Thermaltake’s standard graphical user interface. This allows you to mix and match your five different profiles and create macros.
When we jump over to the lighting tab, this is where we get to play with he RGB lighting effects. There are 5 present lighting effects that you can change to:
- Fully lighted
- Arrow Flow
One thing we noticed as we were going through each of the effects was that there was a loading screen that took about 10 seconds to complete the change. This was a little unexpected and we weren’t really a fan of this.