Gaming keyboards can be considered a dime a dozen, and really when you think of it, there are but a couple of things that are necessary: a solid build and great performance. Everything else can be considered luxuries. Today we have the privilege of reviewing a keyboard that we not only found to have mastered both of our credentials, but it did so unexpectedly!
When you first think of buying a gaming keyboard, your mind typically wanders to a few of the big names in the industry. It’s interesting what you may find if you do your research, and especially after a test run! Today we have the privilege to share with you a first to Tesoro’s first with Technology X, the Tesoro Excalibur Spectrum.
As you can see the exterior of the packaging is straight forward. A mix between glossy and matte finishes that also touch on the specifications of the keyboard.
The backside gives you a little more; a full overview of what you can expect to find within the box. When you get down to it, inside you will find the keyboard, as well as the quick start guide, and the Tesoro Product Manual.
The Excalibur Spectrum has a full keyboard layout, which means you get the accompaniment of the number-pad as well as the usual set of keys. You also can see that the keyboard gives you the usual shape you would expect to see with any regular keyboard, but with a matte black finish.
With the Tesoro Excalibur Sprectrum, you have your choice of Kailh Red, Brown or Blue switches. We are testing the red switches, which are considered to have no click, no perceptible feedback, and have a lowered actuation force. Tesoro considers this keyboard to be “Pro’s Only”.
What we think captured us immediately about this keyboard was the absence of additional gimmicks. You have your standard keyboard, with a few function keys re-purposed, and that is about it. There is no extra buttons or add-ons. You can use the F1-F5 keys to switch to one of your five gaming profiles, or you can use the remainder to lock windows and adjust your music (i.e., play, pause, next, back, volume up/down).