Today we’re gonna be taking a look at another flagship gaming keyboard um this one is coming at us from thermaltake and while they may not necessarily be known for their peripherals as they’re definitely more known for their cases and their cooling solutions.
Thermaltake Tt Premium X1 RGB Keyboard Review
I guarantee you guys are gonna want to take a look at this one because it’s got some pretty cool features so with that let’s go ahead and just take a look at the keyboard the thermal take x1 RGB is a hundred and forty mechanical keyboard with an exposed switch design it’s comprised of a white metal backplate that’s wrapped in a plastic casing with a matte finish which I always like because you don’t have to worry about fingerprint smudges aesthetically the board looks pretty simple and that’s not bad there’s an RGB enabled thermal take logo above the Escape key that’s fairly large but it’s well illuminated and it does make it look kind of cool the board itself is nice and weighty and has minimal flex when mashing down on the keys the board also includes a magnetic detachable wrist rest that secures really well with very strong magnets it’s actually one of the first times that I’ve seen a magnetic wrist rest sticks so good the wrist rest feels nice to use and it has the same matte texture as the keyboard a little bit of padding would have been nice but economically the shape is comfortable to use if the name doesn’t give it away the x1 RGB has yep you guessed it full 16.8 million color RGB illumination thanks to its cherry MX RGB switches the lights look nice and vibrant as you can expect from cherry and the clear switch bodies as always are very nice to look at I also like the thermal take chose to go with a silver backplate behind the switches because it just really helps those lights reflect and pop a little bit more as for the software controlling the lights the x1 has one of the better softwares that I’ve seen in a while it has a healthy amount of presets and offers a decent amount of customization within each one the on-screen interface renders the animations in real time which is not something that you get in lighting software’s very often it’s still not going to give you the freedom of Q or synapse with intricate programming or layering of effects but I’m pretty impressed by the step up in quality software Thermaltake is offering with this board the software allows you to save up to six lighting profiles complete with macros as well the key caps on the x1 RGB are made of ABS plastic and have a nice smooth feel to them the font on the key caps is nice and simple and all of the secondary characters are well illuminated thermaltake also includes a set of eight extra key caps which are metallic red ABS plastic you’ll get keys for qwe Ras D and F which will cover both fps and MOBA games just keep in mind that these extra keys are mainly just for aesthetic purposes because there’s no added texture or feel when using them but that’s it and they look pretty nice and they do kind of have this like nice candy shell red look to them as I mentioned before this board uses Cherry MX RGB switches you can get this board in either Cherry MX speeds or Cherry MX blues as someone who loves the brown switches it’s kind of a bummer but I do appreciate that they offer Blues as a lot of gaming companies seem to be moving away from blues in favor of reds or speeds I chose to get the x1 in speeds and true to Cherry performance they are silky smooth still the one point two millimeter actuation distance does make me miss type every once in a while but once you get used to them they do feel quite nice and as always Cherry MX switches are rated to last 50 million keystrokes but of course I wouldn’t leave you guys without a sound test so here’s the x1 RGB with cherry MX speeds in terms of extras the x1 is no slouch with its dedicated RGB enabled media keys complete with volume scroll wheel and mute button it also has a Windows lock key for gaming and a brightness button for toggling between the six different brightness settings also there’s a dedicated game mode button like I mentioned before it comes with extra key caps a key cap puller and the wrist rest too additionally the x1 also has USB and audio pass-through located at the back of the board and the extras don’t stop there the x1 has voice-activated commands via a companion app that you can download for your phone and that lets you customize your profiles and even use a virtual controller on your smart phone and certainly is cool but I don’t really know how practical it all is I mean realistically I would much rather use a keyboard and mouse over a virtual controller even on games that are much better on controller so your mileage may vary by all accounts the x1 checks all the boxes the only thing that I would have liked to have seen is some dedicated macro keys as I personally use them but if that’s not a deal-breaker for you this board damn near has it all the underside of the keyboard has three rubberized pads in two rather beefy Reber eyes DEQ’s ten double legs to keep the board in place during use and the wrist rest also has a few pads of its own as well the cable on the x1 is nicely braided but it is pretty thick and ends in two USB connectors and a single 3.5 millimeter jack for the pass-through overall with its robust design Cherry MX switches and slew of included extras the x1 RGB is a great keyboard for its retail and while its software might not be as great as some top-tier keyboards out there it’s still quite good the x1 shows that Thermaltake is taking the peripheral market seriously providing us a flagship board that can go toe-to-toe with the best of it well that’s it for the review guys let me know in those comments down below what you think about the x1 RGB and having a companion app to control your keyboard.
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