Today we’re gonna be taking a look at the thermal take esports Poseidon z RGB mechanical gaming keyboard.
Tt eSports Poseidon Z RGB Review
So let’s go ahead and take a look at this thing part of Thermaltake esports line of gaming peripherals the Poseidon Z is a full sixteen point eight million color RGB backlit mechanical keyboard with perky illumination and n key rollover.
It offers on-the-fly macro recording and a Windows lock mode for gaming the Poseidon Z has a nice simplistic design the outer casing is very slim around the edges which makes it so the keyboard doesn’t take up anymore desk real estate than is necessary.
While the outer casing is made of plastic the metal plate that the switches are mounted on to gives this keyboard a nice and weighty feel now with this simplistic approach. Obviously, you will lose out on some extra features like USB and audio pass-through and dedicated macro keys as well as media keys.
Of course, you do still have the ability to toggle media keys by using the function key the Poseidon’s e has really nice clear LED indicators that give you an illuminated symbol corresponding with their respective functions.
On the underside of the keyboard, you’ll find an integrated cable management system that conveniently runs through either the center-left or right side of the board to keep your cables nice and clean on your desk as well as nice premium rubberized pads and two rubberized extendable legs to ensure the keyboard stays firmly in place during use.
Up until this point, you could say all of these things are pretty standard features we expect to see in our gaming keyboards where the Poseidon’s e really got my attention was the lighting the LEDs in this keyboard offers what just might be the best color definition of any keyboard I’ve used to date.
The boldness and saturation of the colors is just fantastic part of the reason the lighting looks so good is because of the mirror-like silver backplate that reflects the light back up through the keyboard and that slight flickering you see in the lights is due to the camera and it’s not visible to the human eye.
Just to give you a better idea of what I’m talking about look at the difference between the Razer BlackWidow which I consider to have better colors than most and the Poseidon Z the keyboard’s lighting is controlled by Thermaltake gaming software that offers you quite a lot of freedom in customizing your old lighting profiles.
There’s also a good amount of preset lighting effects like wave which gives you that flowing rainbow look ripple just like the name sounds causes colors to flow out in all directions reactive which highlights a key after each key press and arrow flow which is kind of like a more linear ripple effect and then just plain static.
Now looking at the keycaps you can see the Thermaltake went with a nice simplistic font which I always appreciate and all of the secondary functions are illuminated as well which is another thing that I really like to see in a mechanical keyboard.
I really like the feel of the keycaps, in particular, the rounded bottom edge of the spacebar was something I really enjoyed as someone who doesn’t use a wrist rest using a more angular spacebar during gaming can get really uncomfortable the smoothly rounded space bar was so comfortable to use it seems like such an insignificant detail.
But it made my time with the keyboard so much more enjoyable and to me it shows the keyboard was designed by somebody who actually understands its intended use to.
Top it all off the spacebar also has the Thermaltake eSports logo illuminated in the center the Poseidon Z comes in one of two switch options a blue switch with a tactile bump an audible click much like a cherry MX blue and a brown which also has a tactile bump but no click again very much like the Cherry MX brown.
These switches are manufactured by kail one of the more well-known Chinese manufacturers of cherry clones because of this they aren’t as premium as the German-made cherry switch now the one thing I will give Thermaltake a lot of credit for is that this is one of the reasons that this keyboard comes in at a lower price point than a lot of their competitors.
Essentially passing the savings on to the consumer unlike say Razer who stopped using cherry and went to kale but still kept their prices at a premium Thermaltake also has a five-year warranty on this keyboard so even though the switches might not be as high-end as cherry.
I doubt you really notice any difference in performance and having the peace of mind that if anything does go wrong you have that five-year safety net there so here’s a quick sound test of the kale blue and the Poseidon Z.
Overall, I really enjoyed my time with the Poseidon’s II, of course, there are some negatives as well like the absence of premium extras like dedicated macro or media keys a USB passed through the cables not braided and there isn’t an included wrist rest which really isn’t that big of an issue for me.
Because, personally I just don’t use them the use of Cale switches over Jerry could also be a bit of a negative depending on your preference but you also have the assurance of the five-year warranty should you run into any problems on the positive side the LED lighting like I said is just phenomenal the small form factor looks really nice and clean on your desk.
And I just can’t get over how comfortable that damn contoured space bar was to use at this keyboard comes in than the leading RGB keyboards for razor or Corsair after reviewing the Poseidon Z I can confidently recommend it to anyone who’s looking for a great looking RGB mechanical keyboard but doesn’t necessarily care about having all the extras and wants to pay a reasonable price.
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