Tt eSPORTS Poseidon Z Illuminated Gaming Keyboard

May 1, 2014 in Featured, Gaming, PC, Peripheral, Review

 

The Poseidon Z

The board is using black as its base color with the Tt eSPORTS name, and logo being shown just above the number pad in red with some white.

The board is the average size, and length for a keyboard featuring a number pad. Our measurements put it at about 17 1/4 in x 5 1/4 in x 1 in (43.8 cm x 13.3 cm x 2.5 cm).

The lettering on the keys are etched on, and the keys, along with the board, have a good sturdy feel. To us at least.

The board seems to be able to take a beating at first glance, and touch. Prefect for people prone to dropping their peripherals by accident (like Tremble), or raging. We do advise if you feel those gamma rays building up, just get up, and take a walk. You’ll appreciate that you haven’t totally ruined your gear when you calm down.

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Starting at the left we see that there is a full number pad which includes all the keys you’d find on…well a number pad. Numbers, Enter Key, Plus, Minus, Page Up, etc. are all accounted for.

With the pictures below you get a better look at the Tt eSPORTS logo found just above the Number Pad, and the LED indicators for things like All Caps.

Also present is a Windows Key Disable button. This comes in very handy for people who seem to have some unintentional obsession with hitting the Windows Key on a keyboard a bit too often. The button itself stays down when pressed letting you know that the key is disabled. It does not light up though.

To enable the key simply press the button again, and it pops back up. We’d call it more a lock then a button, but that’s just us. To be honest you could call it Nick Nack Pooty Pack if you wanted, but it wouldn’t change the fact that it does what it is meant to do. That’s what’s important. Hmm kinda like the name Nick Nack Pooty. Oh sorry. Drifted off for a minute.

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Below you can see the Poseidon Z’s space bar. Again pretty standard space bar, but with the addition of the Tt eSPORTS logo smack dab in the middle. It also lights up when you enabled the board’s lighting.

For the most part the keyboard all around is pretty much laid out like many other standard keyboards. Got your media options above the F keys like Fast Forward, Rewind, Pause, Volume Control, etc. There are however no macro keys so programming scripts, or macros is not an option on the Poseidon Z itself.

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Now let’s talk a little about the mechanical switches.

As you can see the switches on our sample are blue. At the time of this review only blue, or brown switches were available.

As we mentioned earlier, the switches being utilized are of Tt eSPORTS own design. In the words of our Tt eSPORTS rep when asks what makes their switches different from Cherry MX switches, “The switches are very much similar, except for ours it actually actuates a little bit earlier. Closer to the tactile feedback in timing, than ‘the leading mechanical switch maker’”. Our translation to this statement is that the switches are pretty much very close to Cherry MX switches, but Tt eSPORTS’s switches don’t take as long to register keystrokes like the Cherry MX blue switches do. Just for the record Cherry MX blues are no slouches when it comes to actuation.

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Another feature of the switches, well not the switches themselves but more like a feature of the board, is that the keys illuminate.

The LEDs are located above the switches under the keys. When enabled, the light floods the letters, numbers, and symbols shown on the key caps. The color of the LEDs are blue, and their intensity can be adjusted from a high bright setting to low brightness. Blue LED is the only color available at the moment for the Poseidon Z.

To increase the brightness of the illumination, hold down the “FN” key located at the bottom right of the board, left of the number pad, and press the “F11″ key until you achieve the brightness you want. To lower, or completely turn off the lights, hold down the “FN” key, and press “F12″ until you obtain the desired effect.

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Next Page: The Poseidon Z Continued

 
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