Tt eSPORTS Poseidon Z Illuminated Gaming Keyboard

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

 

The Poseidon Z Continued

The Poseidon Z uses a USB 2.0 connection. The cable is not braided, and is a good length measuring 39.4 in (1.8 m). We actually prefer braided cables, but a non-braided cable is not a deal breaker to us. It is also permanently attached to the keyboard vs. being connected via a mini USB connection like some other keyboards use.

Cable management is provided via groves found along the bottom of the keyboard. The groves allow the cable to be tucked in, and routed to a number of directions.

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Now many old school users would go “boo” to the board using USB vs PS2. One of the main reasons of this criticism is that keyboards that first started popping up using USB as their connection did not support N-Key Rollover (NKRO), or only supported it partially. Today no, or limited N-Key Rollover support is becoming less, and less of an issue with USB keyboards. In fact there are quite a few that fully support the feature. Our fault. Some of you reading this may not know what N-Key Rollover is. Well let’s remedy that a bit.

N-Key Rollover, or NKRO for short, is the ability to press multiple keys on a keyboard at once, and have all the keys pressed register simultaneously. On keyboards that do not support rollover, you can only press one, or a few keys at once, and have them register. The ability to have multiple keys register at once is an important feature to many PC users, especially gamers, as many actions require simultaneous presses of multiple keys.

Now most keyboards today have some kind of rollover support. You can press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys on almost any keyboard these days, and they will register all three keys. However some users, PC gamers in particular, want to have more than just the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys pressed at once to perform the kind of actions in game they want to pull off. This is where full N-Key rollover support comes in. This allows users to utilize many keys at once without limitations. So instead of needing to take your finger off the Ctrl key if you want to creep forward, reload, or switch weapons in a FPS, or third person stealth game, you can do all that without releasing the Ctrl key without worry with NKRO. Press as many buttons as you want at the same time. Some may think this is just a novelty, and really isn’t needed, but TBH a-lot of gamers, especially competitive gamers, value N-Key rollover support. Once you’ve experienced it, it’s VERY hard to go back, and you shouldn’t have to in our minds.

An off shoot of limited rollover support is ghosting. This occurs when you press multiple keys, but a phantom key appears to be actuated out of nowhere. Or let’s say you are pressing down four keys, but since the board’s support is limited it will ignored the third key pressed, and instead will register the forth key. This is an EXTREME annoyance to many gamers. Thankfully more, and more companies have been producing keyboards with Anti Ghosting tech which the Poseidon Z possesses.

To test the board’s NKRO, and Anti Ghosting, we did a manual test by holding down both of the board’s “Shift” keys, and typing the phrase, “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog”. This is a quick, and easy way to gauge a board’s level of rollover support. The Poseidon Z passed this test with flying colors. We also used the Aqua Key Test, and Microsoft’s Ghosting Demo tests to further examine the keyboard’s N-Key compliance as well as see how its anti-ghosting does. Again the Poseidon Z passed with no problems.

 

Rounding out our look at the board we see that it has fold out legs that can be used on flat surfaces. This adds a bit more stability, and elevates the board a bit when using the Poseidon Z on a desk, table, etc. The legs snap out, and snap back in if you do not wish to use them.

There are also rubber feet found along the bottom (five in total) to further support the keyboard when used on flat surfaces while reducing any damage via scratches that may occur to the surface itself using the board on it.

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