Thermaltake TteSPORTS Knucker “Team DK Edition” Gaming Keyboard

September 7, 2014 in Gaming, PC, Peripheral, Review

 

Feel and Functionality

Thermaltake advertises that the Knucker will last for 15 million keystrokes, has 12 anti-ghost keys and has a max repeat key rate that is 8 times faster than average. Why don’t we put that to the test? Side note, if you think we’re going to do 15 million keystrokes, you’ve been watching too much Dragon ball Z lately. However, if you come across a Hyperbolic Time Chamber, please let us know.

We tested the keyboard with our usual “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” test and it passed with 97% using both the PS/2 slot and USB port with the same results. Not perfect, but pretty good. The only key that didn’t work was the ‘X’ key.

Aqua Test

The image above shows the results of our Aqua Key Test. We held down the “WASD” keys at the same time and pressed every other key on the keyboard. Again, the results were identical between the PS/2 slot and USB ports. The keys in grey are the ones that did not register. If you take into account that your right hand will be on the mouse in a vast majority of the games out there and you will be unable to even use the keys that aren’t registering while using the “WASD” keys, this is an amazing result. So the keyboard doesn’t have “full” N-key Rollover, but is that something we truly need? Let’s continue onto the repeat rate.

For those of you wondering why you would need a faster repeat rate, it’s to pull out skills and actions as fast as possible. For the repeat rate, we conducted an experiment with several tests. The experiment consisted of holding down any key for five seconds and counted how many characters there were. We also changed the repeat rate in Keyboard settings within Control Panel to max. For the first test, we took a different keyboard and tested its repeat rate against the Knucker’s S1 speed and concluded that the differences were negligible because of human error and at regular speed both Keyboards repeat at the same rate. For the second test, we matched the Knucker’s S1 speed against its own S4 speed. Thermaltake claims that the S4 speed repeats 8x faster than normal. At regular speed, we logged 30 characters, while at the 8x speed we logged A WHOPPING 412 CHARACTERS! That’s almost 14x the speed!!!! Thinking about human error, we decided to do the same test again at regular speed. The results this time was that we got 32 characters, while at 8x we counted 414 characters! Good Job Thermaltake on under-advertising the rate, in our eyes this makes you a humble manufacturer instead of over-promising and looking like a gloating jerk. Unfortunately, you’ll lose this functionality if you connect the Knucker via USB as we’ve mentioned before. Time to talk about the feeling and comfort of the Knucker. Typing on the Knucker feels like you’re typing on clouds. Each key needs little resistance in order to be pressed, but bounces back like a mechanical keyboard would. Typing on this keyboard sounds noticeably quieter than most keyboard out there. Thermaltake advertises that the plunger switches used in this keyboard are quieter and easier to press than mechanical switches and boy did they hit the nail on the head with this one. If a mechanical keyboard were an assault rifle, the Knucker would be the same assault rifle with a silencer on it. We had virtually no typos while typing on it because the actuation point is so close to the bottom of the key. The distance between the actuation point and the bottom of each key is so small that it’s not even worth mentioning, but at the same time who cares when it’s so easy to press each key|? Darn it, there goes that vertical line again. I do not have the power of Mavis, please forgive me.

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