Specifications, Availability and Pricing
The Poseidon comes inside of a black plastic enclosure that gives way on the top for 104 key layout of opaque cast plastic key caps that have been rubber coated. These coatings are etched to deliver the legends for the keys, while also allowing the bright blue glow of the individual LEDs under each removable keycap to shine through. Around the keys there is only one quarter of an inch of the plastic enclosure around the internals with flat drop-offs on all sides, making this design very boxy in appearance. Inside of the keyboard there is a thick steel plate that supports the PCB and in turn the Cherry MX blue switches.
Following the chart to see what else the Poseidon delivers, you find that there are quite a few X's where it denotes things this keyboard does not include, but let's not dwell on that bit, let's see what it does offer. It does offer Anti-Ghosting support over USB, it offers a 1000Hz polling rate, I already addressed the switch types and illumination, and it offers a bit of Smart Cable Management under the keyboard to help direct the rubberized USB cable that is 1.8 meters in length from getting in the way. There are two more things that we should address to sum things up. One of them is the 995 grams this keyboard weighs, and that there are seven multimedia keys offered on the Poseidon Illuminated as well.
Visiting the Tt eSPORTS page is the only place I can find a definite price as the Poseidon Illuminated is not yet ready for retail sales. In fact, I just got this keyboard a week ago, and was one of a select few to even see it this early. What you will find very attractive about this Poseidon Illuminated is that the MSRP has been set at $79.99, and for any mechanical keyboard, that is a great price point. What will even shake the tree a bit harder for all the other manufacturers out there is that the rumored non-lit version will retail for $20 less. At these sorts of prices I would not expect what I was delivered, and you can easily see that Thermaltake is headed to steal the market, or at least that seems to be their plan.
As far as a timeframe of when we can expect this keyboard to hit store shelves, I have been told 30 days from the time of writing this, so maybe the end of September or beginning of October. Even if you still decide to go with another maker for your mechanical keyboard, I bet competitor pricing is going to drop drastically, and for that you will need to thank Thermaltake and the Tt eSPORTS crew for setting the bar at a new level and making everyone take notice of this Poseidon Illuminated mechanical keyboard.