Like I addressed at the start of this review, of course you can grab a lot of keyboards out there with all sorts of features to "enhance" your game play. I will be very blunt with this though, I thought that is what a mouse was for. I like my keyboards simple, and the more I write and the less I game, it is even more so now. Now this isn't a bash at everyone out there with a good idea session, this is asking you to realize how much or how little your left hand is doing while gaming. If you don't find yourself all over the keys spamming macros and key combos to benefit your specific gaming selection, I see no reason why this Poseidon could fail you. It offers optional lighting conditions, NKRO support for those who are wizardly fast with their fingers, and is a great looking addition to any desktop. I am sure there are some typing elitists out there who will try to pick this keyboard apart, but keep in mind, it comes in at a better price than most mechanical keyboards.
I can see where corners were cut to fit the pricing profile, but they were all wise choices that make very little difference in the overall product. While most mechanical keyboards with all the bells and whistles come with a 16-bit processor, Thermaltake chose an 8-bit version, simply because more is not better with the limited features. Then you may want to complain that the cable isn't sleeved with braided cloth. While I like that look as well as anyone else, it makes little difference to the Poseidon's performance or ability to communicate with the PC. I know there were a lot of other things that are checked off as this product not containing, but again, that is due to it not needing things like onboard memory and the like, because with the lack of software, it just does what is expected and does so rather well. At the end of it all, the super bright blue LED glow of the keys and the simplistic design that takes function over form has won me over. With the choice of Cherry MX Blue switches, you are getting a tactile feel for the activation point with a confirming click.
I know that it will be a month from the time you read this until you can actually find one of these in the wild, but it is worth the wait. What is really great about it is even with that much time, you won't have to save up much to get your hands on what is one of the better keyboards I have had the pleasure of testing. As much as I looked for Tt eSPORTS to "cheap out" on things inside and out with the $79.99 MSRP, I was hard pressed to complain about anything with the Poseidon Illuminated. This mechanical keyboard proved to me that a lot of companies are going to have to adjust their pricing to compete, as long as Thermaltake and the Tt eSPORTS crew don't run out of product. In the end what I found was a top tier build with everything the more expensive solutions are bringing out and demanding much closer to $100 for.
If the other companies don't follow this trend in offering the masses a mechanical offering at a good price, they are going to lose out. Thermaltake has raised the bar on the industry with the Poseidon Illuminated, and the even cheaper Poseidon without illumination hasn't even made it to fruition yet.
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