Introduction, Specifications and Pricing
With the huge influx of all mechanical keyboards these days, from just about every company we deal with on a regular basis, one issue can rear its ugly head pretty quickly. That is the basic rule of economics: supply versus demand. Everyone and they pet monkey is now offering Cherry MX based keyboards, which has put a huge demand on Cherry to keep up with the demand. So, what does that do to the companies wanting to make new designs? Well, they have two routes to take. The first route follows economic flow of supply and demand, and when supply runs short, pricing increases. Companies are not into giving away their products, as it makes no business sense at all, so the cost would have to be placed on the customers to make up for that difference in cost. However, there is one other route left. There is always the option to source switches from another manufacturer and build a design off of them.
From what we have seen in the past from Thermaltake, the top-tier boards are fully featured and offer driver packages that can maximize the potential of your left hand while gaming. The thing that sticks out most about all of their mechanical keyboard offerings as of late is that they are all economically friendly to the wallet. Paying more for switches and raising their prices is definitely not the way to go, so the obvious decision was made to source switches from another manufacturer. While these do not come with the fame of the Cherry MX lineup, Thermaltake has done their due diligence to be sure they have a product that is comparable to, or even somewhat better, than the raved about Cherry switches.
Today, we will be getting up close and personal with the first mechanical keyboard from Thermaltake to offer these new switches. We have received the Illuminated Poseidon Z Mechanical Keyboard for testing as per our request for the heavier spring pressure than the brother to this keyboard offers in the Brown switch variant. Since we now have a few reviews finished with the help of this keyboard, we feel we have spent enough time with this product to give it, and these new switches, a fair shake down.
Considering Thermaltake is so impressed with the product, they offer another first with the five-year warranty; we have to assume they have all their ducks in a row before releasing a potential nightmare of an RMA issue. Since everything we have tested from Thermaltake has lasted the test of time as we continued using their products, we highly doubt they would start any shenanigans with us now.
Considering the last few charts we have seen from various products, we would like to commend Thermaltake for offering up a full list of things that will better educate their customers. The chart starts off with the simple things like its black color, that it connects via USB, and that this is a mechanical keyboard that offers blue switches. Then things dive into the facts of what aren't included like a fan, onboard memory, game profiles, or even Macro keys, but the Poseidon Z does offer 6 to 8 key NKRO or anti-ghosting. This keyboard is also set to a 1ms polling rate, and as its title suggests, it is fully backlit with blue LEDs.
Continuing with the rest of the chart, we have few more things this keyboard lacks, like a wrist rest, drivers, or onboard audio jacks, but they do offer a bit of cable management to the underside of the Poseidon Z. The keyboard does weigh in at just under a kilogram. It does not come with a gold plated connection, the cable is not detachable, and while it does offer seven multimedia and two lighting keys, there are no onboard USB ports either. The last bits of information offered tells us that each key has a fifty million click lifespan; it does say the 1.8 meter cable is braided, but ours is not, and they finish out with the dimensions of the keyboard.
As we said in the beginning, most of what Thermaltake brings forth is very friendly to your wallets or purses; the Poseidon Z fits into that mold as well. Looking around to see what is available and at what cost, we find that stock is pretty readily available at quite a few locations, and the better part is that most are sticking to or are very near the MSRP. If you do find yourself having issues locating stock, you can always buy them directly through Thermaltake as well, and they have it listed at $89.99, as do most other places. All things considered, with the chart showing what this offers, as well as what it lacks, we feel the pricing is on point and in no way should be a reason not to consider the Illuminated Poseidon Z mechanical keyboard.
PRICING: You can find the Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS Poseidon Z for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS Poseidon Z retails for $79.98 at Amazon.
Canada: The Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS Poseidon Z retails for CDN$90.51 at Amazon Canada.