Introduction, Specifications and Pricing
It is sometimes very random how we get connected to companies. For instance, our connection with Tesoro, came about from a middle of the night (and we are talking like a four in the morning) conversation via Skype. To get to the short of it, we have impressed a certain company with our reviews, and they went out of their way to put us in touch with Tesoro, so that we can open the gates and let as many peripheral makers have a chance at our recommendations as possible. We would like to offer up a shout out to Sascha, you know who you are –thank you for the connection.
Without anything before this sample to open our eyes to what Tesoro was all about, we ventured over to their site. Once we were there, we looked at their lineup, and checked out their goals as a company in order to see what their overall plans and ideas are. It is good to see a company built off the sweat equity of gamers like Tesoro. This way you know the designers are taking considerations for people who actually game, and they are not some random company who thinks they know what gamers need.
We can see from their lineup that their products are all designed for gaming, and have software to go along with them so that you may customize things to fit your specific needs. For the gamers out there, you know what you demand in a keyboard –things like lighting, Macros, and remapping –yeah, they're all here.
In the brief time we got to know Tesoro via emails, they offered up one of two keyboards that are almost identical. From these two options, we received the Lobera Supreme. There is a model that carries the same Lobera naming, but it is not mechanical; it is plunger based. Also, as we said above, this is the second time we are given access to a mechanical keyboard that isn't Alps, Cherry MX, or some hybrid switch based. Instead, we now get to try out the brown Kailh mechanical switches, and see just how this Lobera Ultimate and all of its features come together. Stick around, and we are sure you will find a lot to like and appreciate about the Lobera Supreme as we move through our review and offer up our final assessment.
Specifications start us off with a general "gaming grade mechanical switch" naming to the switches. We already know what is inside this version, but along with browns, you can also get red, blue, and black switches in this design. The switches are silver plated rather than gold plated, and require 45 grams of activation pressure. They also tell us that we have cylindrical shaped key caps, only 2mm of movement is needed to activate the switch, and that 4mm of travel will bottom out the switch, not the cap. They conclude by telling us about the 1.55m of braiding cable, that the key caps are laser etched, that it offers a hub at the back, and that it also sports multimedia buttons.
As we scan the rest of the information, we are given the physical dimensions, along with the weight of the Lobera, right above the system requirements. As we move over to the right side, we see the compliance for this product's build. We also see a bit about their one-year warranty against defects, and not something silly you may have done to the product. We see that the package contents are wrong, as we get a Lobera Supreme, an additional USB power cable for the hub, and the installation guide in our kit. Since the wrong board is listed, we also think the part numbers for the various switch types may very well apply to the Colada, but we do know the Lobera does offer all four switch type options as well.
Since this keyboard is newer to the scene, we did not expect to see as many locations selling these Lobera Supreme keyboards. While a few places list the keyboard right around $140 U.S. dollars, when looking at Amazon at the time of writing this review, we found the keyboard to be currently unavailable. When the Lobera Supreme becomes available at Amazon, our pricing at the bottom of the page will reflect Amazon pricing. From what we know from looking at the packaging, and from what we have seen on their site, the pricing is very comparable to others that offer similar feature sets. So, let's trudge onward and see how Tesoro puts it all together, and see what we think about it after some time with it.