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Tt eSPORTS Poseidon Z Forged Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

By: Chad Sebring | Keyboards in Peripherals | Posted: Jul 23, 2015 2:15 am
TweakTown Rating: 98%Manufacturer: Tt eSPORTS

Final Thoughts

 

While we covered just about every aspect of what this keyboard can do, there is still the feel and functionality to discuss. As if the keyboard isn't cool enough on its basics like looks of the aluminum top plate, the painted steel inner plate, and the blue backlighting, there is a defined strength to this keyboard above and beyond what we are used to using. Yes, it may indeed also be heavier, but unlike a mouse, this isn't something that needs constantly adjusted, so unless you plan to carry this around all day, its weight is of little concern. The key caps may be the only downfall of this design, but as long as you don't have Cheetos covered fingers or grease from the slice of pizza you had for dinner, we found that we didn't slide around on the caps much at all, but we do also realize many users prefer a textured key cap.

 

 

Once you open up the software and get the hang of how it all works, the Poseidon Z Forged jumps up a few notches in functionality. Of course, a lot of the features this keyboard offers can be done using the Function key and various keys in the layout for lighting, intensity, and swapping profiles, the software goes way beyond that. You can remap the entire layout, load programs with the press of a single key, and over all the profiles and ten T-keys, five to either side, you have the potential for up to 100 commands at your fingertips.

 

On top of all of that, with the various ICs in use in this design, we get crystal clear audio, a pair of pass-through ports in the back for simplifying the wiring, and with a 32-bit MCU at the helm, we know there is enough power to get the job done right the first time, without struggling or leaving us wanting in any department of what this keyboard can do.

 

If we did get pinned down and had to make any complaints about the keyboard, our only point of interest would be in the complexity of the build. Of course, you should not open this keyboard if you plan to keep the warranty intact, but that doesn't stop a lot of people. For those with plans of modifications, or for those who accidentally spill something into the keyboard, you are left with little choice. Just be sure to take your time when dismantling this keyboard. There are no hidden screws to slow you down, but it is possible to break the tiny clips that hold the mid plate in place, and is not something anyone wants to do, but again this is just in special circumstances; the average user will never notice this.

 

Considering just the basic functionality even without the software in play, we would have no issues at all digging into our wallet to spend what is asked to obtain this keyboard. The facts are though, that once the software is in play, things just get better and the features and options seem to just keep coming. If you are stuck paying the MSRP of $139.99, we still would not think twice advising you to get this keyboard, but considering it can be had for only $119.99 currently, the Poseidon Z Forged keyboard is a real gem and worth every penny of this price.

 

While we tend to prefer a TKL layout for day to day gaming and work related activities, this is one keyboard with a full layout that we plan to use in our regular arsenal; it is just that solid and a true pleasure to have under your fingertips.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance97%
Quality including Design and Build99%
General Features98%
Bundle and Packaging98%
Value for Money99%
Overall TweakTown Rating98%

The Bottom Line: Tt eSPORTS' Poseidon Z Forged is in our top five favorite mechanical keyboards we have ever seen. On its own, it is strong, rigid, and a pleasure to use. Once the GUI is in the equation, you will be hard pressed to find a keyboard as capable as this one.

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