Inside the Poseidon Z
The key caps are single shot with an opaque white plastic and are sprayed with a very plastic feeling coating to make them black while leaving the legends blank. You may also notice that while not Cherry switches under the caps, Cherry aftermarket caps will fit this keyboard.
Under the key caps is where all the excitement is for the Poseidon Z. Thermaltake has chosen to use Kailh blue mechanical switches in this design. While we mostly see this brand in mice, this is the first we have ever seen them used in a keyboard.
After pulling the three screws, there is quite a battle to release the twenty or so tabs around the edge of the frames to get them to release. Once apart, we see that the bottom section offers support ribs to help keep the plate from vibrating, and the top is a simple design with doubled plastic edges for strength.
Flipping the steel plate over to look at the PCB, we see that even while an affordable solution, they don't rush the process. Everything is soldered cleanly, and there are no remains of flux left behind. This just proves that even if affordable, that doesn't mean they skip the details most will never see.
This 8-bit ELAN EM78P153SPJ is plenty capable of handling the functionality that the Poseidon Z offers and helps keep costs down. This offers one time programmable memory to set in the ROM for the keyboard, but it is also why there isn't any onboard storage.
As we snap and screw the keyboard back together, we ran the cable to the PC and had a quick go with it. We set the LEDs to the maximum brightness, and they are blue, not the purple that this image portrays. It's just a driverless plug in-and-go mechanical keyboard with a bit of flash and style.
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