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Tesoro Lobera Supreme Full Color Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

By: Chad Sebring | Keyboards in Peripherals | Posted: Jun 11, 2014 10:08 pm
TweakTown Rating: 97%Manufacturer: Tesoro

Inside the Lobera Supreme




We see the laser etched comment in the charts is a bit off, as we find key caps that are molded in white to allow the LED to pass through them, and then each key is painted, leaving the legends blank.




Under those caps we find the board is filled almost completely with these Kailh brown switches. To be honest, to tell them apart from their Cherry MX counterpart is nearly impossible. The feel here is smoother, and the caps don't seem to clack on the plate.




The frame comes apart pretty easily at the back, but various clips on the front edge will slow you down. The bottom offers ridges to support the plate and try to reduce vibration of the plate. The top section has the H-key caps mounted to it; oh, and don't forget to disconnect the side lighting if you ever plan to try to get this far into a tear down.




As we look over the PCB, we find that an attempt to clean the flux residue has been made, but it isn't done all that well. Not the worst by any means, but we have also seen them much cleaner, and without any traces of that flux remaining.




Tesoro backs this design with a 32-bit Freescale MC9S08JM23 MCU. There is plenty of power and capability in this processor to handle what the Lobera Supreme offers in its feature set.




Just to the right of the MCU, we find the Genesys Logic USB 2.0 hub controller. We have seen this controller in many keyboards, and have not run into issues with the hubs previous to this. After testing these out, we find the controller is adequate again.




Not every key on the board has a mechanical switch beneath it. The H-keys are the only ones that do not; instead, we find yellow pad style switches under these. They are tough to actuate, limiting accidental presses, but with some force, they can be used with a thumb.






It is tough to see with the purple LEDs, but only the WASD, Profile keys, arrow keys, the 2, 4, 6, and 8 keys on the number pad, and the space bar are lit. The H-keys are always illuminated in white; except when all LEDs are off. The second image shows the WASD, space bar, profile keys, arrows, and number pad keys, but now keys 1 through 0 are also illuminated across the top. The other way is to fully illuminate the keyboard in whatever color you want, and you can dim it in three levels, or turn them off.

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