Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
When we first looked at the Poseidon Z keyboard from Tt eSPORTS, it wasn't long before we realized that maybe Cherry MX switches were not the big dog on the porch anymore. Soon enough, other manufacturers jumped on the same bandwagon. Anyone who follows our keyboard reviews has noticed we have come forward with more and more mechanical keyboards based on Kailh switches.
There are a couple of things that separate the Tt eSPORTS keyboards from others we have seen. First, there is the way the switch is designed for Tt eSPORTS, and the way they construct the motherboard. For Instance, after we spent a lot of time with the RGB80 with the same switches, we found there to be slightly more vibration felt at the fingertips, which causes more fatigue over the long haul. Also, the way Thermaltake constructs their frames with designs that are functional yet structural, and the way things are assembled, leaves very little flexibility in any of the design to allow for vibrations or torsion across the keyboard.
With all that being said, we are already pretty sure we are going to like the Poseidon ZX Illuminated Tenkeyless Mechanical Keyboard based on two factors. One is that we much prefer a TKL keyboard; just personal preference there. Secondly, we liked the Poseidon Z so much, that unless there was a major catastrophe during assembly, we have a good handle on what to expect there. For those of you who missed our review of the Poseidon Z, or are in the market for a new tenkeyless mechanical keyboard, Tt eSPORTS has stepped up and provided a great solution for writers, gamers, and general web surfers, anyone can enjoy what the new Poseidon ZX brings to the table.
Following the chart provided on the Tt eSPORTS web site, we see that the Poseidon ZX is black, with a simple layout. There are no Macro keys, and there are no game profiles either; in fact, just like the Poseidon Z, the ZX is driverless. They show us that the Poseidon ZX has slimmed down to just over two pounds in weight, and then we jump right into the gold plated USB 2.0 connection. It states this is a mechanical keyboard, and tells us there is no fan, but that is does support full NKRO right out of the box, so no changes need to be made.
Without drivers, and a way to make something to save, there is no need for onboard memory. The ZX is fully illuminated with a blue LED at each switch. It does not come with a wrist rest, but it does offer two paths of cable management, though the cable that runs from the keyboard to the PC is not detachable. We do see there are seven multimedia keys, no mention of the two lighting keys, and the Kailh blue switches come with a 50 million click lifespan, but there is no mention in the chart of the five-year warranty covering these Poseidon keyboards.
There are definitely finer details still left to cover, but we will get to those soon enough as we progress with the rest of the review. For now, let's discuss pricing and availability. As for the pricing of the Poseidon ZX, we see the MSRP of $79.99 right on the Tt eSPORTS site, which is $10 cheaper than the Poseidon Z. As we shopped around, we found most of the usual haunts are currently holding stock, and are also sticking with the MSRP; most even offer free shipping. So, not only do we get a seriously strong and vibration free mechanical keyboard, but we also get it at a very reasonable cost. Even if this is your first mechanical keyboard ever, this is still only the second or third submission that can be tried for under $100.
PRICING: You can find the Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS Poseidon ZX Illuminated Tenkeyless Mechanical Keyboard 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 ZX retails for $79.99 at Amazon.
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