Inside the Poseidon ZX
Just before we gutted the Poseidon ZX, we removed a few caps to get a look at the switches. Unlike others who try to hide the switches, even calling them Tt eSPORTS Certified switches, they do not hide that they chose to use Kailh blue switches in their boards. Also, as expected, there is an LED for every switch.
As for the stock key caps, they are also molded in white first to allow the blue LEDs to shine through the iconography. After the keys are molded, the textured, black, almost rubbery feeling coating is applied for a perfect color match to the frame.
After releasing somewhere around ten or twelve little clips around the edge, the top section of the frame can be removed. Of course, there are screws under the keyboard that need removed first. When we removed the top, we like that we found the steel plate is actually screwed to the lower frame section near the arrow keys, and again right by the Escape key.
With everything out of the frame, we can now see that there are five screws that hold the top to the bottom. If you look closely, you can see all the tiny tabs around the edge that also hold the two parts together. As for the bottom section, the plate and PCB stand on standoffs to keep it from being directly on the plastic.
Since we have no software options for programming or the like, there is no need for s serious MCU, and it is likely why there is this 8-bit ELAN EM78P153KS IC in charge of the day to day information passage from the keystrokes or commands to the PC. It is more than capable of this task.
We are not used to seeing a power distribution PCB added in like this, just off to the side of the USB connection point on the PCB. This is one version of the 94VO FR4 systems that takes the input voltage, and breaks it down for all the individual systems on this PCB.
While we know most will never see this on their Poseidon ZX, we really do appreciate the attention to detail, even when it comes to clean solder points, and absolutely no remnants of flux like we find on other samples. It all just lends to the quality of these eSPORTS products; if what you can't see is great, you know what you can see and use will be top-end as well.
After a bit of reassembly, and plugging in the Poseidon ZX Illuminated Tenkeyless keyboard, we see where all of that naming comes from. It is just like the Poseidon Z in its color, with bright blue LEDs; the only real difference is that twenty percent of the keyboard has been removed, making for more desk space, and a smaller product to carry on the go.
We also wanted to show what the Poseidon ZX looked like with the optional key caps installed. While this is not our favorite look for this keyboard, it does do the intended job of highlighting the WASD keys, arrow keys, and the escape key. We also like that the keys allow the LEDs to pass though them, as not to lose the effect in complete darkness.
Last updated: Apr 7, 2020 at 12:33 pm CDT
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