Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
We are always ready to try out a new mechanical switch based keyboard. Previous to this, we have had one other Tesoro product roll across our desk. Not too long ago, we got a look at Tesoro's Lobera, a plunger-style switch based, illuminated, full layout keyboard. With the Lobera, we found that Tesoro is one of the few companies that moved away from Cherry MX switches, and chose to offer the Kailh branded switches instead.
It didn't take long to get used to that keyboard, and once we took into account the software that comes with it, and the average cost for such a product, we were impressed. The Lobera not only won us over, but also showed that while Tesoro may be a newer name to you, they definitely know what they are doing when it comes to gaming peripherals, more specifically, their keyboards.
There are some major differences between what we have seen previously, and this latest submission. For one, the software is not needed in this latest design. All of its functionality and options can be utilized with the function key and a few others on the keyboard. This time around, we also lose the illumination in favor of solid black key caps with laser etched iconography. The last major change that any image of this keyboard shows, is that the very unique styling is done away with here in favor of a more straight forward, and more simplistic design. One thing that does carry over though, and seems to be a trademark of Tesoro gaming keyboards, is the use of that special shade of purple.
We have you here today to not only look at the Tesoro Tizona G2N, tenkeyless, gaming mechanical keyboard, but also to check out the optional Tizona G2N-P mechanical gaming Numpad as well. So, while the G2N has its main design keeping in line with most other TKL options out there today, it also has a couple of tricks up its sleeve with the optional G2N-P. Not only can the Numpad be magnetically attached to either side of the Tizona TKL, but it also ships with its own extension cable, so you can place the G2N-P anywhere on the desk. We have a lot to go over with what Tesoro is offering, so let's get a look at the charts, see what else is being offered, and find out what this combination is going to set you back.
The first chart we see is for the Tizona G2N TKL mechanical keyboard, and in this chart we find the specifications, requirements, warranty information, package contents, and model numbers for each of the four models with different Kailh switches in them. In the specs, we see that this uses silver plated Kailh brown switches that require 45 grams of activation force. Pressing on the cylindrical key caps to 2mm, you will feel the activation of the switch, but there is no audible click, at least not until the 4mm level where the caps tap on the steel plate. We also see that this keyboard offers two USB 2.0 ports, it has only 1.55 meters of braided cabling, and that it offers multimedia functionality. Additionally, we see that it comes with a one-year warranty, and a quick install guide, but there is no mention of the included power cable that helps power both ports at once.
The second chart is for the Tizona G2N-P Elite Mechanical Gaming Numpad, which as we found it, is packed into a separate box all of its own. We see in this chart that the specifications match what we saw with the G2N, as it uses the same switches, Kailh browns. Of course, this is much smaller and lighter, since it is only one quarter of the layout the G2N has to offer. This too offers a one-year warranty, and can also be had in four flavors, so it offers the same feel to match the G2N it is built for.
Locating Tesoro Keyboards inside of the U.S. is currently limited. As we looked for the Tizona G2N and the G2N-P Elite, we found that you can order this setup one of two ways. For right around $70, you can buy any of the four versions of the G2N, and that is a great price for any mechanical keyboard, as it usually takes an EOL sellout to a refurbished one to get one this affordably. Now, when it came to hunting down the Tizona G2N-P in standalone form, we were unable to do this, as we could not find a listing for it anywhere.
However, we did find out that this can be bought as a combo kit, where the G2N is ordered with the G2N-P Elite included in the deal. When it comes to this combination deal, we see that the asking price is only $109. The bonus here is that you can buy the kit, use the Numpad when you want, in a few different ways, and when you don't need it, pull it away and have at the Tizona G2N TKL all on its own. Either way you decide to go, you can't argue that this is good pricing for a gaming mechanical keyboard setup.
PRICING: You can find the Tesoro Tizona G2N and G2N-P Numberpad 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 Tesoro Tizona G2N and G2N-P (Kailh Blue Switches) combo retails for $109 at Amazon, the Tesoro Tizona G2N and G2N-P (Kailh Black Switches) combo retails for $109 at Amazon, and the Tesoro Tizona G2N and G2N-P (Kailh Brown Switches) combo retails for $109 at Amazon. The Tesoro Tizona G2N (Kailh Blue Switches) retails for $89.99 at Amazon, the Tesoro Tizona G2N (Kailh Black Switches) retails for $89.99 at Amazon, the Tesoro Tizona G2N (Kailh Brown Switches) retails for $89.99 at Amazon, and the Tesoro Tizona G2N (Kailh Red Switches) retails for $89.99 at Amazon.