Personally, we prefer our switches to be a bit stiffer in their activation force, but after a couple of days we did get used to the lighter pressure and absence of an audible click that we are accustomed to. With some time, and a few reviews with it behind us, we feel we have a good handle on what is offered, how it all works, and just what sort of a deal Tesoro offers here. We also know how we are going to continue with our impressions of what the Tesoro Tizona G2N and G2N-P Elite Mechanical Keyboard and Numpad bring to gamers, or anyone for that matter.
Features that stand out in this design are easy enough to find. First is the simpler design to this TKL keyboard; with bright white, laser etched iconography on the key caps, even in a dimly lit room, it is easy to visually find your way around the keys, and there is no funky coating to wear off after a year of use. We like that there are multimedia keys, as that is a deal breaker for a lot of users. We also like that this solution is driverless, yet still offers correctly functioning six-key and NKRO support, PC and Game mode, Windows lock out, and H-keys at the bottom edge to allow easy access to Windows based services. With a low profile front edge, there is no odd feeling in your palms, or a need for a wrist rest to make using it comfortable, it is just comfortable as-is. On top of all of this, we liked the pricing of this solution and combo kit, and feel that is a huge feature when it comes to selling the Tizona components.
If there is one thing we would like to address as a downfall, it has to be the magnetic locking system between the G2N and the G2N-P, The USB connection is easy enough to make, no issues there, and to be honest the magnets work well in keeping the Numpad near the keyboard, but not so much attached. Whenever you need to move the keyboard, you instinctually grab both sides, and in this case you end up with something that looks like the closing of a box, parts separated. If you go to slide it back, since both components have rubber feet all the way around, sliding them as a whole unit does not happen. While we can appreciate the options afforded by going this route, we would prefer a more solid way of attaching it for long term use as a whole unit.
In the end, even if purple is not your first color choice to accent a keyboard, whether you just grab the Elite mechanical keyboard by itself for just less than $70, or the combo deal for $109, it is a great deal to be had. For those of you who cannot deal with life without a number pad on the keyboard, look into the combo offering; just over $100, you not only get the matching Numpad to the keyboard, but you can use it in a multitude of placements.
The Numpad can go on the left of the keyboard, the right, and for data entry or use like a gamepad, the extension cable comes in very handy, and in reality is the least frustrating way to go about using it. Even so, being so affordable, compact, and still delivering things most gamers and regular users want in this Tizona Elite setup, it is hard to pass it by, especially if you are into purple trim.
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.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||83%|
|Bundle and Packaging||92%|
|Value for Money||94%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||90%|
The Bottom Line: If you buy the Tizona G2N by itself, you are getting quite a bit of TKL mechanical keyboard for the money! Even when stepping up to the combo with the G2N-P included, you get a full keyboard layout with tons of options on how to use that Numpad, and still holds great value too.
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