Structurally, the Excalibur is very rigid, and does not flex much at all unless you are intentionally trying to warp it. By this, we mean that there isn't any flex of the steel plate as you use the keyboard, and with all those cylindrical towers in the lower section of the frame, there is much less vibration noticed in this design than in some other models. The choice of switches were right up our alley, as we prefer slightly stiffer spring pressure, and an audible noise and activation point felt in every press of a key.
The talk of key activation does bring us to the one and only issue we found in our "Excaliburrrrrr" keyboarrrrrd, and that is therrrrrre seems to be a stuck "rrr" key. Aside from the last half of the previous sentence, we had to constantly fix this while writing our article. This is a first for us to experience, but it is not unheard of, and the same issue had been reported before on another brand of keyboard. As for it going against Tesoro, while shipping out a brand new product for a replacement is something nobody wants to happen, it does happen, and we are certain that Tesoro would take care of you on this issue.
Even with the dodgy key, we are still using this keyboard. We could have just thrown it to the side and gone to one of the many other keyboards in the office, but for some reason, we found that we just couldn't put it down. We have gotten used to the feel with many other samples, so that definitely helps, as this Tesoro just feels familiar.
Compared to boards like CMStorm, Thermaltake, or even boards like the KUL, Tesoro delivers something just as good, but offers more features than most at this price range. Once you factor in the software, the ability to store Macros and Profiles onboard, and take the board on the go without the need to install software everywhere you go, the Excalibur does appear to be a great value. All things included, the Excalibur stands above even the Poseidon keyboard at the same price, without software or onboard memory. The software not only offers the basics of what every gamer wants, but also allows you to remap the board and even delete functionality completely, and that really leaves the doors wide open for layouts and configurations to help you to master your game play.
We find very few at what appears to be the low-end of pricing for newly released budget friendly keyboards, but the Tesoro Excalibur should be at the top of your list at $69.99. Forget our small issue, and realize that you are getting a very solid keyboard. The Excalibur even fixes things some high dollar submissions still have issues with, like vibrations and flex that can strain to your hands.
In addition to the full U.S. layout, and not having to opt for a TKL solution, you still get serious software for complete control under your fingers, and six-key and NKRO with 1ms polling rate that truly works as designed. If you are looking for the best bang for the buck in low-cost mechanical keyboards, you seriously need to consider the Tesoro Excalibur Illuminated mechanical keyboard. While it will not blind anyone, it certainly does put in a much better position to win by your rules.
PRICING: You can find the Tesoro Excalibur 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 Excalibur (BLUE switches) retails for $69.99 at Amazon, the Tesoro Excalibur (BROWN switches) retails for $69.99 at Amazon, the Tesoro Excalibur (RED switches) retails for $69.99 at Amazon, and the Tesoro Excalibur (BLACK switches) retails for $69.99 at Amazon.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||98%|
|Bundle and Packaging||90%|
|Value for Money||100%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||96%|
The Bottom Line: While our Excalibur came with a small chink in the blade, the features, options, and functionality once the software is involved takes this keyboard beyond others in its class. At this price, you need not look any further, Tesoro has what you want.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and Documentation]
- Page 3 [Tesoro Excalibur Illuminated Mechanical Keyboard]
- Page 4 [Tesoro Excalibur Continued]
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