Introduction, Specifications and Pricing
If you haven't yet heard of the Poseidon name in keyboards, it very well may be time to crawl out from underneath of your rock, as these Tt eSPORTS keyboards are taking the market by storm. Not only have we seen just about every variation from the standard Poseidon, to the TKL version, and while we missed out on the RGB version of this design, we feel we may just have the best of the best of them all in our hands right now. While being based on Tt eSPORTS certified mechanical switches (Kailh blue switches) it is really hard to tell the difference between these and Cherry MX versions, and over time, using many keyboards that have moved to these Kailh switches, we almost prefer them better, so that is no reason to walk away.
Some may be thinking that with seeing the original, you feel you have seen them all, but you could not be more wrong with that assumption. Unlike where many companies will rebadge a product with a new skin, different lighting options, or simply changing the switches used in the design, when it comes to Tt eSPORTS, they are always thinking and offering up new ways to do something, or adding cool new features that you may not have even thought the keyboard would need until you got the chance to play around with it and appreciate what it can offer.
This is exactly what has gone on with the keyboard we are bringing forward today. The Thermaltake eSports team sent us the latest, which is their Poseidon Z Forged mechanical gaming keyboard. Immediately, when we mention the word forged, we immediately think of metal work, and with this version, we do indeed find that there is a brushed metal top plate on this Poseidon. They also added features like new backlighting schemes, and unlike other metal top plate keyboards, this one offers a steel plate that the switches are mounted to, and is painted blue on top of that to help the LEDs to glow seemingly much brighter than what we have seen before from the Tt eSPORTS crew.
Of course, there is also a lot more going on with this design, like a huge amount of Macros, various profiles, multimedia keys, but the list is really too long to get into right now. So, if you like what you are reading so far, stick around and follow us through as we break everything down and explain everything that your money is affording you in the Poseidon Z Forged mechanical keyboard.
The chart lacks a bit of continuity as it jumps around a bit listing the features and specifications, but at the same time, they do offer just about everything you need to know in this short list. Currently the keyboard is available in black for the color choice, and next we see that this keyboard contains ten Macros keys across five profiles for a total of 50, but with the GUI in play and another mode to choose, it actually doubles that potential to 100 Macros. Since this design offers a steel plate inside, along with the metal top plate, it is a bit weighty at 3.26 pounds within the 503mm of width, 156.2mm of depth, and its 43mm of thickness.
The keyboard is of course connected by a USB cable, but even here we find that it is braided and terminates in a gold plated connection at either end, and yes this means that the cable is detachable. We next see that this version comes with TT certified mechanical blue switches made by Kailh, but there is also a brown switch version as well that can be found in the wild, and both versions offer anti-ghosting. Of course with the GUI and Macro potential, this design does indeed include onboard memory for such things totaling out at 64KB in size.
While adjustable, we also find out that the maximum polling rate is 1000Hz or 1ms depending on your preferred way of looking at it. Back to that steel plate under the key caps, unlike other Poseidon's, this one is painted blue to match the LEDs that can illuminate it. Lastly, we see that they include a wrist rest, it offers audio jacks with its own sound card onboard, offers multimedia keys, a pair of USB 2.0 pass-through ports, and we see the 1.8 meters of length to the USB cable that connects to the PC.
While shopping around, we do find the Poseidon Z forged at most of the usual haunts. As with any Tt eSPORTS product, you can buy it direct from them at the MSRP of $139,99, but as we always do, we look around for the best deal. In that search, we located this same blue switch variant at Amazon for $119,99 with free shipping, and that seems to be the best current deal to find. The strange thing is we also found one sitting at Newegg, and while they do not show any current stock of new keyboards, we did see that they have one listed as refurbished, and that can be had for $99.99. Odd, we know, but this is what we can find currently, and even if you had to pay the MSRP of $139.99, we have no issues with its value considering all that this keyboard is capable of offering.
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