Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
While we seemed to have missed a few of them, all the rage in mechanical keyboards these days has to do more with lighting effects than it does functionality. It seems functionality has come to a plateau where most mechanical keyboards are offering NKRO and anti-ghosting over USB. Switches are readily available, and software seems to have peaked with customizable keys, Macros, and various profile. In reality, this seems like the only place left to go to try to differentiate yourself from the huge sea of mechanical keyboards being offered.
While we have seen products from Tesoro before, and we recall being pleased with them, they too have made that jump to RGB lighting in their mechanical keyboards under the term Spectrum. The Excalibur we have already seen took on this Spectrum identity, and the other in the line so far to make the move is the Lobera. So, when the keyboards take on the word "Spectrum" in their titles, they have full RGB LEDs under each and every key cap.
While we have already seen the Supreme version of the Lobera, today we look at the Tesoro Lobera Spectrum. The outside is very similar with only minor changes, and the sample we have now came with the same switches too. We will be diving deep in the keyboard, and what it has to offer, but the main focus is the updated software, features, and what that means to customers. Join us we give this Tesoro a thorough once over.
Tesoro provides a chart that does cover all of the basics when it comes to looking for a new keyboard. The dimensions are important, and we find that the Lobera Spectrum is 498mm from left edge to right edge. It is 183mm from the front to the back, and without the feet extended, it stands only 25mm in height. It offers 512KB of onboard memory, five profiles, any key is usable as a Macro key, 16.8 million color choices to the LED lighting, and the keyboard and cable weigh in at 1.5kgs. To the right, we find out that the keys offer a 60 million stroke lifespan, it shows three profile keys, but there are five. It connects to the PC via USB, has a 1.55-meter cable, and even offers a pair of USB pass-through ports in the back.
What this chart does not mention is that it offers anti-ghosting, 6-key, and full NKRO support as well. There is also no mention of the Kailh switches or what types are available, and of those options we received brown Kailh switches. They also do not make any mention to the plastic used in the outer components, or that they have painted the steel plate for the switches white to help bring out the brilliance of the multi-colored LEDs.
If you like what you see so far, and this seems like the kind of keyboard you may want to purchase, all we have left to do is locate one and buy it. Finding the Lobera Spectrum is relatively easy. In our search, we found that the pricing is best at both Amazon and Newegg at this time, where both locations are asking $139.99, and both come with free shipping as well.
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