Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Tesoro may be a newer name to some of you, but for us, we have had near a handful of mechanical keyboards from them in the past. Whether looking at the Tizona, either of the Lobera models, or even the Excalibur keyboard, we have found them to be for the most part reliable and built very well. Even if you were not a fan of the dual board design of the Tizona or the oversized Lobera designs, and something like the Excalibur was not enough for you, Tesoro has something completely new up their sleeves this time around to attract even the most discerning of buyers.
Since Tesoro has a good handle on what the mechanical keyboard users require from these kinds of products, and exhausting the usual avenues with previously released products, they have decided to come up with something new to stand out in the crowd. As we have seen from Corsair already with their Cherry MX Speed switches, Tesoro is taking the same line of attack and is opting to offer their mechanical gaming keyboard where speed in use is the primary goal. This is not to say that the keyboard is vanilla with some new fancy switches, quite the opposite in reality. In cooperation with Kailh, Tesoro delivers a keyboard with 1.5mm actuation to the switches, and to simplify things further, the caps that cover each switch stand only 6.2mm in height. This is the driving force to which this new keyboard can claim that it is faster than a standard keyboard, but the options don't just stop there.
For those interested in the latest technology afforded to the mechanical keyboard game, you have to stop and have a look at this Gram Spectrum from Tesoro. This mechanical keyboard is built with reliability and longevity in mind, and boasting the Spectrum naming, we know that this is also full RGB backlit capable. The Gram Spectrum does have something for everyone, and even if you are looking for your first mechanical keyboard, it seems the time is ripe for the picking. As technology advances, there are those that stick to their guns with a standard design, yet at the same time, a select few companies lead the charge into the next evolution. Tesoro happens to be one of those companies that do not want to sit around and wait, and in the Gram Spectrum mechanical keyboard you are about to see, this fact is plainly on full display.
The Gram Spectrum is available in two colors. One of them offers a black frame and key caps, while the other is delivered with a white frame and white key caps. Both are controlled by a 32-bit ARM Cortex processor, and either version offers 512KB of onboard memory. The switches are marked as "Gaming Grade", and are Kailh blue switches with clear tops on them in our sample. We do also see red switch variants out in the market as well. Each key will click for up to 60 million times, ten million more than the standard offerings, and the Gram is comprised of plastic for the lower frame, double shot keycaps, and an exposed steel top plate.
The Gram has the option to poll at 1000Hz, it is connected via a detachable 1.8 meter long braided cable, and can be swapped between 6 Key Rollover mode, or put in full NKRO mode. Since the Spectrum line is Tesoro's RGB naming, the 16.8 million color options should come as no shock. These can be set to lighting effects, or customized down to the per-key level. There are a few special keys for Macros and profiles, plus six multimedia keys to add a bit of dual functionality to the top edge of the Gram Spectrum. The last thing we are shown is that the Gram Spectrum weighs in at 1.05kg, it is 445mm wide, 136mm deep, and only 24.5mm in thickness.
There are a few things that did not make the specifications chart as well. Things like the per-key programmability of this 104-key QWERTY keyboard. Judging by the dimensions, it is not hard to tell that the design has been optimized for a low-profile aesthetic all the way around. Along with the on-the-fly Macro capabilities, there is an intuitive software suite that comes along with the Gram Spectrum to gain the utmost control of all of its features. There is a one-year warranty on all Tesoro products, from the date of purchase, and with it being so thin and being offered with a detachable cable, it makes for an excellent travel companion.
As we took off to shop for the Tesoro Gram Spectrum, we did notice there is a slight deal to be had. While Amazon is selling both the white and black versions at $139.99 no matter the switch type, Newegg does come in slightly more affordable. It is here where we saw the Tesoro Gram Spectrum listed at just $129.99, and again the color or switch type had no effect on pricing. Since the K65 from Corsair is the only actual competition for this type of design, when it comes to pricing, they are neck and neck with each other. At this point, all we need to do is put forward what we see, and see just how well the averagely priced Gram Spectrum compares, not only to the direct competition but against everything else on the market right now.
We feel that by the time we are done, you will easily grasp the worth of a product such as this. Why not be on the bleeding edge of mechanical keyboard technology? The price nearly demands the fact you should be looking past some of the great, yet aging keyboard designs of the past.
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PRICING: You can find the Tesoro Gram Spectrum Gaming Mechanical Keyboard for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The Tesoro Gram Spectrum Gaming Mechanical Keyboard retails for $130 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The Tesoro Gram Spectrum Gaming Mechanical Keyboard retails for £65 at Amazon UK.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging, Accessories, and Documentation]
- Page 3 [Tesoro Gram Spectrum Mechanical Keyboard]
- Page 4 [Tesoro Gram Spectrum Continued]
- Page 5 [Inside the Gram Spectrum]
- Page 6 [Gram Software]
- Page 7 [Gaming and General Impressions]
- Page 8 [Final Thoughts]