Tesoro changed gears from what we have seen from them in the past, and it has paid off considerably. While they are not the first to bring this sort of a design forward, they did do it very well, and in our mind, competes head to head with what Corsair is offering. The Gram Spectrum is sleek, it is thin, the lighting effects are top tier, and best of all, it is built for speed. No matter how we used this keyboard, the exposed steel plate delivers the best way to illuminate a keyboard, and the vibrationless operation of the Gram Spectrum leads to less fatigue. Adding in the fact that the switch throw is shorter, and the keycaps are only 6.2mm tall, it just makes moving around on this 104 key layout a breeze. Then because the software brings out every option a gamer could want, and all of the caps are double shot rather than painted, you are buying a keyboard that will stand the test of time, above and beyond most of the mainstream competition.
The only downside we could find with this keyboard is the fact that it does not boot in Wave mode. Honestly, though, it was just a few key presses away from being seen, but it goes to show you how deep we have to dig even to attempt to find an issue. The MCU is more than capable of handling anything you can throw at it. It offers NKRO and anti-ghosting, and it can be remapped - the amount of power under your hands is impressive. There is the fact that you can record Macros on-the-fly as long as you are on a profile, and we also like the fact that not only is there a PC mode and Game mode, but you can also lock out the entire keyboard with the press of two keys. With the Tesoro Gram Spectrum, the list just goes on and on, and all of that list just bolsters the image that this product has set forth.
It is relatively easy to go out and gobble up something like the SteelSeries M500 we are currently testing, which is a well-equipped keyboard in its own right. The reality is that with the Gram Spectrum, you get RGB lighting for much less than the M500 is offered at, and we tend to gravitate to smaller keyboards, so the Gram wins out to us over the Corsair offering as well. Also, as far as we are aware, neither of them come with a white option. With $129,99 required if you shop for the best deal currently available, the Tesoro Gram Spectrum and its accompanying software shows its value.
While we are fans of Corsair's product, suffice it to say, we would rather this keyboard stay on our desk. We like the Gram Spectrum so much, it may just replace our CoolerMaster Rapid i, which has been a trooper for us over many years of service. If it were our money, we would be Fry in the meme saying "shut up and take my money."
Chad's Peripherals Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS X99-E WS - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- CPU: Intel Core i7 5930K - Buy from Amazon
- Cooler: Corsair H100i GTX - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Memory: KLevv Cras DDR4 3000 - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Video Card: ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Matrix Platinum - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Storage: Intel 730 480GB - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Case: SilverStone TJ11 - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Power Supply: Corsair AX1200 - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 64-bit - Buy from Amazon
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||99%|
|Bundle and Packaging||95%|
|Value for Money||100%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||98%|
The Bottom Line: The Gram Spectrum is one of the best mechanical keyboards we have seen in quite some time. It is rare that a company gets everything right in one product, but Tesoro took on the competition, and has become king of the hill for now!
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.
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