Inside the Excalibur SE Spectrum RGB
Using the spring-metal keycap puller, most of the keycaps come right off of the Cherry style stems on these optical switches. The wider caps do take a bit more finesse to remove, as there are clips on them for the torsion bars. Each keycap is initially molded with a shot cap shot of opaque plastic and then returned for second molding process where the large black section is added onto it. This means that there is no paint to wear off, and it will be near forever before you wear out any of the legends.
The Gateron built optical switches say Tesoro on the clear body of each of them. The stem in this instance is blue, but there are also red versions too. The clear body allows more LED light to pass through them, and since the LEDs are internal, this is a must. The torsion bars are exposed, and we can clearly see the steel plate which is painted white.
The frame of the Excalibur SE Spectrum RGB is a two-part construction, both halves molded in black plastic. The top components have clips around the edge, but quite a few screws hold the halves together securely. The lower section uses raised plastic posts for support rather than a grid system, but this keyboard flexes very little, and we feel no vibrations.
Inside of the keyboard, we find the PCB is black this time instead of red, and we see only resistors near the switches, no switch soldering points to be found anywhere. The switches use a beam rather than an electrical contact, and the point of transference of the signal is on the top of the PCB. Essentially, the switches are just pressed into the holes of the PCB.
On previous models, we could clearly see which 32-bit MCU was used, but not this time. What we found inside of this keyboard is that the IC has been black-topped, and leaves us guessing to its manufacturer, or if it is even a 32-bit processor at all.
There are quite a few modes, but the spectrum wave from left to right is what caught our eye. Rather than multiple colors at once as many others offer, Tesoro changed the entire keyboard one color at a time in this mode. You can get multiple colors at once using the top-down wave. There are many other modes to tinker around with as well, and you can even setup one the way you like it in the custom profile.
PRICING: You can find the product discussed 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 Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK`s website.
Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada`s website.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging, Accessories, and Documentation]
- Page 3 [Tesoro Excalibur SE Spectrum RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard]
- Page 4 [Excalibur SE Spectrum RGB Continued]
- Page 5 [Inside the Excalibur SE Spectrum RGB]
- Page 6 [Gaming and General Impressions]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
Recommended for You
- We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.
Latest News Posts
- Escape the 'Isle of Dogs' in our Blu-ray giveaway!
- Apple's new MacBook Pro SEVERELY THROTTLES from Core i9 heat
- Western Digital Samples 1.33Tb QLC Die Flash
- Capcom add 'Torch Man' to the Mega Man 11 boss roster
- Kirby Star Allies: Daroach, Dark Meta Knight & more details
- Question about ASROCK 970 Extreme3 1.0
- MSI X470 Gaming M7 AC (AMD X470) Motherboard Review
- ASROCK C2750D4I BMC Self Test Failure
- OWC Travel Dock Review
- Asrock a320m dgs eveything stuttering even cs go drops 15-20 fps
- Micron Launches Industry's First Enterprise SATA Solid State Drives Built on Leading 64-layer 3D NAND Technology
- Micron, Rambus, Northwest Logic and Avery Design to Deliver a Comprehensive GDDR6 Solution for Next-Generation Applications
- Toshiba Memory America Unveils UFS Devices Utilizing 64-Layer, 3D Flash Memory
- ASUS Announces GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Series Gaming Graphics Cards
- ASUS Announces ASUS Hangouts Meet Hardware Kit