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Tesoro Excalibur SE Spectrum Mechanical Keyboard Review

By: Chad Sebring | Keyboards in Peripherals | Posted: Apr 11, 2017 12:40 am
TweakTown Rating: 96%Manufacturer: Tesoro

DOOM & Battlefield 1

 

Gaming has not changed that much for us when using the Tesoro SE Spectrum RGB. By this, we mean that we tend to go for Blue switch version of any keyboard, and the report and feel of these optical switches are very similar to what we are already used to. With every move, there is an audible click, and actuation point felt in the travel.

 

 

There is nothing to complain about with the layout as it is typical to many US layout keyboards we test, but we do like the larger font, as it is easier on the eyes in the dark. The Macro buttons are not as handy for DOOM or Battlefield 1, but we did find uses for them in other titles. We did not play around much with the report rate when gaming, as we set it for NKRO and left it, as we did not want anything we do to be missed, no matter how many keys we might be pressing at the time.

 

The profiles are handy so that we can keep our top three played game settings on each of the three profile buttons, and easily switch it between games. Then, of course, the Function Lock, Windows lock, and even the keyboard lockouts come in handy when it came to gaming.

 

 

Windows and Productivity

 

In all honesty, we thought the feel of an optical switch would be something we would have to get used to, but it is not what we find at all. Right out of the box, the feel and throw of these switches are much like any Blue switch we have tested in the past; it is just the internal mechanism of activation that has changed. Our speed is roughly the same as with any other keyboard bearing Blue switches, but with double the lifespan of the average keyboard switch, this Tesoro should last us for some time to come.

 

What is also a huge factor in this keyboard is that is uses double-shot keycaps. This means that with an extended life of the switch, the legends will not wear off long before it dies as we see with many of the laser etched, painted keycaps. Functionally the Excalibur SE Spectrum is solid, delivers a user experience without vibration or fatigue, and when it is not in use, there is a pretty light show going on your desk.

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