First and foremost, what raised our eyebrows about the Excalibur SE Spectrum was the switches used in its design. After hearing about the keyboard, we did do a bit of homework to find it had been done before, but that was a long time ago, and as far as we can tell, was only done once, in mass, before Tesoro taking on this technology.
The partnership between Tesoro and Gateron solves a few issues at once. Tesoro can deliver a switch that hardly anyone in the market even batted an eye at, which lowers the demand for this style of switch. Where Cherry could not fill orders, opening the door for Kailh, Tesoro's use of this switch means that there will be little or no shortage for their keyboards. In standard switches, there are metal components which will wear over time, may even cause doubles of keys when pressed, and can even corrode over time making the keys inoperable. This will not happen in an optical switch. As long as the light beam is still on, and the switch can go up and down on the spring, it is an open or closed situation, and the fact that they could double the lifespan means your investment gets you twice the time as most others.
Many of the aspects of the Tesoro Excalibur SE Spectrum are as good or better than we had expected, but we did run into two things we feel would have made this keyboard a home run. While the feel is perfect, usage is stress and fatigue free, and this tried, and true design has proven itself time and time again, we feel that Tesoro missed on the LED lighting a bit. While this is more affordable than many other solutions with this level of RGB LED lighting, we do think the wave patterns could be faster or more colors at once. Custom mode allows you to do whatever you want, but compared to all of the other offerings out there, the LED system is a tad lacking on this keyboard.
The second thing we wish would have been in play is the software. We completely get that the idea is to be driverless, but with all that storage space offered, the software could offer more profile slots or a way to scroll through many Macros. While Tesoro does hit on this aspect, we just feel that with software in play, it would allow for more LED settings as well as a better way to gain full control of the Excalibur SE Spectrum RGB.
With all of that said, there is one aspect about the Excalibur SE Spectrum RGB that is hard to overlook; and that is the cost. While we may have found a couple of minor points where we feel this product could have been improved, it is hard to keep it down when you can find it darn near anywhere for just $99.99. Most keyboards in this class, just in the aspect of general features and build quality would usually cost closer to $150, and none of them were sporting 100 million click optical switches. This does nothing but to bolster the price point even further, as it is like you are getting twice the keyboard, and it is still one of the more affordable mechanical keyboards we have tested; ever.
If you are in the market for an attractive keyboard that will not break the bank and will last you for many years to come, there is no denying that Tesoro and their Excalibur SE Spectrum RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is the one for you.
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- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 64-bit - Buy from Amazon
Product Summary Breakdown
|Overall TweakTown Rating||96%|
The Bottom Line: Tesoro's Excalibur SE Spectrum is a ton of keyboard for the investment! We would have liked software control, not only for its ease of use, but for the additional features that come with it, but nonetheless, Tesoro delivered an amazing mechanical keyboard.
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- 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]
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