Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Now that Thermaltake has the TT Premium brand, it appears that they are moving into other products besides cases and gaming chairs. We have seen peripherals from the Thermaltake brand in the past, as well as products from the Tt eSports moniker, but this is the first TT Premium branded keyboard we have seen.
Judging by the name of the brand alone, we would expect this line to offer the best of the best. Not something with the average set of features and capabilities, but something that should make buyers stop and take notice. Otherwise, why not just keep peripherals in the other two product lines, and call it a day?
There are many features which will draw in the masses. Use of Cherry MX switches is a good start, and many adore exposed switch keyboards. Lighting is also a big hit, and the fact that this keyboard is RGB backlit makes it all that much better. The ability to customize not only the lighting but all aspects of the keyboard, delivering it in a solid frame, adding in a wrist rest and optional FPS keycaps, all of these are great to have too. Along with all of the things many companies are offering, this new TT Premium keyboard offers an app as well, but just for iPhones.
Within this app you can create Macros on-the-fly, you can also adjust the lighting and remap keys, but the one thing that takes it over the top is that Thermaltake allows you to speak to the keyboard through your phone now too. While we have not seen any products like this from the TT Premium brand, things are looking good for their premier entry into the peripherals game. The Thermaltake TT Premium X1 RGB Gaming mechanical keyboard includes all of the bells and whistles one would need, and also offers thing which you have never thought about.
For those looking for the upper echelon of keyboards in regards to what is the latest and greatest of its time, we feel that the TT Premium X1 RGB has surpassed what has been seen in the past, and ventures into new territory with everything they have to offer in the mechanical gaming keyboard.
The chart provided by Thermaltake is all over the place when it comes to providing information, so bear with us as we try to make sense of it all. The TT Premium X1 RGB is black, the bottom half of the frame is plastic, and the top is textured plastic.
This is a 104-key layout keyboard, which uses either Cherry MX Blue or Silver switches. With the wrist rest not added into the measurements, the X1 RGB is 464mm from side to side, 170mm from front to back, it stands 40.39mm tall without the feet extended, and weighs in at a hefty 1598 grams. Many of the features are covered in this charts as well. Things like the lack of dedicated Macro keys, the fact that there are six profiles to use, there is software control, and the RGB LEDs deliver 16.8 million colors to select, as well as twelve pre-defined modes to use. Connectivity to the PC is done via USB 2.0 with a gold connection for both the keyboard functions as well as another for the USB pass-through port.
There is also an audio pass-through port, and it too is a gold plated connection. The length of the cable is standard, at 1.8 meters. The X1 RGB provides anti-ghosting and NKRO support, a detachable magnetic wrist rest, multimedia keys, and each of the switches has a fifty million-click lifespan. There is a 32-bit MCU inside of the keyboard, which offers some onboard memory to house your custom profiles, and the default polling rate is set to 1000Hz.
Prices vary from location to location, and we also see price varies by the type of switch offered. For those hunting down the version we have with silver switches, the best deal currently is through Newegg, where it is listed at $127.41. Amazon wants $139.99 for the same thing. If blue switches are more your thing, the only listing we found was on Amazon, but they require only $121.03 for it. While there is no real reason for the price change to occur between versions, the fact remains that unless you are set on having silent linear fast actuating switches, going with blue switches is the more affordable option, even if you have to deal with more noise.
At $139.99, the TT Premium X1 RGB Mechanical gaming keyboard comes in below average in cost, and there is quite a bit to be had with the investment.
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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 States: The Thermaltake Tt Premium X1 RGB Smartphone Enabled Voice-Controlled AI 16.8 Million Color with 12 Lighting Effects Cherry MX Blue Switches Mechanical Gaming Keyboard KB-TPX-BLBRUS-01 retails for $128.54 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The Thermaltake Tt Premium X1 RGB Smartphone Enabled Voice-Controlled AI 16.8 Million Color with 12 Lighting Effects Cherry MX Blue Switches Mechanical Gaming Keyboard KB-TPX-BLBRUS-01 retails for £96.58 at Amazon UK.
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