Tesoro Excalibur Spectrum keyboard review - RGB simplicity

Value

RGB backlit mechanical keyboards are not cheap. Most are priced over $150, but if you still want a rainbow colored mech and don't have the budget for it, then Tesoro's Excalibur Spectrum could be an excellent choice. It has a MSRP of $139.99, but you can find it with a price-point as low as $109.99, which makes it as cheap as some traditional blue / red backlit mechs.

Considering its build quality, and what it has to offer, it's quite clear the Tesoro Excalibur is more than worth it asking price.

Conclusion

Mechanical keyboards are premium peripherals, RGB backlit models even moreso. Tesoro knew this when they started working on the Lobera & Excalibur Spectrum, and intended to bring something to the table that would give a serious run for the money to any competitor. Between the two, Excalibur is the budget version, providing a simple design, with no added wrist-rests or additional keys& even fewer lighting schemes. However, it still comes with the rainbow illumination, and while it's patterns are not as extensive or as versatile as what Logitech G910, Corsair K70 or Razer's BlackWidow, it still has enough to offer.

At the end of the day, Excalibur is not meant to challenge the aforementioned mechs, instead it's more of a cheap alternative for the user who doesn't have $150 or more to pay, but still wants the right kind of backlighting.

For its asking price though, Excalibur provides excellent build quality, comes with a slew of features, from NKRO, 512KB onboard memory, to fully progrrammable keys, or switching between gaming & normal use. The customizable illumination is a great plus, and it makes most simple backlit mechs seem obsolete. It's a great keyboard, despite its minor hiccups.

 

Pros Cons

- NKRO;
- Every key can be assigned;
- Plenty of lighting schemes;

- Great build quality;

 

- Ergonomics could be improved;
- Clunky software interface;

Build:         9.0 8.6 Performance:      9.0
Ergonomics: 8.0  Features:            9.0
Design:         8.0
Price/Quality:     9.2

Awards

best-value-9.2

 

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