Tt eSPORTS Poseidon ZX Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
|Tt eSPORTS Poseidon ZX Mechanical Gaming Keyboard|
|Features and Specifications|
|Testing and Final Thoughts|
I'm a fan of mechanical keyboards for a few reasons. Not everyone is all about these noisier units, but the quality that most of them offer is a step up from many standard membrane-type keyboards. Today I'm looking at a very portable mechanical keyboard from Thermaltake's eSPORTS line - the Poseidon ZX. The Poseidon ZX is a tenkeyless keyboard that is nice and trim and is easy to pack around to your favorite LAN.
For the past week or so, I've been using this keyboard almost exclusively for typing, gaming and general use. I've got a few thoughts to share in this review and we'll try and figure out of Thermaltake's own switches have what it takes to compete with the likes of the Cherry MX switches that have made mechanical keyboards popular.
Thermaltake doesn't spare any expense on packaging and with their eSPORTS gear, they generally do it up really fancy. The Poseidon ZX is no exception and this package will certainly catch your eye. The box is nice and all, but really, it's what's inside that counts, right?
Inside the box is the keyboard, a few colored replacement keys, and a quick install guide that tells you to plug it in. That's right, there is no software or downloads of any kind for this keyboard. It's simply a keyboard with a few hardware keys to change a couple of settings and features, but it doesn't require a disk or any intervention other than plugging in. I love this idea and while Macros and custom settings and such are nice, there is something refreshing about a keyboard just being a keyboard.
As you can see below, the keyboard has a very nice and clean layout. It has everything other than the number pad and you can see that there are some media keys that are shared with the first seven function keys. By pressing and holding the "Fn" key on the lower right while pressing these keys you can 1) skip back, 2) play/pause, 3) skip forward, 4) stop, 5) mute volume, 6) lower volume and 7) raise volume. Also along the top is a key that allows you to quickly disable the "Windows" key for when playing games. This is great as it will prevent you from accidentally hitting that particular key and exciting your game to desktop. There are also a couple of other keys that will allow to control keyboard backlighting brightness. Other than that, the top is pretty plain - with the standard keycaps.
The edge below the spacebar is rounded off quite nicely and this makes it a lot more comfortable if you're reaching up for the top row as it won't dig into your wrist. I really like the feel of this keyboard.
The bottom of the keyboard is a little interesting with a couple of channels to route your cable as well as feet if you want the keyboard at more of an angle. The Poseidon ZX is pretty thick with already, so I found that the feet made the keyboard stand a little too tall for my taste and caused some wrist strain. I keep this keyboard as flat as I can and I’m pretty happy with the feel and finish of it overall.
This keyboard feels pretty solid and on the next page, we'll take a bit of a look at the features and specifications before we jump into actual testing.