Tt eSPORTS Challenger Prime Gaming Keyboard - Installation, Testing and More

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Tt eSPORTS Challenger Prime Gaming Keyboard
Features and Specifications
Installation, Testing and More

Installation:

Installation was a snap. I plugged the keyboard into a spare USB port and visited the product page for the latest drivers and device software. The only downside is that the download package is a RAR file. It would have been nice to have it a standard executable file or a disk with the driver in the box. 

 

Testing:

 

Now time for some nitty gritty testing and fun!

First off, the size and shape of this device is great. It allows for easy typing and general use, and although the wrist rest could be a bit bigger, it does get the job done. The overall feel seems to be pretty solid and the Prime seems to be built tough for an inexpensive peripheral.

The backlighting is superb and the dial for the brightness is a nice touch, although there seems to be too much turn for the dial and not enough adjustment in brightness. I do like the fact that the Challenger Prime can morph into three distinct colors; red, blue and violet. No matter what color scheme you’re going for, this provides you with enough choice in terms of brightness and colors. There are additional lighting options that cause the backlights to pulse as well. It shows that Thermaltake is willing to give you bling – even at the lower price point.

Blue

I am quite pleased that the multi-media keys aren’t tied into the function key and work independently from it. The gaming mode is also certainly worth mentioning, since you can change almost any key to function as you want it and then change it back by toggling it off. Another feature similar to this is that the arrow keys and the WASD keys can be interchanged using the software and are marked similarly so as to remind you that this can take place. The macro keys work well and have three different profiles to choose from so the options are pretty much limitless. This keyboard also boasts on-board memory, which I personally love seeing and makes things handy if you ever have to use another rig and want the same settings. 

Red

To delve a bit deeper, the keys do seem to be responsive enough for a non-mechanical keyboard, and the button presses aren’t too hard although they could be a bit softer for my own taste. The last thing I would like to mention before concluding this critique is the drain holes. I think those are genius especially if you are like me and have a drinking problem!

This brings me to my first real complaint; and that is that the multimedia keys are unlit! I found myself sitting in the dark trying to remember where each key is. This is not a deal breaker but is a disappointment, although the media keys are nice and function very well. One other problem I ran into is that the keys went dim once in a while when changing back and forth from gaming mode. One thing I wish that the Challenger Prime had was a longer and removable cable. I found that it is almost too short but did still fit the bill.

Purple

 

Conclusion:

I think that at the price of $29.99 you aren’t going to find a better gaming keyboard than the Tt eSPORTS Challenger Prime. Sure, it has a few faults, but as I see it the benefits outweigh the disadvantages.

Pros:

  • Appearance
  • Functionality
  • Price
  • Drain Holes 
  • Toughness

 

Cons:

  • Cord length 
  • Strange Lighting Glitch
  • Non-lit Multi-media Keys

 

 

I'd like to thank Thermaltake for sending over this keyboard for us to review. Please feel free to post your thoughts, comments and questions right here.