Tesoro Lobera Spectrum RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

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Product: Tesoro Lobera Spectrum RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Provided By: Tesoro
Price: ~$149.99 at time of publication

 

Introduction:

There are many keyboards on the market and many of them go through testing and on review sites. Everyone wants a good and honest review and that’s where we step in (gladly I might add) as we test and “play” with products. Part of being a hardware news and review site is the myriad of peripheral reviews we get to do as they are part of the hardware side of things.

We have a new keyboard on the test bench today. This is the Lobera Spectrum RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard from Tesoro, and if you think that only mainstream companies know how to make keyboards, you’ll hopefully get some new information today that may expand your horizon. This keyboard is pretty sweet and completely customizable!

When I opened the box and picked up the Lobera Spectrum, I soon discovered that it was heavier than any keyboard I’d ever used. It doesn’t have a cheap plastic feel like most others do. If a fellow gamer at a LAN party raged, I’d be afraid to be hit by one of these bad boys. Tesoro names their keyboards after swords and the Lobera means “Wolfslayer”. The Lobera is the Sword of Bravery which “is the sword which symbolized power used by Saint Ferdinand 3. It has become one of the most famous swords in the history.”

Box In The Box

 

Tesoro is new to BCCHardware but is not a brand-new company. They specialize in peripherals and were a very welcome sponsor to BCCHardware's VulcLAN earlier this year.

 

First Look:

The dark metal finish with its rough patterned edging on the wrist rest gives this keyboard a nice tough look. The sides light up if the keyboard profile you’re using includes lighting. Other features worth mentioning are the anti-slip feet, a thick braided cord that splits into cords that include USB and audio cables. The keyboard has jacks for your headset and microphone so you don’t have to plug into the rear of your PC every time you take your headset with you. The keyboard also has a couple of USB ports to help you out.

Ports Open Wrist Rest
   
Logo


 

Port Label

 

Not only this is a gaming keyboard, it’s customizable and well lit! I am a fan of color and try to be pretty creative. Still more features worth mentioning are the switchable six or full N-Key rollover. There are five profiles as well as audio modes so you can program about 300 different macros if you want to set that up. Macros can be recorded through software of via the instant recording button to let you record macros on the fly.

Side View Cables

 

Macros and settings are stored in the 512kB built-in storage. With this feature you can plug your keyboard into any PC and still have all your key-bindings, lights and macros. When playing games, you can disable the “Windows” key so you won’t kick yourself to desktop in the middle of a heated match. One does not simply pause online games.

 

On the next page we'll cover the features and specifications before we continue on to testing.


 

Features:

Lobera Spectrum is a top-notch programmable gaming keyboard with advanced backlighting features. It has a number of stunning illumination modes including audiomode which makes the LEDs flash to the beat. Its highly customizable illumination processor even lets set individual key colors and turn the backlighting on and off for each key.

Mechanical key design creates solid tactile feel and rapid response for extreme gamers. High speed USB 2.0 hub with audio jacks offers easy connection for user's favourite portable peripherals. 5 profiles, up to 300 macro keys can be defined by the user. Tesoro Lobera Spectrum is the ultimate choice for gamers.

  • Full Spectrum, Full Customization
    The Lobera Spectrum allows gamers to individually customize virtually any color, to any key.
     
  • Backlighting Modes
    There are 9 different LED effects, such as dimming, full zone, trigger, ripple, firework, radiation, rainbow wave, and per key customized mode as well as 5 levels of brightness and 5 distinct profiles to store them.
     
  • Audio Mode
    When Audio Mode is activated, the LEDs of each individual key dance to the beats and bass of your favorite tunes.
     
  • USB & Audio Jack Pass-Through
    The Lobera Spectrum comes with a pass-through hub with audio/mic jacks and 2x USB 2.0 ports with a DC-in jack allowing gamers to charge their smart phones and tablets directly through the keyboard.
     
  • Instant Recording/ 512kb Built-in Storage
    Gamers are able to instantly program macros across the whole keyboard. Profiles can be switched in just a couple keystrokes. Built-in storage gives players the freedom to carry their preferences with them on different computers.
     
  • Built to Last, Designed for Play
    The Lobera Spectrum uses Kailh switches rated for 60 million keystrokes and high quality Costar stabilizers. Rubberized feet with tilt control, preventing slipping even during intense play.

 

Specifications:

Specs

 

 

Installation & Accessories:

Installing a keyboard is typically pretty easy and installing this one was no different. It’s a lot less complicated that building a computer. All you have to do is plug in the audio cables and USB cables. Head on over and get the latest driver for the Spectrum and that will enable you to get your macro and profiles set up. The keyboard came with a manual, a mini catalog and an audio cable that is supposed to make your keyboard dance to the tunes you are playing. 

Bundle

 

On the next page we'll cover testing and wrap up with our final thoughts.


 

Testing:

Let the fun begin as we start getting into the meat of the review. Reviews are hard work and there can be blood, sweat and even tears, but not with the Lobera Spectrum. It’s just plain fun. For regular typing this keyboard works absolutely fantastic. They keys are not as loud as my RBG 80 from Rosewill, but they are louder than my ROCCAT ISKU. They feel like either red or brown switches.

Profile

All the keys light up when you setup a solid color or a color sequence to them. The sides light up to whatever color you run on your keys. As I previously mentioned, you can set the lights on this keyboard to be completely personal. You can set the theme and the stage and every key can be a different color. There are nine different lighting effects: Standard, Trigger, Ripple, Firework, Radiation, Breathing, Rainbow Wave, Audio and Spectrum – and in the Spectrum mode you can have the keys shine, breath and more.

 

The sound controls and media keys works nicely. Once you plug your headset into the keyboard you can chat and listen away. The keyboard is rather sturdy and doesn't slide around, especially with it being heavy metal (Slayer?!). You can set up to five profiles and bind macros and lights to each of these profiles. It’s much simpler than I thought, and this Tesoro has a great interface that makes it easy.

Setting up macros for your games is pretty simple.
  1. Pick a profile
  2. Set your colors
  3. Pick a key to make into a macro
  4. Go to macro settings button and record your key presses
  5. Click sync program 
  6. Pick a folder to sync it to your root folder on your PC

 

You can also use the instant recording button to quickly make a key work for you for the game you want, but make sure you add it to the right profile!

Color Map

Color Map for Keyboard
 

Macro Setup
Macro Setup

Adding Programs

Adding Programs

 

Conclusion:

A lot of the settings and general features of the keyboard are somewhat similar to the last two keyboards I reviewed. However, the instant recording and macros and the best of both the ISKU and the RGB80. Lighting is simple and powerful.

When I heard that EVERY key can be set to a different color, that there were different color modes and you could set macros on the fly for gaming, I decided that I had a little extra time to do another review. It took a long time to set all the keys the way I wanted but it looks awesome! This is the first keyboard I’ve used that has extra USB ports or a headset/microphone input and they add some extra value for sure. 

Overall, I like this keyboard very much as it brings out the “tough” looks as well as the creative side of this girl gamer. The heavy feel, rough texture, metal and industrial design lets people know that you have a quality product on your bench. At $159, this is not a budget keyboard, but the features and quality are not budget as well. It is a high quality product. If you are creative, love mechanical keyboards and want something a cut above the average LAN-goer, make sure to give the Lobera Spectrum by Tesoro a try!

 

Pros:

  • Colorful
  • Mechanical Switches
  • Customizable
  • Braided Cord
  • Metal Finish

 

Cons:

  • Audio mode is confusing

 

Despite a few little quirks, this keyboard scores an easy Gold Award here at BCCHardware.com.

I'd like to thank Tesoro for sending out this keyboard for us to review. If you have any questions, comments or general feedback, please post them at this link.