A Solid Tenkeyless Offering
Less can be more, at least if it’s well implemented. There’s nothing to really complain about when it comes to the Tt eSports by Thermaltake Poseidon ZX.
In the end, everybody needs to decide for themselves if they need a numerical pad or not. Those who can, or even want to live without one really don’t have a reason to hesitate. Alternatively, two more points that might sway them away from the Tt eSports by Thermaltake Poseidon ZX are the use of Kailh switches and the choice of the blue switch type.
Those who want a keyboard that does just as well with office work as with gaming, like tactile switches, and can live with the noise, have found a winner in the Poseidon ZX. And the second batch of Kailh switches aren’t as bad as they’re made out to be on a lot of forums. Kalih can apparently take feedback and adapt accordingly, especially since there’s probably a good amount of pressure from its clients.
All in all, the new Thermaltake keyboard’s features aren’t going to blow anyone’s mind, but it can do anything that a keyboard needs to. Simplicity, basic functionality, and plain and practical execution — all of these are phrases that can be applied to the Poseidon ZX.
There’s definitely a trend towards keyboards with less width, and lots of people don’t just have limited space, but also a limited budget and a preference for mechanical keys. The Tt eSports by Thermaltake Poseidon ZX tries to fill this gap in the market. The company managed to combine all these naturally opposing concerns, which is really the bottom line here.
The Tt eSports Poseidon ZX "Tenkeyless" is neither a super-flashy conversation piece, nor does it sport a ton of macro keys for gaming. However, it’ll put in a good day’s work, or play. This is assuming that the switches will actually hold up in the long run. They did look good for the duration of our review. Then again, if all else fails, five years is a good long time to exchange the keyboard for a brand new one.
1) It's significantly slower to type numbers or serial codes. In other words, for a whole bunch of the office work that you're saying it's so good for.
2) It means you can't use a program like autohotkey to turn the number pad into a macro pad.
3) All you say is that if you can live without one and that you shouldn't hesitate to switch to tenkeyless... You're making it out as though it's a BAD thing to have a keyboard with extra functionality, when it's absolutely not.
But really if you're that hard pressed for space then just get a bigger desk or a laptop please. The number pad has many unsung properties and is quite useful for any user in a variety of situations.
DarkSable, I agree with you... it is all subjective... this is no longer a "News" report, but rather an advertisement... it favors an opinion rather than reporting facts... a lot of articles have been trending this way...
Many companies/industries pay writers to mix opinions to sway to a particular product in their favor. I think they're termed kick-backs. They defend positions with true facts, and willfully neglect others that would otherwise be a deficiency, as you pointed out.
Point in-case mechanical keyboards are not exclusive to the gaming demographics (which I believe Thermaltake, with Tom's help is hoping to impress).
There's a lot of great information provided by Tom's to the masses. The question is, do they want to be the Time Magazine of the technology industry, or do they want to become it's National Inquirer?
I do too feel like this one is just a PR news release. I would rather instead have a big lineup comparing the features and build quality of a bunch of tenkeyless boards in a similar price range (sorta like tom's does with cases sometimes) rather than just reviewing one board and sometimes mentioning other boards for a comparison.
In fact I feel like the gaming peripherals market is very under looked here at tom's. Every once in a while I might see a link to tom's guide to some random peripheral (lately it's been corsair products) but that's it. Everything else is just news of a new product coming out from X company.
Why don't we just have a yearly keyboard and mouse lineup? Maybe have an article for the keyboard reviews and the mice reviews. In each article they would choose 15 products and divide them by three sections each containing five peripherals: Budget tier ($0-$20~), Mid tier ($30-$90), and High end ($100+).
So it would go like this:
Budget Tier- Logitech K120
- Corsair Raptor K30
- Rosewill RK-8100
- CM Storm Devastator
- Gigabyte Force K3
Mid Tier- Corsair Raptor K40
- Razer Deathstalker
- Microsoft Sidewinder X4
- Logitech G105
- Steel Series Apex
High End- Logitech G19s
- Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2014 Edition
- Corsair K70
- Ducky Channel Shine III
- Rosewill RGB80
And in each category you would first give us a brief introduction to each board (packaging, features, build quality, included software,functionality, etc.) then compare each board by assessing the value of it and how useful the features are alongside the quality of the product's presentation. Then on the next article you just do the same thing but with mice. If you want I'll give you a tier list of mice as well.
The bottom line is that I would love an article like that. I would also ADORE tom's if they were to cover the topic of companies that produce mice sensors such as avago and pixart. Other good things to mention would be the misinterpretation of DPI and acceleration, flawless sensors (might require a bit of extensive testing), and mice switches (aka left and right MB). Just some ideas from a loyal reader.
That said I love my Ducky keyboard with green switches. I couldn't live without the tactile feedback and hypnotic click.
This review from me was published on German site first. We have there a lot of such reviews so it doesn't look like advertising. We have simply more bandwith in some kind of periphery:)
I'm using each product about I wrote for a longer period by myself to make a real-world test. Only 1 hour of usage ist too less for an objective conclusion ;)