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Tesoro Ups Its RGB Keyboard Game With $149 Lobera Spectrum

The latest craze in mechanical keyboards is RGB backlighting, which started when Corsair revealed its full lineup of RGB keyboards. Razer and Logitech have revealed their own RGB keyboards, which gave customers some additional options. Tesoro joined the game last year with the Excalibur keyboard, and now it's adding the Lobera Spectrum to its RGB keyboard lineup.

The keyboard measures 183 x 498 x 25 mm (L x W x H) and weighs a little over three pounds. It comes with nine different LED effects, five brightness settings, and five profiles to store each backlighting setup. However, you can still customize each key individually to suit your preferences. For music aficionados, the Lobera Spectrum also features Audio Mode which allows the LEDs to activate along with the beats of any song, which is a nice little touch for having a party at your desk.

It also comes with two USB 2.0 ports, a DC-in jack, and audio/mic ports, making it a hub for in-game audio as well as for charging portable devices. It also boasts a 1000 Hz polling rate in addition to NKRO and USB 6-Key Rollover, so gamers shouldn't have an issue when playing fast-paced games like Dota 2 or Starcraft 2.

One of the most important factors for any mechanical keyboard is the switches. Corsair uses Cherry MX, Logitech has Romer-G, and Razer uses its own mechanical switches. For the Lobera Spectrum, Tesoro used Kailh switches, which the company claims has a lifespan of 60 million keystrokes.

The switches themselves are made by a company called Kaihua Electronics. Just like Cherry MX switches, there are four Kalih switches: black, blue, brown and red. Compare that to the Excalibur, which doesn't feature the black switches. But don't assume that the color corresponds to the same standards as the German-made Cherry MX switches. The Kailh Black switch is considered to be the "rookie" switch, providing no clicks and no feedback. The blue switches feature the click and clack, just like Cherry MX Blue, and what Tesoro calls "perceptive feedback."

The Kailh brown switches are similar, but they don't have the same audible sounds as the blue switches. The Kailh Red switches are considered to be the high-end choice. Like the black switches, they don't feature any tactile feedback or high audible clicks, but they do feature a lower actuation force, according to Tesoro.

The Lobera Spectrum will cost you $149, putting it in direct competition with the Corsair K65 RGB keyboard. Even though Tesoro gives you two choices for an RGB keyboard, it's apparent that the Lobera Spectrum is the superior choice. The new features, such as the additional key switch option and a charging and audio hub can be attractive to a few customers.

If anything, it's Tesoro's way of telling people that not only can it provide the RGB-backlit keyboard at a competitive price, but it can also throw in a few more features that make it stand out at its price point. The Lobera Spectrum is but one of the many contenders in the market, but what it offers at its price will keep companies thinking about making further improvements to the RGB keyboard.

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  • Bondfc11
    I had the uber expensive Corsair for a few weeks, but hated it. The keys were really tall and the programming for the lighting was a nightmare to sift through. Peeps keep telling me - just watch some videos, read up more, etc. - but sorry I didn't have hours to go through all that to program so pretty lights. Not sure I will ever buy an RGB setup after Corsair's attempts. Swapped it out for the Logitech G710 and really like it. White lights that dim. Perfect.
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  • Dhjfvjyfv
    Um you can literally download lighting profiles, takes minutes idiot
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  • Cons29
    please do not call anyone like that, he was just stating his experience on it. you can suggest an easier way if you know of one but please avoid those words.

    as for the keyboard, i love mechanical, RGB is nice to have, but were expensive back then (not sure now). and i am happy with my ducky
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  • cats_Paw
    I have a steelsereis 6Gv2 and a corsair vengance 90. I use the corsair for my home theather becasue the keys are so light on the fingers that missclicking something accidentaly is far too typical.
    Id say that the steelseries is far better than any other keyboard I have used in the past, and I am staying with it.
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  • Steveymoo
    Holy cr*p, that looks tacky.
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  • someguynamedmatt
    *sigh*
    What happened to professional-looking peripherals? Can't we get a nice clean-looking mechanical keyboard with decent backlighting that doesn't look like it fell out of a B-grade scifi movie?
    I need to buy about ten more of my Max Nighthawk X9 before they stop making 'em - relatively low profile, nice even red lighting, matte finish, and no gaudy design choices. Could double as a bludgeoning weapon in case of an apocalypse. If only I could buy a black IBM Model M with backlighting. That would be the day.
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  • Bondfc11
    15503938 said:
    Um you can literally download lighting profiles, takes minutes idiot

    No kidding! But here's a thought, and clearly you don't own the keyboard, what if there's an effect I want that is not available as a DL?

    Man, you're the idiot.
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