Testing and Results
As to any test with peripherals, it takes time to become familiar to that particular peripheral. The reason is because there are no numbers to indicate if something is superior or inferior to another product. Core components do have numbers for their tests and benchmarks, which makes it is easier to rank which products are better. I spent a lot of time playing and getting familiar with the Thermaltake Poseidon Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, so let’s dive into the test and see the results.
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 AM3+ Motherboard
System Memory: 2 x 4GB G.SKILL Ripjaw X Series 1600MHz DDR3
Processor: AMD FX-8350 Eight-Core Processor @ 4.4GHz
Audio: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium
Video: Gigabyte Radeon R9-270X 2GB
Disk Drive 1: ADATA SP900 64GB SSD
Disk Drive 2: Seagate Momentus Thin 320GB HDD
PSU: Raidmax Hybrid II 630W Modular PSU
Monitor: Acer G226HQLBbd 21.5″ 5ms LED Monitor
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Professional 64-Bit
- GRID 2
- Starcraft 2
- Planetside 2
- Battlefield 4
- Adobe Photoshop CS5
- Sony Vegas Pro 12
- Microsoft Office Applications
- Eclipse Java Programming
- Google Chrome Internet Browsing
Having Cherry MX Brown switches, I was able to type faster with the Thermaltake Poseidon Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. The keys felt very good to type on as I was able to use it to edit videos and finely tune graphical settings within Photoshop CS5. I found that using brown switches were much easier to use for typing and productivity. I could type faster with brown switches, but just the slightest miss can be enough to cause a spelling error. This is not a major problem, but once I got use to this keyboard, I was typing with great speed and accuracy.
In terms of just basic computing and surfing the web, the Poseidon easily surpasses that. Media controls were limited but they do get the job done with only four media keys. When using Eclipse to write code, I made a lot of mistakes with this keyboard at first, which was normal for first time use. As I got more familiar, I was able to write code faster with less mistakes. This keyboard will do a great service to casual users and programmers.
Because I normally have the lights in my house at a dim level, the blue back-lights really come in handy whenever I have to look down to search for the key I want to press. Being able to adjust the brightness level was also a huge plus and can save a bit of energy as well. I normally turned the LED’s off when there was a lot of sunlight. The only problem I had was that it becomes a little difficult to see the labels on the keys when the back-light was off. But who buys an LED back-lit keyboard just to turn off the LED’s?
Battlefield 4 and Planetside 2 were FPS genres and were the easiest to adjust to. Although I did become frustrated as my fingers did slip several times, which caused me to eject from my airborne Reaver in Planetside 2 or accidentally throwing a grenade at my teammates in Battlefield 4, this was just something that everyone goes through when using a new keyboard for the first time. GRID 2, which I do prefer to play using a controller, was an enjoyable experience as it was not a keyboard demanding game. I was able to play the game just fine with the Poseidon.
Starcraft 2 was rather a completely different story and was the most difficult to adjust to because of all of the hotkeys. I just wished there were programmable along with macro keys to help enhance gameplay. Sometimes I would try to group units but it was difficult to do so because Cherry MX Brown switches require so little force to press, causing me to press random keys at times in a scenario where time was precious. This is not the fault of the keyboard; I just had to become familiarized to Cherry MX Brown switches during gaming.
Overall, I had a great time using and playing with the Thermaltake Poseidon Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Cherry MX Brown switches. The keyboard never moved anywhere as the rubberized feet kept it in place. Even though the keys can be easily pressed with the slightest amount of force, I was able to overcome that after a few weeks of extended use.