Mechanical Keyboard Final Thoughts
I was very impressed at the build quality and durability of the Thermaltake Poseidon Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. Even at an affordable price, it is difficult to find an alternative mechanical gaming keyboard with adjustable LED back-lighting effects with a sturdy construction. It took me some time to become familiarized with it at first, but that was just part of the learning process to every new peripheral.
The Poseidon does not try to be something that it’s not; it works just as it should for a typist, programmer, video editor, and even a casual gamer. It may not be considered the best gaming keyboard on the market due to its lack of programmable and macro keys, but it does get the job done if you are looking for an affordable mechanical keyboard for typing, productivity, and casual gaming.
Thermaltake POSEIDON Conclusion
In terms of performance, the Thermaltake Poseidon Mechanical Gaming Keyboard does perform as expected. Because of the Cherry MX Brown switches, I was able to type faster and become more accurate with my typing once I became familiar with it. Because brown switches require very little force to activate, I would not recommend going straight into an RTS game right when you take the keyboard out of the box. You will be having a very difficult time trying to play the game especially when you are new to mechanical keyboards. But if you are someone who is familiar to using Cherry MX Brown switches, this keyboard will give you a great gaming experience.
When it comes to appearance, the Poseidon will look great on a professional desk in the office. It has a very classical and traditional look that will blend in with other basic looking keyboards. With the built-in LED’s, this makes it stand out from a normal keyboard. Because the Poseidon is classified as a gaming keyboard, I thought there could have been more features, such as programmable key, macro keys, a palm rest, and LCD screen. But this keyboard would have been priced well over $100 if it were to have these features. This is an entry-level gaming keyboard and the consumers buying this keyboard will most likely not care so much about how it looks.
The build quality is just as good as the more expensive mechanical gaming keyboards. I was very impressed because I had a very hard time trying to get this keyboard to flex. The reason to why it has such a strong body is because it is constructed with a very strong thermoplastic material called Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene, or ABS. Producing ABS is about twice the cost of producing a regular plastic material used in other keyboards, but amazingly the Poseidon still comes at a very affordable price for consumers who want the best build quality and durability in a mechanical keyboard. The only thing I have against the construction is that when I have the plastic legs flipped out, the keyboard did not feel even on my desk. This might have been a production flaw only to my sample, but hopefully other users are not experiencing the same effects I did.
This keyboard is perfect for a typist, video editor, or just someone who casually browses the internet. Media and volume controls also work so there is nothing wrong here. The only thing that disappointed me was the fact that this keyboard is classified as a gaming keyboard but lacks a few essential gaming features. Ideally, a gaming keyboard should have features like programmable and macro keys to enhance gameplay. Although it would have made the price a little more expensive, consumers would pay the premium just to get what they need if they have no other alternatives. I do like the fact that this keyboard uses Cherry MX Brown switches since brown switches are perfect for typing.
When it comes to value, the Poseidon will be a great value for a consumer who is looking for a good mechanical keyboard to type on and surf the web. This keyboard will last many years for a typist. But looking at it from a gaming stand point, there are improvements that could have made it better. Yes it is $69.99 (Newegg | Amazon) as of April 2014, but some consumers would have expected more gaming features on a keyboard at this price.
Overall, I am very satisfied with this product that Thermaltake has provided. This will fit the bill of many consumers on a tight budget. Even though there could have been more improvements, you just have to accept the fact that nothing in life is perfect. I will highly recommend this keyboard to anyone who is looking for their first mechanical keyboard or just an affordable product for typing, productivity, web browsing, and casual gaming.
+ Cherry MX Brown switches
+ ABS body construction
+ Durable and very heavy in weight
+ Great for typing, gaming, and productivity
+ Individual blue back-lit keys
+ Plug and play with no software to install
+ Windows enable/disable button
+ Compact space saving design
+ Excellent rubberized grips
+ Cable routing trail for USB cable
– No built-in palm rest
– No programmable or macro keys
– No dedicated volume control buttons
– Lower half of keys are very dim
– Limited media control functions
– Very bright NUM/CAPS/Sroll lock LED’s
Final Score: 8.80 out of 10.
Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award.
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