Tesoro Excalibur G7NL Gaming Keyboard Review


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Tesoro Excalibur G7NL Gaming Keyboard Review

By Julian Duque

Manufacturer: Tesoro Technology Inc.
Product Name: Tesoro Excalibur G7NL LED Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Model Number: TS-G7NL
UPC: 0799430373319
Price As Tested: $89.99 (Amazon | Newegg)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Tesoro.

If you attended CES earlier this year you might have encountered Tesoro’s booth which featured many of their upcoming products. The recently established company was trying to bring attention as they have just opened their doors to the USA market, with the objective of bringing their unique gaming designs catered for gamers. In this article, Benchmark Reviews takes a look at one of their keyboards, the Tesoro Excalibur.

As new as this company is, it is really interesting to see what they will bring to the market. At CES 2014 we got a quick glance of what they were going to offer and overall it looked quite promising. Now that they have released most of their products through their website it is clearly seen that they are affordable, and share very similar specifications from the already great keyboards in the market. This is clearly a good sign and I love to see the small companies bring competition in this already crowded market.


A quick look at the Tesoro Excalibur specifications found in Tesoro’s website reveals pretty good features as expected from a keyboard at this price range. One thing to notice is the absence of Cherry MX switches, however the Excalibur still uses mechanical switches from Kailh which are cheaper than their cherry variants.

Features & Specifications

  • No missed keys with N-Key Rollover (NKRO)
  • Gaming grade mechanical switches with 60 million key actuations
  • Switches availability: Blue, Brown, Red
  • 512kB on-board memory for macros
  • Instant Game mode function key
  • 4 level LED backlighting with dimming capability
  • 5 level LED key lighting with single key illumination mode
  • Rubberized Anti-slip bottom for intense gaming
  • Compatible with Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8.1.


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  1. David Ramsey

    It will be interesting to see how the Kalih “clone” Cherry switches hold up; if they do well, it’s a hell of a bargain-priced keyboard at only $69.99 at Newegg. You’d better hurry, though, if you want one, as Newegg notes “Limit 9999 per customer”!

  2. Chris

    Price seems to have gone up. :/

    1. Julian Duque

      You should stay updated with promotions from sites such as newegg.com. There is a good chance that the price will come back down again.

  3. Ander

    You’re misleading your readers by telling them Kalih switches are “exact clones” of Cherry switches. Kalih has nowhere near the same level of quality control. Kalih’s contacts are not gold-plated like the Cherrys; they use different types of plastics; and their actuation and feedback points can vary from one piece to another. Users who care about this should seek additional reviews.

    1. Julian Duque

      Thanks for commenting, we gladly appreciate your feedback and will certainly take it into consideration! You might be right in saying that Kailh has no comparison to Cherry’s level of quality control, and you might be right in saying that there will be slight differences in plastics between them and they might not be exact clones of each other. But take this into account: Cherry’s patent has been around since 1980 and it wasn’t until recently that companies like Kailh (which has been around since the 90s) started emerging into the mainstream mechanical keyboard realm, most likely due to Cherry’s patent expiring. When Razer announced their BlackWidow ultimate (Which features Kailh switches) they made really high claims to the reliability of the switches themselves, claiming 10 million strokes more than Cherry’s. Unfortunately, testing 60 million strokes is something that can only be handled by the same people that manufacturer the switches (the type of equipment, and time needed for this tests is really out of question). What I did test, was the actuation difference between both Cherry MX blue and the Kailh blue switches. Cherry MX blue and Kailh blue switches have a difference of around 0.27 mm of actuation distance which in reality is such an insignificant difference that I did not even mention it. On the Tesoro sample, after 2 months of daily usage I have not noticed any difference in feedback points between any key. Since all the quantified data that I could obtain led to both switches being nearly identical, this was the only conclusion I could make. I do mention in the article that Cherry should be considered as the first choice, mainly due to their reputation, but Kailh switches so far have yielded almost the exact same results.

      1. Paul

        BRAVO !
        The keyboard is nice, i like it.

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