Thermaltake’s long running Tt eSPORTS keyboards have been characteristically flashy, aggressive, and occasionally silly such as the older Challenger keyboards which had fans for blowing air over the keys and keeping a gamer’s hands dry. What we have here in this review stands away from those principles. The Poseidon keyboards go for a much more minimalist looking design while leaving individually backlit keys and mechanical switches as showcase features.
The Poseidon Z Illuminated is the Kailh mechanical switch update to the original Poseidon Illuminated which used Cherry MX mechanical switches. Kailh switches are copycats of the more familiar Cherry MX switches which saw its patent expire earlier this year. Unsurprisingly, buyers are suspicious, even distrustful of these copy switches and Thermaltake has been tight-lipped in its formal marketing regarding the usage of Kailh switches. We’ve already reviewed a keyboard with Kailh switches which we noted aren’t cheap and awful knockoffs, but virtual clones of the Cherry MX design. Thermaltake knows this too and are confident that the Poseidon Z with Kailh switches is at least still as good as the original Poseidon. Instead of their standard keyboard warranty period of 2 years, the Poseidon Z is backed by a lengthy 5 year warranty.
The Poseidon Z Illuminated comes in two mechanical switch varieties – either the clicky-tactile Blue switches or the quieter-tactile Brown switches, the latter of which is being reviewed. This keyboard features individually backlit keys with blue LEDs, key rollover, multimedia keys, and a Windows key lock. The Poseidon Z Illuminated is available on Amazon shipped for $69.99 with Blue switches.
Tt eSPORTS POSEIDON Z Illuminated Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Features:
Tt eSPORTS POSEIDON Z Illuminated Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Specifications:
The Poseidon Z keyboard is placed in a bubblewrap pouch in the box for protection during shipping and handling. With it in the package is Thermaltake’s warranty booklet which is most important for technical support information and a user guide that outlines the one step installation procedure and the keyboard’s features and specifications. We’re ready now to take a look at the keyboard itself!