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Tesoro Gram SE Spectrum G11UXL Red Optical Switch Single Individual Per Key Full Color RGB LED Backlit Illuminated Mechanical Black Gaming Spill Resistant Keyboard TS-G11UXL B (RD)
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- Featuring Tesoro’s Optical switch technology
- Fastest switch response time of 0.1ms
- Precise actuation for optimized game play; Non-contact signal eliminates double typing
- Extreme durability with an optical sensor life span of 100k hours
- Anti-particle and spill protection
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The GRAM SE Spectrum uses the all-new Tesoro Optical Switch in a sleek, minimalistic keyboard design. The infra-red switch responds twice as fast as traditional mechanical switches and offers advanced dust and spill resistance. Since the Tesoro Optical Switch does not use metal components, like traditional mechanical switches, there is no regular wear and tear from constant contact. This allows for a longer switch lifespan.
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Optimize your game with unparalleled fast movements, zero-lag, and precise actuation via infrared communication.
A non-contact signal through optical communication eliminates double typing, delayed response times and defects that come from traditional metal contact. With no oxidation and a particle and spill resistant component, enjoy a longer lifespan.
Swap up to 4 switches included.
All keys programmable to fit your style.
Full N-key/6-key rollover options so you never miss a strike.
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Optical Switch Technology
How did you come up with the idea for this product?
Tesoro is dedicated to bringing new technology and features to the peripherals market. That said, the Tesoro Optical Switch was created as a way to aid with maximizing gameplay; delivering accuracy, speed and switch longevity. The GRAM SE Spectrum brings forth a balance of design and innovation with optical switch technology on a mechanical keyboard. In developing the GRAM SE Spectrum, it was all about maximizing functions and realiability that will add value to the gaming experience, while pushing the boundaries and offering something interesting and innovative to an inundated market.
What makes your product special?
With the absence of metal components, The Tesoro Optical Switch operates based on an infrared signal to offer a newer technology spin to the classic mechanical keyboard.
What has been the best part of your startup experience?
Coming into an inundated peripherals space, Tesoro's is committed to designing, engineering and manufacturing innovative features and technology for mechanical keyboards, mice and headsets. Through unique features, functions and developed technology, we are attempting to make our mark as a forward thinking brand in the gaming and enthusiast market; Creating smart products for our users. The work is rewarding and keeps us on our toes, looking for the next interesting project and product design.
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However, if the optical switches really avoid the inevitable chatter issues Cherry switches develop over time, I'll deal with it. I don't have any other optical keyboards such as the Aorus K9 or the Wooting One to compare against for noise. I'll update this review if either o-rings help or I try another optical board.
* Logitech K840 (Romer-G switches)
* HyperX Alloy FPS (Cherry MX Blue switches)
* WASD CODE 104-Key Illuminated Mechanical Keyboard (Cherry MX Blue switches)
* Tesoro Gram Spectrum (Kailh Blue switches)
The Logitech K840's Romer-G switches are a hybrid of Cherry MX Red and Blue Switches, but more Reddish. In other words, Romer-G switches are most similar to Cherry MX Brown switches. And I don't like that mushiness.
The HyperX Allow FPS and WASD Code use Cherry MX Blue switches. It is often said the Cherry MX switches are the industry standard. But to my pleasant surprise, I prefer the cheaper Kailh Blue switches of the Tesoro Gram SE Spectrum. Both the Cherry MX and Kailh switches had practically the same tacile clicky-ness, but the Kailh Blue switches had much shorter travel and less resistance. So you get the amazing tactile feedback along with less finger fatigue. And actually, it's arguable that Kailh are just as much of an industry standard as Cherry. I recently opened up my Lenovo N50 mouse and found Kailh switches inside as well, and that has been my favorite mouse by far to date! Kailh switches are actually widely used, even among major manufacturers; it's just not well-known for whatever reasons.
The Tesoro Gram Spectrum (i.e. the non-SE version that is the object of this review) also have Kailh Blue switches, but I think the higher profile of the SE looks better and types better. Plus, the non-SE uses "gamer" font on the keys, which I find to be tacky. I prefer a professional over a gamer look.
I'm not a gamer so can't tell you if the optical switches on this keyboard are indeed faster, but it's a complete joy to type on this bad boy. My keyboard choice is primarily driven by its typing experience, and the Tesoro Gram SE Spectrum is clearly the best typing keyboard among the aforementioned keyboards--along with many other mechanical keyboards at my local Fry's electronics store I've also tested (unfortunately, I can't remember specifically what they were).
My only criticism is that updating the firmware from the company's website disabled the Windows and Menu keys for me. I had to purchase another Tesoro Gram SE Spectrum to restore functionality. If your keyboard works fine, don't update its firmware! Nonetheless, the Tesoro Gram SE Spectrum earns a solid 5 stars.
But what I really like is how it makes me feel. I'm just...happy, every time I see it glowing there. And everyone who comes in and sees it stops and asks me about it and tries it out. It's like having a tank full of tropical fish, brightening up everything around them. It's desktop jewelry. It's perfect.