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Thermaltake eSports Challenger Ultimate USB Gaming Keyboard 256 Colour Backlit With Cooling Fan

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Thermaltake eSports Challenger Ultimate USB Gaming Keyboard 256 Colour Backlit With Cooling Fan
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Linda_M@NCIX
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Review Date: 02/13/12
Cons: Keys feel "squished" together

Pros: back lightingdurableeasy to use software10 macro keys with 5 different profilescomes with carrying case(if you nd something like that)
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Overall I really Like this keyboard. I like it more then my Razer lycosa that I had previously to purchasing this keyboard. It feels very durable and had the back lighting I like. I would definitely purchase this keyboard again in the future.
Q*****@NCIX
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Review Date: 01/14/12
Cons: A little expensive for a non-mechnical keyboard.

Pros: Good looking, the quanlity is higher than the almost same product from razer I have used before.
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TT is well know as computer case producer, this time also dose good job for gaming stuffs.
Oliver_W@NCIX
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Review Date: 10/01/11
Cons: Disables computer audio, you have to use keyboard audio.Only 10 T-keys, not 14. The other 4 are double click.I can't register the keyboard online.The keys are a bit louder than my Gateway keyboard.

Pros: Back lighting is great.Super-strong braided USB cord.Nice carrying case.Fan keeps hands cool.Nice programmable keys.Good light options.
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I like the keyboard. Having the keys so close together takes a bit of getting used to, but it's nice once you use it some more. The keys are a bit loud, but that's okay. The back lighting is amazing, and the software is easy to use. The only problems are that when you program programs to open, you have to click on the .exe, not the shortcut. Be warned when you buy the keyboard, it's huge! I actually got worried it wouldn't fit on my desk (it did). There are lots of nice things with the keyboard, like the super-strong braided USB, and the fan actually works quite well. The problem is that when I installed the software, it made the keyboard my default audio. Annoying, but survivable. This review was modfied by poster v 10-01-11 09:42 AM This review was modfied by poster @ 10-01-11 10:30 AM
Supacon@NCIX
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Review Date: 10/01/11
Cons: A little bigFan is gimmicky and useless, really. An LED snakelight would have made better use of the power socketsThe function keys are tiny and squished together, making each key hard to find and use.May require TWO USB ports.Not real cheap at around $80.

Pros: Brilliant configurable presets for colors and hotkeysVery comfortable to type onLogo backlight can be independently turned offMostly* traditional keyboard layoutAudio Interface built in
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I bought this for my dad who wanted a brightly backlit keyboard so that he could hunt-and-peck in the dark. He seems to be pretty happy with it.I found it very comfortable to type on, and like the layout except for the way that Thermaltake squished all the function keys and Print Screen/Scroll Lock/Pause Break together so that they could make room for multimedia keys, a backlight brightness control button, and a preset toggle.The presets are interesting. Using the software from ttesports.com you can actually configure 5 presets for the hotkeys and backlights that get saved in some kind of flash memory in the keyboard. The cool thing about this is that you don't actually need to run the software for the keyboard to be able to perform its special functions - you don't even have to be in Windows, which is great. The only downside is that programming the keyboard (reading and writing to its internal memory) takes a little time.Each of the five modes is indicated by a colored LED that loggles between red, blue, green, pink and yellow. It's not the most intuitive design, but it's subtle and it works.By default there is a garish Tt logo on the bottom that lights up red, but fortunately that can be turned off in the software and it will stay off.The fan is pretty useless, and it can stow away (loosely) in a slot behind the keyboard.The keyboard includes an audio interface so you can plug headphones and a microphone right in - a heck of a lot easier than crawling behind your computer tower!There is also a USB hub.An interesting thing to note is that this keyboard has a detachable right-angle mini-USB cable. It's a fancy cable with a braided sheath that has two connectors - presumably because this keyboard draws a lot of power compared to most. I haven't tried extensively, but I suspect that it would generally work with only a single port.I'm not totally sure if I like that the cable is detachable. On one hand this means that you can swap the cable with a shorter or longer one (if a single USB port is enough, that is), and that it's perhaps less likely to get damaged or fray, but on the other hand it's fairly easy to pull out by accident and it doesn't sit very flush with the back of the keyboard.All in all, this is a pretty great product - I'd give it five stars if only Thermaltake could have left the damned function keys alone and put some extra buttons on top for multimedia controls and their special lighting controls. Also the price is pretty high, but this is obviously not a product intended for those with a very limited computer parts budget.

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