Tesoro announces Excalibur RGB keyboard

November 4, 2014 // 11:04 a.m.

Tags: #backlighting #cherry-mx #excalibur-rgb #gaming-keyboard #kailh #keyboard #mechanical-keyboard #rgb-lighting #tesoro-excalibur-rgb

Budget-friendly gaming peripherals company Tesoro has announced the impending UK availability of its Excalibur RGB mechanical keyboard, featuring full 16.8 million colour backlighting.

Featuring a choice of clicky Blue, tactile Brown, silent Red or stiff Black mechanical switches rated for 60 million keypresses - manufacturer unnamed, but likely the Kailh switches featured in the company's other mechanical keyboard offerings - the Tesoro Excalibur RGB is a full-size keyboard designed to bring the features of its more expensive rivals to the sub-£100 market. As a result, the keyboard includes programmable macros - which, once programmed, can be played back from the keyboard without any software being installed - with on-board 512KB memory and a 'Game Mode' function key and boasts switchable N-key rollover (NKRO) or 6-key rollover over USB, both operating at a 1,000Hz polling rate.

The main feature of the keyboard, however, is its backlighting system. Based on red, green and blue (RGB) LEDs beneath every key, the lighting system can be set to four levels of brightness at any one of 16.8 million colours. Additional modes allow for a pulsed 'breathing' animation, a colour loop, or a choice of two 'gaming' modes in which only the typical gaming keys are illuminated.

What will really separate the Tesoro Excalibur RGB from its rivals in the market is the price. The company has confirmed that it plans to launch the keyboard in the UK in December at a budget-friendly price point of £85 including VAT - significantly cheaper than rivals such as the Corsair Gaming K70 RGB which are based on genuine Cherry MX switches.

More details on the Tesoro Excalibur RGB are available on the official product page.

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