Tesoro Tizona Elite Keyboard & Numberpad Review
Peter Donnell / 6 years ago
A Closer Look
The Tizona has a nice retro look to it thanks to the large funky font on the keys and the bright purple accents around the thumb keys and the arrow keys.
There are three thumb keys below the space bar; perfect for deploying macros and short cuts.
The Tesoro FN Shift key can be used to access the multimedia controls on the F-keys; I would have prefered dedicated multimedia keys, but this is certainly better than nothing.
There is a slight curve to the key layout, but it’s still pretty flat overall. Down the left side you’ll find a USB port and pair of strong magnetic connectors; these can be used to lock the Numberpad attachment in place.
The LED indicators for num lock, caps lock, etc are located above the arrow keys; not that this makes any performance difference, but it looks cool.
There is a very light texture to the plastics on the keyboard; again this doesn’t really affect the feel of the keyboard in any major way but it does give it a nice matte finish.
The key caps are all removable which allows for easy maintenance, custom key caps and more. The Tizona we have today is equipped with Kailh Red switches, which are still compatible with the common Cherry MX key-caps as they feature the same “+” stem.
The right side of the keyboard features another USB port and set of magnets, this means you can attach the number pad on the left or right side of the keyboard.
Around the back of the keyboard you’ll find a recessed USB port and a DC in connector.
There are two large grip feet on the base of the keyboard, more than enough to stop it sliding around your desk.
There are two extra durable plastic feet at the back, much better than the usual thin plastic ones we often see on keyboards.
The Number pad is really cool, even if it is just a number pad. It also features an extra FN shift key at the cost of a smaller + key.
Just like the keyboard, the number pad also features a pair of magnets and a small USB cable on the side to connect it to the keyboard.
More magnets on this side, no USB cable here, but you’ll see why in a moment.
More Kailh Red switches, just like the main keyboard.
Another large grip pad on the base and two durable feet with rubber grips.
The USB cable is mounted in a cable routing groove, this allows you to move the cable to either side of the number pad to connect it to the keyboard on either the left or right side.
Just flick the feet out of the way and you can move the cable, you can also have it routed to the back should you wish to use the keyboard and numberpad, but not have them fixed to each other.
Here you can see the number pad on the right, giving us a standard full size mechanical keyboard.
While this may seem strange, having it on the left gives you access to a huge amount of macro and hot keys that are great for MMO gaming, flight sims and other control intensive games.