Tt eSPORTS Poseidon Z RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review
Peter Donnell / 2 years ago
RGB keyboards are all the rage right now, with every major manufacturer churning out updated and new models of their hardware with fancy new colour customisation features. Tt eSPORTS aren’t the first or the last to join this race, and the extremely popular Poseidon series now features RGB Kailh mechanical switches, giving us the Poseidon Z RGB. The keyboard comes in a choice of Blue and Brown switches, giving you a nice selection between tactile and acoustic response.
RGB lighting is one thing, but without customisation it isn’t much fun. You’ll find a range of presets on offer that will allow you to adapt the colour scheme to your liking.
“The POSEIDON Z RGB Gaming Keyboard – A simple yet astonishing spectrum keyboard; it offers extreme customization options for users to play with, energizing you with the colors to take gaming style to the next level with experiencing the colorful of life. With the layering and colorbar concepts, our basic customizable backlighting has been evolved for extreme customization. It gives a spectrum of visual effects featuring 16.8 million colors and provided users the easiest way to tune and most importantly, it colors up your life!”
Check out the video below for a quick look at the features on offer from the Poseidon Z RGB.
On-the-fly macro recording, 100% anti-ghosting, 104 Key rollover, on-board memory and so much more, this should be an interesting keyboard, so let’s get cracking and take a closer look.
The packaging is nicely designed, with a clear image of the keyboard on the front, as well as the switch type; Kailh Blue.
Around the back, a more detailed rundown of the features, as well as that oh-so-important Tt eSPORTS certified sticker. This means that the keyboards switches are guaranteed for five years! That’s pretty incredible and should give customers some confidence in the build quality.
Aside from the keyboard, there’s not a whole lot in the box, just the warranty policy and the quick installation guide.
The keyboard comes hard-wired with a fairly standard USB cable, nothing fancy, but nothing bad either.
A Closer Look
First impressions of the RGB are very promising, I mean obviously it looks like a keyboard, so that’s the first box ticked right there. What I do notice, however, is that the chassis around the edges is super slim, meaning it takes up less desk space, which is certainly no bad thing.
The key caps are of a nice quality with a clear lettering that should allow a good amount of light to pass through from the RGB LEDs. There’s a range of multimedia keys on F1-F4, which can be accessed through Fn-Shift.
Even more shortcuts on F5-F7, this time for volume controls. The Fn-Shift multimedia keys are always a nice thing to have, as I can control music while playing a game, without having to pause or tab out to the desktop to do so.
There are five profiles built into the keyboard which can be quickly changed using the P1-P5 buttons. At stock, these profiles all store different lighting profiles, allowing you to switch from constant, rainbow, and various responsive lighting effects; F11 and F12 control the master brightness of the LEDs, including the ability to turn them off completely.
Those profile keys aren’t just for lighting, of course, as there’s a dedicated macro button in the top right, allowing you to quickly record, save and deploy key combinations on-the-fly while you’re working or gaming. This is a very welcome feature, especially if you’re doing a repetitive task, as you can streamline many of the commands you’re doing exactly when you need them. I don’t personally use Macros all that often, but they’re still a nice thing to have regardless.
To help enhance the RGB lighting, the keys have a reflective white backplate, so we should see some nice under-lighting effects, as well as clear lighting on the key lettering.
The chassis os the keyboard is quite slim, with the keys set slightly into the chassis, giving the Poseidon Z a relatively slim design. This is great if you don’t like bulky keyboards, but also makes it easier to store in your bag; perfect for travelling to LAN gaming events.
Around the back, you’ll find two rubber stoppers, as well as a small hole for the USB cable.
On the underside, there are five firm rubber grips to keep the keyboard in place on your desktop. Throughout all of my testing, the keyboard didn’t budge once, so they certainly do their job.
The sturdy kickstands give the back of the keyboard a little more elevation, but you do lose the use of two of the grips. Fortunately, since there are three grips at the front edge, the keyboard still stays firmly in place
The RGB features on this keyboard are fairly self-explanatory, they lighting up the keyboard is an endless range of colours. This is great for those who like to tune in their favourite colours, or just want to enjoy a colourful display in general. At the maximum setting, the keys are very bright, great for those using it in a well-lit room, but they can be dialled down to suit your taste.
Profiles allow you to store different colours and effects; the stock one uses a single solid colour.
There’s also a fading on-key reaction mode.
Rainbow effect horizontal effect.
Rainbow burst effect.
Or just full blown disco with super smooth and vibrant transitions from key-to-key.
The glossy white background works really well at providing under-key lighting too, giving you a really clear and colourful lighting effect across the whole keyboard.
Gaming on this keyboard is as good as you would expect from a mechanical keyboard. The Kailh Blue switches are remarkably similar to the Cherry MX variants, giving you a good actuation, with an audible and tactile click when you strike a key. What really makes this a great gaming keyboard, however, is the full N-key rollover/Anti-ghosting, combined with the Windows Lock mode. If you’re mashing away at the keyboard with fury while playing Dota2, you can rest assured that this keyboard won’t miss a single key-stroke.
The tactile response of blue mechanical switches is a little noisy, but the feedback and accuracy they provide is second to none. You’ll never be in doubt of your actions and they’re an absolute blast to use in any kind of gaming, from RPG to RTS.
For me personally, this kind of keyboard pays-off the most for day to day work. The keys are really nice to type on and the clicky response just encourages you to want to keep typing. The slim design of the keyboards chassis is another big win too, as it provides a comfortable typing position without the need for a wrist rest, while also using us less surface area on your desk, leaving more room for your mouse.
At the time of writing, I couldn’t find stock of the Tt eSPORTS Poseidon Z RGB Mechanical Keyboard at our preferred retailers. But a little shop around and you may find a few stores with stock in the region of £80, while the standard single-colour version is around £65. This is exceptional value for money and it is also one of the most affordable RGB keyboards on the market, something that you (or your wallet) simply cannot ignore. This keyboard has only recently hit the market, so we expect retailer stock to increase very soon.
The latest keyboard from Tt eSPORTS doesn’t offer much in the way of innovation, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a great keyboard. The Poseidon Z series of keyboards has already proven to be a popular choice with gamers and day-to-day desktop users, combining a simple yet stylish design, a range of switch types to choose from, macro recording features and well, not a whole lot more. It ticks just enough boxes for the majority of users, without adding a huge range of features you’re likely never going to need and that helps keep the cost of this keyboard as attractive as it is.
Of course, the biggest addition to this keyboard is the RGB switches, allowing you to unlock a new level of customisation for your desktop environment. Personally, I’m not keen on having a rainbow party on my desk, it’s far too distracting while I’m trying to work or game, but it still makes for a nice party trick to show people. What I do like, is having the option to adjust the lighting to my own liking and you certainly get that option here.
Build quality is very good overall, the keyboard may be quite slim, which is a perk in its own right, but it’s also rigid and sturdy. The thing that stands out the most, however, is that 5-year switch guarantee. There’s still a crowd that will only use Cherry MX switches and that fine, there’s no shortage of options for that, but if you’re on the fence about Kailh mechanical switch quality, that 5-year guarantee is going to give you confidence in their quality.
- Great build quality
- RGB lighting
- On-the-fly macro recording
- On-board memory
- Slim chassis design
- Very competitive price
- 5-year switch guarantee
- Choice of Brown or Blue mechanical switches
- Limited availability (at time of writing)
“The Tt eSPORTS Poseidon Z RGB is a great keyboard for day-to-day work, but still has all the features and thrills to satisfy your pro-gaming aspirations; the RGB lighting is just a very welcome added bonus.”
Thank you TteSports for providing us with this sample.