The Tesoro GRAM Spectrum is actually a pretty sweet keyboard, I am certain it'll steal the hearts of many gamers. Really, a set of keys like this is a treat and Tesory does things right as they price it quite well as well. The switches work out nice and responsive and are the cherry (no pun intended) on top of the red cake. Lovely is the RGB functionality of the keyboard with animation options. Aside from white not being really white overall the RGB colors look very nicely.
Albeit not as complex as the competition, this keyboard remains to be a lot to digest once you connect it for the first time. The software is OK to manage, but remains to be just that. What Tesoro lacks is unified software, so each Tesoro part comes with its own application, which can be bothersome if you have a Tesoro headphone set and mouse as well. Once you installed the software go to lighting profiles and select your animation preference, and you are good to go as you will get the several optional animations available. Simply select a profile of your preference, save settings. Animation and profiles and or profile macro's are saved inside the keyboard and will work regardless just great once you stored them.
Tesoro offers this release of the GRAM Spectrum in just one flavor key switches wise, I feel it is closest towards Cherry RED in terms of that tactile responsive feel. But admittedly, it's a good set of mechy keys alright. The price is hovering in the 135 USD marker. For that money you will get 16.8M color back-lighting per key for virtually unlimited customization, and pretty nice mechanical key switches.
With all the RGB madness you'd almost forget that we are reviewing an actual mechanical keyboard. For the Tesoro gram spectrum offers plenty of functionality and feels great. And sure I know, this is not a cheap set of keys but it is certainly not expensive for what you get either. But you really are receiving something well designed and comfortable to play games on. For me I'd put this product high on my short list as the feature-list is miles long aimed at professional gamers with specs that baffle even me. Now the RGB lighting can be busy at times to continuously have enabled. Hey, you can dim it, disable it or just have it show one color just as well, remember this puppy can be tweaked to any and all of your desires and wishes. So yeah expect extensive features and specifications.
The Gram Spectrum from Tesoro feels complete and versatile. It does remind us of certain Corsair models actually as they has the same feel and features with some small differences here and there. But we LOVE the Corsair keyboards and if Tesoro matches them, then they are doing alright of course. As always I will say the following, ANY mechanical keyboard does take getting used to a little, that's the honest truth. Give yourself a few days with the keyboard to fully understand it and get a feel for it. See, using a mechy definitely is a little different compared to your run of the mill keyboard. We do have to warn you though that if you use the keyboard for productivity (typing letters etc) then noise and feel might become a factor to consider. Mechanical keyboards are simply more noisy when you type on them. This release is mostly about the RGB LED system of course, but the most important thing remains the actual feel and functionality, it's all good there as well. It has a nice base that sits tight on your desktop with rubber feet and quite a hefty keyboard weight. The RGB back-lighting system is just downright l33t stuff. Great to see are the programmable keys including macro programmable keys. Overall the entire series feels very sturdy in design as well, typing on it immediately gives you the feel that the product can take beating.
We do feel the software suite can be improved as it feels rather simplistic in terms of remapping keys and keystroke macro commands but certainly, it works well enough to get things going. Gaming wise the keys are fast and responsive, I have no complaints whatsoever. The Tesoro Gram Spectrum is a fully programmable keyboard, allowing the user to completely disable or reprogram its keys. As far as feel goes, this is a gaming keyboard and it's really up there with the same feel as Cherry switches. In terms of looks, that always is a subjective matter. My one problem with the keyboard is the actual font used on the keys. It's a bit of a confusing key-set to look at really. So you do need to weight that in. Lovers will love and haters will hate I guess.
In closing, this keyboard belongs in a proper gamers range gaming perhipireals line-up and will sell in the 135 USD space, that is a fair price, the lighting options are lovely. Overall Tesoro offers a nice and even offers good value with this keyboard. it has most whistles and bells you may expect from any RGB keyboard in this price segment. Definitely recommended.
Tesoro GRAM Spectrum Keyboard Review We review the Tesoro GRAM Spectrum Mechanical keyboard with RGB LED backlit keys. The Tesoro GRAM Spectrum is a Mechanical keyboard (designed in-house) and has been fitted with Tesoro Agile Switche...