Thermaltake Premium X1 RGB Review: a gaming keyboard that lights up a room

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The TT Premium X1 is a keyboard that’s not shy about its love for gentle results. Thermaltake has a lot of completely different items of {hardware} that function shiny and vibrant backlighting from energy provides, coolers, chassis and now they’ve a keyboard to match. The TT Premium X1 RBG may gentle up a rave however for $110 / £133 is there extra to this keyboard than only a fancy gentle present?

Straight out of the field, the TT Premium X1 RGB looks like a sturdy keyboard. It’s a full board with weight to it and has a modern black matte end. It has a single black braided cable that provides just a little further safety to the wired USB connection, and offers it the requisite ‘gamer’ aesthetic. It’s a heavy board however, due to the Cherry MX keys, typing feels easy and light-weight. You additionally get that beautiful recogniseable audible click on typical of mechanical switches.

The TT Premium X1 RGB has Cherry MX Silver velocity switches which really feel nice and reply extremely quick; the keys react with the lightest contact. You do even have the choice of buying the Premium X1 RGB with Cherry MX Blue switches, however if you’re into extremely quick suggestions and aggressive gaming then I’d suggest spending the additional $20 for the silver switches – they’ve a decrease actuation level making them 40% sooner than the Cherry MX customary switches.

On the highest proper of the keyboard is a set of discrete media keys, equivalent to a quantity wheel, mute button, and your different customary multimedia keys. The format of the keys is sort of precisely the identical format because the Corsair Okay70 Rapidfire which we voted as our best gaming keyboard of 2018. It’s a modern and cozy design but it surely reveals that the TT Premium X1 RGB isn’t attempting something unique in that division. However, one function that’s new is a USB port and an audio jack that’s hidden in the back of the keyboard. Now you received’t must go rummaging behind your laptop to attach your gaming equipment to your system.

But the primary function of the TT Premium X1 RGB is, in fact, its lighting results. There a wide range of other ways to customize the backlights and you’ll select from completely different results, colors and speeds. The TT Premium X1 makes use of 16.eight million RGB color illumination with 12 completely different lighting results and 5 pre-configured game style lighting layouts (FPS1, FPS2, MMO, MOBA, RTS). One of my favorite results is the place you possibly can set the lighting to mirror the temperature of your system, from chilly blues to scorching reds.

And there’s nice information for all color coordanists too – the X1 RGB can sync with different Thermaltake merchandise that means that each one the lighting results will likely be in sync throughout all of your TT gear. You can sync them collectively utilizing the free TT software program obtainable to obtain on its official web site. Thermaltake additionally has a downloadable cell app that permits you to management the lights remotely, you possibly can alter the impact velocity and brightness out of your cellphone or pill.

Since talking with inanimate objects is changing into the norm, now you can speak to your keyboard too. Just what you’ve all the time wished, proper? The TT Premium X1 can help Amazon Alexa Voice Service, should you begin your sentence with: “Alexa, tell Thermaltake..” then the keyboard can reply via its lights. Although, I’m not fully certain what number of solutions the keyboard can convey via its lights alone.

The TT Premium X1 RGB is ideal for gamers who love color coordinated builds but when that’s not your factor then $110 / £133 is lots for a mere gentle present. Regardless of its disco aesthetic, it’s a sturdy gaming keyboard with a modern, easy design, and people Cherry MX Silver keys are so gentle and satisfying your palms will fly throughout these keys.

Thermaltake Premium X1 RGB

The TT Premium X1 RGB has a sturdy and easy design with extremely responsive keys that really feel easy. It’s a vibrant gaming keyboard with limitless inventive and customisable gentle results however, sadly, the worth tag turns down the dimmer on this board.


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