Date: December 30th, 2010
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Thermaltake
<--CLICK FOR DEALS ON A THERMALTAKE CHALLENGER PRO KEYBOARD IN THE US
<--CLICK FOR DEALS ON A GAMING KEYBOARD IN CANADA
PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
At first glance, the Challenger Pro looks pretty tame. It has an attractive glossy black finish, but it's not so shiny that it will show fingerprints every time you touch it. Let's take a closer look at what makes this product stand out.
The keys have slightly curved tops that produce a smooth, soft click when pressed. The key depth seems to be just about right, but I'll reserve judgment until further testing. The W A S D cluster and the arrow keys can be swapped out for red ones to create a look that stands out.
Any PC gamer can attest to the frustration caused by accidentally pressing the Windows key while in a game. It is possible to disable this key through a registry edit, but Thermaltake has an easier solution - they included "dead" replacements for both Windows keys which, when used, renders the Windows keys useless. Problem solved.
Five macro keys are located on each side of the keyboard for a total of 10 physical keys. Four profiles are supported, bringing the final tally to 40 possible macros. During the installation and testing phase we'll look at the macro recording procedure which is done through the software.
One of the most unique features of this keyboard is the cooling fan. There are two power sockets located on each side of the keyboard, and a small piece of rubber covers up each socket when it's not being used. One socket is located above the W A S D area...