Date: December 30th, 2010
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Thermaltake
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH (cont'd)
...and the other is located above the numeric keypad on the right side of the unit. What's neat is that the fan can turn a full 360 degrees, so you can point it directly where you want a gentle flow of air. The backlight control and profile switch buttons are located right below the fan, and some multimedia keys are also located in this area.
When the fan isn't being used, you can store it in a compartment on the back of the keyboard. This is a clever use of space, but unfortunately the fan doesn't sit securely in there and if the keyboard is picked up and moved the fan just falls right out.
Also on the back of the unit are two USB 2.0 ports. They will only power devices up to 100 milliamps, so don't expect to plug in a printer or other device that draws a lot of power. Devices such as mice and most flash drives will work just fine, though.
This is the first keyboard I've used that had it's own cable management system, and I have to say I like it. The right angle USB cord is removable and stays totally out of the way when it's plugged in.
PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING
Three different levels of red backlighting (low, medium, and high) can be adjusted by pressing the button located in the top right section of the keyboard. The Thermaltake logo also illuminates and can be turned off via software if desired.