TECWARE Phantom 87 Key Mechanical Keyboard, RGB led, Outemu BROWN Switch (US Layout)
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Comes in two different sizes (You can get the 87-key TKL (tenkeyless) version, or the full 104-key version.) This makes it easy to customize the feel of your keyboard, and also makes it very easy to replace broken or damaged switches! Tecware’s philosophy into entering the gaming peripheral market is that there must be a balance between the performance and price of all of its products. The brand never strayed away from its principles as given proof by their product lineup that can be afforded by all kinds of users.
OUTEMU SWITCHES - The gaming mechanical keyboard comes with Outemu mechanical switches for precise gaming and comfortable typing. Spare switches + keycap & switch remover tools are provided for easy... And generally speaking, they come with quite a bit of rattle and wobble (an issue that isn’t really fixed with switch films, as it’s the switch connection to the keyboard that is wobbly, not just the housing). Do not forget that the keyboard is hot-swappable meaning you can easily replace or change its mechanical switches easily. Each keyboard includes four spare switches, a keycap puller, and a switch puller, ensuring that customers have everything they need to replace a damaged switch at their leisure. Tecware Phantom Elite Tecware Phantom Elite
The keyboard support software is rather simple to use, so even inexperienced users should have no trouble navigating it. Tecware appears to have gone to great lengths to ensure that all of the legends are lit uniformly. For example, take the number row: although conventional keyboards place the secondary symbols below the numbers, the Tecware places them right next to each other, immediately above the LED.
You can only hot-swap in Outemu switches. Standard MX-style switches won’t fit in this particular keyboard! That means no putting in Cherry MX, Gateron, Kailh, or otherwise. I don’t think the “Outemu-only” hot-swappable thing matters for most, as this is a budget mechanical keyboard.The RGB is underneath the keys, which are elevated up on the switches and the keys are built on a dark transparent material which really allows the light to shine through clearly. My problem with this material is that if the RGB is turned off, it's tough to tell which button is which. I mean, if you're intimately familiar with the QWERTY layout it isn't too bad, but if you aren't then the only thing you will be able to see are the alternate functions that are mostly for either the volume or to turn on the RGB. The keys are all but invisible without them. Which, lets be fair here, one of the big reasons you get an extravagent keyboard is to make it look like you're typing on a spaceship console in the distant year of 2050 so you aren't going to be turning that RGB off. However, with that being said, they’re still a decent switch, and they’re certainly better than rubber dome or membrane switches! Surely, there must be some sort of compromise, right? Well, I've been using the Phantom RGB for several weeks now, and it's arguably one of the more pleasing keyboards I've tested for quite some time. Here's wot I think.
The Tecware Phantom comes with its own software, which allows you to do things like program macros and custom keybinds. The B68 is the brand’s attempt to enter the 65% keyboard competition and is quite spectacular at that. Its minimalistic approach with utmost consideration to its end-user’s convenience through the addition of wireless connectivity through Bluetooth 5.0 is truly a bundle of joy for everyone. All of the lights can be modified on the keyboard once you figure out the instructions, which aren't exactly heiroglyphs but are pretty brief, so the manual included is less an instructional booklet and more a guided tour. It is possible to change the various modes with the keyboard software, but…well…
Personally, I've always got on very well with red switches when it comes to general typing, and the Phantom RGB is no exception. I was able to type at full speed practically straight off the bat, and everything felt well-spaced and perfectly proportioned despite the keyboard's somewhat diminutive frame. What takes apart the Spectre Pro from its forerunners is its RGB underglow effect produced by a LED strip wrapped around the sides of the keyboard. Indeed, this keyboard is a testament as to what Tecware is capable of in the competition they want to strive in. Tecware B68 Tecware B68 If you’re looking to do more modding–you’ll want to pay a bit more and get an MX-style hot-swappable PCB, etc. Tecware Phantom Pricing