|Thermaltake Knucker Plunger Gaming Keyboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst|
|Monday, 08 April 2013|
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Closer Look: Tt eSPORTS Knucker
For this review we received the German layout of the Knucker keyboard, it looks pretty standard although most of the punctuation keys are in different locations. The keys look as if they are illuminated but this is just a very vibrant blue color used for the key caps. There are no special media or macro keys to make the Knucker keyboard any more productive or useful, but that was never the intention for this model. The palm rest is a little small for my liking but this should serve its purpose for the younger user with much smaller hands than my own.
Looking at the back now and once again we see no special features, it would have been nice to see some cable routing channels incorporated but it isn't a deal breaker. There are feet to adjust the slope of the keyboard to improve the writing angle, and rubber feet pads to stop the Knucker from sliding around.
While reading through the details and specifications of the Knucker keyboard on the Tt eSPORTS website I happened across this little paragraph:
"Each key cap of KNUCKER keyboard is meticulously designed by Tt eSPORTS' Industrial Painting Workshop crews to select the most durable yet visually vibrant Electric Cyan silk-print technique to stand out from the commonly seen white paint in other keyboards"
As you can see in the images above and below, when you look up close the key caps appear to have individual stickers rather than silk printed letters.
Here's a close up look at one of the Knucker's plunger switches. There isn't much that holds the key cap to the switch but they are quite secure all the same. I would have liked to give you more detail on how the plunger switch is constructed but upon opening the keyboard casing it became apparent I would have to physically break it to access the switches. The keyboard membrane and its backplate were not secured by screws, instead they were secured in place by melted plastic tabs.
The inner partition of the box has a neat diagram detailing the main features of the Knucker keyboard which would be useful if you were looking at different keyboards in physical.