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Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst   
Monday, 08 April 2013
Table of Contents: Page Index
Thermaltake Knucker Plunger Gaming Keyboard
Closer Look: Tt eSPORTS Knucker
Tt eSPORTS Knucker Detailed Features
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Closer Look: Tt eSPORTS Knucker

In this section we will take a look at the aesthetics of the Tt eSPORTS Knucker keyboard, available now for $39.99 (Amazon / Newegg), and see how it differentiates itself from the rest of the crowd.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.



 

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# RE: Thermaltake Knucker Plunger Gaming KeyboardLeonard 2013-05-13 11:42
I want my keys to be bright and easily seen in dimly lit to semi dark room. But the most important is that the markings last. Next would be that the keys last.
Most of my keyboards have went to the grandkids (3 and under) or the trash due to the lettering that has left the building.
My newest fix has been to put put clear nail polish, but I still only get a few extra months before it wears out anyways.
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# RE: RE: Thermaltake Knucker Plunger Gaming KeyboardDavid Ramsey 2013-05-13 12:51
Ideally, you'd want keyboards with double-shot keys, where the legend is molded all the way through the key in a different color plastic. Sadly I don't know any keyboards made with double shot keys any more; although various methods like dye sublimation (such as used on old IBM Model M keyboards) can last quite a while.
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