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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

Testing & Results

Testing Methodology

Testing an input device is simple, all one needs to do is use it, unfortunately there are no quantitative benchmarks to run, no numbers to compare, and no software used that can test the quality of the hardware. Testing an input device like the Tt eSPORTS Knucker Plunger Gaming Keyboard is going to be based around personal opinion and preference. For instance, I really like the simplistic approach to looks, but this might not be to everyone's taste. In this section I will present my unbiased opinion with regards to the use and operation of the Knucker and report back any improvement benefiting directly by its use in various games and programs listed below. Your mileage may vary slightly and as such this should be taken as a guide only.

Test System

  • Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V Pro
  • Audio: Realtek ALC892 8-Channel On-Board Audio
  • System Memory: 8GB Corsair LP CL9 1600MHz
  • Processor: Core i7 2600K @ 4.2GHz
  • Disk Drive 1: OCZ Vertex 2 60GB
  • Disk Drive 2: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB
  • Enclosure: Lancool PC-K63
  • PSU: Corsair HX750W 750 watt Modular
  • Monitor: HKC 22" Widescreen (1920x1080)
  • Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (SP1)

Test Software

  • Firefox and Internet Explorer web browsers
  • Microsoft Office applications
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (zombies)
  • Battlefield 3
  • Need for Speed: World
  • Saints Row: The Third
  • Just Cause 2
  • Left 4 Dead 2

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Results

I have been using the Tt eSPORTS Knucker gaming keyboard on my main PC for around two weeks now and in comparison to a mechanical keyboard it has some catching up to do, but not much. The keys are of the semi-mechanical rubber dome variety which Thermaltake have called "Plunger Switch Technology". They respond really well and have a nice amount of tactile feedback, but they have an annoying cheap plastic sound. Thermaltake claim that these plunger switches will last up to 15 million keystrokes, but we know that rubber dome keyboards are only good for a few years of heavy use. The anti-ghosting allows up to 12 keys via USB and 16 keys via PS/2.

The Knucker feels quite solid and well built while still remaining light and portable. I didn't find any use for the red key caps because I instinctively know where the keys are on a keyboard without looking, if you are new to PC gaming I'm sure these will come in quite useful. The blue print on the keys is nice for aesthetics and show up ok in the dark compared to standard and non illuminated keyboards. I found the palm rest too small for my huge hands but for a younger person with smaller hands it should be just ideal.



 

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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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