|Thermaltake Challenger Pro Gaming Keyboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst|
|Thursday, 06 January 2011|
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Thermaltake Challenger Pro Detailed Features
Let's take a detailed look at the Challenger Pro's features.
The Challenger Pro isn't a very heavy keyboard but it is well constructed and rigid, the design of the underside strengthens the structure and gives extra rigidity. There are four rubber feet to stop the keyboard sliding around and also two height adjusting foldout feet, I am not a big fan of these foldout feet as they tend to break off rather easy but in this case they seem strong enough, I guess only time will tell.
The cable on the Challenger Pro can be routed off to the side dependant on your needs although you only have one option with regards to direction. Another good idea that was poorly executed.
A closer look here at the folding height adjusting feet, as I have mentioned before I am not a big fan of these as they tend to break really easily although the design used here is a little bit stronger and was able to take a bit of stress but not a lot.
On the right hand side are your first five macro keys, they are quite spaced out and if they were closer together then you could possibly get another two in.
Same story on the right with the other five macro keys. The inlaid plastic around the macro keys is glossy which adds to the nice look of the challenger Pro.
The status LED's are located in the top center of the keyboard, the standard NUM, CAPS and SCROLL lock status are indicated by an LED next to their icon. The 123 icon on the right displays which profile you have activated represented by a different color for each profile: 1 - red, 2 - green, 3 - blue and 4 - purple. You can cycle through the profiles using a pre defined (123) key on the far right of the keyboard.
The Challenger Pro has two built in USB 2.0 ports that allow you to connect extra devices, although as the sticker states each port can only support a max of 100mA power consumption so before connecting a device just check how much power it requires.
Another interesting feature of the Challenger Pro keyboard is the addition of replacement red keys, these can be seen in the images above and below. These keys give the Challenger Pro a unique look but any gamer will all ready know where the WASD and arrow keys are located and should be able to find them without looking.
In the next section we will look at the software user interface and the lighting effects of the Challenger Pro.