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Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst   
Thursday, 06 January 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
Thermaltake Challenger Pro Gaming Keyboard
Closer Look: Thermaltake Challenger Pro
Thermaltake Challenger Pro Detailed Features
Software and Effects
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts
Conclusion

Thermaltake Challenger Pro Conclusion

In this section I am going to write a brief five point summary on the following categories; Performance, Appearance, Construction, Functionality and Value. These views are my own and help me to give the Thermaltake Challenger Pro Gaming Keyboard a rating out of 10. A high or low score does not necessarily mean that it is better or worse than a similar gaming keyboard that has been reviewed by another writer here at Benchmark Reviews, which may have got a higher or lower score. It is however a good indicator of whether the keyboard is good or not. I would strongly urge you to read the entire review, if you have not already, so that you can make an educated decision for yourself.

Performance is good and there is no cause for complaint, the keyboard does not make you a better gamer but the red keys will help those who may be new to PC gaming to find their way around a keyboard.

The appearance of the Challenger Pro is going to get mixed ratings, due to the graphical nature of this review you can easily make up your own mind. The Challenger Pro is following the tried and tested red and black gaming theme that is always popular with the masses, Thermaltake have managed to pull it off and have designed a very aesthetically pleasing keyboard. You can control the lighting which is handy for when the novelty wears off.

The Challenger Pro is a little heavier than your standard keyboard but not by much, it looks and feels very well constructed (even the folding feet). The detachable braided cord is a nice touch but a little OTT as I have never had a keyboard that has suffered damage to its cord before.

Functionality is mainly good with the Challenger Pro, the media keys are a nice addition and the blanks for the windows keys are a blessing for an FPS gamer such as myself. The red replacement keys are a bit of a gimmick but if you want to show off then by all means throw them on, after all if you are looking at the keyboard when you are gaming then you won't see the screen. The logo and backlights are an interesting feature but I'm just glad they can be turned off as the logo is quite bright and really doesn't need to glow. The cable routing could have been executed better like having the option to go to the left or the right dependant on your setup, as it is you can only slightly offset the cable to the left and this has no real benefit whatsoever.

The Thermaltake Challenger Pro will set you back $55.99 at Newegg.com. This is a reasonable price considering the alternatives and also considering the overall presentation of the whole package. I would only recommend this keyboard to someone who needs or wants the extra features offered by the challenger Pro, otherwise just go old school and get a regular keyboard and spend the money elsewhere.

Pros:Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award

+ Two USB 2.0 ports
+ Detachable braided cable
+ Six media Keys
+ Good build quality
+ Red backlight behind keys is nice effect
+ Lighting is controllable
+ Looks very nice
+ Store up to 40 commands on ten macro keys
+ Blanks to replace windows keys

Cons:

- Cooling fan is ineffective
- Software has issues regarding lighting
- Replacement red keys are a bit of a gimmick
- Cable routing has no real benefit
- No anti-ghosting

Ratings:

  • Performance: 8.50
  • Appearance: 9.00
  • Construction: 9.00
  • Functionality: 8.50
  • Value: 9.00

Final Score: 8.80 out of 10.

Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award.

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# RE: Thermaltake Challenger Pro Gaming KeyboardMACK 2011-01-07 09:48
Once the industry latches on to a concept like "gaming computer", "gaming mouse" etc, it becomes mainstreamed, and exploited to the point that the word loses its meaning. That's where the consumer who is smart, and reading the reviews will benefit from the expert opinions.
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