Tecware is a relatively unknown company in the western hemisphere that specializes in PC cases and peripherals, and yet they have been around for nearly a decade now. As with most such companies, a humble beginning in Asia created enough of a base to begin carving out a global name, which is exactly why Tecware contacted us, and others no doubt, to get the word out on their products. Expect to see more from the company sooner rather than later, especially as we have added them to our list of brands to visit at Computex, but we begin with a look at one of their keyboards here. Thanks to the company for providing us with a review sample.
The Phantom RGB keyboard series from Tecware consists of the TKL 87-key and full size 104-key versions (not counting the similar but still distinctly different Phantom Elite keyboard lineup). At this time, they are only offered in a US ANSI layout, but Tecware is open to feedback from readers on other layouts pending interest. I have here the 104-key version, and the numpad aside, this review should help provide a better picture for both keyboards as a whole. This is a mechanical keyboard with a CIY switch design to allow for easy switch swapping, and it supports a variety of mechanical switches from the company or separately. As the name suggests, RGB lighting is a prominent marketing feature here. We go through this feature and everything else, but begin with a look at the specifications below.
|Tecware Phantom RGB Keyboard|
|Layout:||104-key US ANSI layout, 87-key version also available|
|Material:||ABS plastic case and keycaps, aluminium alloy cover plate|
|Weight:||1.14 kg / 2.51 lbs.|
|Anti-ghosting:||Full N-Key rollover|
|Media Keys:||Available as a secondary function|
|Dimensions:||134 (L) x 444 (W) x 22 (H) mm|
|Cable Length:||6.0 ft / 1.8 m|
|Switch Type:||Outemu Blue, Brown, or Red RGB mechanical switch|
|Backlighting:||Yes, per-key RGB backlighting|