Packaging and Accessories
Tesoro's black and purple color scheme is visible front and center on the product packaging here, with an illustration of the keyboard on the front to go with the company and product name and its salient marketing features. This continues on the back and sides where we also see two double flaps that help keep the contents inside in place. A label on the side also alerts us to the particular permutation inside; a white keyboard with optical red switches.
Open the box and we see the keyboard itself in a plastic wrap, with the keyboard cable in the cardboard cutout compartment above. The keyboard is housed in a shaped cardboard piece such that it has the packaging cardboard all around it for protection - not the best I have seen, this setup will suffice provided the shipping packaging is done well. The provided accessories include the aforementioned cable, which is removable, as seen above, a multi-language manual (online version here), and another pouch that was next to the cable.
Knowing that the keyboard comes with optical switches, which usually can be taken off the PCB without soldering, I had asked Tesoro to include a few spare switches of the other switch variety than the one the sample came with. Tesoro then decided to do this for every retail unit regardless, but whoever packed my sample must have seen my request as there was a second, identical kit. So please note that customers will only get one of these consisting of a keycap puller, a switch puller, and four spare switches of the other kind - in this case the clicky blue ones. The keycap puller is of the usual ring-style variety, but the switch puller is a neat-looking metal one with engravings on its sides. As we also see, the blue switches have a dark blue stem with a Tesoro branding on their front. We will examine these switches in more detail in due time.