Ready for another mechanical gaming keyboard? The latest entry in this increasingly crowded arena is Thermaltake's Poseidon Z, which sets itself apart from the pack with a snazzy aluminum face.
Yeah, I'm a sucker for brushed metal finishes.
The Poseidon Z is available with "Tt certified blue & brown switches" that appear to be Cherry MX clones. The switches are rated for 50 million keystrokes, which works out to 10 million a year for the length of the five-year warranty. That coverage is longer than the two- and three-year warranties usually attached to mechanical keyboards.
Another item of note is the integrated audio, which fuels 3.5-mm headphone and microphone ports that poke out the top edge. This USB-based solution supports output up to 48kHz, but there's no mention of the signal-to-noise rating, so I wouldn't expect impeccable quality. I'm morbidly curious about how it sounds compared to typical motherboard audio, which is surprisingly competent these days.
Otherwise, the Poseidon Z has everything one might expect from a gaming keyboard: media shortcuts, anti-ghosting tech, backlighting with multiple zones and brightness levels, and programmable macro keys with multiple profiles housed in onboard storage. The only thing missing is technicolor LEDs.
Thermaltake says the Poseidon Z is coming in March for $139.99. Be careful not to confuse it with the original Poseidon Z, which has a comparatively stripped-down design—but the same five-year warranty—for only $79.99.