Tesoro’s been in the market for quite a while and you’ve probably seen it in my Computex 2014 report, well finally I have a Tesoro product in the lab and really neat keyboard too when you consider the price to product factor.
The keyboard comes with an awkward combination of texture for it’s plastic chassis, at the wrist area and function key area the texture is akin to that of a metal base used on platforms while in the middle section around the keys the surface is akin to that of a brushed metal finish.
One the side of the keyboard there’s a strip that emits light, so on certain lighting behavior you’ll see the light reaching the sides of the keyboard.
The indicator lights are blue by default and are not part of the RGB lighting network, and they are always lit.
Unlike most mechanical keyboards the Tesoro Lobera Spectrum uses Kailh switches, Kailh are said to be a replica of the Cherry MX switch and they’re made in China instead of Europe. It shares the same stem as that of Cherry MX Switches.
The Lobera Spectrum also comes with Audio and USB pass through for convenience, a very much welcome feature for a keyboard.
The cables are braided and they’re non-removable, they’re tough and what I didn’t like about it is that if you don’t intend to use the audio cables then they’re left dangling as it is. I think it would have been better that the audio cables or at least some of the cables be removable for cable management purpose.
One thing Tesoro did very well is that they made the feet really big and I think they did a good job here.
What’s even more impressive is that it has 2 clips for keyboard angle adjustment so you get a total of 3 possible angles instead of the usual 2 like what other manufacturers provide. It’s even more impressive that the edge of the clip is rubberized, this helps when it comes to providing grip and not damaging the surface. On the slightly negative side, the rubberized edge is not found on the smaller clip.
The keyboard works right out of the box and with the software provided you are able to customize it to your liking.
The interface allows one to customize the light setting and response, the setup looks great but unlike higher grade RGB keyboards the customization is limited. You are not able to assign LED color to each key.
Assign profiles, keys, shortcuts and whatever – it’s all done with the software, which I think is quite a decent software overall and I can only envision it to be better.
Anyway, here’s a video of the Tesoro Lobera Spectrum Mechanical Gaming Keyboard in action. Check out and remember to subscribe to my channel.
The switch works like those from Cherry MX, I definitely couldn’t tell the different. Key caps are nothing out of the ordinary, they stay in place well and does not give any wobbly feel.
The Kailh switches certainly offer better value for money, assuming it is capable of providing similar durability as Cherry MX switches.
Tesoro Lobera Spectrum Mechanical Gaming Keyboard retails at around RM 500 but I was informed that the price might be lowered in the near future. For what it’s worth, it’s a pretty decent keyboard – what you get is beautiful RGB lighting, mechanical switches and a decent software to maximize your experience and it doesn’t cost as much as competitor products such as the Corsair K70 RGB Keyboard.