Tesoro Durandal Ultimate G1NL Mechanical LED-Backlit Gaming Keyboard Review - Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts
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Tesoro is coming to market as a high quality keyboard manufacturer, and from the styling and build quality, we'd say the Durandal G1N fits the image.  The outer chassis is rock-solid, and the industrial appearance of the brushed aluminum and plated steel coupled with simple edgy contours creates a modern look.  The backlighting on the keys are dimmable to 3 levels or may be turned off, and are diffused well and look great.  Tesoro has chosen to use high quality Cherry MX switches, which are highly regarded in the gaming community, and considered by many to be the best available.  The cable has high quality sleeving and is very durable, terminating in gold-plated connectors.  Options like "gaming mode," which disables the windows key function, appeal to a standard gamers have grown accustomed to.

The included utility is easy to use and offers flexibility to fine-tune the Durandal to fit your gaming style or needs.  All-in-all, the Durandal is a solid package from start-up Tesoro, but the biggest challenge for it will be entering a market with some big competitors.  The MSRP of the Durandal Ultimate G1NL is at a steep $169.99.  The market for keyboards over $100 is quite slim, and it gets increasingly slimmer as it climbs above that.  However, if you can forego the LED backlighting, the regular Durandal G1N at an MSRP of $129.99, is setup to be very competitive in the high-end keyboard market.  Many mechanical gaming keyboards with Cherry MX switches are near Tesoro's target MSRP for the G1N, with few less than $100, like the CM Storm Quickfire Rapid.  The SteelsSeries 7G matches up very closely, and whether the extra $40 for the dimmable LED backlighting will be up to you, but there's still a solid choice in its cheaper brother.  It's always exciting to see a new player in any hardware game, and Tesoro has positioned the Durandal G1NL to be poised to offer gamers the total package with an eye-catching design which is built to last, and at a price that matches up aggressively for the regular model, but a premium will be paid for the backlighting in the "Ultimate" model.

 

The Good

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The Bad

  • Solid build/durable cables
  • Pleasant aesthetics
  • Cherry MX Switches
  • Heavy
  • Thick
  • BIOS Issue (Tesoro wasn't able to replicate on other models)
  • Price premium for LED backlighting

 

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