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Review: Thermaltake’s Tt eSports Challenger Keyboard

by Steven Williamson on 16 August 2010, 16:08 3.5

Tags: Thermaltake (3540.TWO)

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Thermaltake launches the Tt eSports brand

Coming under Thermaltake’s Tt eSports brand, the Challenger is something of an oddity. Alongside many of the features you’d expect from a high-end gaming keyboard comes a rather peculiar add-on: an integrated cooling fan that aims to make life comfortable during those long or frenetic gaming sessions by keeping sweaty palms and fingers dry. Sounds crazy, right? Well, Thermaltake certainly doesn't think so and neither do some gamers. We’re told that the Challenger is actually one of the keyboards of choice among competitors at the Finals of The World Cyber Games, so perhaps there is method to this madness. Let’s take a look.

Keyboard Specification
‧ Interface: USB
‧ Operational systems: WindowsR 7/Vista/XP
‧ Number of Macro keys: 6
‧ Number of Multimedia keys: 7
‧ 2.0 USB port: 1
‧ Switch lifecycle: 10 Millions
‧ Cable length: 2m
‧ Body dimension (LxWxH): 480x 205.5x 25mm

Fan Specification
‧ Fan Speed: 6,000 RPM(±15%)
‧ Max. airflow:2.7CFM
‧ Noise level:21.7dB
‧ Rate voltage: DC 5.0V
‧ Life expectancy: 50,000 HRS
‧ Body dimension (LxWxH): 30x30x10mm

Impressions overleaf...