Conclusion: After several days of using ThermalTake’s eSports Challenger Pro/Ultimate keyboard, I can tell you I certainly do not want to go back to my old Logitech Wave. I really like the low-profile, light-weight keys -- they’re a lot quieter and easier to press, without being so delicate that you accidentally engage them just by resting your fingers. The macros are sure to come in handy, too, as application shortcuts if nothing else.
Thermaltake eSports Challenger Gaming Keyboard Pro Review and Unboxing[video]
18 May 2011
Excerpt: Thermaltake eSports sent TekGoblin a package with the Thermaltake Challenger Gaming Keyboard Pro inside. My first impression of this keyboard was it being just another run-of-the-mill keyboard. Almost everyone has extra keyboards lying around collecting duct so what is so special about this keyboard for it to get more use than those dust collectors? This keyboard is great for your gaming needs and your daily computer tasks. This keyboard is great for night use.
Conclusion: Tt eSPORTS made a nice entry into the gaming keyboard market. The Challenger Pro isn't perfect but makes quite an impression with its exquisite backlight and its rich set of features. The keyboard provides good comfort but the fan seems of little use to me, and some areas could use a little improvement; the keyboard has four different profiles for the ten macros keys but it's hard to see which profile you're using.
Conclusion: The Challenger Pro is a niche keyboard. If you are looking for a keyboard with a fan, the Challenger Pro is a no-brainier. If you are looking for a keyboard with a backlight and macro keys, the Challenger Pro has a strong black and red theme and 10 programmable keys with 4 profiles for a total of 40 macro combinations. Whether or not the location of these macro keys is optimal for you will most likely make or break this keyboard for you.
Summary: If you type by touch, and have an older keyboard, it will take a little time to get used to the Challenger Pro keyboard due to its unique layout. However, once you get familiar with it, it may be one of the best keyboards to have. The low profile keys are very quiet, and do not need to be pressed very hard for them to respond.
Pros: » Very responsive, » Red Back lit keys can be turned off, » Includes replacement red keys for movement keys (arrows, W, A, S, D), » Macro capable
Cons: » Fan is about useless as it moves very little air, » Keyboard layout takes a little getting used to, » Macro entry limited to 10 characters and no Enter key, » No ergonomic version
Excerpt: Overall, Thermaltake has left me impressed with the Challenger Pro gaming keyboard. It's well designed with rugged construction and features that will appeal to gamers such as replacement W A S D and arrow keys, a hand cooling fan, and even “dummy” covers for those pesky Windows keys.
Summary: The included software allows you to set up the 10 different macro keys with specific timed macros, the ability to launch programs with a touch of a button, or assign basic key functions as well. You can choose to set copy and paste buttons as well as pretty much any combination to make your life easier. I have setup one profile for Photoshop with a few key combinations assigned to one macro key. CTRL-ALT-SHIFT-S is a quick macro that allows you to "Save for Web".
Pros: High Quality Keyboard, Nice soft, adjustable back-lighting, Great keystroke feel, Macro + saved to on-board memory
Cons: Function & top row keys are too small, Top left macro key is easy to hit and mistake for "Escape" key.
Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS Challenger Pro Gaming Keyboard Review
4 April 2011
Conclusion: All in all, the Challenger Pro has definitely lived up to it’s name. It is most certainly a keyboard for the “pro” gamers out there with it’s customizable macro keys, hand cooling device, profile switching and cable management. It is very comfortable, even after a few hours usage, thanks to it’s wrist rest and short, soft keys. The performance during both gaming and general use impressed me as well it’s sleek black look also.
Thermaltake ESports Challenger & Challenger Pro Keyboards review
30 July 2010
Excerpt: 1 Flares 1 Flares × KitGuru has been very impressed with Thermaltake this year, their product range keeps getting stronger. We have reviewed a plethora of their products in the last couple of months, such as the very capable 775w PSU , The Contact 29 and Frio Coolers and the cost effective Armor A60 Chassis. They have all excelled within their specific classes enough to earn awards.