Tesoro tries to bring opposites together with the “Gram XS“. The manufacturer wants to combine flat keys and mechanical switches – a combination hardly seen before. Tesoro has already attracted attention with special keyboards in the past. The devices of the manufacturer usually differ clearly from the competition in at least one characteristic. The “Gram SE Spectrum” attracted attention with its optical switches, while the “Tizona Spectrum” has a Num pad that can be docked on both sides. Now Tesoro wants to convince with the next special feature.
Whether the exceptionally flat keyboard, equipped with mechanical switches, can actually score points, is to be clarified by our test.
Design and Workmanship: Absolutely unusual
After unpacking the keyboard you will notice that it is much thinner and flatter than the previously presented “Gram Spectrum“. The height of this keyboard had already been significantly reduced. Tesoro is now continuing its “Gram Spectrum” strategy even more consistently. Any ballast seems to have been thrown off. With dimensions of 450 x 126.5 x 24 millimetres and chiclet-style key caps, the “Gram XS” is reminiscent of a notebook keyboard. It is extremely flat and has little in common with other mechanical keyboards.
Tesoro apparently attaches great importance to the appearance of the keyboard. It should meet high design standards. The flat keys and the flat case make them look more elegant than other keyboards. If you place an average mechanical keyboard next to the “Tesoro Gram XS”, the former looks almost clumsy.
With regard to the design, the manufacturer must be complimented. He succeeded in creating a really noble keyboard that clearly stands out from the competition. Those who want to create individual nuances can do so thanks to the RGB lighting. Unlike other keyboards, however, the “Gram XS” is also exciting and special when the lighting is switched off. The keyboard is available in both white and black versions.
The device is also well processed. The metal plate on the upper side is robust enough for everyday use. The keys are also firm and appear stable. The keyboard is easy to use and has a high-quality feel. With the enclosed 1.8 meter long cable it weighs 800 grams. The only point of criticism: The keys are not evenly illuminated, which reduces the fun of RGB lighting a little.
There are six rubber buffers on the underside of the housing to ensure a secure stand. The angle of attack cannot be changed, which is a pity.
The keyboard is connected via USB, just like any modern keyboard. However, the removable cable that is plugged into a micro-USB port on the keyboard is rare. We like that very much!