With the TT Premium X1 RGB gaming keyboard Thermaltake has launched another keyboard under the TT Premium brand. With many features they tried to adapt the keyboard to the different needs of the players. Multimedia keys, an audio and USB pass-through-through, chic RGB lighting and the choice between two different switches (silver and blue Cherry-MX switches) are just a few of the features. What the TT Premium X1 RGB with the silver buttons has to offer in practice, we have tested for you.
Design and workmanship
When you hold the TT Premium X1 RGB in your hand for the first time, you notice that you have not thought much about an extraordinary design. There are no ornaments and everything is simple. However, it is noticeable that the packaging contains 8 additional red key caps. These are labeled with Q, W, E, R, A, S, D and F. In addition, a pulling tool for the caps is included directly in the scope of delivery. Last but not least, there is a removable palm rest in the carton, which should not be missing at all on high-quality gaming keyboards. The special feature of this edition is that it is held by magnets on the keyboard. This keeps it firmly attached to the keyboard when you move it, but at the same time it can be removed without much effort.
The quite thick, stable and 1.8 meter long cable is sleeved, which you can also expect in this price range. Next to the cable there is a 3.5 mm socket and a USB port. These are pass-through connections, i.e. they are only forwarded via a cable and must be connected to the computer. Nevertheless, they are very pleasant especially for people whose PCs are a little further away, as you can quickly attach the USB stick to the keyboard. At the upper right corner of the keyboard there are some multimedia keys, as well as a role as a volume control. A closer look reveals that the function keys as well as the control keys are assigned double functions via an FN key. So the keyboard offers everything you need and more. Of course, there is also RGB lighting, which illuminates the TT Premium logo in addition to the buttons. On the underside, there are two feet at the back that can be folded out, so that you can choose between two different inclinations. In addition, all feet, including the removable palm rest, are rubberized.
The workmanship of the X1 RGB is very good. Everything is very stable, even if the case is made of plastic. You don’t get the feeling that you can deform the case, which is mainly due to the inside of the keyboard. The buttons are mounted on a metal plate which provides the necessary stability. This makes the keyboard a bit heavy, but it is very robust. Another positive effect is that the lighting is reflected in a completely different way. Not only the switch is lit, but also the entire area under the buttons and thus really nice to look at, but not for people who are easily disturbed by light sources.